Once known as Lemon City, the community now known as Little Haiti is home to the "cultural heart of the Haitian diaspora" here in the U.S. During the 1990s, thousands of Haitians fled their home country in exile. Many ended up in Miami and, more specifically, in Lemon City, Edison, and Little River. The streets are teeming with cultural restaurants, art galleries, music, dance, theater, and a wealth of family-owned businesses for you to check out. It is also home to the Miami Design District.
Housing here ranges from single-family homes to apartments, duplexes, and condominiums. Dog-friendly parks and pet supply stores are all within driving distance. The climate in Little Haiti is typical of that found anywhere in Miami. With temperatures in the 60s in the depths of winter and summer temperatures in the 80s, the area is ideal. For those who hate snow, this is a perfect location to get your daily walks in.
When it comes to the terrain in Little Haiti, it is your typical blend of suburban, residential, and commercial and retail spaces. The majority of the residential streets do have sidewalks and grass berms for you to go for your daily hikes on. However, don't expect to come across any challenging hills as this area is primarily flat. Does this mean that you and your pup are not going to get the exercise you need? Most assuredly not! In fact, providing you are willing to go the extra mile, there is no reason why both of you can't get back into shape and keep off those extra pounds. You may need to get a little creative with your route and change things up from day to day, but you can absolutely get the exercise that you need. Just keep in mind that the pavement can heat up fairly easily in this area. Exercise caution when walking during the summer.
There are several small parks and vacant lots scattered throughout the Little Haiti community, most of which have enough room for you and your pup to run around on. But all of these are smaller parks with little to offer beyond patches of grass. No matter what others do, be sure you take waste bags with you and clean up any messes your pup leaves.
However, just across Biscayne Blvd. is Morningside Park. This park covers five blocks and has been voted "Best Public Park" by the Miami Times. It is home to a public pool, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, picnic benches, and walking trails. Come here to exercise, stay to sit in the shade and read a good book, or simply spend the day looking at all of the activity out on the water. It's a great place to bring the entire family for a fun day out in the sun and fresh air.