While once a lower-middle-class neighborhood with a thriving Jewish community, in the 1960s, Cubans began moving into the area. Before long, the area had the highest concentration of Cubans in the city and earned the name Little Havana. Today, it is the Cuban Capital in the United States. During the 1990s and 2000s, the area started to fall into disrepair as crime grew, driving many out. However, thanks in part to the latest round of investments in neighboring communities like Downtown, Brickell, and Coral Gables, there has been an increase in interest in Little Havana and the area is starting to flourish again.
Dog parks, pet stores, and numerous restaurants are all within a short driving distance, no matter what section of the town you live in. Summers here are fabulous with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters are mild with the lowest temperatures typically in the 60s.
Little Havana offers the typical urban blend of concrete, yards, and pavement. There are, however, numerous parks of all sizes to help break up the monotony. At one time, walking your pup more than up the street and back might have been considered tricky. Today, you can happily walk around your block and as many more as you are capable of. It's all up to you to be as creative as possible with your walks.
With so much pavement and concrete to walk on, you should be aware of how hot these surfaces can become during the typical summer day. When the temperature hits the mid-70s, pavement can be 120°F which is hot enough to fry an egg or the pads on your pup's paws. Once the temperature hits the mid-80s, the pavement can be 135° which is hot enough to cause some injury and discomfort.
Little Havana comes up a bit short when it comes to greenways. There are several small neighborhood parks, depending on where you live for you to check out. Unfortunately, the largest green space is not available for you and your pup to play in. For more play space, you can drive out to Simpson Park which is a nice, quiet place to get away from the city for a little while.
If you don't mind a bit more of a drive, you can cross the Rickenbacker Causeway and spend some time at Hobie Island Beach Park. This park has one of the few dog-friendly beaches in Miami and has recently undergone a major cleanup and revitalization, making it a very popular area, not only with dog lovers but with windsurfers as well. You can relax in the shade while the surfers and boaters go by as your dog wanders around on their leash.