The Brickell, Miami area is divided into Upper and Lower sections by virtue, not only of the location but also of the type of neighborhood. The Upper Brickell area has long been the financial district and has just, in the past few years, started to see the construction of more condos. The Lower Brickell area is more residential in nature with single-family homes, small apartment buildings, and again, in recent years, has seen the development of a number of high-rise condominiums. Like most of Miami, when you run out of land, you go up, and the skyline of Lower Brickell is continuously gaining in height.
This being said, the area offers an incredible choice of restaurants, boutique stores, high-end retail stores to check out, a vast park to explore, and some of the best weather in the country. Imagine no snow in January, but instead, it's 60 degrees, the sun is shining, and you're still wearing shorts!
Lower Brickell is a flat section of the Biscayne Bay shoreline while the land closest to the water is mostly condominiums, swimming pools, and paved areas. The other side of the highway is more traditional with smaller apartment buildings and single-family houses. Walking in this part of Lower Brickell is safer as there are wide sidewalks on both sides of the roads with grass berms for you and Spot to stroll on. The grass will help protect Spot's paws from the scorching pavement in the summer months.
The roads through this section of town are heavily lined with trees that provide some lovely cooling shade while you walk along on your daily excursion. With several blocks to choose from, finding new ways to navigate around the community and keep your walks interesting is crucial. During the summer months, try to take your walks in the early morning hours before the sun starts to heat things up.
The homes here along with the apartments and condos all have plenty of grass around them, along with plenty of shade trees. But the 7.8-acre Simpson Park adds a fantastic area of green for you and your furry family member to enjoy. Sitting at the corner of S. Miami Ave. and SWN 5th Rd., the park contains one of the few remaining tracts of tropical hardwood hammock. At one time this hammock ran from the Miami River all the way down to Coconut Grove. Today, there are more than 15 endangered species of plants along with nine other species that are considered to be threatened. It's a blissfully quiet place to relax and get away from the hubbub of city life. The park is free to all and you must keep your pup on a leash. Be sure to visit frequently and take a walk in the past to what Florida once looked like!