The Miami CBD is the historic city center from which all of what has become Greater Miami sprang. For decades, the Central Business District was home to retail space and office buildings. There were a few lofts and apartments to be had, but at the time, it was not a residential area. Today, all of that has changed as numerous high-rise condominiums are taking over the skyline. While these glittering condos are luxurious and offer spectacular views of the bays, they have only added to the amount of pavement in the downtown area. Walking here means following block after block of nothing but pavement.
There is a growing number of boutique stores, restaurants, and trendy bars in the area working hard to attract the younger professional crowd. Pet supply stores and dog-friendly parks are within driving distance. There are no shortage of amenities for residents to access as long as they're willing to seek them out!
The base terrain in the CBD is as you might expect: a blend of tarmac and concrete. The only green area is the Bayfront Park where you will always be welcome, but unfortunately, the park does not allow pets. Walking your pup here is an exercise in patience as the first thing you must do is give the pads on their paws time to toughen up. Cement acts a lot like sandpaper, so short walks are the order of the day. Be sure you keep a close eye on them on a daily basis at first to make sure they are not becoming damaged. Slowly, you will be able to increase the distance both of you can handle.
Keep in mind that during the summer months, you will have to watch for the temperature of the pavement. You should restrict your walks to the early morning hours as the pavement will still be cool and comfortable for walking.
There is literally nothing green within the boundaries of the CBD with the exception of the lawns in front of the courthouse and your pup isn't welcome there. Across on the bayside of Biscayne Blvd. is Bayfront Park with large areas of grass and an amphitheater that hosts concerts and shows of all genres, but once again, pets are not permitted.
Thankfully, if you go north on Biscayne Blvd., you can spend the day running around Museum Park with plenty of grass and trails to walk on. It also offers a close-up view of the massive cruise ships as they ferry customers back and forth on their way to fun and games on the high seas.
A little further to the north is Margaret Pace Park which has an off-leash dog park for your pooch to run around in and spend a little time socializing with other energetic pups.