Buena Vista is one of the oldest communities in Miami. Built on a former pineapple plantation, it grew into a trendy neighborhood filled with large homes. Today, being right next door to the Miami Design District, this is also a very popular place for students. A large percentage of the homes here are single-family, but there is also a sizeable multi-family housing presence.
Living here puts you within driving distance of several parks and pet supply stores. Given the large Haitian and South American population here, there are several excellent restaurants to choose from, but there is very little in the way of parks. You will have to be satisfied with walking on the sidewalks running through the area.
The good news is that the weather here is perfect for taking a walk on most days with temperatures averaging no lower than the 60s in the winter and no higher than the low 90s in the summer.
Buena Vista has the same basic terrain as you might expect to find anywhere in the Greater Miami area. This means that the ground here is as flat as a pancake. Keep in mind that just because the land is flat, this doesn't mean you can't get in plenty of healthy exercise on any given day. What it does mean is that you need to find new and creative ways to make the most of each of your strolls. There are many blocks within the neighborhood for the two of you to enjoy.
The big thing here is to remember how hot the pavement tends to get during the summer months. Not only can you fry an egg on paved surfaces, but you could probably cook the bacon and hash browns to go with it. Imagine what pavement this hot could do to paws? Plan your hikes for early in the day when everything has had time to cool down.
Beyond a couple of small parks, Buena Vista comes up short on green spaces. If you want to take your pup out for a stroll along a trail or to play on an open expanse of grass, you need to hop in the car and take a drive.
Over on the shore of Biscayne Bay, there are several parks worth taking the drive to. The biggest is Morningside Park with athletic fields and courts, a swimming pool, large open areas of grass, and trails that run around the entire park.
The small community parks are South Bay Vista Park and North Bay Vista Park, both of which are more or less nothing but small patches of grass just big enough to run around on. No matter where you decide to take a walk, be sure you keep your pup on a leash and take bags to clean up after them.