Sunray West is a blend of single-family and multi-family homes, business, and is considered one of the top ten walkable areas in the city. The community boasts a large selection of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars all within walking distance depending on which part of the community you live in. The neighborhood is close to Greynolds Golf Course and Park and Greynolds Lake. Most of the residential areas have sidewalks with a few shade trees scattered throughout. There are parks within driving distance and pet supply stores a little further out.
Those who love warm weather are going to love living in Sunray West. Winters here tend to be a little rainy, but the temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s. Summers are nothing less than spectacular with daily temperatures in the 80s and low 90s and the occasional heavy rain storm. There are very few days when you and Fido can't go walking.
The terrain here is mostly level and unexciting. Thankfully, the majority of the residential area has sidewalks running through it with grass berms. This gives both of you something to take your daily walks on. This is a densely populated area of Miami with little room for anything but housing and commercial buildings. The only way you are likely to make your daily walks more interesting is to try going in different directions, take in different blocks, and, when possible, going out at different times of the day.
Beyond this, if you want more challenging terrain, you have no choice but to go for a drive to find it. Keep in mind that the earlier in the day you can go for a walk, the better it will be for both of you. By the time the outside temperature reaches 80°F, the sidewalks and streets can reach temperatures of 135°F or more. Temperatures this high can severely burn puppy paws.
As one of the more densely packed residential and commercial communities in the city, there is very little in the way of greenways. Fortunately, Greynolds Park is just to the east in Sunray East with plenty of space. The park is built on the site of a former quarry and spans 246 acres. It is listed as one of the last well-protected natural areas within northern Miami-Dade County, featuring hardwood hammocks and mangrove forests. There is an off-leash dog park where you can let your pup run around meeting and greeting other dogs.
There are miles of trails for you and your pooch to explore and enough choices as to which trail to take. You should never get bored! The only downside is that the park has metered parking with a flat-rate you can pay using a phone app, but other than this, Greynolds Park is a wonderful place to spend the day.