West Flagler sits on the Blue Lagoon directly southeast of Miami International Airport and is mostly a community of single and multi-family homes. It is also home to the Magic City Casino, several pet supply stores, dog-friendly parks, and a wealth of restaurants serving a range of ethnic dishes including Cuban, Italian, Mexican, and All-American fare. There are several smaller parks scattered throughout the community for you to wander around in. The neighborhood is relatively safe and well-kept, making it an excellent place for you and Fido to go for lovely long walks together.
The climate here is perfect for the avid dog walker. January is typically the coldest month with daytime temperatures in the 60s and summer averages in the upper 80s to low 90s. The only thing you have to worry about is the rain! The Miami area averages 59 inches of rain annually, but it never snows here.
The terrain in West Flagler is a blend of natural and paved surfaces. There are streets with sidewalks and roads without. If you have to take Fido for walks on roads without sidewalks, be sure to wear light-colored clothing to help motorists see you.
While you might not think of going for walks on level ground as very challenging, it can be as challenging as you let your imagination and creativity work! You can go walking around different blocks, try out some of the parks in the community, take long walks or short walks, and anything else you can do to vary the walks on a daily basis. The more variety you build into your walks, the more fun they will be for both of you!
The only hard part of living and going for walks here is the steady noise of airplanes landing at the Miami International Airport and departing to airports all over the world.
Within the community of West Flagler, there is very little in the way of greenways beyond vacant lots and school playing fields. If you want to take Fido to a park where there is plenty of grass for the two of you to enjoy, you must be prepared to drive a little bit.
There are a number of dog-friendly parks within easy driving distance and the nearest dog park is Blanche Park on Shipping Ave. This is a beautiful, clean park with plenty of hills and trees for Fido to explore and hang out with their new friends. Although there is only one large fenced-in area for all dogs, there is still plenty of space for them to play without getting in each other's way. While there are plenty of "real" shade trees, the dog park itself is covered in artificial grass that is kept quite clean and ensures that Fido won't be going home with muddy paws.