Hobie Island Beach Park is a unique find in Miami, as it is one of the only beaches within the city that welcomes dogs with open paws! Interestingly enough, this beach is located on the Rikenbacker causeway that connects the Virginia Key barrier island to Miami. This man made beach is a hidden gem you won't want to miss out on.
As previously mentioned, Hobie Island Beach Park is a dog friendly beach, so feel free to bring Fido along with you. Dogs can roam both on and off leash, as long as you respect other visitors and you ensure you’re pooch shows no signs of aggression. Not only can your pup trot along the beach, but they can also cool down in the ocean water. Just remember, it's a salt water beach so bring drinking water for your pup and clean up bags to tidy up any waste they make.
On top of dog walking, this beach is also known for it's windsurfing. In fact, the beach is actually nicknamed "Windsurfer Beach" because of the popularity of the sport. Visitors come to the beach to learn to windsurf or to perfect their skills. At the beach, you will conveniently find an assortment of rental equipment, windsurfers, instruction sessions, paddle boards, kayaks and quad water bike rentals. Although the beach is long and narrow, it's the perfect spot for water sports and walking your pooch.
Other amenities at the beach include restrooms and showers, though there are no showers for dogs. Admission to the beach is free, but there's a toll of $1.50 to cross the causeway to get to the beach. As the beach is one of the only dog friendly beaches in Miami, it can become quite busy. There is adequate parking but arriving early, especially on weekends, is a good idea to guarantee a spot.
Whether you're a Miami local, or a traveler passing through, Hobie Island Beach Park is the perfect destination for you and your pup to explore.