In the sun-kissed city of Miami, there’s a beach where dogs get to rock n' roll in the sand and go doggy paddling in the sea. Hobie Beach is a windsurfer's retreat underneath the Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Miami to Key Biscayne and Virginia Key - known as the Barrier Islands.
This is an off-leash beach where the waters are shallow so you can walk alongside your Labradoodle or Bichon as they swim for quite a ways out. Parking is right by the beach that features classic Miami palm trees and a rocky, sandy shore, where dogs can wet their paws or crash on the sand in the sun.
There are no poop bags provided, so bring your own and keep this cool beach a happy place for all dog owners with woofers who love playing in the surf and sand. Access is off the Rickenbacker Causeway with a clearly marked beach roadway which takes you directly the parking lot. There you’ll find updated restrooms and showers with the beach a short walk away.
Hobie Beach offers kayak, windsurf, paddle-board, and beach chair rentals. They also recommend you bring a shade umbrella and fresh water for your pooch. There are a few coconut trees to guard against the sun and it gets really busy on the weekends. This is one of the few beaches where dogs can feel the wind in their fur, going off-leash on the sand and in the sea.
Hobie Beach is a smaller space and off-leash woofers need to be listening to their owner's voice cues. Misbehaving pups are no fun and can cause problems for other folks on the beach. A little give and take will mean everyone, including the dogs, has a great day out.
Parking at the beach is completely free but access via the Rickenbacker Causeway implies a $1.75 toll fee. Once on the beach, you'll be wowed by the dog-happy ambiance and views of the Miami skyline.