OMG. I could not wait for this trip. LA weather dropped to the lowssss–58, 59, 60 degrees (sorry, NYC). Plus I was sick with a sinus infection so it was just the right time to soak in some sun and that infamous Florida humidity. Within 24 hours, my sinuses cleared up and my skin was glowing.
Obviously, some months are just too hot to bring the pups (July/August = 100% humidity!) but February/March are the best months to go to Miami. The days are hot but mornings and end of day are nice and breezy, especially on the beachfront.
So, what are some fun dog-friendly spots you can plan?
[ img credit: Wynwood Walls ]
The Wynwood Walls are a total unique experience–it’s basically like an outdoor museum with life-size murals from graffiti artists around the world. Especially popular during Art Basel, you can check it out year-around and since it’s just streets, the pup can come and have a walk. There are restaurants and bars in the neighborhood too. Try Wynwood Kitchen + Bar (latin cuisine).
For another walk and for art/history buffs, the Art Deco Tours are everyday–90 minutes for $25–which is a great Miami activity. We didn’t get to check out the Botanical Gardens but will next time–it’s rare that a Botanical Garden is dog-friendly!
[ Top + Sleeves by Valeria Krasavina ]
Beaches + Parks
Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space Park is a fenced off-leash dog park across the beach. You also have the option of going on the beach with your dog on-leash for a $25 entry fee. 20 minutes from South Beach. 8328 Collins Ave.
Haulover Beach Park is located between Lifeguard Towers #2 and #3 where you’ll find a 3.3-acre dog park. Dogs and their owners can enjoy the beach from 8am – 3pm. 30 minutes from South Beach. 10800 Collins Ave.
Nikki Beach Club: a quintessential Miami Beach spot with tiki torches, white cabanas and overflowing drinks. Rent a cabana and spend the day by the beach eating and drinking. Pup could stay in the covered cabana! 1 Ocean Dr.
Matador Room: this Latin/Spanish restaurant is located at the Edition and gooood. Beautiful outdoor seating above the pool but can I mention the Cuban sandwich was probably one of the best I’ve ever had?
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila: Authentic “taco truck” feel and taste, guys. Get the ceviche! Only $9 and comes with plenty of chips. At night, this spot turns into a bar open til 5am with a secret entrance through the porta potty door–speakeasy style. 1220 16th St.
Byblos: my top 3 restaurant choice in Miami! Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes that are creative, jeweled and bright–just like its Art Deco decor. 🙂
La Mar: high-end Peruvian restaurant by Chef Gaston Acurio serves amazing ceviches, tiraditos + pisco sours at the Mandarin Oriental. Large outdoor patio overlooking the Biscayne Bay.
Habitat: located at the 1 Hotel, this spot offers fresh farm-to-table fare (and some seriously vocal tropical birds chirping from the trees above the tables).
Front Porch Cafe: a staple on Ocean Dr–more like a diner with traditional food but it’s great for people-watching, all-day breakfast and big portions.
Quality Meats: gorgeous steaks/cuts with an old-school butcher feel.
Amara at Paraiso: upscale Latin cuisine on an outdoor deck overlooking Biscayne Bay.
Lulu in the Grove: trendy neighborhood spot with solid food with plenty that favors the bacon (bacon-wrapped dates, bacon in the Bloody Mary’s, bacon in the burgers, etc).
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill: from the owners of SushiSamba, come here for varied small plates, a stylish outdoor patio and tasty cocktails.
[ Quilted Leather Bag by Maje ]
Photographer: Andrea Loreno/FujifilmGirl
Drawing by Valeria Krasavina