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When thinking about Miami as a destination you probably think about the beaches, the party life and perhaps the culinary exploits of the city. On the other hand, when you think about planning a vacation with your dog, you may think about other types of destinations where you can let your best friend explore all sorts of parks and maybe run around on the beach and bark at the waves in a sunny afternoon.

What if I told you that Miami has some perfect destinations for you to enjoy along with your four-legged friends. Well, that is precisely what we are going to talk about as we review some of the best places in Miami for walking with your dog. So go get your leashes and start wagging those tails. Before, however, let's start with some general tips to make the trip a little easier:

1. It's possible that some of the places are far off from each other so plan ahead in matters of transportation. After all, there will be a lot of walking and running in the places we'll visit, so having an option to transport a tired pup and his or her tired owner will be crucial. Renting a car a fine option especially if you are from out of town. Several car rental options are fine with letting you carry pets as long as they go on their travel carriers.

2. Carry some walkie essentials such as your dog's leash and some baggies. These are pretty much necessary for any time walk with your dog so you probably already knew to pack them, but I'd like to remind you of it anyway.

3. When traveling with pets always bring extra water and food. Long trips often mean more exercise and Miami’s weather tends to be warm so having extra water and food will be crucial for a nice trip.

4. If your pet tends to get carsick there are medicines that will help them with nausea, but be sure to talk to you vet first to see which one is the best for your dog.

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Now let's gets moving! Our first stop:

1. Haulover Park


The park is situated at Collins avenue, north of Bal Harbor. It opens at 8:00 am and closes at sunset. The entrance to the bark park is located though parking lot number 3 on the west side of Collins Avenue. There is a US $2 user fee per vehicle and remember your dog must be on the vehicle.

This place offers a plenty of amenities for dog owners and some of the greatest ways of enjoying an afternoon at the beach with your best friend. The park counts with a bark park that features an enclosure for small dogs and one for larger ones and amenities such as shade trees, picnic tables, water fountains (for both humans and dogs) baggie dispensers, waste containers, and, of course, plenty grassy areas to run around and play fetch.

Nearby there is beach access for dogs which is open from 8:00 to 3:00. Dogs are welcome on the beach but must be on a leash except in their designated area.

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Visitors have described the next stop in our Miami Walkie itinerary as an oasis in the middle of the city I'm talking about:

2. Amelia Earhart Park


The park is in the middle of the city right in front of Palm Springs elementary school and has all sorts of amenities, such as a watersports complex and a farm village, so Fido is not the only one that will have fun at the park. As bark parks go, this one is quite great as it counts with five acres of completely fenced land for dogs to play in and has a separate section for smaller dogs, and best of all: admission to the bark park is free!

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And last but not least in our quest for the best dog parks in Miami we got:

3. Perrine Wayside Park


The park is located at the South Dixie Highway (U.S.1) south of 164th street in the area of Palmetto Bay and opens from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

This place is a little farther away from the others so do have that in mind when organizing your visit, remember, a good way to solve transportation problems on your trip is renting a car, there are many options for renting cars and there are many types for cars for transporting dogs of all sizes.

Perrine Wayside park is a little bit smaller than the previous destinations with only three acres of space for dogs, but it makes up for it with many amenities for our walkie loving friends. There is water complex for dogs to swim in, many shaded spaces and benches for you to sit while your dog runs around, plenty waste bins and bag dispensers, and even a wash area to clean up after a day of running and swimming.

So, if you are traveling to Miami with your dog, make yourself and your best friend a favor and don’t miss out on these walkie hotspots.
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