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The best dog-friendly beaches in Miami to cool off with your pooch

Chill out, splash around and catch some rays with your furry BFF at the best dog-friendly beaches in Miami.

Falyn Wood
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Ryan Pfeffer
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Falyn Wood
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Humans are at a distinct advantage when it comes to planning a day at one of the best Miami beaches (plus we have the option of taking a dip in one of the best Miami swimming pools any time we want). But this city is actually pretty accommodating to our four-legged companions, offering up plenty of dog-friendly Miami restaurants and, of course, a handful of idyllic options for hanging out by the water with our pups. Some are open all week and others only for select days and hours, so it’s wise to plan ahead and know the rules before you go. Ready for an awesome beach day with your doggo? Study up below and remember to pack plenty of water for your good boy/girl—plus, like, an extra 4,000 towels because they are going to get very sandy and smelly.

Where to find the best dog beach in Miami

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  • North Beach

Located inside the North Beach Oceanside Park between 80th and 81st Street Beach, this little chunk of paradise is only open to dogs Friday through Saturday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, so plan accordingly. Like most beaches in North Beach, things are pretty chill and relaxed. Though only a small portion of this beach is designated for dogs, there’s still plenty of room for fetch and swimming. The entrance is on Collins and 81st Street.

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The dog beach at Haulover is one of the more popular dog beaches in Miami thanks to its wide strip of sand and friendly atmosphere. Dog lovers of all sorts gather here from 8am to 4pm (those are the hours when dogs are allowed on the sand) to let their dogs run around and get sandy. On weekends, expect quite a lot of happy dogs. This beach is as appealing to humans as it is to canines: beautiful, spacious and low-key with plenty of amenities including easily accessible public restrooms, dog and human shower areas, plenty of parking and a large grassy dog park just steps away from the beach.

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  • Miami

This man-made beach off Rickenbacker Causeway isn’t winning any beauty contests. The beach itself is shallow, a little narrow and rocky. But it’s fairly accessible and your pooch is allowed to play off-leash (plus it’s great for windsurfing, if that’s your thing). You’ll find parking here easier than most other beaches and we doubt your dog will mind some aesthetic issues. Hang back in the shade during the day (there’s plenty) or come later to catch the sunset over the Downtown skyline. It’s really something.

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  • Beaches
  • South of Fifth

So, technically South Pointe Park is not a dog beach. But this park is literally right next to the beach and is not only super dog-friendly but offers some gorgeous water views for you and your hairy best friend. Your good boy or girl will be able to hear the waves—just not swim in them. In a city short on dog beaches, you’ve got to take what you can get. Your pup can still get wet by frolicking around in the park’s showers.

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Here’s an option just in case you’re closer to Broward or want a change of scenery. Hollywood’s beaches generally have an older, more subdued crowd. Located between Pershing and Custer Streets, Hollywood Dog Beach is open Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday through Sunday 9am to 3pm. Full of animal lovers and quite a pretty spot to park for a day, you can find more outdoor activities at the adjacent Anne Kolb Nature Center.

Dog Park at Margaret Pace Park
Photograph: Courtesy Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation

6. Dog Park at Margaret Pace Park

This spot isn’t technically a beach, but the bayfront Margaret Pace Park offers plenty of gorgeous water views and green space to lounge and picnic day or night with your pup in tow. If they’re craving an off-leash romp, Margaret Pace also boasts a large designated dog park with separate sections for big and small breeds. It’s super popular, offering plenty of opportunities to mingle with other dog lovers while watching the epic puppy party.

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