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Haulover Beach
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Where to find the best dog beach Miami has to offer

Looking for the best dog beach, Miami? Prepare for some fun in the sun with your four-legged friend.

By Ryan Pfeffer

If you’re trying to find the best dog beach Miami has to offer, you don’t have a ton of options, which is a shame because it’s a scientific fact that dogs make everything better—beaches included. Humans have it much easier when it comes to finding the best Miami beaches (plus we have the added bonus taking a dip in one of the best Miami swimming pools any time we want). But there are a few really solid options for a beach day with your furry best friend. Some are open daily and others only for select days and hours, so it’s wise to plan ahead and know the rules before you go. Study up and remember to bring some water for your good boy/girl and also, 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

Haulover Beach
Photograph: Flickr cc/Roger Smith

1. Bark Beach

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What is it? Another North Beach option for you and Fido. This little chunk of beach 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.

Why go? Though only a small portion of this beach is designated for dogs, there’s still plenty of room for fetch and swimming.

Haulover Beach
Photograph: Courtesy @rigatoni_aldente

2. Haulover Beach

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What is it? The Haulover dog beach 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 3pm (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.

Why go? This beach is as appealing to humans as it is canines: pretty, spacious and low-key.

Hobie Beach
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3. Hobie Beach

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What is it? Hobie Beach isn’t winning any beauty contests. The beach itself is a little narrow and rocky. But it’s fairly accessible and also quite dog-friendly (and good 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. 

Why go? To watch the sunset over the Downtown skyline. It’s really something.

Dog beach
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4. Hollywood Dog Beach

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What is it? Another option just in case you’re closer to Broward or want a change of pace. Hollywood’s beaches generally have an older, more subdued crowd. Their dog beach—open Friday through Sunday from 3pm to 7pm—is full of animal lovers and quite pretty.

Why go? You can find more outdoor activities at the adjacent Anne Kolb Nature Center.

South Pointe Park
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5. South Pointe Park

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What is it? 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.

Why go? Your pup can still get wet by frolicking around in the park’s showers.

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