Where To Go For The Best Places To Run In Miami
It’s time for your workout. Ready to slog away on the treadmill or elliptical where every second feels like an eternity?
Neither are we.
Let’s change it up! Cardio doesn’t have to be boring, especially when you’re somewhere that has an awesome outdoor running scene like Miami. Get outside the city and head to the coastlines for a workout with a view. The azure ocean and soft, white sand are just what you need to get motivated for your next workout.
Here are our top nine picks for the best places to run in Miami, where you can run outside for your daily dose of vitamins D and sea.
If you’re looking for some action to keep you entertained while you try to forget that you’re running four miles, this is your spot. Made up of tourists and Miami’s Art Deco District, Lummus Park has been featured in its share of Hollywood movies. You might also recognize it as Miami’s famous Muscle Beach.
The path is barely shaded by giant palm trees, so make sure to lather on some sunscreen. Start your run on 5th Ave and head north toward the 1 Hotel and back to hit your 4-mile marker. We guarantee you’ll run past plenty of distractions along the way, whether you run down the sidewalk or hit the sand.
South Pointe Park
If you’re looking for a shorter running route, head to South Beach at South Pointe Park. Make your way to the very end of South Beach to find your perfect running path by starting at South Pointe Park’s famous pier, which begins at the ocean’s shore. Head down to the MacAurther Causeway where you will hit your 1-mile mark. Keep going or turn around for a quick and scenic two miler.
Throughout this stretch of pavement you can watch the cruise ships set off to sea as you jog along the ocean’s outlet.
85th Street and Collins
The perfect spot to get away, 85th Street Beach is located by the quiet part of Collins Ave. With minimum crowds, this hidden spot will make you feel like you’re running on your own private beach. Without a high-rise building in sight, you’ll forget you’re still in Miami. Head here for serious workouts or when you need a mental break. There’s plenty of parking, which makes it an easy escape after work to get away from the tourists and zone in to your workout.
Bill Baggs Park
One of the cleanest beaches in South Florida makes Bill Baggs Park one of the best places to run in Miami. This park hosts over 1 mile of white sand plus a few running trails if you’re up for a challenge. The soft sand makes for a tough run but is worth it for the view (not to mention a killer calf workout). Finish your run with a climb up Cape Lighthouse, which has a to-die-for view of the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll have to shell out $8 to enter the park, but we promise you it’s a small price to pay for the experience.
Hobie Island Beach and Virginia Key
Grab the leash —you’re going to want to bring your dog along on this run! This Miami pet-friendly beach is the perfect spot for you and your pup to cool down after some cardio. Located in Key Biscayne, you can enjoy a dip in the water or even rent out a paddle board to take your best friend for a ride. The beach is a bay beach, not the ocean, so it has calmer waves than most of the spots on our list.
Miami really does have everything, including a beach where you can tan your buns while you run. Haulover Beach is popular for offering a clothing optional experience. You can choose to wear clothes or run in the buff. A judgement-free beach where you can jog in whatever you please (including nothing?) This is a beach we can get behind.
The Venetian Causeway
As one of the more popular running spots in the city, The Venetian Causeway is a three mile stretch of pavement that takes you from Downtown Miami to Miami Beach. You’ll likely be joined by lots of other eager runners and bikers making their way across the bay as you get to enjoy the scenic sights of gorgeous homes and Biscayne Bay.
If you’re looking for some shade, head to Brickell Key. You don’t need to live there to enjoy the 360-degree views. This one-mile loop is completely surrounded by water and shaded by trees and high rises. The loop makes it easy to track your distance, which will come in handy while you’re busy admiring the breathtaking views of Brickell plus downtown Miami’s skyline. We recommend coming here at sunset for the best views.
Key Biscayne – Rickenbacker Trail
If you’re looking for a more intense workout, head to Rickenbacker Trail; long distance runners welcome (and encouraged). Start your run at the beginning of the Rickenbacker Causeway down to the Rickenbacker Trail.
This bridge boasts a 77-foot climb with views of Biscayne Bay. Once you’ve made your way to the top, you’ll get a bit of a break with a breezy downhill run that will take you down 5.4 miles with waterfront views. You might want to bring your Go Pro along for this run.