If you’re a runner, anytime you travel, you probably try to identify the best running routes in your destination. You want routes that are scenic and give you a feel for where you are.
You also have to think about safety including traffic safety, sidewalk safety, and the potential for violent crimes.
These factors are part of why it’s a good idea to map out a running route ahead of time if you’re in an unfamiliar place.
If you’re sticking with domestic travel for the foreseeable future, Miami might be on your list. If so, the following are some of the best running routes in Miami. These routes are typically pretty populated, so they tend to be relatively safe too.
Long Pine Key Trail
Long Pine Key Trail is a bit off the beaten path since it’s in the Everglades, but it’s a beautiful run. It’s a trail that goes seven miles through the pinelands, and there are paths through the forests that start at the campground and go to Pine Glades Lake.
It’s a quiet place to run that feels worlds away from Miami, even though it’s only about an hour from downtown Miami.
If you want to run here, you go through the park entrance and then stay on Old Ingraham Highway. Follow the signs to the Long Pine Key Campground, and you can usually park near the bathrooms.
Key Biscayne is a scenic island that’s connected to south Miami by the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Three areas are especially good to run on this island.
The first is the Rickenbacker Causeway Path, which is just over three miles, and it starts at the bridge in Miami and goes to the Aquarium. You get great water views all the way around.
You can get to the causeway from Brickell Ave. from downtown, or Bayshore Dr. from the south.
Crandon Park is part of the northern area of the Biscayne Bay. It’s a park that’s more than 800 acres, and you can run along the beach on the Atlantic side, which is around two miles. There are also other trails in the park where you can run.
Virginia Key is an 82-acre barrier island across from the Aquarium. There are around four miles of trails, and mountain bikers also head to this trail.
Coral Gables is a good place to run if you like shade and historic homes. It’s a residential neighborhood with mostly older homes west of Miami.
The streets are tree-lined, and many of the homes really are stunning.
If you start at the Granada Golf Course, you can then go along DeSoto Blvd. which has wide sidewalks. You’ll pass the Venetian Pool and the Biltmore Golf Course on this path.
If you’re vacationing in Miami, there’s a strong possibility you’re staying in the Miami Beach area. Miami Beach is wide and sandy and goes for around ten miles. Of course, you can run on the beach itself, although this might be a bit too challenging if the sand isn’t packed.
Another option is to run from South Beach to Mid Beach, which is around four miles.
As you hit South Point Park on this route, you’ll get views of the city skyline and Biscayne Bay.
Another Miami Beach route is taking the two-mile paved path between the Casablanca Hotel that goes to North Shore Open Space Park.
Another option in this area is the Miami Beach Boardwalk.
The Venetian Causeway
It’s hard not to see the Venetian Causeway as truly stunning. All the way around you are amazing views. The sidewalks and bike lanes are narrow and do get crowded, and you may have to take a break if a boast is passing under a drawbridge, however.
As you’re running the Venetian Causeway, you can admire the expansive homes and the yachts.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located at the southern end of Key Biscayne. It’s just a few minutes from downtown Miami.
Here you’ll find views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.
Finally, if you’d rather run downtown, there’s the Museum Park, which is also known as Maurice A. Ferre Park. It’s on the Biscayne Bay, with more than 20 acres of green space. It connects to Brickell and Brickell Key, so it’s a running route with a more urban feel. You can go anywhere from three to six miles, depending on what you’re up for on this route. It’s also paved.
There’s no shortage of beautiful, interesting runs in Miami. The biggest challenge is likely narrowing down which ones to do if you’re short on time.