Coconut Grove is Miami’s oldest neighborhood and traces of the district’s colorful past are evident on every street corner.
Coconut Grove was the first settled area in South Florida, with communities surrounding the Cape Florida Lighthouse as early as 1825. Some of Miami’s oldest structures are preserved here, and even the newer parts of town conjure images of the hotels and plantations of its past.
What To Expect: Yacht clubs, decktop restaurants on the bay, mangrove-lined parks, and a quaint downtown promenade.
‘The Grove,’ as it’s known to locals, is famous for both its downtown strip and the bayfront. Its downtown area features the Cocowalk shopping mall, as well as a number of local bars, boutiques, and restaurants in the colorful surrounding blocks. Along the water, you’ll encounter one of Miami’s largest marinas and Peacock Park. Coconut Grove is also home to the stunning Vizcaya Estate and Gardens, which features Spanish architecture and the most elaborate cultivated garden in the city.
The Lifestyle: Boating culture, outdoor living, lush environs, and an enjoyable local nightlife.
Sailing and yachting, outdoor dining, strolling under the hammocks and a nightlife that’s awesome in its own little way. People generally come to spend a day out on the water, dock their boat in the marina and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, play kickball at one of the many parks, and maybe cap the day off with a movie at Cocowalk.
This is one of the most popular areas for jogging and biking, as its plentiful shade provides relief from the sweltering Miami heat. This area also represents the heart of of Coconut Grove’s nightlife, featuring sports bars populated by college kids, wine bars, and local dives with billiards and darts that are open well into the morning hours.
What Not To Expect: If you’re looking to live in the middle of it all, this isn’t the place.
Coconut Grove is charming, but it lacks urban ebullience.
The Market Homes of every sort—bungalows, old Spanish, modern, Mediterranean—result in a harmonious diversity.
Many of these houses typify classical South Florida style, with flat roofs designed for airflow and shade. The area’s newer mansions and larger homes are primarily located within gated areas and secluded corners. Older condos and reasonably-priced duplexes are situated around the downtown district, with a crop of new high-rises currently in development near the bay.
The area’s newer mansions and larger homes are primarily located within gated areas and secluded corners. Older condos and reasonably-priced duplexes are situated around the downtown district, with a crop of new high-rises currently in development near the bay.
You'll Fall In Love With: Outdoor culture, eccentric spirit, and winding streets draped in greenery and charm.
Coconut Grove exemplifies the original South Florida ideal and affords its residents a modern lifestyle in a place separated from time.
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