Hugging the shoreline of Biscayne Bay is the lush and laidback Coconut Grove: Miami’s oldest continually inhabited neighborhood. Removed from the business and banking bustle of its Brickell neighbor to the north, Coconut Grove – colloquially known as simply “The Grove” – is a chic, upscale area marked by a tropical aesthetic, with heavy vegetation that often extends skyward to create a “hammock” effect.
Like most neighborhoods in Miami, the geography informs much of The Grove’s character, with several yacht clubs, marinas and residential towers sprinkled throughout the area’s eastern border along Biscayne Bay. Travel westward, and you’ll find The Grove’s cooling bayside winds and shading hammocks lend themselves to many open-air leisure spaces, including the famed CocoWalk: an upscale lifestyle center home to over 30 shops. At sundown, this same area becomes a vibrant nightlife scene for students of nearby Coral Gables’ University of Miami, along with young professionals.
The Grove is also steeped in old Miami history, with iconic sites such as Villa Vizcaya, the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, and the Barnacle Historic State Park offering a rich, historical perspective of the area.
It’s these two core aspects – history and nature – that truly define The Grove, with the entire area boasting a vast array of parks and historical sites.
In terms of transportation, The Grove doesn’t provide as many options as its downtown neighbors, with a less ubiquitous presence of rent-able scooters, and no service provided by the downtown area’s Metromover monorail. However, The Grove is served by Miami-Dade County’s Metrobus, and the city’s Metrorail (your standard rapid transit rail system) at several different stops. And while the sunny weather and vast foliage might encourage an outdoor walk, The Grove isn’t exactly walkable in the same way a downtown area might be.
With a calming coastal vibe, charming historical character, and family-friendly feel, Coconut Grove represents an ideal spot for active families, retirees, and anyone looking to live the classic Miami lifestyle, albeit removed from the city’s traditionally glitzy, glamorous trappings.
Popular waterfront park with outdoor gym, walking path, off-leash dog area, and beach volleyball courts.