Miami's oldest enclave offers lush gardens and eclectic architecture. Once a bastion for free-thinking wheeler-dealers who enjoyed its serene bay setting, Coconut Grove still attracts free spirits and creative types, and the Grove continues to enjoy a reputation as a cultural (and cultured) oasis, even if chain stores reign supreme.
Beyond the malls and boutiques, it's a pretty little neighborhood with a few pockets that are full of character. Since the 1920s, independent-minded locals have banded together in repeated attempts to secede from Miami, each of which has failed. More recent attempts at secession have been hamstrung by the small matter of Miami City Hall being located in the Grove. In the 1960s, the area was the heart of Miami's counterculture, a southern cousin to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury and New York's Greenwich Village. In 1963, residents launched the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, which is now recognised as one of the leading arts events in the US.
Central Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove's centre of activity is focused on the intersection of Grand Avenue, McFarlane Road and Main Highway. It's an area busy with shops, offices and restaurants, and it has the benefit of being one of the best sections of Miami for walking—aside from South Beach's Lincoln Road, the Grove is just about as pedestrian-friendly as south Florida gets.
Along Grand Avenue, between Mary and Virginia Streets, is Mayfair in the Grove, once a fortress-like shopping mall, now a lovely open-air shopping destination. At the busy intersection of Grand Avenue, McFarlane Road and Main Highway is CocoWalk, a huge and hugely successful open-air mall that helped revitalise the Grove in the early 1990s.
South Coconut Grove
When walking west on Grand Avenue, don't go too far inland, as beyond McDonald Street (aka SW 32nd Avenue) things can get a bit hairy. Instead, head south on vegetation-lined Main Highway. Two short blocks down, its chairs and tables crowding the junction with Commodore Plaza, is one of the Grove's most popular meeting places, the GreenStreet Cafe. A further block along, hidden behind a thicket of plants and trees, is the Barnacle Historic State Park, the original residence of pioneer Ralph Munroe.
Buzz out on Main Highway and you'll reach the end of Coconut Grove at the Kampong (4013 Douglas Road, at Bay Breeze Avenue), a stunning, seven-acre botanical garden with an Indonesian-inspired house set by a lagoon, which has been visited by the likes of Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Dwight Eisenhower in its storied past.
Restaurants and bars in Coconut Grove
Matthew Kuscher’s neighborhood burger joint is popular with people and canines alike (yep, they’ve got a special dog menu, too). Its selection of grass-feed beef burgers runs the gamut from traditional to only-in-Miami, like the famous Cuban frita burger and Juan’s Fidy-Fidy—a decadent patty made from 50 percent Florida beef and 50 percent Florida bacon. Most of what you’ll find on the menu is made from locally sourced ingredients (including the tender gator bites) and produced in-house. Brew-loving Kuscher has also made sure to stock an assortment of local beers. Expect long wait times on the weekend, plus a swarm of pups (and their owners) crowding around the bowl of dog treats near the entrance. Time Out tip: Coconut Grove residents who show either a Code 33 card or their driver license with a 33133 zip code get their second beer or glass of wine free Monday through Thursday. As for the phone booth inside the restaurant, it’s actually a secret entrance to the milk-shake bar next door.
Hotels in Coconut Grove
Only 10 km from Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and just outside of Miami, this Coconut Grove hotel features a number of free amenities as well as comfortable accommodations. Miami Beach is 16 km away.Guests at the Hampton Inn Miami Coconut Grove/Coral Gables have easy access to a number of beaches, museums and restaurants. The excitement and recreational activities of Miami Beach are also located nearby and are ideal for a day trip.Before a day at the beach, guests at the Coral Gables Hampton Inn can enjoy a free breakfast or a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center. At the end of the day, guests can take a refreshing swim in the pool or relax and watch an in-room movie.
A full-service spa, fitness centre, and rooms with balconies await at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. This 5-star hotel offers views of Biscayne Bay and is 5 miles from downtown Miami.Fresh seafood meets local organic produce at on-site Bizcaya restaurant. Guests can dine on small plates at Lazuli Lounge or savour drinks and light dishes at Poolside Café.Be it poolside or en suite, let the Ritz-Carlton Spa create a personalized spa treatment for you. From warm stone massages to pedicures, the spa offers the perfect sampling for groups, moms-to-be, and everyone in between.Spacious suites feature oversized balconies and scenic views. Every accommodation includes a marble-accented bathroom with plush robes and a cosmetics and shaving mirror.Luxury shopping and dining is nearby at Brickell City Centre, 6.9 kilometres’ drive. The Coconut Grove district offers cultural musings, including art galleries, museums, and restaurants.
Offering an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool, Private Residences at Mutiny Park is located in the Coconut Grove district in Miami. Cocowalk Shopping Center is 700 metres away. Free WiFi is featured .The accommodation is fitted with a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. Some units feature a balcony and/or patio with sea views. There is also a kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher. An oven and coffee machine are also offered. There is a private bathroom with a bath in each unit. Bed linen is available.Private Residences at Mutiny Park also includes a hot tub and terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.Miracle Mile Miami is 3.1 km from Private Residences at Mutiny Park, while Vizcaya Museum is 3.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Miami International Airport, 8 km from Private Residences at Mutiny Park.