Coconut Grove is located south of the neighborhoods of Brickell and the roads and east of Coral Gables. The neighborhood’s name has been sometimes spelled “Cocoanut Grove” but the definitive spelling “Coconut Grove” was established when the city was incorporated in 1919.
Coconut Grove’s waterfront parks offer the best vantage points for observing manatees, wildlife and the sailboats in Biscayne Bay. Dinner Key, formerly the base for Pan American World Airways seaplane flights in the 1930s, now houses Miami City Hall – which was refurbished from the original hangar. “The Grove” history is also evident at The Barnacle, the 110-year old home of pioneer Commodore Ralph Munroe.
There’s nothing dull about shopping in Coconut Grove, with specialty stores on the downtown streets offering an exhilarating range of merchandise. In both CocoWalk’s open-air district and the Streets of Mayfair, shopping is part of the total dining and entertainment experience. Look for stores featuring some of the best-known names in retailing, and individually owned shops that exemplify luxury.
Coconut Grove’s diversity and uniqueness is reflected in the dining choices offered by its fine restaurants, themed eateries, sports bars and casual outdoor cafes. The Grove has recently been awarded best city to eat beating South Beach and Downtown. Nightlife revolves around entertaining and trendy neighborhood bars energized up with jazz, salsa and reggae.