Information for visitors to Coconut Grove in the Greater Miami area of South Florida. Includes information about attractions, activities, hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants in Coconut Grove. See also our Miami-Dade County and Greater Miami travel guides.
Located on the edge of Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove is an eclectic village made up of funky cafes, incredible shopping, exciting nightlife, and great annual festivals and cultural activities. It was founded in the 1800s as a haven for Bahamian seamen. In 1925, the City of Miami annexed Coconut Grove, but it continued to retain its own identity.
Coconut Grove, with its serene bay front setting, and casual ambiance has always attracted artists. In the 1950’s, artists from all over the US and as far away as Europe, settled in Coconut Grove and established studios. The Grove (as locals call it) became an artist haven.
Coconut grove is home to many outstanding events throughout the year. The most famous of them is the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Arguably, it is one of the finest arts festivals in the whole of the USA, and, for sure, one of the oldest, largest and most diverse. Despite its tremendous growth since its birth in 1963, the emphasis is still on one-to-one chat between exhibitors and art-lovers. The festival is held on McFarlane Rd, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.
Coconut Grove has some of Miami’s best dining, shopping and nightlife. There are plenty of stylish nightclubs, funky cafes and restaurants that serve up Cuban, Argentine, and Greek food.
Among the Grove’s attractions Villa Vizcaya and the Barnacle should be mentioned. Villa Vizcaya, now a decorative arts museum set in the midst of magnificent formal gardens, was originally the home of International Harvester Vice President James Deering. The house is designed in an Italian Baroque style. The Barnacle is the oldest home in Miami-Dade County still on its original site. It was built in 1891 by Commodore Ralph Munroe.
Activities in Coconut Grove
Information about activities and events in Coconut Grove, Florida including the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Improv Comedy Club, shopping malls, and more.
Articles About Coconut Grove
An article about a 24 hour visit to Coconut Grove, a city of Miami article about the community of Coconut Grove, and a Miami Herald article called “Coconut Grove: Soul of Miami”.
Attractions in Coconut Grove
Barnacle Historic State Park, the Kampong Garden, the Miami Museum of Science, James Deere’s Vizcaya mansion, and other tourist attractions in Coconut Grove.
Hotels in Coconut Grove
The Grand Bay Hotel, the Mayfair Hotel and Spa, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, the Mutiny Hotel, the Grove Isle Hotel and Spa, and more large and small hotels in Coconut Grove.
Photos of Coconut Grove
Pictures of Villa Vizcaya, a historic Bahamian home, and the cemetery that inspired Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
Restaurants in Coconut Grove
Cafe Tu Tango, Mr. Moe’s Restaurant, the Oxygen Lounge, the Vino Wine Bar, and more restaurants and cafes in Coconut Grove.
Shopping in Coconut Grove
Information about the CocoWalk Mall, the Streets of Mayfair Mall (aka Shoppes at Mayfair), the Coconut Grove Organic Farmer’s Market, and more shops and shopping centers in Coconut Grove.
Web Sites About Coconut Grove
Official Web sites for the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement Committee, the Coconut Grove Park Homeowners’ Association and other Web sites focused on Coconut Grove, Florida.
Resources for Coconut Grove Residents
Information about schools, banks, post offices, churches, and other local services and resources for local residents in the community of Coconut Grove.