Live the high life in Coconut Grove. This means setting sail from the elegant marina, exploring the grounds of a European mansion, and dining in gourmet restaurants.
Coconut Grove has been one of the most exciting and interesting neighborhoods in Miami for well over a century. With enough sailing, shopping, and sightseeing to satisfy every kind of visitor, that reputation isn’t likely to change any time soon. If you’re wondering, it’s also an incredibly picturesque part of the city and comes with a ridiculous number of dining options. Stay here and you’ll soon see why its popularity among visitors and residents endures.
Where a lot of Miami has been fully modernized, particularly in the downtown region, Coconut Grove has maintained a strong sense of its storied history. Walk around the Village West district, passing the Village House, the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, and the E.W.F. Stirrup House, to soak up the atmosphere. Fun fact: “The Grove” was first established in the 1870s by Bahamian missionaries, when modern Miami was merely a madman’s dream.
While we’re talking sightseeing, don’t miss the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. It’s a Spanish-style mansion with over 70 rooms and 10 acres of gardens – a real historical curiosity that needs to be seen to be believed. Try to visit on a day when it isn’t being used for a wedding.
Don’t get us wrong: Coconut Grove isn’t some stuffy open-air museum, it’s a thriving modern neighborhood with a diverse and friendly population. Spend money and time in the CocoWalk, an expansive outdoor shopping center that comes complete with cinemas and restaurants. The Grove is also gaining a reputation as a foodie destination, so make sure you set aside a lot of time for long dinners eating exquisite international dishes.
Then there’s the coastline. Coconut Grove loves its sailing, to the extent that it has been dubbed “Miami’s Sailing Capital.” Wander around the marina, lined with countless shiny yachts, then head out onto the water yourself. It’s the best place to take a trip around the Bay of Biscayne, so climb aboard and set sail.