The freewheeling spirit of its founders lives on in Miami’s original neighborhood, Coconut Grove.
Situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline and nestled under a lush tropical canopy, Coconut Grove is home to an eclectic group of artists, families, sailors, entrepreneurs and bohemian-style hippies. Located on the waterfront, Peacock Park hosts a variety fun events like the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in February, which brings more than 100,000 art lovers to the area to view the works of more than 300 globally recognized artists. Like the name of the park suggests, keep an eye out for those colorful birds. Wild peacocks tend to roam the surrounding residential areas.
After a day of shopping at CocoWalk’s boutiques, relax at a sidewalk café. Travel to a bygone era at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the lavish estate where millionaire bachelor businessman James Deering wintered in the early 1900s. Like Deering, artists and writers found inspiration in “The Grove’s” lush foliage, tropical climate, and the turquoise water of Biscayne Bay. Tennessee Williams and Marjory Stoneman Douglas are among the luminaries who lived and created in the area.
Sandwiched between Latin-infused Little Havana and seaside Coconut Grove, Coral Gables is a Mediterranean-style village with stunning historic homes and architecture. Tree-lined streets, Mediterranean-style buildings, ivy-covered mansions, and historical landmarks paint an idyllic picture that earns this area its nickname, “The City Beautiful.” Offering the perfect place to cool off, the serene 1920s-era spring-fed Venetian Pool is a system of waterfalls and coral rock formations connected by a large swimming lagoon. Nearby, wet your whistle at one of the many watering holes that line the Miracle Mile, an upscale dining and shopping destination in the heart of downtown Coral Gables. On 83 acres of botanical beauty, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden offers a natural refuge for the family. Tour the grounds with a guide or on a tram, or attend one of the Garden’s many seasonal special events. Visit the campus of The University of Miami, which spans 239 acres in the center of Coral Gables.