Coconut  Grove
 
 

Coconut Grove is a charming village with tree-lined streets leading down to one of the world's most beautiful sailing bays. Every great city has a secret heart, a tucked-away treasure. In Miami, the enchanted heart of our tropical soul is called Coconut Grove. Once an independent city, Coconut Grove was annexed by the city of Miami.


Settled in 1834 by Bahamian seamen, this enchanting, lush tropical village is considered the oldest and most important settlement in Florida because of its location on the edge of Biscayne Bay.

The area's limits are US-1 on the south, from N. Prospect Ave to the intersection of US 1. Brickell Ave is its north border; Le Jeune Road to the  West and Biscayne Bay to the East.

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Coconut Grove has been a haven of inspiration for such luminaries as Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost and Alexander Graham Bell. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, (River of Grass) lived in the same little Grove cottage for seventy years until she passed away at 108.

Musicians who lived and created in the Grove include Jose Feliciano, Joni Mitchell, Fred Neil, David Crosby, The Lovin' Spoonful, and Jimmy Buffet. Even Jim Morrison had a long remembered performance in the village.   

Coconut Grove is best known for its quietly breathtaking natural beauty, a lush green landscape bordered by the glistening blue waters of Biscayne Bay. From its beginnings in the late 1800's, it has attracted tycoons, artists, writers, and musicians, and more than its share of kooks, eccentrics, and free spirits. 

The post office was established in 1873, around the same time that the area saw an influx of Americans from the Northeastern US, as well as British immigrants. Coconut Grove's first black settlement, in the 1880s, was established by Bahamian craftsmen and sailors. The first hotel on South Florida mainland was located in Coconut Grove. Called the Bay View Inn (later known as the Peacock Inn), it was built in 1882, on the site of present-day Peacock Park, by English immigrants Isabella and Charles Peacock, the former owner of a wholesale meat business in London. 

Apart of its famous annual art festival, Coconut Grove's plays host to  the King Mango Strut, which began as a parody of the Orange Bowl Parade, and the Goombay Caribbean Festival in June. This carnival-like event celebrates Bahamians history with music, dance, and culture. Two malls: CocoWalk, and the Streets of Mayfair, as well as many street shops and boutiques, are great shopping options.  The Coconut Grove Playhouse is well known as a cultural venue in South Florida.  

At the southern border of Coconut Grove, Biscayne Bay is a boaters' paradise, featuring the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, the Coral Reef Yacht Club, and the Dinner Key Marina.

Coconut Grove is also home to The Kampong an 8 acre tropical garden that forms part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.  

The Barnacle Historic State Park, built in the late 1800's; Villa Vizcaya, a villa built in the North Italian 16th Century architecture,  are some other attractions.

 

(Some excerpt from Wikipedia)