The Legendary Coconut Grove
The Coconut Grove district is a fashionable area of Miami and is often full of celebrities and the glitterati.
The main areas of the Coconut Grove include Villa Vizcaya, Central Coconut Grove, Charles Avenue, West Coconut Grove and South Grove.
Coconut Grove Coconut grove has a large number of attractions consisting of colorful art galleries, theatres, nightclubs, hip sidewalk cafes and restaurants. This place is quite popular amongst the artists and intellectuals, who prefer building their summer homes at coconut Grove. CocoWalk is a trendy shopping mall that houses a large number of restaurants, bars and not to forget the cinema hall.
Coconut Grove is the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami, Florida in Miami-Dade County, United States. The neighborhood is roughly bound by North Prospect Drive to the south, LeJeune Road to the west, South Dixie Highway(US 1) and Rickenbacker Causeway to the north, and Biscayne Bay to the east. It is south of the neighborhoods of Brickelland 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.
What is today referred to as Coconut Grove was formed in 1925 when the city of Miami annexed two areas of about equal size, the city of Coconut Grove and most of the town of Silver Bluff. Coconut Grove approximately corresponds to the same area as the 33133 zip code although the zip code includes parts of Coral Way and Coral Gables and a small portion of zip code 33129. The area is often referred to by locals as "The Grove."
Coconut Grove's small village quality presents an ideal location for outdoor festivals and events, the most prominent of which is the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the county's leading outdoor arts festival, which takes place each year over President's Day weekend. Coconut Grove's other events include theKing Mango Strut, which began as a parody of the Orange Bowl Parade, and which continues each year on the last Sunday in December. The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival takes place each April. Each June, the Goombay Festival transforms Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove into a Carnaval (Caribbean Carnival), celebrating Bahamian culture, with Bahamian food and Caribbean music (Junkanoo). July 4th is an all day all America affair that includes an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of the Barnacle Historic State Park, events throughout downtown Grove including street performers and a coconut treasure hunt, culminating with a fireworks display at Peacock Park. On Labor Day Weekend, it is time for The Great Grove Bed Race, with make-shift, themed beds rolling down the streets of downtown Coconut Grove to the delight of participants.
The Grove is known for its many and varied restaurants and open air cafes. Within a few blocks one can eat Italian, Peruvian, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Mediterranean, French, Italian, Argentine, Pan Latin, Pan-Asian, Vegetarian, Seafood and good old fashioned American fare. One can also choose from among a number of ice cream, yogurt, smoothie and gelato shops.
Local favorites include Atchana's Kitchen, Bice, Calamari, Greenstreets cafe, Lulu's, Foccacia Rustica, Jaguar, Georges, le Bouchon, Cafe Pop, Spartico, Panorama, Charthouse and Monty's Raw Bar. There are plenty of chain franchises as well, such as The Cheesecake Factory, Chili's and Johnny Rockets. By night, the Grove becomes a center of nightlife frequented by young professionals and students from the-nearby University of Miami and Florida International University. Favorite places include Taurus, the Grove's most Legendary Bar, Mr. Moe's, The Burgundy Room, Hooter's, Fat Tuesdays, The Grove Spot, The Sandbar and Barracuda Bar.
Shopping is also abundant in the Grove, with two large open-air malls, CocoWalk, Streets of Mayfair, and many other street shops and boutiques.
The eastern border of Coconut Grove is Biscayne Bay, which lends itself to a boating community. The area features a sailing club (Coconut Grove Sailing Club), a yacht club (Coral Reef Yacht Club) and a marina (Dinner Key Marina). Pan Am's seaplane operations were based in Dinner Key, and the Miami City Hall is based in the old Pan Am terminal building.