Coconut Grove is the oldest neighborhood districts in Miami Florida. It was sometimes called Coconut Grove but the name was further established when the city was incorporated. The area was formed in 1925 when the city of Miami annexed. Two areas were formed after this, the town of silver buff and the city if Coconut Grove. The area is commonly known as ‘the grove’, it is one of the greenest areas in Miami and the locals take pride in that. It is served by the Metro rail with two stations.
The area was established through various migration settlements into the area. The first migration was in 1825, it happened after the Cape Florida lighthouse was built and commissioned. Dr. Horace P. Porter was the one who came up with the name after he rented a home in the area. He established a post office that was named Coconut Grove hence the name stuck in the area. During the same time there was an influx of people coming from America who came from Northeastern US, they were followed by British and also Bahamian immigrants. The first hotel was called the Bay View Inn and it was built in 1882, the site is currently known as peacock park.
First black settlements started in the 1880s. Bahamian laborers were responsible for this while residing at the inn. The Barnacle Historic State Park is the oldest building still standing in the Miami-dade County. It was built in 1891 by a man called Ralph Middleton Munroe, he was also known as ‘the commodore’. The area was an independent city before it became annexed by the city of Miami in 1925. A surge of commercial developments was initiated by the construction of some three major residential complexes during the late 1970 and 1980.
The area is split into two areas: the northeast side and the south west. The population of the neighborhood as of 2000 was 18,953 in the northeast side and 19,646 in the south east. The zip codes for the neighborhood are 33129 and 33133. The neighborhood covers an area of 14.52 square kilometers (5.607 square miles). The male population of the neighborhood was 9,695 and the female population included 9.951 females. The average age of the males in the neighborhood is 38.4 years old and the average age of the females was 40.3 years old. The ‘west’ Grove is mainly composed of people of afro-bohemanian descent.
Things To Do in Coconut Grove
If you find yourself in vicinity of Coconut Grove, you have to stop by CoCoWalk , a very popular place for retail shops and restaurants, located at 3015 Grand Ave, Miami, FL 33133 . To get there from central Coconut Grove, head west on Bird Rd. (AKA SW 40 St) for about 0.2 miles to Virginia St. Turn left onto Virginia ST and head south about 0.1 miles until you arrive at a traffic circle. Continue straight through that traffic circle for another 0.3 miles where you will see CoCoWalk on the right. Another way is to follow this map:
When you leave CoCoWalk , go head over to explore Peacock Park, located at S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133. Here you just might run into those beautiful feathered creatures called Peacocks. To get there, go south on Virginia ST to Grand Ave where you will turn right, then in another 276 ft you will turn left onto Main Hwy. Continue for about 0.2 miles and then make a U-turn, going back another 0.2 miles. Turn right onto McFarlane Rd, proceeding 0.2 miles, where Peacock Park will be found on the right . See this Map:
After you finished enjoying this park and possibly its beautiful inhabitants, you should go visit the famous Monty’s Raw Bar located at 2550 S. Bayshore Dr. Miami, FL 33133 to eat some raw oysters and have a cocktail. To get there is just a short 0.6 mile drive. Start off by heading southeast on McFarlane Rd toward S. Bayshore Dr.. Turn right (north) on to S. Bayshore Dr. and drive about 0.6 miles till you reach Monty’s Raw Bar on the right. Alternatively, you can use this map:
After downing your food at Monty’s Raw Bar, you can’t pass up on touring Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, which is located at 3251 S. Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33129. To get there from Monty’s, drive northeast on S. Bayshore Dr. toward Treasure Trove Ln for about 1.6 miles, where you will continue onto S. Miami Ave for about 0.2 miles, then turn right and you will arrive at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Follow this Map also:
If after you visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, you need to visit a friend or relative at the Mercy Hospital, located at 3663 S. Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33133. To get there by car turn left, heading South onto S. Miami Ave for about 0.4 miles until you get to Mercy Way where you will turn left to go through the entrance of the hospital’s campus. See Map below:
If your friend / relative happened to have been injured by someone else’s negligence here in Coconut Grove, after they leave Mercy Hospital, they can head up to our office:
1. Head east on Bird Ave toward SW 27th Ave. Continue for 20 ft.
2. Turn left after Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors (on the left). Continue for 0.3 mile.
3. Merge with FL-112 W/I-195 W via the ramp to Interstate 95/Airport. Drive for 0.1 mile.
4. Turn right onto US-1 N. Continue for 1.7 miles.
5. Continue straight onto I-95 N. Continue for 1.9 miles.
6. Take exit 2A toward Biscayne Blvd/US-1/Downtown. Continue for 0.4 mile.
7. Keep right, follow signs for SE 1st Avenue. Continue for 0.1 mile.
8. Slight left onto SE 1st Ave. Drive for 0.2 mile.
9. Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto E Flagler St. Drive for 0.1 mile. Our office will be on the left.
Look at this Map below for a better understanding: