One of the first established neighborhoods in Miami, Coconut Grove melds an eclectic history with a modern vibe, creating a historic, hipster hub for food, art, and culture. From its idyllic waterfront on Biscayne Bay to quaint walking streets lined with boutiques and cafés, the village is the perfect laid-back base for a Miami vacation.
Despite its proximity to downtown Miami, Coconut Grove’s tree-lined streets and waterfront parks feel a world away from the bustling metropolis. Besides the neighborhood’s bohemian culture, one of the Grove’s top draws are the many water-based attractions. Sail around Biscayne Bay, try stand-up paddleboarding, or add some excitement to your sightseeing on a speedboat tour.
You can also get a taste of the village on a walking food-focused tour, travel around on a hop-on hop-off bus, or see it all from overhead on a helicopter ride along the Miami coast. Plus, cycle-friendly paths make the area ideal for exploring by bike or scooter. When night falls, join the droves of college students who flock to the Grove for the dive bars, late-night restaurants, and live music scene.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Coconut Grove has plenty of parks, gardens, and trails—take your walking shoes.
- Paved boardwalks make the neighborhood comfortable to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller.
- Dress for warm weather and keep it casual, even when going out at night. Think dives, not nightclubs.
How to Get There
Just south of downtown Miami and right off US 1, Coconut Grove is easy to reach by car or public transit. In addition to buses and trolleys, South Florida offers a free, green, app-based electric transportation service that works similarly to rideshares—a convenient option for getting around the area.
When to Get There
For the best weather and most activities, visit Coconut Grove November through April. Check the Coconut Grove website to catch community events like free yoga classes, festivals, and art shows. If you’re there over Presidents’ Day weekend, don’t miss the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
Coconut Grove in the Media
The Grove is known for celebrity sightings, and over the years it’s been home to the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Madonna, Frank Gore, LeBron James, and others. The village was also the setting for Hollywood hits such as Meet the Fockers, Marley & Me, Dexter, and CSI: Miami.