Coconut Grove is a fun, exciting neighborhood located just south of downtown Miami. Once an independent village, Miami annexed The Grove in the 1920s, making it officially part of the City of Miami.
The Grove's main boundaries are marked by US 1 on the northwest and Biscayne Bay on the east. It's bounded to the north by the Rickenbacker Causeway and LeJune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) on the south. The Grove is a center for the arts in Miami and boasts a vibrant nightlife.
The Grove has a unique place in South Florida's history and culture. Here are some interesting facts about this area:
- Famous residents, past and present, of The Grove include Jimmy Buffett, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, David Crosby and Alexander Graham Bell.
- Coconut Grove's scenic backdrop has been featured in Hollywood many times, including Scarface, Bad Boys, and Meet the Fockers.
- The total population of Coconut Grove in the 2000 Census was 18,953 and the median household income is $64,000.
- The Kampong, an 11-acre tropical garden in Coconut Grove is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
Things to Do
The Grove is full of fun activities for visitors and residents of all ages. Some of the more popular sites in the area include:
- Miami Science Museum is home to many world-class exhibits. It also features the Miami Planetarium, famous as the home of Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer television show.
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens showcases the Coconut Grove area of the 1920s. This beautifully preserved estate was the winter home of James Deering.
- Cocowalk, Coconut Grove's open-air shopping mall, is a fantastic place to shop, eat and enjoy a uniquely Miami shopping experience.
- The Barnacle, a Florida State Historic Site, contains the oldest standing home in Dade County. Built by Ralph Munroe in 1891, this historic estate has survived several major hurricanes including the Hurricane of 1926 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
- The Goombay Festival takes place in Coconut Grove each June, bringing Bahamian culture to Grand Avenue.
- The King Mango Strut brings a wild and wacky parade to downtown Coconut Grove on the last Sunday of the year.
Places to Work
If you're looking for employment in Coconut Grove, your best bets are in the hospitality and retail fields. Coconut Grove's many stores and restaurants are in need of a steady supply of help. Otherwise, you're only a stone's throw from downtown Miami, so you can find a job with one of Miami's great businesses and live in The Grove.
Most residents of Coconut Grove drive on the congested South Florida freeway/road system to get around the area. However, The Grove is served by three stops on the Metrorail, connecting the area to downtown Miami. Major airlines serve the nearby Miami International Airport.