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12 Hours in Coconut Grove

One of Miami’s original neighborhoods, Coconut Grove borders the tropical waters of Biscayne Bay. And while its natural setting is inspirational all on its own, “The Grove,” as it’s known, offers visitors a taste of South Florida’s world-renowned culture, history, cuisine and shopping. Short on time? Spend your day exploring the best the city has to offer or indulging in a day of relaxation.

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IF YOU WANT TO RELAX
  • Watch the Sunrise Over Biscayne Bay.

    Florida’s oldest slip marina, Dinner Key is tucked into historic downtown Coconut Grove. As the sun rises, reflections of pink, orange and purple paint the bay, while light illuminates rows upon rows of sailboats. While you’re there, it’s possible to book a boat ride, parasailing adventure or personal watercraft for later in the day.

  • Lunch with the Locals.

    A diverse menu and eclectic atmosphere make Lokal a lunch favorite among Coconut Grove residents. Their inventive burgers are all made from free-range, local, Kobe-style cattle. Try their namesake burger, which includes a homemade honey mustard, melted jack cheese, Florida tomatoes, sliced red onion, arugula and Homestead avocados.

  • Unwind at the Spa.

    The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami is home to a luxe spa with treatments that reflect the sensory beauty and diversity of the area. That includes the Organic Honey Coco Mango Body Treatment. During this 50-minute session, your therapist will blend a salt scrub with natural coconut oil, honey and mango to gently exfoliate and detoxify your skin. It’s the perfect precursor to an evening of drinks and dinner.

  • Get Lost in the Music.

    Walk to Peacock Garden Café to listen to jazz under the stars. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, local musicians make the night come to life with sounds of trumpet, upright bass, piano and more. Who knows where the music might take you — as George Gershwin said, “Life is a lot like jazz … it’s best when you improvise.”  

IF YOU WANT TO EXPLORE
  • Pick Up a Cup.

    Of course, there are a few big-box coffee shops in the Grove, but for a taste of local brew, visit Panther Café. The proprietors of this art-filled space specialize in small-batch roasting, and the handcrafted lattes and cappuccinos are the star of the show.

  • Wander a Historic Oasis.

    James Deering, a land and agricultural equipment developer, retired to Coconut Grove in the early 1900s. There, he built Vizcaya, his version of an 18th century Italian villa. Today, the stunning home, art collection and lush gardens are open for public tours.  

  • Play Nine.

    Walk (or ride) your lunch calories away with a short round at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. This tropical, championship golf course is the only public course on Biscayne Bay. And, because it’s tucked onto a barrier island, it’s surrounded by mangrove forests, water and vibrant plants. Forgot your clubs? The pro shop rents brand-new Titleist gear.  

  • Taste the Vision.

    Garden. Sea. Land. Those are the three columns on Glass and Vine’s dinner menu. No matter which you choose from, you’ll taste plenty of local flavor. By the time Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli opened the restaurant in 2015, he’d already won Food Network’s “Chopped” and helmed several successful restaurants. Now, he’s creating visionary dishes like chilled shrimp tostadas and bison churrasco.