Coconut Grove began as a water front village when Charles and Isabella Peacock arrived from England in 1882 and built a waterfront inn on the site that is now Peacock Park. The tropical settlement attracted sailors, writers, boat designers, artists and Bahamian immigrants. It was busy maritime village when Miami was incorporated in 1896. Coconut Grove was annexed to the City of Miami in 1925.
The Grove remains a water front village. The challenge is to revitalize the Grove and to preserve its character, the lush, winding streets with cottages, bungalows, historical properties, and opulent residences concealed by the jungle. In its day the Grove was a haven for free spirits and artists, including Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, and Jose Feliciano. The Grove is cool. It could be anyone over there in flip flops walking a dog. Groveites, the locals, cherish the neighborly village with its tree canopy.
Coconut Grove is home many festivals and events; the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the King Mango Strut, a parody of the Orange Bowl Parade, the Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine the Goombay Festival, a carnival celebrating Bahamian culture.
Landmarks include Vizcaya,the Charles Deering estate, the Miami City Hall on the site of the old Pan Am terminal building, and Plymouth Congregational Church.
Currently, Coconut Grove’s 32,000 residents live in areas that locals call North Grove, Center Grove, and South Grove.