Promoting business and prosperity in an idyllic bayside village
within the culturally diverse and international dynamic of Miami.
For more than 50 years, the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce has represented a network of businesses, merchants, restaurants, financial institutions, hotels, and area attractions in the City of Miami’s most internationally renowned village, Coconut Grove.
Coconut Grove has been the City of Miami’s center of commerce and prosperity ever since it was first settled in the late 1800s. It is, for instance, the site of Miami’s first hotel, the Bayview Inn, later known as the Peacock Inn, built in 1882 on the bayfront site that is now Peacock Park.
Today, the park is the site of the “Glass House,” as the headquarters of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is known.
Isabella and Charles Peacock, Miami’s first “hoteliers,” certainly knew how to pick a good site, for Coconut Grove would prove to be the jewel of South Florida. So prosperous and coveted was Coconut Grove that in 1925 it was annexed by the City of Miami.
Coconut Grove has played an important role in the City’s history ever since. In fact, Miami’s City Hall is located in Coconut Grove, in a historic landmark building that once served as the terminal for Pan American World Airway’s renowned “flying boats” not long after the airline was founded in 1927.
Above, the Airport on Dinner Key, in what today is City Hall at Dinner Key Marina.
Below, Airport Lobby Globe, which is now housed at the Miami Science Museum.
Today, Coconut Grove, or “The Grove” as it is called by locals, is Miami’s most affluent neighborhood, with a lush tropical canopy, winding streets with roaming peacocks (lately the subject of international coverage), and colorful parrots often flying overhead.
Because of its ideal bayside location, Coconut Grove is also a renowned sailing community with many world-class regattas taking place during the season, starting with the Columbus Day Regatta in October, the Orange Bowl Regatta in December, the Rolex Cup in January, and continuing with many more through May.
The Grove is home to the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, two yacht clubs (Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club), the U.S. Olympic Sailing Center, and Shake-a-Leg Miami, a unique boating center serving the disabled and disadvantaged communities as well as the general public.
Above: Dinner Key, so named because it is where the Pan Am travelers enjoyed the picnic
before setting off for the Bahamas and Cuba, is now a thriving marina.
Dinner Key Marina and City Hall today.
As a further testament to its distinction as the site of the first hotel on the mainland, The Grove is recognized as the second largest tourist destination in South Florida (South Beach being first).
The Grove’s idyllic village location provides an excellent backdrop to some of South Florida’s most recognized outdoor events.
In February, Coconut Grove is home to the world-renowned Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the largest street art festival in the country, taking place over Presidents’ Day Weekend. Consistently ranked among the country’s best outdoor festivals, the three-day event features more than 300 artists from across the country, with close to 150,000 people in attendance each year.
April brings The Great Taste of the Grove, the Chamber’s signature, two-day outdoor food and music festival showcasing the culinary diversity of the Grove’s many popular restaurants.
The Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival is a tribute to the Bahamian settlers that helped found Coconut Grove. It takes place in late spring, and features a lively mix of Bahamian dancing, food, Caribbean music and culture.
On July 4th, the Grove pulls out its red white and blue bunting and celebrates Independence Day with an all-village event. It begins with an old-fashioned picnic on the grounds of the historic Barnacle State Park, continues with a variety of fun events throughout the business district, and ends with a bang of dynamic fireworks at Peacock Park.
Each fall, the Grove serves as backdrop to the Mad Hatter Art Festival, and
The Grove is home to many restaurants and outdoor cafes featuring a variety of cuisines. The Chamber of Commerce takes delight in showcasing the diverse cuisines offered at our member restaurants and hotels each month at our lively Networking Happy Hours, and our Power Luncheon Series, often presented in conjunction with other sister chambers of South Florida.
Coconut Grove is the place for thriving businesses, merchants, art galleries, financial institutions, international headquarters, world class hotels and dynamic people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce is proud of the role it plays in our fair village, our community, and our City of Miami. We value the close relationships we have established with our community’s Village Council, The Coconut Grove BID, the City of Miami’s Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET), Mayor Thomas Regalado, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, District 2, and County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, District 7.
We continue to work closely with them and with you, our members, to maintain prosperity, opportunity and quality of life as the key ingredients in Coconut Grove’s recipe for success.