Just a few miles south of downtown Miami and its legendary beaches is Coconut Grove, the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami. Coconut Grove is best known for its lush green landscape, bordered by the crystal clear waters of beautiful Biscayne Bay. It’s an escape from the hustle of Miami’s city life, yet only a few minutes away. “The Grove,” as the locals call it, Miami’s original neighborhood, was founded in 1873 by an eclectic mix of pioneers, artists, intellectuals and adventurers. Not much has changed in that regard as this tropical oasis continues to thrive as an escape from nearby city life.
The warm, laid back vibe is highlighted by boutiques, sidewalk cafes and the relaxing waterfront. Sailing is a popular pastime here, but so are other forms of fun on Biscayne Bay, like paddleboarding and kayaking.
Before heading out on the water, strap on a life jacket and take some time for a quick safety briefing on how to use the equipment. Then enjoy 1-hour of fun in the sun, paddling along the Venetian Islands, taking in the scenery and looking for some of Florida’s wildlife, like manatees, sea turtles, manta rays and dolphins.