Southwest Coconut Grove is part of the Coconut Grove neighborhood which has the distinct pleasure of being the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in Miami. The area was first established in 1825 by immigrants when the Cape Florida Lighthouse first began operation. Today, Southwest Coconut Grove is a bustling residential area consisting mainly of modest single-family homes. It is home to the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Merrie Christmas Park. As for pet stores, there are several in the northern part of the community.
Walking in the neighborhood is made more challenging thanks to the lack of sidewalks. With summer temperatures hitting the 90s, the pavement temperatures can reach into the 135° to 145°F range which is hot enough to cause significant burns and damage to Dolly's pads within a few seconds! Winters, on the other hand, offer lows in the 60s which can make for some delightful walks.
The terrain in this part of Coconut Grove is predominantly flat, featuring densely packed modest sized single-family homes. Unlike many developed areas of Miami, this community still offers a magnificent canopy of shade trees including oaks, magnolias, palms, and others. The shade helps to keep your walks a little cooler during the hottest days of summer.
With so many blocks to walk around, your walks need never be boring. If you prefer not to go around the many rows of streets, there are a few parks and green areas for you and Dolly to take a play break on. The big thing to remember is that during the summer, you should be taking her out for walks during the early morning hours before the pavement has had time to heat back up after spending the night cooling down. You can bet Dolly will appreciate it and, for that matter, so will you!
While there are a few smaller parks in the community, the two big ones are Merrie Christmas Park and the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Merrie Christmas Park is a sweet little park on S. Le Jeune Rd. and Como Ave. There is plenty of grass for you and Dolly to run around on and the city even keeps the supply of waste bags available. While the park was closed for a short period due to soil contamination, it has since reopened.
The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Gardens is a 9-acre botanical garden located on the grounds of the home of Dr. David Fairchild, a renowned horticulturist. As you walk through the park, you get the opportunity to enjoy an incredible array of flowering trees and tropical fruit cultivars, including over 50 different types of mango. Scientists come from all over the globe to examine the trees and plants and the gardens put on classes for kids of all ages.