The VOCG is a small residential section of Coconut Grove consisting of single and multifamily housing, located along the S. Dixie Hwy. Those who live here love the tree-lined streets with plenty of sidewalks for you and Bailey to walk on. There are parks to visit, neighbors to meet, and numerous restaurants in the area to sample. There is even a wine and tapas bar that is worth looking into. Nearby, you can find pet stores, groomers, and dog-friendly parks all within a short driving distance.
For those of you who want to live in an affordable area of Miami where the sun shines for 250 days of the year, the VCOG could be just what you are looking for. While it may never snow here, you can count on it to rain frequently with an annual average of 59 inches. Be sure you have your umbrella ready for the rainy days!
"Suburban America with a tropical twist" is a good way to describe the terrain in the VCOG. Medium-to-large homes, heavily-treed yards, and a carefully laid out grid of streets is what you'll find here.
Since the ground here is quite level, finding ways to make your walks with Bailey more fun means having to think outside the box. You can take the neighborhood block by block, create your own routes, or go off in search of new spots to walk in such as Peacock Park to the south or the Coconut Grove Dog Park to the north. This one will however, require you to drive to instead of walk to it.
If you are new to the area, you should be aware that the pavement here can reach temperatures of 135°F or more in the summer. During the summer months, be sure you take your walks during the early morning before things heat up.
When it comes to greenways in the VCOG community, there isn't very much. Lincoln Park on Jackson Ave. offers a jungle gym for the little guys. There is also a little bit of room for you and Bailey to get out of the sun for a few minutes.
The other park is on the corner of Shipping Ave. and Virginia St. Blanche Park is dog-friendly and has a fenced-in area for Bailey to run around in off-leash. There are seats in the shade for you to relax on with a walking track nearby for the two of you to enjoy a few laps around.
If you want a bigger dog park, you can run up to the Coconut Grove Dog Park where the fenced-in area is much larger and the walking track runs, not only around the dog park area, but also to the David T. Kennedy Park next door.