Coconut Grove is listed as among the oldest neighborhoods in the city with roots that date back to the mid to late 1800s. Although it is located in the middle of the busiest part of the city, East Coconut Grove is incredibly quiet and relaxing. Being on the waterfront means having access to a fantastic selection of restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and boutiques. Within the community, there are several dog-friendly parks and one off-leash dog park.
The entire community rests in the shade of giant oaks, palms, and other hardwood trees, making for cool walks in the summer. Coconut Grove has a lovely balmy climate with lows in the 60s and highs in the low 90s. To make life here even better, you will never have to see so much as a single flake of snow, but on the other hand, it does rain in short thunderstorms throughout the summer months.
The terrain in East Coconut Grove is a blend of densely packed single-family homes and condos over by the bay. No matter which area of town you live in, you can enjoy plenty of shade for your walks. While some areas in the neighborhood have sidewalks, others do not. Given the amount of shade here, walking your dog can be dangerous. You should always wear light colored or reflective clothing to help motorists see you.
Thankfully, there are several parks in the area for you and your pup to check out. This is a good thing as the pavement here can become very hot in the summer months when the sun is beating down. In fact, during the 'dog days of summer', the pavement can reach temperatures that can burn your pup's paws in minutes. You'll want to be aware of this and provide them with protection or walk in safer, cooler areas.
While there might not be many greenways in some parts of the city, it could be because East Coconut Grove scores more than their fair share. Starting at the very northern tip of the community is Alice Wainwright Park. This park offers a stunning view of the Miami skyline and offers a range of things to do including basketball courts, a playground, exercise equipment, and plenty of grass to play on. Being located in a 'good' neighborhood, it is considered to be relatively safe, making it a fabulous place to spend time with your kids.
At the other end of the community is David T. Kennedy Park and the Coconut Grove Dog Park. The dog park is one of the few fenced-in parks in the city and has separate large and small dog areas. There is a lovely long path that gives you a comfortable place to walk.