Located on beautiful Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove has long maintained a devoted relationship with the marine environment.
We are not the first people that found our way to the Grove because of sailing. Some of the first settlers to the area were Bahamian sailors. In the 1880s Sailboat Designer Ralph Munroe began visiting and sailing on Biscayne Bay during the Winter months, and by 1886 he had decided to make the Grove his permanent home. He purchased 40 acres of waterfront property to build his home "The Barnacle" and a boathouse. Soon after that he founded Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.
Biscayne Bay has long been a World Famous Sailing Destination. Conveniently located right on the Bay and home to several Regattas held at Local, National, and International levels, Coconut Grove is widely regarded as Miami's Sailing Capital. Multiple sailing institutions are located in the Grove, including U.S. Sailing Center Miami, the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, and Coral Reef Yacht Club.
Many of the Grove residents share a love of boating, while others actually live it. Dinner Key Marina and mooring facility is home to several liveaboards. Whether you're on a floating home year round or you find yourself on a mooring ball or in a slip for a night or two, make sure you pop into the store and say hello while you are exploring around on terra firma.
Anyone can tell you that there is more fun to be had on the water than simply sailing. The Coconut Grove Waterfront offers up opportunity for Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling and Kayak Charters, Boat Rental, Jet-Ski Rental, even Fishing Adventures.
To learn more about opportunities to make your own splash on the bay, you can check out the offerings of some of our neighbors here in the Grove:
Florida mangroves are supremely important to our coastline. Three species of Mangrove are original natives to Florida, and they function in many significant ways. Not only do they help protect the shoreline from erosion, they protect the inland from storm surges and wind. The mangrove is also guardian to many protected and endangered species. Fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and shrimp seek refuge and food in mangroves. These remarkable plants are a habitat for important marine organisms that filter water and provide food for fish. Mangroves play an essential role in the health of our coastal ecosystem, and it is up to us to prevent destruction of the remaining mangroves in Coconut Grove and around the state.
With our love of sailing we strive to preserve and improve the condition of the waters that we so enjoy in so many ways. As retired mariners, we are acutely aware of the impact that results from even the smallest amount of negligence. We strive to leave nothing behind whether boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, or just enjoying the beach. Regardless of our activity on or near the water, we conduct ourselves by the motto "if you see it, pick it up."
There are clean-up events that take place regularly in the Grove and all over Miami. We urge people to get involved and help keep our rivers, lakes, bays, and oceans beautiful and desirable destinations to enjoy and inspire.