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5 Hot New Restaurants in the Grove

The Grove is full of Art, Entertainment, Stores, Restaurants, and a rich history. Known as the oldest neighborhood in Miami Dade County, Coconut Grove has only gotten better over time. In addition to the newly renovated Cocowalk, the Grove has also seen a rise in new businesses opening up to the public. To pay homage to our local businesses, here are five new restauraunts you need to try the next time you’re in Coconut Grove!

Bayshore Club

Built right along the water on the historic Dinner Key site, Bayshore Club has a lot going on. From live music, to happy hour, to the 2$ oyster mondays, Bayshore Club is always up to something. Try their delicious seafood as you sit in this gorgeous outdoor venue.

https://bayshoreclubmiami.com/

Narbona

Narbona is so much more than just a restaurant. Located in the newly renovated Cocowalk, this family owned & operated Uruguayan restaurant also has a Market, Butcher, and Bakery located inside. The food is fantastic, and you must try their Gelato icecream!

https://narbona.com/

The Key Club

The King of Miami Nightlife is back with his latest hit… The Key Club. Known for creating club LIV, as well as restaurants Komodo and Planta, David Grutman’s latest restaurant is a all-new take on the classic American bar and grill. Whether it’s Brunch, Dinner, or Happy Hour, you will be leaving The Key Club extremely satisfied.

https://thekeyclub.com/

Amal

From the team behind popular South Beach restaurants Byblos and Meet Dalia, Amal is the newest (and most delicious) modern interpretation of traditional Lebanese food here in The Grove. Enjoy the breathtaking ambience, signature cocktails, and delicious Lebanese cuisine.

https://www.amalmiami.com/

Bodega

Coming over from South Beach, the Bodega’s newest location is right here in Coconut Grove! Although they serve mouth watering Mexican Cuisine, Bodega is also a great place to go for a drink. They have multiple floors to house their taco shack, lounge, and bar.

https://www.bodegataqueria.com/location/coconutgrove/

Top 3 Best Water Excursions For Your Next Miami Vacation

Virginia Key beach park aerial shot, great place for water excursions
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Looking for some fun and relaxation on the water during your next Miami vacation? From dinner cruises and kayak tours on Biscayne Bay to airboat rides in the Everglades, SoFLA Vacations has you covered! Here are the 3 best water excursions for your maiden voyage…

Whether you want a day, dinner or sunset cruise, Happy Cruises is your key to a great day on the water! Captain Derek will take you anywhere in Miami your heart desires, Vizcaya, Downtown Miami and Brickell, Millionaires Row, Key Biscayne and many more prime locations! Sailing out of Dinner Key Marina in Coconut Grove (walking distance from SoFLA Vacations’ units in the Hotel Arya), accessing the boat is very simple and straightforward. Book with Captain Derek for all your Miami cruise needs and leave happy, guaranteed!

Maybe you’re looking for something more lowkey and tuned into nature, if so Virginia Key Outdoor Center will take you back to a time when Biscayne Bay was a natural paradise. Explore the mangroves and hidden coves along the beautiful island of Virginia Key on a kayak or paddleboard. Solo and guided options are available. Or rent a mountain bike and venture into the mangroves on the shady and winding trails.

Okay, so you want an authentic Florida experience, Alligators, sawgrass and one of the most pristine wildernesses in the United States, The Everglades…then Everglades Airboat Expedition is for you! Just off of Tamiami trail west of West Kendall, Everglades Airboat Expedition offers a unique tour of the Everglades, up close and personal. Witness the animals in their natural habitat and marvel at this ancient landscape. From flying across sawgrass to slowly drifting through tree draped waterways, you will get the true Florida experience, one you’ll never forget!

The Perfect Night Out In South Miami

To have the perfect night out, one thing must be true, by the end of it you wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.

While staying at the Sunset Inn in South Miami, the perfect night out is right around the corner. Not only will you enjoy a comfortable and quiet stay, but you will also have access to tons of boutique shops and the beautiful, historic downtown area. With wonderful restaurants, bars, ice cream shops and movies, your options are endless.

First stop: Dinner is an obvious first stop for your night out, nobody wants to be hangry while trying to enjoy themselves. And while on vacation it’s always nice to try the local food, after eating the same meal prepped food everyday it’s time to give your taste buds a vacation too. While in Miami it’s a requirement to have authentic Cuban food, and adjacent to Sunset Inn is the exquisite Casa Cuba. Featuring indoor and outdoor dining, Casa Cuba is a full-service Cuban restaurant with breakfast, lunch, dinner and even pastries! My personal favorite is the ropa vieja with black beans and rice, and of course maduros.

Second stop: After dinner, dessert is in order. Casa Cuba features delicious Cuban desserts, but if you’re feeling like getting a good old fashioned ice cream cone look no further than Whip’n Dip Ice Cream Shop. There’s nothing like a rich and creamy ice cream cone to put your hunger to rest and with warm weather year-round it’s always a good choice.

Last stop: AMC Sunset Place 24 theaters is a perfect place to end the night, a good movie in a historic building will be the cherry on top. Go see the newest releases only a short walk from your hotel. Or if the night is young…Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern is a rustic dive bar with tons of selection, great specials and live music. Come meet your new best friends (for the week) and get a feel for being a South Miami local.

3 Best “Hidden Gem” Attractions while vacationing in Miami!

Discover hidden gems on your next Miami vacation while staying with SoFLA Vacations
Venetian Pool in Coral Gables in a great Hidden Gem
Pictured above: The spring fed Venetian Pool in Coral Gables

There is so much to do and see when vacationing in the Greater Miami area. Everyone knows about the amazing white sand beaches, airboat rides in the Everglades and world-famous nightclubs but what about the not-so-well-known attractions? Here is our list of some of the best “hidden gems” to experience while vacationing in the Greater Miami area in 2022.

  • Venetian Pool/Coral Gables – A beautiful oasis inspired by Mediterranean architecture, the Venetian Pool is a unique part of Miami’s history! This former rock quarry was turned into the Venetian Pool in 1924. Large enough to hold 820,000 gallons of fresh water from an underground aquifer, the pool draws water from artesian wells and features a historic edifice earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, and the perfect destination for a great family day of frolick while visiting Miami.
  • Deering Estate – One of the truly most idyllic spots in Miami is the Deering Estate, an area that was created to preserve Charles Deering’s 1920s-era property. From its picturesque location on the South Dade coast, the Deering Estate Features historical buildings, mangrove forests, tropical Rockland, and much more. From canoe tours to butterfly walks to guided museum and natural area tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities and special events for the whole family to enjoy on your next Miami Vacation.
  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum – One of Miami’s very best-kept secrets is the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. An absolute highlight when it comes to family-friendly attractions Miami, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum is located in southwestern Miami adjacent to Zoo Miami. It features over 40 historic railcars, perhaps most notably of all, the presidential railcar built in 1928 called the Ferdinand Magellan that was used by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan.

Experiencing these hidden gems will make your next Miami vacation a memorable one.

Best Miami Events for Spring/Summer 2022

Music festivals, art shows, sporting events and more, The Magic City is know for hosting some of the most spectacular events year-round. From the Super Bowl to Art Basel to Miami International Boat Show, events occur in Miami that are known around the world! Here are our choices for the “can’t miss” events when visiting the Greater Miami area this Spring and Summer:

Ultra Music Festival

The Spring kicks off as party people from around the world descend on Miami as the Ultra Music Festival takes over Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami March 25-27. This 3-day electronic dance music festival features over 150 entertainers from around the world performing on 7 stages with music, pyrotechnics, lasers and confetti enhancing the performances. If you like music and energy, this is a can’t miss Miami event.

Deering Bay Seafood Festival

Love munching on the delectables from the sea? Then you won’t want to miss the 16th annual Deering Bay Seafood Festival April 10th from 10am-6pm on the grounds of the Deering Estate in Southern Miami-Dade. This family-friendly event features all the great treasures of the sea, chef demonstations, live entertainment and kids activities while exposing visitors and the South Florida community to the historic Deering Estate.

F1 Miami Grand Prix

Rev up your engines and check-out the inaugural Formula 1® Miami Grand Prix taking place May 6-8 on the grounds of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The action will be split across all three days as the greatest car racers in the World compete with Practice on Friday, Qualifying on Saturday and the Grand Prix on Sunday. The newly constructed Miami International Autodrome is a temporary circuit that features a 3.36 mile track with 19 corners and an anticipated average speed of 140mph. Fast and exciting racing on the streets of Miami!!

Miami Swim Week

My dream job? How about towel boy for Miami Swim Week! Why not, I mean it features the most beautiful women in the world modeling the latest swimwear fashion in a series of ticketed events from July 14 – 21 at various venues throughout Miami Beach. It surely gets hot and steamy for fashion lovers at the 2022 Miami Swim Week.

So remember, when traveling to the Greater Miami area this Spring or Summer there is an event for your food-, music-, art- or sports-loving side!

Where to See Christmas Lights in Coconut Grove

If you’re taking a visit to South Florida this holiday season, you’re in luck! Miami has some of the best Christmas lights around. There are plenty of places to see spectacular drive-thru light shows when staying at a South Florida Vacation Rental. These shows have been rated some of the best things to do in Miami over the holiday season. 

The Enchanted Place of North Miami is a South Florida fan favorite. Since 1988, it has been a community effort, with neighbors in the area decorating their homes with flashy Christmas lights. Not only can you drive-thru and see the lights, but you can also pose for photos with Santas, Christmas trees, and snowmen with your entire group. Find this light show at 1800 NE 137th Ter in North Miami. 

Zoo Light at Zoo Miami is another favorite, especially when staying in Coconut Grove vacation rentals. This show features almost one million animal-shaped lights. Families are welcome to walk through the park and admire the lights while hopping on a carousel ride or two. You’ll also get to see and hear carolers, and an amazing 26-foot LED tree. Want a family photo with Santa? He’ll be there too – with milk and cookies!

Santa’s Spectacular: A Drive-Thru Musical Extravaganza is Miami’s first Christmas drive-thru. Get a look at Santa, Mrs. Claus, North Pole Elves, and Rudolph. It’s a spectacular light show you don’t want to miss! The show runs from November 28 to December 23. Tickets cover the costs of one vehicle for six people and will run $45 per vehicle. 

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Planning your next vacation? South Florida is a popular destination, and for many good reasons. It’s hard to find something we don’t love about it. Miami is home to world-class cuisine, beautiful beaches, parks and reserves for nature lovers, and city sights for those who love architecture. It’s a place where anyone who loves the sun and sand can find something to enjoy!

South Florida vacation rentals in Coconut Grove, Miami are among some of the best places to stay during your vacation, especially Hotel Arya. Hotel Arya sits in the heart of Coconut Grove and features deluxe rooms, studios, and 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos that can accommodate any group.

Coconut Grove is a trendy, artsy community located on the Biscayne Bay, which rooms in Miami Vacation Rentals have amazing views of, right in the middle of Miami. It remains an area where people can escape the bustle of city life but enjoy all the fun Miami has to offer. It’s the city’s oldest continuously inhabited area.

The neighborhood, or the Grove as locals call it, was founded in 1873 by artists, pioneers, intellectuals, and adventurers who all left their own flair on its culture. Coconut Grove was officially incorporated as Coconut Grove Village in 1919. On the Westside, you’ll find the historical landmarks of Bahamian descendants who came in the late 1880s as laborers of the Peacock Inn – the first hotel on the South Florida Mainland. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, another beloved historic landmark, is one of the most visited historical sites in the area.

After touring the history of Coconut Grove, you can hang out at local boutiques, cafes, art galleries, and of course, water fun like sailboats, fishing, and beach days!