While south Florida’s rich culture can be defined by many things, there’s no denying that we live in one of the most culturally diverse states in the nation, with a variety of other heritages making their impact on our cities and neighborhoods. With all this diversity at our fingertips, we can experience these cultures by visiting locally owned, ethnic restaurants or attending cultural events on the weekends. All of this makes up Florida’s own unique culture, and we believe a great way of experiencing all that’s unique to Florida is to visit historic neighborhoods. Below, we’re talking about a few of our favorite, most picturesque areas of south Florida, where they’re located, and a brief history on each, so you can take the perfect trip down Florida’s memory lane.
Coconut Grove- Miami, Florida
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Just south of the bustling downtown area of Miami is the quiet, quaint, and secluded neighborhood of Coconut Grove. Established in 1873, this area is known as “Bohemia by the Bay”, and derived its name from one of the first settlers who noticed the abundance of coconut palm trees! Throughout its history, Coconut Grove was a family-oriented community, opening many historic schools and churches that still exist today, and served as a home to many stationed military members and their families during World War I. Today, it stands as a huge artistic and business hub, incorporating its history into the modern day influence of the 21st century. Click here for a historic walking map to explore the area, and visit their website to learn more about events happening in the community.
Old Floresta- Boca Raton, Florida
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In October of 1925, the famous Addison Mizner ordered his development company to begin construction on some 29 houses that would be known as the Old Floresta neighborhood. Mizner began this project to get the ball rolling on building developments in Boca Raton. Situated just west of the beautiful Mizner Park, Old Floresta is the perfect neighborhood to take a stroll through to get some design inspiration, and to take in the beauty of some of the most charming homes in south Florida. Click here to learn more about this neighborhood’s unique history and how it played a large role in the development of the city of Boca Raton.
Old Town- Key West, Florida
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Probably one of the most well-known historic areas in southern Florida, the old neighborhoods of Key West represent the most notable parts of Florida’s beginnings, from the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon in 1521 to playing a major role in the Industrial Revolution and the development of the railroad transportation. Today, Spanish and Cuban influences still reign, now incorporated with the seaside-village feel that makes it a huge tourism destination. Explore this historic area by taking an Old Town Trolley Tour, and visit the website for all the tools you need to plan your next exploration vacation.