Gathering near the front of Cocowalk and other major touristy areas of the Grove are interesting looking contraptions. These are called rickshaws. For those of you who don't know what a rickshaw is, a rickshaw is a transportation vehicle that involves one small cart with two wheels on either side that looks like a tiny, covered bench. This cart has a 5 to 6 foot long pole that extends outward towards the front of the cart and wraps around to the other side. At the front of this pole is where your driver will run and pull you around the Grove. This method of transportation was first discovered in ancient China then later adapted by the Italians. Somehow and with good fortune, the rickshaw made its way to South Florida where we put our own twist on it.
For about $10 a rider, you and your friends can have a 20 minute ride around Coconut Grove on one of these vehicles. While it's not the best way of having a detailed tour of Coconut Grove, it is one heck of a fun way to traverse it.
You and one friend (two friends if you want to squish just a little bit) sit down in the cart and your runner begins at a leisurely pace. However, soon, the runner takes off! You are surrounded in a flurry of trees, lights, cars, and people watching you zoom down the street. Suddenly, things turn even more exciting when your runner hurls himself into the air followed by a sequence of flips and spins, thusly sending you and your cart plummeting down towards the ground at a 90 degree angle. Don't worry, this is all part of the fun. You may even find yourself lying on your back staring up at the sky with your rider standing on the bar just waiting for traffic to clear up! These rickshaw runners are trained professionals and know what they're doing.
I highly recommend this to anyone going to the Coconut Grove area! It is a way to relax and have a whole lot of fun while doing so!
Coconut Grove is a haven for those selling their wares or displaying artistic talents. One of my favorites are the guys who create pictures from spray paint. They are extremely talented and create detailed works of art from cans of spray paint. They are usually outside Cocowalk on the ground floor. A crowd usually gathers to watch them paint, so they are hard to miss.
The open-air style of Coco Walk has been imitated worldwide, but they claim to be the Miami original. Nestled in teh heart of Coconut Grove, Coco Walk's palette offers a variety of world-class shopping, outdoor cafes and bistros and live musical entertainment. The vibrant tropical ambiance, the cool bay breezes and the colorful tapestry of the surrounding area makes it a great destination.