City Profile: Coral Gables

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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Historic architecture, gardens, and entertainment await in this Miami suburb.

Coral Gables was the result of the efforts of George Merrick, who dreamed of creating a small community close to the rapidly expanding City of Miami. Merrick sold the citrus groves he had inherited to investors and began developing the area in 1921. By 1924 the area had over 600 homes, churches and businesses.

Many buildings and districts of Coral Gables are meticulously preserved as historic landmarks, offering a glimpse at Merrick's grand vision. The Coral Gables City Hall and Douglas Road Entrance are two vestiges of Coral Gables' interesting history, reflecting the Mediterranean style that dominates the city.

The area has a wealth of culinary cuisine, jazz cafes, and scenic walks perfect for after-dinner strolls. The Village of Merrick Park is a Mediterranean-style village featuring a fashionable collection of 115 luxury boutiques and restaurants set amid a delightful tropical garden. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden includes 83-acres of tropical plants from around the world, plus a conservatory,  museum, rainforest, garden shop, cafe and narrated tram tours. Coral Gables is a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoyable entertainment right outside the city limits of Miami.

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Jacob Oram
Jacob Oram April 21, 2013 10:37 PM
Nice city