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Matheson Hammock

The waterfront national park in Coral Gables, Matheson Hammock, adjacent to Fairchild Gardens, transforms at sunset from “lifeguarded swim cove and seaside playground” into quite the romantic sunset experience.  The Red Fish Grill, a coral rock waterfront restaurant at the far end of the cove,  offers seaside dining … the outdoor patio of which is charming.  The menu is very much on the tropical side, offering a vast array of seafood or fish dishes, with a few Miami favorites thrown in … like churrasco with chimmichurri sauce, and crab cakes.   Entering Matheson Hammock Park from Old Cutler, you meander past mangroves, marinas, picnic and recreational areas.   At the far end of the park,  there is a kite surfing area to one side, and a protected cove or inlet (with lifeguard stations,  shallow water, sandy beach with picnic tables and palm trees) to the other side.  This is where the Red Fish Grill sits… in it’s coral rock historic site.  A good place to take out-of-town visitors … and a good place to remember if you’e fortunate enough to live in Coral Gables or Pinecrest … because this beautiful little beach is literally minutes from home!