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Camp Biscayne, a rustic winter resort was founded in 1903 by Ralph Middleton Munroe so that there would be "a stopping place in Coconut Grove, Florida", as the Peacock Inn had closed in 1902. Located a few lots south of the Barnacle (now the Barnacle Historic State Park), Camp Biscayne catered primarily to those who were interested in sailing, fishing, and the simple life. By 1925 when Camp Biscayne was closed there were several cottages and a main lodge which seated 100 people in the dining room.

At Camp Biscayne, Munroe preserved as much of the hammock (tropical forest) as possible because he believed that it had "worked out its life's problems and established itself as the legitimate occupant of the land." Using the trees in the hammock for inspiration he named each of the 11 cottages for a native tree or for an ornamental. Each tree was tagged and a list of the trees was available to guests.

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