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Fisher Island

Fisher Island, Florida

An exclusive home to the rich and famous, Fisher Island is located 3 miles (5 kilometers off the coast from Miami. The mansions, apartments, and yachts docked in the marina are owned by some of Florida’s wealthiest citizens. No roads or bridges lead to the island; it is accessible only by ferry or private invitation. There is a golf course and two hotels on the island.

Fisher Island is prime real estate with some of the highest per capita incomes found anywhere in the United States. The island is surrounded by warm, turquoise waters and lined with white sand beaches. This luxurious and tropical private island can be seen during several Miami tours including helicopter tours, seaplane tours, and boat tours, but typically can only be visited by invitation.

  • Fisher Island is ideal for travelers seeking quiet luxury.
  • One of the exclusive hotels on the island is a former Vanderbilt retreat.
  • There are no bridges to Fisher Island; all arrivals are by boat.
  • Fisher Island is private and an invitation from a resident or a hotel reservation is required to visit.

Fisher Island is located off the southern tip of Miami in Biscayne Bay. It can’t be reached by car or bridge; visitors must take the ferry (or a private boat). The ferry runs 24 hours a day and departs every 30 minutes from Terminal Island Road just off Miami Beach’s MacArthur Causeway.

The most popular time to visit Fisher Island (and Miami in general) is during the winter months when temperatures are warm and people from snow-covered places travel south seeking sun and surf. The late summer and early fall are prime season for hurricanes; people planning a trip during this time often do so at the last minute. The summer months can be hot and humid.

One of the best ways to get the lay of the land in Miami is with a bird’s eye view. Book a tour in a helicopter or a seaplane to experience a new perspective on South Beach and Fisher Island. The flight also includes views of the downtown Miami skyline, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables.

No, the beaches on Fisher Island are not open to the public, except for guests staying at Fisher Island Hotel and Resort or guests of residents on the island. Fisher Island Hotel and Resort considers their beachfront one of the most exclusive private beaches in the state of Florida.

Yes, tourists can stay overnight on Fisher Island at the Fisher Island Hotel and Resort. Fisher Island is a members-only residential island, frequented by the rich and famous. Guests should be aware that rates for Fisher Island Hotel and Resort are expensive, even compared to the most lavish hotels on Miami Beach.

The only way to get to Fisher Island from Downtown Miami (and any other location) is by boat. Unless you have a private yacht, you’ll need to take the 24-hour ferry to Fisher Island. The ferry departs near Miami Beach’s MacArthur Causeway, though guests must pre-arrange a security clearance check.

No, most tours associated with Fisher Island are boat and helicopter tours that depart from Miami and the surrounding area. None of these tours stop on Fisher Island itself. Guests of Fisher Island Hotel and Resort may be able to arrange an informal tour, but there are no public tours.

Fisher Island was an undeveloped piece of land in Biscayne Bay attached to Miami Beach. Fisher Island was split from Miami Beach in 1905, changing ownership throughout the century. The 1980s saw the development of Fisher Island Club and a massive restoration process took place in the 2000s.

Yes, if you secure an invitation to the Fisher Island Club or through a resident, a visit to Fisher Island is worth it to see a luxurious side of Florida few get the chance to experience. Keep in mind that even with an invite, transfer, access, and amenity fees are pricey.


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