Miami Beach / Star Island / Palm Island / Hibiscus Island
Miami Beach is located on the coast of Miami-Dade County, comprised of a group of natural and man-made barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The community was incorporated on March 26, 1915. Miami Beach began in 1870, when father and son Henry and Charles Lum purchased the uninhabited land for 25 cents an acre. The Biscayne House of Refuge was the first structure constructed in 1876 by the United States Life-Saving Service to provide food, water, and shelter for people who...
Miami Beach is located on the coast of Miami-Dade County, comprised of a group of natural and man-made barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The community was incorporated on March 26, 1915. Miami Beach began in 1870, when father and son Henry and Charles Lum purchased the uninhabited land for 25 cents an acre. The Biscayne House of Refuge was the first structure constructed in 1876 by the United States Life-Saving Service to provide food, water, and shelter for people who were shipwrecked. Today Miami Beach is filled with exciting activities and entertainment for everyone. South Beach, also known as SoBe, is a popular destination for both residents and visitors. Besides the beach, there are many restaurants to dine, boutiques for shopping and luxury hotels to stay. Ocean Drive is the center of the Miami Art Deco District, with about 800 preserved buildings. The road begins at South Pointe to 15th Street. The famous Versace mansion is located on Ocean Drive and is one of the most photographed houses in North America. Lincoln Road began around 1912, when Carl Fisher, an American entrepreneur, cleared the land that was covered by a forest of mangroves. Today Lincoln Road is a pedestrian road between 16th Street and 17th Street, running east-west with shops, restaurants, galleries, a theater, and the New World Center concert hall. The City of Miami Beach attracts visitors from around the world because of its assortment of amenities as well as being a trend-setting arts and entertainment destination. The area is tourist-friendly and a hot vacation spot for all that it has to offer.
Star Island, Palm Island, Hibiscus Island, the Venetian Islands to the north and Fisher Island to the south are reclaimed, man-made islands as a result of dredging by the Army Corps of Engineers completed in 1922. The land was initially owned by developer Carl Fisher, who purchased several land parcels of what would become the city of Miami Beach. Palm, Hibiscus and Star are three barrier islands east of Miami Beach accessible by land via the MacArthur Causeway and surrounded on all sides by Biscayne Bay for fabulous skyline views of downtown Miami and Miami Beach thus a perfect location for avid boaters. Hibiscus Island is only an area of 82 acres. The guard gated twin islands of Hibiscus and Palm Island became the winter home of such notables as Al Capone and many celebrities still to this day. Star Island is just east of Palm and Hibiscus Islands with approximately 30 home sites. Star Island is a very fitting name for the high-profile music, sports and entertainment figures including Gloria Estefan, Shaquille O’Neil, Rosie O’Donnell, Kanye West that have called this island paradise home. All three islands are revered as one of Miami Beach’s most luxurious and exclusive residential locations.
Fisher Island is a barrier island with the highest per capita income of any place in the United States. Named for automotive parts pioneer and beach real estate developer Carl G. Fisher, who once owned it, Fisher Island is three miles off shore of mainland South Florida. No road or causeway connects to the island, which is accessible by private boat or ferry. Once a one-family island home of the Vanderbilts, and later several other millionaires, it was sold for development in the 1960s but sat vacant for over 15 years until development on the island began in the 1980s. Fisher Island still remains somewhat inaccessible to the public and uninvited guests, and is as exclusive by modern standards as it was in the days of the Vanderbilts, providing similar refuge and retreat for its residents including many celebrities. The island contains mansions, a hotel, several condo buildings, an observatory, and a private marina. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Miami skyline, The Links at Fisher Island is South Florida’s most exclusive private island country club and golf course including racquet club, casual and fine dining restaurants, spa, salon and wellness center. Today's Fisher Island is equally exclusive and private, and represents one of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S. At the heart of this exquisite tropical retreat is the incomparable Fisher Island Club. This Miami Beach resort alternative and luxury country club offers members and guests with the finest residential and recreational amenities to be found anywhere in the world.