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Fisher Island, Miami Travel Guide

Fisher Island Summary



  • Only accessible by ferry, boat, helicopter, or seaplane
  • Residents have priority over hotel guests on ferries
  • No dining outside the resort
  • No shopping
  • No nightlife
  • No museums
  • Occasional chilly days between December and February
  • Sweltering humidity in the summer, especially August and September
  • Slight hurricane potential from June 1 to Nov. 30

What It's Like

A 10-minute ferry ride from the Miami mainland, Fisher Island was developed as a winter estate by William Vanderbilt II in 1925. Now this lush 216-acre island is home to one of the wealthiest residential communities in the country. The private Fisher Island Club presides over the posh residences and the 45-room Fisher Island Hotel & Resort. The setting evokes a different era: Peacocks roam the island and tuxedo-clad waiters know residents by name.

Where to Stay

Unless you're the lucky owner of a Fisher Island residence, there's only one place to stay: the Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, which has a top-notch tennis center, a nine-hole golf course, multiple pools, two marinas, and a 22,000-square-foot fitness center and spa.

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