An exclusive community only accessible by ferry, Fisher Island is located off the southern tip of Miami Beach. With famous former residents like Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts and once the winter estate of William Vanderbilt II, Fisher Island is a private residential community that markets itself as offering a luxury resort lifestyle. Less than a square mile in length, you can see the exclusive community in all its glory from Biscayne Bay, a mysterious island surrounded by Miami’s coral blue waters.
South Florida isn’t shy when it comes to showing off its wealth, and Fisher Island is no exception. From its tropical landscaping to the Mediterranean architecture, this seemingly 216-acre secretive enclave sits just three miles from the shores of Miami. Home to only around 700 families, Fisher Island is considered America’s richest zip code according to the 2010 census.
The island’s private 5-star Fisher Island Hotel and Resort is nestled against the posh residences, where it’s not uncommon to see peacocks roaming the island next to tuxedo-clad waiters. First class at its finest, those lucky enough to snag one of the 45 rooms at this upscale hotel will find top-notch services and amenities, sure to make you feel like you’re an A-list celebrity on vacation. Even the entrance is grand, opening up to an outdoor stone-paved courtyard with large sofas that circle a giant banyan tree imported by the Vanderbilts from India.
You’ll find eight restaurants on the island, including several high-end steakhouses, in addition to a 9-hole golf course and 18 tennis courts, some with the Wimbledon surface and others with the clay surface found at the French Open. Spoiled for choice, you can also soak in Florida’s famous sunshine on soft sands imported from Bermuda on the mile of private beachfront or relax your muscles at the large public spa.
There are no roads on the island, and its idyllic setting is only accessible by a secured ferry, strictly forbidden to outsiders. While the ferry is the predominant way of getting to the island, residents can also park their boats along Fisher Island’s crowded docks. Most likely the most expensive parking space in Florida, it is said to cost around $500,000 to purchase a permanent spot. Those who prefer to travel by air, however, can also land their private helicopter on Vanderbilt’s old parking spot.