Miami Beach's Venetian Islands Condos + Neighborhood
Welcome to Miami Beach's Venetian Islands
Luxurious island-living, delivering the beauty of Italy, with direct access to Miami’s legendary beaches and a world-class arts and entertainment scene
Life in Venetian Islands
Combining the beauty of Venice and the appeal of unobtrusive island-living, the Venetian Islands make up an extraordinary retreat to call home. Lavish homes come surrounded by mile upon miles of open waters. A most sought-after residential neighborhood, the islands are only minutes from South Beach and the Arts and Entertainment District, offering instant access to Miami’s top lifestyle destinations.
You can begin the day biking or jogging through the islands and up the causeway. Separate biking paths and limited traffic make it that much easier to soak in the views. Catch the causeway to work Downtown, relish an after-work performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center, or party through the weekend in South Beach. With the Causeway being a toll bridge, residents can enjoy a smoother ride as compared to other causeways in Miami. An annual causeway pass makes transit cheaper and more convenient for island dwellers.
Six, man-made islands, namely Biscayne Island, San Marco, San Marino, Di Lido, Rivo Alto and Belle Isle are known as the Venetian Islands. Together, the islands boast of a spectacular landscape that appeals to even the most discerning of buyers. Neatly carved out roads dotted with swaying palms, lavish waterfront homes – both modern and traditional, and a handful of condos and local conveniences make up the landscape here. Di Lido, San Marino and Rivo Alto are home to most of the single-family residences. Here, you’ll find a majority of the abodes retaining coral-stone exteriors, spacious patios and travertine floors that are characteristic of the Mediterranean revival style. While you can choose between waterfront and dry lot abodes, each and every stunningly appointed residence will come with fantastic views.
The centralized location and natural beauty of the Venetian Islands have turned them into some of the most exquisite and expensive pieces of real estate in Miami. The islands also hold major appeal as winter homes for socialites, actors and celebrities.
In order to maintain an uninterrupted island lifestyle, there’s only a handful of local businesses and restaurants setup on Venetian Islands. However, residents don’t miss out on any of the action, since South Beach and the Arts & Entertainment District are a short ride down the Venetian Causeway.
Eat – Restaurant options are limited on the islands to keep things exclusive. Also, with South Beach and Downtown being easily accessible, residents can get to Miami’s hottest eateries within minutes. For now, Full Bloom on Belle Isle is the only option. This gourmet restaurant with direct Bay views offers an extensive raw and vegan menu.
Play – The Venetian Causeway Park on Biscayne Island and the Belle Isle Park feature jogging and biking trails, creating a great lush environment for island residents to unwind.
Venetian Islands come strung together by the Venetian Causeway and surrounded by the Bay on all sides. Its neighbors are South Beach, Mid-Beach, Watson/Jungle Island, Port of Miami, Arts & Entertainment District and Edgewater.
Sea Isle Marina and yachting center – 10 minutes by car
Art and Entertainment District/Adrienne Arsht Center – 8 minutes by car/12 minutes by bike
Pérez Art Museum/Museum Park - 8 minutes by car/16 minutes by bike
AmericanAirlines Arena/Downtown - 10 minutes by car/17 minutes by bike
Edgewater - 10 minutes by car/15 minutes by bike
South Beach (Lincoln Road Mall) – 12 minutes by car/10 minutes by bike
Jungle Island – 15 minutes by car
Mid-Beach - 15 minutes by car
Mount Sinai Medical Center – 15 minutes away
Port of Miami – 15-minute car ride
Miami International Airport - 20-minute car ride
Venetian Causeway – Instant access
Public Transit Options –The Metrobus operates to connect the islands to Downtown and the Metrorail along with the South Beach Local in Miami Beach. Additionally, some of the most well-maintained bike lanes in the city along the Causeway make the pedaled commute easier.
A Brief History of Venetian Islands and Where It’s Headed
The Venetian Islands represent one of the hottest pieces of real estate in Miami. Initially, there was no plan to create these six man-made islands when the Causeway was first envisioned1. However, the Biscayne Bay improvement Company started selling underwater lots with the promise that buyers would receive land on an island. By the 1920s, construction of the Causeway, and later Islands, went into full swing along with the Florida land boom.
The Venetian Islands were developed east to west, going from Belle Isle to Rivo Alto, Di Lido, San Marino, San Marco and Biscayne Island. Initially, four islands came into being – Rivo Alto, Di Lido, San Marino and San Marco. They were, at the time, connected by one of the world’s longest wooden bridges – the 2.5-mile long Collins Bridge. All of these islands and the new bascule bridge were built by 1926.
Biscayne Island was first developed and inhabited by the Viking Field airport, essentially used for seaplanes. It was later proposed for residential use in 1936 and the airport was shut down in 1937. There was another causeway that was to be built and called “The Drive of the Campanili”2. This causeway would connect Di Lido Island to Hibiscus Island, and continue to Indian Creek Village with five more islands on the way. However, it never came to fruition.
Today, the six islands and causeway stand as a true reflection of the times’ themed designs. During the 1920s, it was quite popular to style environs based on themes. Venice was the theme of choice for the islands and causeway, as is visible now with old-fashioned lampposts, parallel ‘x’ designs for better view on the causeway and Mediterranean Revival-style homes on the islands. The Venetian islands have always been pricey as compared to most of Miami’s real estate. With exclusive island-living up for grabs, the pricing trends here are expected only to escalate.