At the midway point between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach – floating atop the waters of Biscayne Bay – are the Venetian Islands: a chain of 6 man-made islands, each connected by bridge and home to some of the city’s most luxurious residences and breathtaking waterfront views.
The six islands, from west to east are as follows: Biscayne Island, San Marco Island, San Marino Island, Di Lido Island, Rivo Alto Island, and Belle Isle. The former three are considered part of Miami, while the latter three are considered part of Miami Beach.
An almost exclusively residential area, the Venetian Islands feature some of the finest homes (many of them outright mansions) in all of Miami, with only a handful of condo options to choose from. If you’re interested in those, your best bet is to search either end of the chain, either on the westernmost Biscayne Island – which features a pair of older buildings – or the easternmost Belle Isle, whose close proximity to Miami Beach has given rise to a number of mid and high-rise towers. The remaining 4 islands are comprised solely of homes, and sport a uniquely removed, suburban feel. However, virtually any errand must be run outside the islands, either on the beach or the mainland. But what the islands lack in everyday conveniences and attractions, they make up for in world-class natural beauty, with stunning waterfront views, oceanic breezes, and the absolute best stretch of cycling/running/walking road Miami has to offer along the Venetian Causeway.
There’s also the obvious pro of its proximity to either end of the Miami spectrum. Head west on the Venetian Causeway for easy access to the Edgewater and surrounding Downtown areas – home to a number of renowned entertainment and artistic destinations – or journey east toward the heart of South Beach’s dining and nightlife scene.
Chock full of families, lavish homes and fantastic views – plus a truly central location – the Venetian Islands are undoubtedly among Miami’s finest in waterfront living.
2.8-mile long road connecting Downtown Miami and Miami beach that runs through each island; popular for cycling, walking, and general exercising.