Balcony view of bay
Fisher Island - Provident Luxury Suites

History

Fisher Island has elegantly evolved over the years from a wedge of plush vegetation nestled on the waters of Biscayne Bay to a hidden tropical oasis, eventually becoming one of the most luxurious and exclusive destinations in the world.

Created in 1905 through dredging and land reclamation projects, the development of Fisher Island as a luxury destination didn't commence until 1919 when Carl G. Fisher, a prominent real estate mogul, purchased the island from Dana A. Dorsey, South Florida's first African-American millionaire. Over the next five years Mr. Fisher made immense improvements to the island including building infrastructure and erecting a variety of residents. These improvements were so vast that in 1925 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, a well-respected member of the Vanderbilt family, traded his prized 250-foot yacht for the island.

Since that legendary trade and for the next 50 years, Fisher Island held the distinction of being owned by some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world, including:

  • 1944 - 1953: Edward Moore, heir to U.S. Steel
  • 1953 - 1963: Gar Wood, millionaire inventor of hydraulic construction equipment and speedboat enthusiast
  • 1963 - Early 1970's: Bebe Rebozo, Key Biscayne millionaire; George Smathers, United States Senator and Miami native; and Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States and the 36th Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower

From the early 1970's till the 1980's, Fisher Island did not see much in terms of growth; excluding construction of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, operated from 1972 to 1990 under the leadership of Dr. Robert Ginsburg, development on Fisher Island remained stagnant. It wasn't until the mid-1980's when longstanding court battles resolved that luxury development again commenced. Adhering to the same Spanish influenced stylistic choices of the 1920's, developers created many luxurious mansions and condominiums that comprise today's modern Fisher Island, including our accommodations that feature exquisite ocean views and seaside villas. Let Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island introduce you to these luxurious accommodations.

Transfer & Directions

Latitude and Longitude 25.761497,-80.146982

From Miami International Airport - Take State Road 836-East (Dolphin Expressway) to I-395 East, Miami Beach to SR A1A-North to MacArthur Causeway. Make a right onto Terminal Road, proceed to the Fisher Island Ferry for check line and boarding.

From Ft. Lauderdale - Take I-95 South to I-395 East - Miami Beach to SR A1A-North to MacArthur Causeway. Make a right onto Terminal Road, proceed to the Fisher Island Ferry for check line and boarding.

From South Miami - Take US-1-South to 1-95 North to I-395 East - Miami Beach to SR A1A-North to MacArthur Causeway. Make a right onto Terminal Road, proceed to the Fisher Island Ferry for check line and boarding.

Fisher Island Ferry Service
This island is accessible only by yacht or private 24-hour passenger vehicle ferry service conveniently departing from Terminal Road just off Miami Beach's MacArthur Causeway. This tradition goes back to the island's original days when it was the private winter retreat of William K. Vanderbilt. Invited guests require pre-arranged security clearance to board the ferry.

Getting Around Fisher Island
Riding around the island in your golf cart is sure to be fun and is the island's favorite mode of transportation. Each one of our luxury accommodations comes with a golf cart that accommodates up to 4 people.

 


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