The Venetian Islands in Miami Beach are home to some of the most gorgeous waterfront homes in South Florida. The Venetian Islands are a series of man-made islands in Biscayne Bay in the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. The islands are, from west to east: Biscayne Island (Miami), San Marco Island (Miami), San Marino Island (Miami Beach), Di Lido Island (Miami Beach), Rivo Alto Island (Miami Beach), and Belle Isle (Miami Beach). The two westernmost islands are part of the city of Miami while the four easternmost islands are part of the city of Miami Beach.
In the 1920’s there was a Florida Land Boom of dredging and “island building”, new waterfront real estate was popular. Initially, Biscayne Island was not part of the Venetian Islands plan. It was actually home to the Viking Field airport, primarily used for seaplanes. Later in 1936 it was reconstructed into residential land and made into one of the Venetian Islands.
The original toll bridge, called the Collins Bridge, opened in 1913. It was built by farmer and developer John S. Collins. Measuring 2.5 miles it was the longest wooden bridge in the world at the time. It was a pioneering development as the only way there was to get to the newly established city of Miami Beach back then was through ferry service.
However, by 1925 it was replaced by a series of arch drawbridges and renamed the Venetian Causeway. Today, the causeway is a popular road for people to jog, ride bikes, walk dogs and stroll. The islands being located between, and within minutes of, Miami Beach’s South Beach and Miami’s new Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts offer its residents a suburb retreat. Here residents can escape the city’s rowdiness and hype or they can just as easily and quickly join in the festivities for a fun time out.