Hibiscus Island Homes and Neighborhood Guide
The exclusive Hibiscus Island is found in Biscayne Bay, north of the MacArthur Causeway, and is accessible only via Palm Island, just to the South, through a 24 hour-a-day guarded entrance. The island, considered a part of Miami Beach, offers both waterfront and interior lots, and single family homes with a variety of architectural styles. Its’ close proximity to both South Beach and mainland Miami (halfway across the MacArthur causeway) make it a premiere location for enjoying all the spoils of greater Miami, from a private island oasis. Boating is a prime hobby here, since there are no fixed bridges, allowing access to boats of many different sizes. Shared with Palm Island, there’s also a community center with a kids’ park, and courts for tennis, racquetball, and basketball. Residents of Hibiscus Island enjoy breathtaking bay views, quick access to downtown Miami and Miami Beach, and a community perfect for boaters, families, and anyone seeking gorgeous waterfront homes in a safe and secure setting.
Hibiscus Island Homes History:
Hibiscus Island is rich in history tied to the development of Miami Beach. The island was completed in 1922 by the dredging of the waterway by the Army Corps of Engineers, reclaiming the land on which the island sits. This was also the same year in which Palm and Star Islands were completed. In the 1930s, as the Great Depression took effect on real estate and the economy, Hibiscus and Palm Islands became the seasonal winter home for many celebrities including Al Capone. In the 1940s and 50s, during the post-World War II economic expansion and spread of real estate development across Florida, Palm and Hibiscus Islands became the home of the Famous Latin Quarter Nightclub. The Latin Quarter, owned by Lou Walters (father of Barbara Walters), drew crowds of tourists and celebrities each winter, as an epicenter for major entertainers of the time, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett.
Celebrities who have made Hibiscus Island their home:
- Al Capone
Top Things to Do in or near Hibiscus Island:
- Visit the community center shared with Palm Island, offering a children’s park, tennis courts, basketball courts, and racquetball
- Ride jet-skis in Biscayne Bay
- Explore restaurants, lounges, entertainment, or hit the sand at South Beach
- Enjoy the arts and culture on mainland Miami
- Shop luxury retailers at Brickell City Centre in the Brickell financial district
Public Schools for the Hibiscus Island neighborhood:
- South Pointe Elementary
- Nautilus Middle School
- Miami Beach Senior High School