Di Lido Island

Di Lido Island Highlights:
  • Population 230 (2010)
  • One of Miami Beach’s beautiful Venetian Islands
  • Located third from the east within the Venetian chain
  • Considered the island at the forefront of the current Venetian housing rejuvenation movement
  • Home to a variety of US and international celebrities, both major and minor

Located on Miami Beach’s beautiful Biscayne Bay and sandwiched between Greater Miami and Miami Beach itself, the Venetian Islands are a manmade set of islands as well-known for their unique origins. Di Lido Island is situated in what many consider to be the middle of the Venetians – due west of Belle Isle and Rivo Alto Island, and east of Biscayne, San Marco, and San Marino Islands. The Venetian Causeway connects each of these islands to each other as well as to Miami and Miami Beach.

Once the site of numerous, smaller beach homes for locals and snowbirds alike, Di Lido Island has become the new face of the Venetian’s rejuvenation efforts, replacing these older homes with modern, luxurious estates. Newer additions to sea walls, water drainage systems, and other necessities has made Di Lido a boom town for luxury construction. It has drawn in big names from around the world in the process. Though the island is residential, excellent dining, shopping, and cultural events can be found in nearby Miami Beach and Greater Miami.

Did You Know?
  • The Venetian Islands were constructed in the early 20th century by local farmer and development guru John S. Farmer and his business partner and investor Carl G. Fisher, a racing pioneer.
  • The original wooden bridge connecting the Venetians and Miami Beach did not open until 1913 and was at the time the longest wooden bridge in the world. Prior to its completion, Miami Beach was only accessible from the Venetians by ferry.
  • More Venetian Islands were either planned or under construction when the 1926 Miami Hurricane struck. You can still see pilings and other remnants of the abandoned islands from several vantage points on the existing Venetian Islands.
  • Famous residents of Di Lido Island include Belgian artist Arne Quinz, Paulina Rubio, a Mexican singer, actress, and television personality, restaurateur Miles Chefetz, and Ken Lerer, Huffington Post co-founder.
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