I recently saw a Travel Channel special on Fisher Island which said that one could get there on Chalk Ocean Airlines. However there doesn't seem to be a flight on Chalk's webpages that is scheduled to go to Fisher Island. It would be really neat to go that way if it were possible. So the phone and website refer to a charter plane. They charter a deluxe 17 seat Mallard aircraft.
The plane pictured is probably one of the ultra-lights from Rickenbacker and not Chalk's.
We saw this helicopter parked on Fisher Island. I cannot find what the price would be for a ride to the island, but there is a website which says: "The Inn at Fisher Island, on a 216-acre island off the coast of south Florida, offers a romantic getaway package that runs $50,000 per couple. As you would expect at that price, the service and amenities are obscenely hedonistic.. Couples are picked up in a luxury helicopter at the airport".
So it may be included in the price of the hotel.
This ferry leaves every 15 minutes and runs 24 hours a day. So while we can avoid most traffic by leaving or coming into Government Cut at night, we still have to dodge these ferrys
Hotel website says: "Only Residents, Their Guests and Guests of the Club Are Permitted to Make the Seven Minute Pictureque Water Crossing From Miami Beach to Fisher Island." Residents get first priority.
Directions - From US1 Merge on to I-95 North
Make SHARP RIGHT TURN on I-395 E.
I-395 E becomes MACARTHUR CSWY/US-41 E.
MACARTHUR CSWY leads to FISHER ISLAND FERRY on your right. FISHER ISLAND FERRY becomes FISHER ISLAND DR.
(Car Ferry every 15 minutes /NO fare/Need Clearance)
Fisher Island is really off the beaten track. There is no bridge to Fisher Island. People like Pete Sampras and Oprah come to vacation here.
You cannot get to Fisher Island unless you own property there or are a guest at the Inn. There is a free ferry every 15 minutes, or you can also come via your own yacht, or by heliocopter.
I thought when I took this picture that it was a golf course. But I see when I look at the map of the island that the golf course (private, 9 hole, 6200 yds, Par 70, CR-69.8, S-125) is in the middle of the island so I could not have seen it from the water.
Their website says:
"A par 35 championship nine-hole golf course designed by celebrate course architect P.B. Dye, The Links at Fisher Island has hosted several nationally televised PGA and Senior PGA shoot-outs. An adjacent double-ended driving range provides Club members with elevated, flagged target areas on one end and a lesson tee on the other. Alongside, Fisher Island's 10,000 square-foot Golf Clubhouse offers The Grill, one of Miami's most celebrated outside or inside lunch spots."
The island also has tennis courts (18 lighted Har-Tru clay, grass and hard courts. The Tennis Center also features a center court where tournaments are staged, plus a delightful terrace with a snack bar and attractive pro-shop.), two surge-proof, deep-water marinas with 131 slips capable of accommodating yachts up to 200+ feet, pools and extensive beaches.
Equipment: I know the beach supplies chairs and umbrellas and drinks. I would not be surprised if you could get tennis racquets and possibly even golf clubs to use. I'm pretty sure you have to bring your own boat to the marina, although I think you can also charter one.
The "Tale of the Tape" (or the statitstics on Fisher Island).
Population (year 2000): 467
Median resident age: 51.4 years
Median household income: $200,001 (year 2000)
Median house value: $450,000 (year 2000)
Fisher Island compared to Florida state average:
* Median household income significantly above state average.
* Median house value significantly above state average.
* Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
* Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
* Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
* Median age significantly above state average.
* Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
* Renting percentage significantly below state average.
* House age significantly below state average.
* Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.
Fondest memory: Races in Fisher Island:
* White Non-Hispanic (77.9%)
Ancestries: Russian (11.6%), English (9.6%), United States (6.2%), Irish (5.8%), German (5.6%), Scottish (5.1%).
* Hispanic (14.8%)
* Black (3.2%)
20.1% Foreign born (9.4% Europe, 6.4% Asia, 2.8% Latin America).
For population 25 years and over in Fisher Island
* High school or higher: 97.4%
* Bachelor's degree or higher: 68.2%
* Graduate or professional degree: 50.3%
* Unemployed: 0.0%
* Mean travel time to work: 15.0 minutes