Residents and visitors can enter the city either via Miami International or Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airports, or even by cruise ship into the Port of Miami and be in Sunny Isles Beach within 20 to 30 minutes. Almost one million vacationers visit Sunny Isles Beach annually to enjoy the 2 mile-long beach line other outdoor amenities, such as water sports, boating, fishing, and tennis, including the abundant shopping, dining and entertainment options nearby. The landmark fishing pier is a local favorite, while the beautiful Samson Oceanfront Park provides a space to relax and enjoy the sunrise, and will soon include a new children’s playground, along with renovated facilities.
The history of the area is certainly one of rapid development and continuous expansion and construction. In 1920, Harvey Baker Graves, a private investor, purchased a 2 square mile tract of land for development as a tourist resort. He named it Sunny Isles, playfully calling it The Venice of America.
When the Haulover bridge was completed in 1925, the area finally became accessible from Miami Beach, attracting developers who widened streams, dug canals and inlets and created islands and peninsulas for building waterfront properties on Biscayne Bay. In the 1920’s, Carl G. Fisher built an all-wooden racetrack with stands for 12,000 spectators, known as the Fulford-Miami Speedway. This event, in 1926, dubbed "Carl G. Fisher Cup Race," was a forerunner to the auto races at Sebring and Daytona. In September 1926, after just one race, the track was destroyed by the 1926 Miami Hurricane. This event was held in Fulford-by-the-sea, which is today's North Miami Beach. Sunny Isles Beach was known as North Miami Beach until 1931, until inevitably taking its names of Sunny Isles.
Sunny Isles is located on a barrier island in northeast Miami-Dade County, Florida. The city is coasted by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal on the west. Also, Golden Beach lies to the north, with Bal Harbour and Haulover Park immediately to the south. Sunny Isles is additionally halfway between downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale, with easy access to multiple business centers, various types of entertainment, sports and recreational facilities, and other tourist attractions.
In 1997, the citizens of the area voted to incorporate as a municipality. Sunny Isles was renamed Sunny Isles Beach. Sunny Isles Beach began major redevelopment during the real estate boom of the early 2000’s, with mostly luxury high-rise condominiums and some hotels under construction along the beach side of Collins Avenue, replacing most of the historic one- and two-story motels along Motel Row. In 2011, construction began on two more high-rises, Regalia, located on the northern border of the city along A1A, and The Mansions at Acqualina, located adjacent to the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. Sunny Isles Beach clearly has had tremendous success, and only continues to grow as you consider it for your next place of residence.