The General Douglas MacArthur Causeway is a six-lane causeway which connects Downtown, Miami, Florida and South Beach, Miami Beach via Biscayne Bay.
The highway is the singular roadway connecting the mainland and beaches to Watson Island and the bay neighborhoods of Palm Island, Hibiscus Island, and Star Island. The MacArthur Causeway carries State Road 836 and State Road A1A over the Biscayne Bay. Interstate 395 ends at Fountain Street, the entrance to Palm Island Park which has a traffic light as well as bus stops.
In the late 1910s, with the deteriorating wooden Collins Bridge (now, the Venetian Causeway) as the only direct land route between mainland Miami and the barrier islands of Miami Beach, construction on the roadway began in 1917. The roadway, dedicated as the County Causeway, was completed in 1920. Watson Island was reclaimed surrounding the western end of the roadway, completed in 1926.
Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to MacArthur Causeway Bridge by using our Miami trip builder website .
Tours To MacArthur Causeway Bridge
Miami City Tour with Shopping and Bay Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $39
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
1 Hr FUN, FUN Jetski Tour (12 mile) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $159
Duration: 1 hour
MacArthur Causeway Bridge Reviews
This is the major route to Miami Beach, a very long bridge that will take you across the bay harbor and along the way you will enjoy some great views of the skylines of both cities. more »
There were some works done here late June/early July we were there but despite this, this bridge turned out to be our daily route as we visited everything interesting in Miami downtown from the... more »
Places to stay near MacArthur Causeway Bridge
Plan your trip to Miami
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Side trips from Miami
View all ›
Hidden gems in Miami
Parks in Miami
Plans to MacArthur Causeway Bridge by other users
60 days in United States, Niagara-on-the-Lake & San Juan BY INDECISIVE TRAVELER April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Miami BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 46 days in Miami BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 27 days in Florida BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in Miami BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium