Golden Beach is located on the barrier island that separates the Intracoastal Waterway from the ocean; the entire town is about one mile from north to south, and four blocks from east to west. Golden Beach is known as a very upscale community, and many of its houses are worth over a million dollars. Several celebrities, including Bill Gates and Paul Newman, maintain homes there. The town is surrounded by the cities of Aventura to the west, Sunny Isles Beach to the south, and Hallandale Beach to the north. Another interesting note is that high-rise construction and commercial development are not permitted within the Town limits. The main road through Golden Beach is Collins Avenue, also known as A1A; Golden Beach is one of the few stretches of Collins that does not have sidewalks, and it is also one of the most notorious speed traps in the Miami area. The town has an abnormally large police force for its size, most of which is dedicated to speed control along the main road. The western portion of Golden Beach is closed to the public and accessible only by the invitation of residents.