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Things to do.

Here is just a sample of the many activities on or near Marco Island.  * next to the activity indicates that the activity requires a short drive off the island to Naples.

Sunset walks on beach Fish Jet Ski / Wave run
Para Sail Charter boat rentals Fine dining
Shop Bicycle Tours
Snorkel Scuba Dive Roller Blade
Relax by pool Go to movies Bowling *
Billiards  Mall Shop * Swim
Work out at gym Island Cruises Hiking
Play ground/park Tennis Racquet ball
Skate board Clubs  

 

Where's the BEACH?

Tigertail Public Beach

bulletOpen 8 AM until Sunset Daily
bulletParking $3.00
bulletShowers and Restrooms
bulletConcession Stand for Food and Beverages
bulletRental Stand for Variety of Water Sport Toys, Umbrellas, Chairs, etc.
bulletChildren's Play Area
bulletVolleyball Nets/Courts
bulletEntrance Located at the Intersection of Spinnaker Dr. and Hernando Dr.

South Beach - Public

bulletPublic Parking Lot and Access
bulletOpen 8 AM until Sunset Daily
bulletResident Parking Permit Required for Resident Parking Lot
bulletAdjacent Lot for Public Parking
bulletNo Facilities except restrooms

Walkway Access from Collier Boulevard North of Cape Marco

Residents Beach

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Open 8 AM until Sunset Daily

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Resident Permit Required for Entry

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Showers and Restrooms

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Variety of Vending Machines

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Picnic Area with Chickee Huts and Tables

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Several Chickee Huts and Benches on Beach

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Children's Play Area

Entrance Located at the Intersection of Collier Blvd. and San Marco Road 

Why Marco?

Marco Island is the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida.  It has been described as Magical, Mystical and Paradise.  The attraction is tropical sun-washed white-sand beaches and a casual easy paced life style.  Sunshine, frolicking dolphins, and all of the water and sun sports that go with the beaches are available for your pleasure.  As you cross the Judge Jolley Bridge and look out over the Island and water ways, you get a sense you are entering paradise.   

Marco Island is on the Gulf Coast just a two hour drive through the Everglades from Miami and three and a half hours from Orlando. Built around a canal system, this exclusive Island, measuring only six miles by four, is tranquil, idyllic and the perfect place for a safe family holiday in the sun.

With its beautiful white sands stretching all down the west side of the Island, the beaches are not crowded and unspoiled.  The inviting warm blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a perfect place to bathe or to simply spot the many dolphins that come close to the shore. In particular, the beach provides a perfect vantage point to watch the breathtaking sunsets.                     

                                                                                                                                                                        


 It is the ideal place for those who enjoy water sports - with jet skiing, boat rentals, fishing excursions and even paragliding available on the Island. For those less energetic it is a 20 minute drive into the Everglades where you can take an Airboat ride to discover the wildlife including real wild Alligators. The Island has a number of unique boutiques and shops, providing for all your needs. There is a cinema and over 30 restaurants. Naples is only a twenty minute drive away and with department stores, factory outlet shops and the famous Tin City with its unique small shops, it is a haven for shoppers and bargain hunters. Naples also offers its own beautiful beaches giving even more choice to the holiday maker.                                                                                                      

Golfers paradise is one way of describing Florida. Marco and nearby Naples is no exception. With at least six public courses within 15 minutes and many more within a 30 minute drive, you will be spoilt for choice. All the courses are of the highest standard, with the beautiful Lely Resort offering a choice of two championship courses designed by Lee Travino and Robert Trent Jones. Rates in the summer are very reasonable and can be as little as $30 a round (including cart).  

Marco Island is one of the top Florida destinations for vacationers, and with good reason. Whether you are a family traveling with children, a couple looking for romance, or a group of friends wanting nonstop fun, Marco's prime Florida location and perfect weather guarantee you will have the time of your life!

On Marco Island, your vacation choices are almost endless: Everything from quiet sunsets on the beach to exciting water activities, to world renowned theme parks and world class golfing...all within short distances.  But, perhaps what is most unique about a vacation on Marco Island is that YOU get to choose from so many activities, or just to relax and enjoy the Caribbean breezes and soft sand beaches.  No other place in Florida has so much to offer in terms of proximity to tourist attractions and yet so many ways to relax in an island lifestyle! 
       

If you have a need to get off of Marco Island, it is easy.  Marco Island is connected to the gulf side of Florida by two bridges, so visitors have easy driving access to many Florida attractions, including the Everglades National Park, Disney World, Epcot Center, the new Discovery Cove (where you can actually swim with dolphins!),  Miami's "South Beach" (for the jet set), Naples (for great couture shopping), the Teddy Bear Museum, world class golf courses (15 public and many more semiprivate all within a short driving distance)!, swamp buggy tours, shelling expeditions and much more!

      

But, you won't need to leave Marco Island to have a fabulous vacation.  Unlike many other Florida vacation spots, Marco Island is perfect on its own.  That is why so many vacationers come back year after year!  Marco Island is loved for its soft white sandy beaches, beautiful sea shells, balmy gulf breezes, and stunning gulf sunsets.  The average temperature is a perfect 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit depending on what time of year you visit (May through September being the warmest).  Perhaps that is why the best way to enjoy Marco Island is on the water, and all forms of water craft are available for rent, everything from jet skis, sail boats, catamarans and Kayaks to airboats and full size luxury boats.  Deep sea fishing and casino cruises can even be arranged right from the Island. Dolphin and Manatees love Marco Island too, and you can expect to see many of them in and around the Island!


"Where to eat" is always an issue on Marco Island.  There are so many choices that even "locals" have trouble picking their favorites.  If you prefer intimate gourmet restaurants, you simply must dine at "Olde Marco Inn" or "The Collier House".  And, if you enjoy family style or casual beach eateries, you won't want to miss a real local favorite, the "Snook Inn", located right on the water, with its own boat dock, live island music and seasonal seafood buffet.  One of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset is at "Quinns on the Beach", an island style casual restaurant that is located literally on the beach.  Honestly,  you can even build a sand castle while waiting for your meal to arrive, or take a stroll on the beach to walk off the coconut shrimp appetizer that you couldn't resist.  These are only a few of the great restaurants on Marco.  The list of fresh seafood restaurants alone is amazing! 
       

Even though it is a small island, small enough to literally walk to many of its wonderful beaches, or to bicycle ride around in a single day, Marco Island offers its visitors all of the amenities of full scale city resorts:  tennis, health and fitness clubs (with daily passes available), movie theaters, marinas, local art galleries, and charming island boutiques. Whether you come to play, unwind, or simply pause long enough to catch your breath, any vacation spent on Marco Island is guaranteed to create special times that you will cherish forever. 

History:   

The previous inhabitants of Marco Island were Calusa Indians.  They were skilled artisans and fisherman who inhabited Marco for a thousand years.  They spent their days painting clay masks, weaving fishing nets, and making jewelry.  The Calusa created large mounds out of clam shells and fish bones.  The mounds were an Indian Garbage Dump and are located in the Estates Section.  They are the highest points of elevation in Collier County. 

Around 1870, Captain W.D. Collier arrived on Marco Island and began a career of clamming and fishing.  Captain Collier discovered one of the largest archeological sites in Florida.  Sometime after his find, Frank Hamilton Cushing of the Smithsonian Institute came to Marco and led the "1896 Expedition" as hundreds of artifacts were discovered.  A six inch wooden cat was discovered and became known as the "Key Marco Cat".  

 

In the early 1960's, Marco Island was still undeveloped and infested with mosquitos until the Deltona Development Corporation purchased most of the property on Marco Island.  Deltona developed the Island to what we now know as Marco Island.


 Average Monthly Marco Island Daily Temperatures (Day and Night)       

  Jan Feb March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec
Max. 72 77 78 82 92 89 89 90 95 87 86 84
Min. 51 56 58 61 65 77 72 74 69 69 69 65

                                             

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