Nestled on Florida’s west coast and adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico is Marco Island, Florida. As the largest barrier island comprising what is known as southwest Florida’s “Ten Thousand Islands,” Marco Island is known for its mangroves and close proximity to the Everglades, its beautiful, pristine beaches, fine dining, outdoor recreational activities, and tropical climate. Marco Island, Florida provides the visitor with incredible scenic views of sun-kissed beaches, turquoise waters, and Florida wildlife at its finest. Approximately four miles of sandy beach stretches across the island featuring some of Florida’s most prestigious and unique resorts.
Offering activities for every tourist, a stay at Marco Island may include recreational activities for the adventurous spirit as well as the laid back individual who likes to remain close to the ground. Water sports are in demand and there are many parasailing excursions for the fearless individual to participate in. Other activities include wave runner events, dolphin watching tours, manatee excursions, fishing charters, kayaking, snorkeling and diving and dinner cruises. Golf lovers will find plenty of lush, green courses to spend their time with, while fine shopping experiences and boutiques dot the island. Additionally, Marco Island’s nearness to the Everglades makes eco tours a popular attraction.
There are airboat tours that take visitors through the waters for a close-up encounter with the wonder and beauty of the Everglades and its natural wildlife. Close to Marco Island is the Briggs Nature Center where those who would like to view Florida’s fauna and participate in bird watching may explore some of Florida’s most beautiful scenic wonders. Museums, wildlife parks and sanctuaries and diving trips, all make a trip to Marco Island and adventurous experience not soon to be forgotten. Marco Island also features luxurious as well as distinctive resorts that will cater to your every whim while pampering your body into a truly relaxed and blissful state.
With a Mediterranean flair, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort features gorgeous architecture combined with unspoiled landscaping and a unique view of pampering each visitor to this luxury getaway. Other popular resorts include the Marco Island Hilton Beach Resort and Spa and the Boat House Motel that offers a unique, waterfront view of the island.
Offering modern amenities with old Florida charm, there are always seasonal activities and events taking place throughout the island. Peak season is from May through December and the island features plenty of historical locations that bring Florida’s rich history to life. In addition to museums, landmarks and natural preserves, Marco Island features the Cushing Archaeological Site, located opposite the Riverside condominium, and has been known to unearth some of the nation’s most important historical treasures. History lovers will enjoy a visit to Old Marco Island’s historical regions as well as the island’s modern day marvels.
Home to numerous fine dining experiences, some of the most popular eateries include Todd’s at Tigertail, Quinn’s on the Beach, the Sand Bar, Old Marco Lodge Crabhouse, Marco Polo Restaurant, and the House of Mozart.
From gulf sea breezes and romantic sunsets to the cultural attraction of Old Florida, Marco Island provides a wealth of experiences for visitors year round.