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    Pool Time

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 16, 2015

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    I love that the pool at my MIL's condo is heated. During our visit we had some windy weather whcih made it seem alot colder than it was. Having a heated pool made going in the pool alot nicer. I enjoyed sitting on a beach chair at the pool relaxing or taking a dip in the pool.

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    The Esplanade Shoppes

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 16, 2015

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    My wife and her Mother hit this spot for shopping without me as I wanted to get some work done on my laptop at the condo. We did come back together later in the week to dine at CJ's.

    The Esplanade shops have more upscale type boutique stores that my MIl and wife really enjoy. They came back with several bags of merchandise from their shopping excursion.

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    Sunset Beach Walks

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 16, 2015

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    Sunset Beach Walks are always part of any visit to Marco Island. The sunsets here are quite nice and we enjoy walking the beach when it gets cooler in temperature. The beach is a long stretch for walking which is nice exercise. Our walks usually ended up at Quinn's beach bar for a cocktail before dinner. We usually walk together but I gave my MIL and wife some space during our last trip and let them just enjoy being with each other.

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    collier-seminole state park

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    collier-seminole state park is about 5 miles south of marco island on US 41. this interesting state park has hammock, mangrove island, and salt water marsh ecosystems. the state park offers camping, fishing, nature trails, and canoe rentals. a very worth while place to visit when in the marco island area. pictured is an example of the park mangrove ecosystem.

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    walking dredge

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    pictured is the 1924 "walking" dredge on display at collier-seminole state park. this historic piece of equipment was used to build the tamiami trail (US 41) in the 1920's. the tamiami trail is a highway that runs between tampa and miami. construction of this highway had great impact on the development of southwest florida.

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  • Marco Island Beach Combing

    by Foriano Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fresh shells wash onto the Gulf Shore each morning, and we are looking for great specimens to take back home with us to create seascapes for display.

    Next, we considered taking Wave Runners out along the Gulf and inland waterways of the Everglades.

    Early morning shelling among the gulls Beachcomber's view of Eagle's Nest Villas Doreen on Naples Beach Rosso considers a Wave Runner half-day outing
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    tiger tail beach

    by doug48 Written Nov 18, 2008

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    many visitors to marco island come for it's beautiful gulf beach. public access is limited unless you are staying at a beach front hotel. several of marco island's beach accesses are restricted to marco island residents. tiger tail beach on the northwest part of the island is open to the public. daily parking is $ 8. if you plan to spend a day at tiger tail beach arrive early because parking is limited.

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    fishing in the gulf or backwaters

    by domenicococozza Written Aug 22, 2007

    No trip to Marco Island would be complete without a trip into the gulf for some wreck fishing or (during the season) tarpon fishing inshore. There's plenty of sport to be had in the backwaters too. Charter boats are plentiful and lots of skippers will do part charters. There are even one or two guys offering fly fishing trips into the everglades.(take the mossy spray)

    one of many fishing charters the one that didn't get away

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    cocktail hour/s

    by domenicococozza Written Aug 11, 2007

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    The hotel resorts along the beac are there to cater to tourists, and they all have their happy hours. It didnt take us residents long to figure out you could move along the strip from one hotel to another and make happy hour last about 3 hours.

    bar on the beach(Marriott Hotel)

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    wildlife watching

    by domenicococozza Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    There is an incredible adundance of wildlife in and around Marco Island. Seabirds, alligators, manetee and bottle nose dolphins, to mention a few. Well worth keeping your eyes open and camera at the ready.
    Just a short trip up SR953 brings you to the Evergaldes National Park.

    florida alligator rosette spoonbill manatee southern bald eagle osprey falcon

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    the buzzard lope

    by domenicococozza Updated Jul 22, 2007

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    Get yourself over to the island of Goodland for lunchtime fun and games at Stans Idle Hour
    Chickee Bar. Live music and plenty of beer. Stan might even drag you up on the stage to take part in his Buzzard Lope(you'd have to be there). Packed to the gunnels - people come from all over South West Florida to Stans.
    There's even a fashion parade

    Stan Gober and 'friends' the silliest dance on earth the buzzard lope

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    Day+ Trip to Key West

    by BigBlueOne Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Because of the lack of nightlife on Marco Island, we decided to do the 5 hour drive across the Everglades and down Highway 1 all the way to Key West. It was an excellent trip to break up the monotony that can occur spending an entire week just lounging on a beach. The drive was absolutely awesome as we got to see a lot of the Everglades and all of the Keys on the way to Key West.

    Not the Road You Drive On
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    Day Trip to Naples

    by BigBlueOne Written May 23, 2007

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    Naples is only about a 40 minute drive from Marco Island so its a good place to go spend the day if you want to get some shopping in or if you need a few more restaurants to choose from. See my Naples page for more info on what to do while there.

    Shopping Mall in Naples
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    Big Fishin!!!!

    by BigBlueOne Updated Feb 10, 2007

    Blue Runner Charters is the place to go. Captain Phil is a very good guy and he took very good care of a buddy and myself while we were down there in 2006. I'm going back down in May of this year and I'm hoping to catch him for a full day of shark fishing.

    Heavier than it looks...
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    Rent a Boat from Marco River Marina

    by peterd1331 Written Aug 7, 2006

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    One great thing to do on Marco Island is rent a boat. You get a feeling of freedom and control which is very exilirating, especially if'f you've never piloted a boat before.

    One of the negatives is that there are lots of restrictions about where you can go, but it's great to go up to naples on the waterway, or beach the boat on Kewaden Island. As long as you pay attention to the signs and don't fall asleap at the wheel, the boats are very easy to operate and the waters are simple to navigate.

    Marco Island River Marina is a great place to rent a boat, and all you have to do to get a discount is be nice and before you rent, just ask. I had a brochure with a coupon for a 10% discount and when I asked him, he said that he would give me a better discount. Basically, all the people who work there are very nice and courteous, plus they give you a great map.

    One thing you can do when you rent a boat is dock at a restaurant for lunch. This dosen't require much more than a little knowledge of docking a boat ( which you can ask about at the marina) and is really fun. There is nothing better than having lunch looking out over the water and seeng your boat docked right there!

    Enjoy!

    Cruisin' Along We docked our Pontoon Boat for lunch at Tin City We also beached our boat at Kewaden Island Relaxing and soaking up the sun A map of how to get there - also on website
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