Marco Island Travel Guide

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Marco Island Highlights

  • Pro
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     small, easy to drive around, you can spot dolphin 

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     Too upscale 

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     Alittle out of the way. About 15 miles from Naples. 

Marco Island Things to Do

  • collier-seminole state park

    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...

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  • collier-seminole state park

    pictured is a salt marsh ecosystem at collier-seminole state park. near the park entrance on US41 there are a couple of airboat operators where you can book airboat rides.

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  • walking dredge

    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

    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.

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  • Gulf Shore Day Outings

    Just outside the floral garden and off the boardwalk at Eagle's Nest, one can choose a variety of beach and ocean adventure activities.

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  • fishing

    the marco river marina is a full service marina offering fishing charters, boat rentals, and a ships store. the place to go on marco island to boat or fish.

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Marco Island Restaurants

  • Freshest Seafood on Island

    Spectacular display of nautical decor. My kids love the fish on the walls and fresh raw bar at the door. They enjoyed watching the oyster shucker crack open hundreds of oysters. It was like free entertainment for the family. Try the Macadamia Mahi mahi it has an incredible mango salsa ontop of it. We ate here twice and got a complimentary onion...

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  • seafood

    the guy harvey island grill is a combination store and restaurant located in the esplanade shopping center. guy harvey is a famous florida marine artist. the guy harvey island grill offers local seafood and steaks. good seafood selection moderately priced.

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  • steak & lobster

    tara steak & lobster is a very good steakhouse located in the esplanade shopping center. all that you would expect from a good steakhouse. steaks, maine lobster, and local seafood. one of the better restaurants in marco island. they also have another location in south marco island.

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Marco Island Nightlife

  • on the bay

    the star bar is located in the esplanade shopping center on smoke house bay. this outdoor bar is a nice place to drink and watch the sunset. located in the center of the esplanade shopping center the star bar has a nice view of smoke house bay. casual.

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  • irish pub

    cathy o' clarke's is a very nice replica irish pub in marco island. good irish and american food and beer selection. a nice place to down a pint or two when in marco island. casual.

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  • A Little Light on the Nightlife

    There's not really much to do at night. The area around Captain Brian's is okay with a few restaurants and bars, but not really what I would call a 'happening' area. I'd recommend you grab a big bottle of your favorite libation, grill out down by the beach, and then either hang out at the beach or by a pool. Nothing but a swimsuit if you do the...

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Marco Island Shopping

  • great boutique

    I found a new shop on the Island called Beach Daisy. It was so refreshing to not be in a junky beach shop and a boutique that focuses on natural fibers and unique jewelry and clothing. They understand customer service also. I accidentally bought the wrong size for my daughter and they shipped out the correct size to me asap. I bought a line of...

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  • Something for every one

    Everything you need Miscellaneous - Dollar Tree - Island Reality - Curves - GNCSouvenirs - Island Treasures Food - Publix, Island Liquors Restaurants - Mozart's, Subway, Keri's, La Casita's, The Pub, Tokyo Inn, Salons and Spa's - Salon and Spa Botanica, Marco Nail and SpaWomen's Clothing - Marco Clothing Co., Tonga's

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  • shops and restaurants

    old marco village shopping center is located next to the old marco island inn. this area of marco island was once the captain bill collier homestead of 1896. old marco village has an interesting collection of small shops and a restaurant. a nice place to visit when in marco island.

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Marco Island Local Customs

  • by Foriano Written Apr 12, 2006

    Public and private beach accesses are found on Gulf Shore Boulevard. It is important to know which is which. Tiger Beach has public access.

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Marco Island Warnings and Dangers

  • nasty stuff in the water

    Marco Island lends itself to sunbathing on the long white sand beaches. Cooling off generally means a dip in the shallow waters surrounding the island. Just be careful, there are sting rays in them there waters. If one of these normally placid fellers gets you, you,re in for some pain.

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  • Shell beach

    Marco's beach sand consists on a large part by broken shells. These can get very sharp. If you are going to do a lot of walking and have tender feet, bring water shoes or sandals.

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    32 Hotels in Marco Island

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Marco Island Tourist Traps

  • Don't stay at the Expensive Chain...

    If you are planning to visit Marco Island, I reccomend not staying at any of the large chain hotels at the shouthern end of the island. Although they will offer a long list of 'features' your overall stay will not be as enjoyable and here's why.- They are for the most part old- There is lots of construction going on at the south end- Due to...

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  • Fly into Ft. Lauderdale or Miami to save

    Southwest Florida, Naples, and Marco Island airports can be very expensive especially at peak times to fly into. Especially if you book late. If you already have tickets, hopefully you booked early and got a good price, but you can call your airline and try to switch it. If you are planning on visiting Marco Island or the surrounding area, it is...

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Marco Island What to Pack

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    Eagles Nest Resort

    by senoritamc Written Jul 11, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Pack extra bags for souvenirs which are actually cheap in most stores. For example the Walgreens there sells alot of Marco Island stuff and I found a dollar mart on the way to goodland that had a lot of Marco island and goodland stuff.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget your flipflops, many bathing suits, and lots of shorts. Don't worry about dressing out to go out. You will most likely always be overdressed.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Good sun screen.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film or a digital with lots of memory.

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Marco Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Manatees

    Just outside Marco Island near Naples, Florida ( West Coast) if you are looking for a natural diversion take a manatee tour with Captain Barry. www.see-manatees.com The tour aboard his six passenger vessel guarantees that you will see manatees. The very best part of this tour though and why I recommend Captain Barry to you is because of his very...

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  • Visit the only Public Beach - Protected...

    If you don't have beach access on Marco Island, or are just coming for a day trip, the beach to go to is Tigertail Beach. It is on an inlet and is protected from the surf on the outer beach. If you prefer the waves however, you can easily walk to anywhere on the entire beach. This beach is great for little kids who can enjoy wading in the warmer...

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  • Feed the Pelicans

    The man on the left of the picture, is cleaning his catch while the Pelicans, or Florida turkeys as we lovingly call them, wait patiently below for scraps. Any given day you will find as many pelicans as fishermen on the pier. They are really funny. If you go fishing, donot discard unused old fishing line in the environment. Pack it well and place...

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Marco Island Sports & Outdoors

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    Marco beach Parasailing

    by pulgaron Written Mar 30, 2003

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    Parasailing boat picking up flyers at Marco Beach. It is a lot of fun, but not wthout it's danges. I remember one time this lady was flying the parachute when the tether broke. She flew inland over the hotels and was lucky enough to land in one of the inland canals of the island. She survived, but I am sure has neede lots of therapy.

    Equipment: Boat and parachute, little common sence, a sence of adventure, a few dollars.

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Marco Island Favorites

  • Beaches are so Beautiful

    If you visit Marco Island, the main attraction is the beach, so plan to spend time there. The beaches are bright white and have lots of shells, as well as gentle but sometimes large waves. If it is before a storm the waves will be bigger and more fun.Also, ther is a sandbar which runs parallel to the beach about 100yds out, which you can walk to...

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  • A few tips on cleaning shells

    Before taking live shells, consider the cleaning process and the fact that it is prohibited in some areas. If you do not have access to a cooking facility, it is best to leave live shells behind.Sand dollars should be bleached in half clorox and water for several hours.Some people prefer to dry them in the sun for a week before bleaching them....

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  • What a show!!

    Southwest Florida (Naples/Bonita Springs/Marco Island ) is home to a beautiful tropical climate with sunny skies, soft breezes and an occasional afternoon shower. It has also been called the "Lightning Capital of the World" during summer months. Its amazing, get your cam ready because its an expectacular show.....High temperatures range from the...

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