Marco Island Travel Guide
from the Apollo
from the Apollo
marco island beach
small, easy to drive around, you can spot dolphin
In a nutshell
Alittle out of the way. About 15 miles from Naples.
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...
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...
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.
tiger tail beach
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...
Capt. Brien's Seafood and Raw Bar: 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...
guy harvey island grill: 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.
tara steakhouse: 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...
star bar: 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.
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...
Beach Daisy: 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...
Shops of Marco: 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...
old marco village: 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...
esplanade: up scale shopping
the espanade shopping center has a collection of up scale stores and restaurants. in the center of this outdoor shopping center is a bar that overlooks smoke house bay. one of the better shopping centers in marco island.
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...
Don't stay at the Expensive Chain Hotels!
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...
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...
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.
Written Jul 11, 2005
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Visit the only Public Beach - Protected from surf
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...
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...
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