Marco Island Places
Marco Island is tropical paradise that’s often magical and mystical, but also always casual and fun. Just four miles wide by six miles long, Marco Island boasts celebrated sun-washed white sand beaches and an easygoing lifestyle that is all set amid the stunning beauty of Southwest Florida’s spectacular Gulf of Mexico.
Situated at the northernmost point of the picturesque Ten Thousand Islands and just south of Naples in Collier County, Marco Island is home to about 14,000 year-round residents. During the months of January to March, the population grows to over 30,000 as vacationers and winter residents fill the vast inventory of hotel rooms, condos, villas and apartments.
The allure is obvious, as Marco Island offers unfailing sunshine and winter afternoon temperatures usually in the 70s and 80s. The island is also graced with luxurious real estate, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, dining, lively entertainment and plenty of recreational activities from boating and fishing to golf and tennis and more.
Marco Island is also surrounded by some of Southwest Florida’s finest environmental offerings, including uninhabited islands, bays and creeks. To the north is the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. To the south lies the over 70 coastal miles of fly fishing heaven, inhabited only by residents of the tiny fishing villages of Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee and finally Flamingo.
Also included in this southerly stretch are Collier-Seminole State Park, the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Big Cypress National Preserve and the 5000-mile Everglades National Park, guaranteeing continued protection against coastal development.
Whether you’re seeking a spot for sun-soaked family vacations or sunset-filled romantic rendezvous for two, Marco Island is an unforgettable destination where memories are made.