Marco Island Visitor's Guide

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About Marco Island Visitor's Guide

Insider's Insight for Travelers

Welcome to Marco Island: your gateway to paradise in the Gulf of Mexico! Our comprehensive guide offers everything you need to plan your perfect getaway.

Explore stunning beaches, indulge in delectable restaurants, and uncover hidden gems off the beaten path. From outdoor adventures to cultural attractions, we'll help you make the most of your time on this coastal island.

Discover insider tips, top attractions, and must-see landmarks to ensure an unforgettable vacation. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, let us be your trusted companion on your Marco Island adventure.


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The Gateway to Florida's Gulf Coast Wonders

Marco Island is just a short drive from Naples FL and the Everglades!

It is the only developed land in Florida's 10,000 Islands.

Because of its far south location, Marco Island enjoys beautiful tropical weather year-round.

Cities Near Marco Island: 

  • Naples, FL
  • Immokalee, FL
  • Goodland, FL
  • Everglades City, FL
  • The 10,000 Islands

Marco Island Zip Code(s): 34145, 34146

Marco Island Area Code: 239

What County is Marco Island in?: Collier County

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Highlights of Marco Island Visitor's Guide

Must-See Gems for Your Adventure

  • Sand Dollar Island Excursion: Embark on a boat tour to Sand Dollar Island. Collect unique shells and spot vibrant marine life.
  • Sunset Celebration at South Beach: Join a nightly sunset celebration at South Beach, complete with live music, food trucks, and breathtaking views.
  • Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival: Indulge in culinary delight, featuring fresh seafood dishes, live entertainment, and artisan vendors.
  • Eco-Tour of the Ten Thousand Islands: Explore the pristine wilderness of the Ten Thousand Islands. Kayak through mangrove tunnels and observe native wildlife.
  • Marco Island Farmer's Market: Browse local produce, handmade crafts, and artisanal goods at the weekly market.
  • Birding at Tigertail Beach: Grab your binoculars and head to Tigertail Beach for prime birdwatching, with a diverse array of shorebirds and migratory species.
  • Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade: Experience the magic of the holidays, where festively decorated boats light up the night along the waterfront.
  • Yoga on the Beach: Start your day with a sunrise yoga session on the beach. Rejuvenate amidst the tranquil sounds of the ocean.
  • Marco Island Film Festival: Celebrate independent cinema at the annual Marco Island Film Festival, showcasing films from around the world.
  • Arts & Crafts Fair at Veterans Community Park: Explore local talent and craftsmanship, featuring handmade jewelry, paintings, pottery, and more.

Things to do in Marco Island Visitor's Guide

Unforgettable Adventures and Experiences

Stunning Beaches

  • South Marco Beach: Relax on powdery white sands and soak in the warm Florida sun.
  • Tigertail Beach: Explore pristine natural beauty and spot native wildlife along the shoreline.
  • Residents' Beach: Enjoy exclusive access to this tranquil stretch of coastline reserved for Marco Island residents.
  • Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort: Experience luxury beachfront amenities and world-class service at this renowned resort.
Outdoor Activities
  • Golfing at The Rookery at Marco: Tee off on lush fairways surrounded by scenic wetlands and mangrove forests.
  • Fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico: Cast your line and reel in the catch of the day with experienced local guides.
  • Sunset dolphin cruises: Set sail on a relaxing cruise and watch playful dolphins frolic in the glowing twilight.
Things to Do Indoors
  • Marco Island Historical Museum: Immerse yourself in the island's rich history and culture with fascinating exhibits and artifacts.
  • Marco Island Center for the Arts: Explore vibrant works of art by local and regional artists in a dynamic gallery setting.
  • The Revs Institute (off-island): Discover a world-class collection of rare and vintage automobiles at this renowned automotive museum in nearby Naples.
Romantic Things to Do for Couples
  • Private beachfront dinner at sunset: Dine under the stars with a gourmet meal served on the sand with the sound of the waves as your soundtrack.
  • Couples massage at a spa: Relax and unwind together with a rejuvenating massage and spa treatment.
  • Sunset horseback riding on the beach: Experience the magic of a sunset ride along the shoreline with your loved one.
  • Sunset sailboat cruise: Set sail on a romantic voyage and toast to your love as the sun dips below the horizon.
Kid & Family-Friendly Things to Do
  • Marco Island Historical Ghost Tours: Embark on a family-friendly adventure through the island's haunted history with entertaining guides.
  • Mini golf at Marco Golf and Garden: Putt your way through challenging courses surrounded by lush tropical landscaping.
  • Marco Island Skating Center: Glide across the ice and enjoy family fun with skating sessions and special events.
  • Marco Island Historical Museum's Family Fun Days: Join in on interactive exhibits, games, and activities designed for kids of all ages.

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Hidden Gems and Local Favorites

Notable Spots
  • Collier-Seminole State Park: Trek through the lush wilderness and spot native wildlife in this expansive state park.
  • Mackle Park: Unwind in a peaceful oasis with playgrounds, sports fields, and picnic areas for family fun.
  • Briggs Nature Center: Explore scenic trails and boardwalks through mangrove forests and wetlands teeming with birdlife.
  • Keewaydin Island: Escape to this remote barrier island for a day of sunbathing, shelling, and beachcombing along deserted shores.
Shopping
  • Esplanade Shoppes at Marco Island: Discover upscale boutiques, galleries, and restaurants in a charming waterfront setting.
  • Marco Town Center Mall: Shop for souvenirs, apparel, and accessories at a variety of popular retailers and specialty shops.
  • Marco Island Outlet Mall (off-island): Score deals on designer brands and name-brand merchandise at this nearby outlet shopping destination.
Best Dining & Restaurant Options
Best Dine-In Restaurants:
  • CJ's on the Bay: A waterfront gem offering delectable seafood dishes and breathtaking sunset views over the bay.
  • Kretch's: A beloved local spot known for its casual atmosphere and mouthwatering American cuisine, including juicy burgers and fresh seafood.
  • Marco Prime Steak & Seafood: Indulge in premium cuts of steak and succulent seafood in an elegant yet inviting setting.
  • Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano: Transport yourself to Italy with authentic Italian fare, including homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas.
Waterfront Dining:
  • Snook Inn: Enjoy laid-back vibes and live music while dining on fresh seafood and tropical cocktails overlooking the scenic Marco River.
  • The SpeakEasy of Marco Island: Step into a bygone era at this hidden speakeasy-style bar, where craft cocktails and live jazz create a swanky atmosphere.
  • Quinn's on the Beach: Treat yourself to upscale dining with a beachfront backdrop, featuring a diverse menu of international cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.
  • The Blue Heron: Delight in coastal cuisine and panoramic waterfront views at this upscale eatery specializing in fresh seafood and innovative dishes.
Takeout Restaurants:
  • Joey's Pizza & Pasta House: A local favorite for Italian comfort food, offering hearty pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas, and savory calzones for takeout.
  • Doreen's Cup of Joe: Start your day off right with gourmet coffee and freshly baked pastries, perfect for grabbing a quick breakfast on the go.
  • Nacho Mama's: Spice up your day with flavorful Tex-Mex fare, including tacos, burritos, and nachos, available for convenient takeout.
  • Mango's Dockside Bistro: Experience the taste of the Caribbean at home with island-inspired cuisine, including tropical salads, seafood sandwiches, and refreshing smoothies.
Restaurants That Deliver:
  • Sami's Pizza & Grill: Enjoy authentic New York-style pizza and hearty Italian dishes delivered straight to your door for a cozy night in.
  • Thai Sushi by KJ: Satisfy your cravings for Asian cuisine with a diverse menu of sushi rolls, Thai curries, and noodle dishes available for delivery.
  • Beebe's Ice Cream: Indulge your sweet tooth with creamy, homemade ice cream and decadent sundaes delivered right to your doorstep.
  • Sand Bar: Elevate your at-home dining experience with gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and salads prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Breakfast & Brunch:
  • Ne Ne's Kitchen: Start your morning off on a delicious note with hearty breakfast classics, including fluffy pancakes, fluffy omelets, and crispy bacon.
  • Empire Bagel Factory: Treat yourself to freshly baked bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and gourmet coffee for a satisfying breakfast or brunch option.
  • Stonewall's: Dive into southern comfort food with a twist, featuring indulgent brunch dishes like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and biscuits with gravy.
  • Made in Italy: Experience the flavors of Italy with authentic Italian breakfast fare, including espresso drinks, pastries, and savory frittatas.
Local Lunch Eateries:
  • The Oyster Society: Feast on fresh seafood and creative small plates in a chic, coastal-inspired setting perfect for a leisurely lunch with friends.
  • Hoot's on the Beach: Kick back and relax with casual beachfront dining, offering a laid-back atmosphere and classic American favorites like burgers and sandwiches.
  • Joey's Pizzeria & Pasta House: Dive into a slice of Italy with authentic New York-style pizza, homemade pasta dishes, and flavorful subs perfect for a quick and satisfying lunch.
  • Crazy Flamingo: Enjoy a taste of the tropics with Caribbean-inspired cuisine, including jerk chicken, conch fritters, and grilled fish tacos, ideal for a flavorful midday meal.

Nightlife

Marco Island's Nightlife Hotspots:
  • Quinn's on the Beach: Enjoy beachfront cocktails and live music at this lively hotspot.
  • Marco Island Brewery: Savor locally brewed beers and pub grub in a laid-back atmosphere.
  • Mango's Dockside Bistro & Bar: Dance the night away to live bands and DJs overlooking the water.
  • Snook Inn: Relax with waterfront dining, tropical drinks, and live entertainment.
  • The SpeakEasy of Marco Island: Experience the charm of a hidden speakeasy with craft cocktails and live jazz.

Transportation for Marco Island Visitor's Guide

Getting To And Around Marco Island Florida

Flying To Marco Island

The Closest Airports To Marco Island

Located in Fort Myers and just a short drive to the Naples/Marco Island area, Southwest Florida International Airport sees millions of passengers every year.

Car rentals, taxis, and limos are available.

Airlines that fly into RSW: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines., Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, WestJet.

The Naples Airport is 30 minutes from Marco Island. Offering convenient service for charters including US Customs & Border Protection for those arriving from outside of the US. Car rentals and taxis are available.

Serviced exclusively by Allegiant Air & offering over 50 US destinations. Rental cars, limos, and taxis are available.

Driving to Marco Island

  • Naples, Florida: From Naples, Marco Island is easily accessible via FL-951 South/Collier Blvd. Simply head south on FL-951, following signs for Marco Island. The drive takes approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Fort Myers, Florida: To reach Marco Island from Fort Myers, take I-75 South to Exit 101 (Collier Blvd/FL-951) toward Marco Island/Naples. Follow Collier Blvd/FL-951 South to Marco Island. The drive typically takes around 50-60 minutes.
  • Miami, Florida: From Miami, take I-75 North toward Naples. Continue on I-75 North until reaching Exit 101 (Collier Blvd/FL-951) toward Marco Island/Naples. Follow Collier Blvd/FL-951 South to Marco Island. The drive from Miami to Marco Island typically takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Tampa, Florida: To reach Marco Island from Tampa, take I-75 South toward Naples. Continue on I-75 South until reaching Exit 101 (Collier Blvd/FL-951) toward Marco Island/Naples. Follow Collier Blvd/FL-951 South to Marco Island. The drive from Tampa to Marco Island typically takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Orlando, Florida: From Orlando, take I-4 West to merge onto FL-528 West toward I-75/Tampa/International Airport. Continue on FL-528 West and merge onto I-75 South toward Naples. Follow I-75 South until reaching Exit 101 (Collier Blvd/FL-951) toward Marco Island/Naples. Follow Collier Blvd/FL-951 South to Marco Island. The drive from Orlando to Marco Island typically takes around 3 to 3.5 hours.

Getting Around Marco Island

The best way to get around on Marco island is by car. If you choose to not rent a car on your vacation there are numerous car services and taxis - some Marco Island restaurants have deals with the taxi companies to transport patrons to and from their restaurants at no cost.

Uber is also available.


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Weather for Marco Island Visitor's Guide

Marco Island Climate: What to Expect for Your Island Getaway

Marco Island enjoys a delightful subtropical climate year-round, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking sunshine and warmth.

Summers are typically hot and humid, with temperatures averaging in the high 80s to low 90s Fahrenheit (around 31-33°C). These months also bring occasional afternoon thunderstorms, which provide refreshing breaks from the heat.

Winters are mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to low 70s Fahrenheit (around 18-23°C). This makes it the perfect time to explore outdoor attractions and enjoy activities like beachcombing and kayaking.

No matter the season, Marco Island offers a welcoming escape from colder climates, promising sunny days and balmy breezes for a rejuvenating vacation experience.


FAQs about Marco Island Visitor's Guide

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Marco Island is a choice location for snowbirds due to its tropical weather that lends itself to outdoor activities all winter long.

Yes! There are several pet-friendly vacation rentals on Marco Island - just use the pet-friendly filter on Florida Rental By Owners to find your perfect rental

While Marco Island is dog friendly in general, dogs are not permitted on the beaches

Yes, both condos and houses are available to rent, many condos are beachfront

Marco Island is a family-friendly destination with many parks, public beaches, and activities

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