Marco Island Holidays 2017/2018
Situated along the Paradise Coast, Marco Island is the perfect destination for anyone wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in tranquil a setting. The largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, beautiful white sandy beaches line Marco Island's shores providing the perfect place for visitors to sit back and soak up the sunshine.
There are plenty of fun-filled activities designed for children and families, both inland and on the shore. Kids will adore surfing, parasailing and heading out to sea to spot dolphins and manatees on a guided boat tour!
Connected to mainland Florida by two bridges, it's also easy to swap island life for the city during your time on Marco Island. Naples and the Everglades are nearby, and both can be reached within 40 minutes by car.
Ready to start your adventure to Marco Island? Book your holiday today with Florida4Less online, or get in touch to speak to our Florida experts. We'll be happy to provide you with advice or more information about any of the locations mentioned in this guide.
Things to do in Marco Island
Whether you'd rather sunbathe or build sandcastles, the many beaches dotted around Marco Island are a must-visit. South Marco Beach and Tigertail Beach are the most popular, offering amazing views, great walks, a collection of brilliant oceanfront restaurants and great shelling opportunities that kids will adore.
If you're a fan of sailing, take an educational boat tour. You'll find some of the best, like Dreamlander Tours, in Goodland. Hop on board a jet ski or boat and enjoy riding the waves, where friendly dolphins are almost guaranteed to pop up and say hello. The rides are suitable for children as well, only reaching a maximum of 30mph. There's plenty of opportunities to spot other marine life too, as well as hawks and eagles.
Instead of a jet ski, you could explore Marco Island on a kayak. Tours can be taken both day and night, with moonlight tours offering the chance to see mystical bioluminescence and day tours taking guests through the mangroves where all kinds of animals will be seen, including turtles, manatees and shore birds. Every trip is unique, who knows what you'll encounter!
Once you're back on land, don't forget to visit Marco Island Historical Museum. Learn about the history of the Calusa Indians and discover more about the area's past while taking a much-needed break out of the sun.
Where to eat in Marco Island
Surrounded by turquoise waters, Marco Island has a seriously impressive seafood selection. Lee Be Fish doubles up as a fish market and restaurant, so you can rustle up your own tasty dish for your family if you'd rather purchase some fresh fish from the market. Locally sourced, guests to the restaurant may dine outside and enjoy tacos, a fish sandwich or sample the catch of the day!
If you're looking for a place to pick up a morning coffee, Wake Up Marco and Doreen's Cup of Joe are two of the best. Both have brilliant breakfast menus too if you want to take things slow and sit in to enjoy your drink.
Fans of Italian dining can grab a bite to eat at The Italian Deli and Market during the day or opt for a more elegant setting at night at Sale e Pepe. The deli is a real favourite among locals and visitors and everything is homemade and full of flavour.
From lasagne to pizza, all your favourites can be found here with the option to take most dishes away. Sale e Pepe, on the other hand, offers a gourmet Italian experience. The grand dining room has ocean views, marbled floors and an unforgettable menu - everything is made from scratch, daily!
Where to shop in Marco Island
Did you forget to pack your holiday essentials? Or are you looking for a store to purchase fresh groceries from, so you can make lunch for the family while you spend the entire day relaxing on the beach? Whatever kind of shop you need, Marco Island is sure to have something to meet your needs.
One of the city's main shopping destinations is the Marco Walk Plaza, an open-air plaza filled with unique stores and delicious restaurants. Browse the many speciality shops, and pick up swimwear, sunglasses and more while you're here. There's even a nail salon, perfect for Mums who need a quick pick-me-up during their holiday!
Esplanade Shoppes is another great shopping spot, just by the Esplanade Marina. You'll find the mall on Smokehouse Bay, where a collection of specialist stores sit waiting to be explored.
If you're visiting Marco Island between November and April, remember to visit Marco Island Farmer's Market. You'll be able to find juicy fruit, fresh veg and deli meats alongside a range of local, handmade gifts which make great souvenirs!
Nightlife in Marco Island
Marco Island is known for its relaxed atmosphere, but there are a handful of spots to head to during the evening in this chilled-out city. For families, nothing can beat the Marco Movie Theatre. You'll find all the latest releases here and it's a great treat for children while they're visiting the USA - they might even get to catch a film before their friends back home!
Sand Bar is a lively spot for families during the day, but it's a great choice for couples and groups of friends during the night. Open until 2am, happy hour runs from 3pm until 6pm and then 10pm until close, and games night runs every Thursday! Little Bar in Goodland is a favourite with locals of Marco Island day and night, and the quirky restaurant offers live entertainment like jazz music most evenings.
Just over 30 minutes away lies Naples too, which is a fantastic alternative if you're looking for further options! A short taxi drive will take you straight into the city.
Are you ready for island life? Book your holiday today with Florida4Less and don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any help with choosing the perfect area to stay. If you're planning on making a visit to nearby Tampa while you're in Marco Island too, don't forget to take a look at Secret Florida for our city guide!