Marco Island, Florida
– The Lost Florida Key –
Like a missing Florida Key, Marco Island sits slightly up north, near Naples. Because of its location, travelers can enjoy the upscale tourist nature of Naples, while being able to connect to the barrier island via a bridge.
Tidal pools and lagoons weave through the dry land, offering some pretty fantastic kayaking opportunities
Tigertail Beach Park is the place to go. Visitors can rent kayaks, paddleboards and cabanas at the beach.
HERE ARE A COUPLE OF HIGHLY RATED VACATION RENTALS ON MARCOS ISLAND, FLORIDA
Old Florida Charm
Resting on the banks of Collier Creek at the northern tip of Marco Island, The Boat House Marco offers guests Old Florida charm with modern amenities. With 20 guest rooms, three condo units and one rental home, as well as a waterfront pool, boat docks and common areas–The Boat House Marco offers visitors to Marco Island an one-of-a-kind Marco Island experience.
Gulf Front Access
Location could not be better. Guests are provided access to one of the most spectacular locations in all Southwest Florida.
With on-site fishing opportunities, breathtaking sunsets, direct walking access to the shops and restaurants of historic Old Marco, and personalized, friendly service from owners and staff.
The Star of the Show is-
Situated literally on the water, the two-bedroom rental property has a surround deck, is open to pets, offers boat dockage, and boasts beachy amenities. There is a four-night minimum stay, and it is recommended to book this popular getaway way in advance.
This Marco Island vacation home is located directly on the water’s edge of Big Marco River Pass.
Boasting magnificent water views from all the rooms. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, vacation rental home is surrounded by a large deck for plenty of sun and room for you and your guests to enjoy the outdoors. Indoors, guests enjoy a large living area, full kitchen, televisions in each room and more, making
The Gazebo House feel like home. Pets and boat dockage available at additional charges, please call to book.
This unique property is very popular, please book the Gazebo house early.
Marco Island, just a short ride from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, is the largest and only developed land in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.
This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks. Marco Island’s tropical climate and proximity to the ocean are huge lures.
Collier Seminole State Park, just a few miles from Marco Island.
Has primitive camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, picnic grounds, and a mile-long nature walk. Narrated boat tours of the park run on a daily basis.
Briggs Nature Center features a half-mile boardwalk where Marco Island visitors can observe wildlife in its natural habitat.
Also available: shelling excursions and self-guided canoe trips.
Built in 1981 on the southern tip of Marco Island on Cape Romano, the Dome House is an igloo-like concrete complex made up of white dome chambers, now decaying and slipping slowly into the ocean. Many know about it’s whereabouts but it’s origins were up to debate; from alien to secret cults.
Bob Lee began work on the house in 1980 with the idea that it would be completely self-sufficient and eco-friendly. Purchasing a barge, he began by moving the necessary supplies to the island, including the metal dome forms, two concrete mixers and freshwater to mix the cement.
Florida’s turbulent weather was taken into account and the sturdy, rounded domes were able to sustain hurricane winds, having taken little damage from Hurricane Andrew years later. Having a second use, rainwater would hit the domes and would wash down into a gutter system that surrounded them, which lead into a cistern under the main dome. After running the water through filters, the water was then able to be used for things such as showers or dishwashing. Solar panels were installed providing free electricity to the house.
After it’s completion in 1982, Lee and his family sold the Cape Romano Dome House just two years later in 1984. When the owner got into financial troubles, they repossessed the home in 1987 and lived in it until 1993. By that time, the island was already changing and had washed away other homes in the area.
KOA Holiday Campgrounds
Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play.
There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio™ and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort.
Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.
Marco Island Beach Access
Marco Island has the biggest, widest, southern most beach in the county, but unfortunately access is limited to only two access points that have public parking?the South Beach Access (south end) and Tigertail Beach Access (north end). There are also public walkway access points, one is next to the Residents Beach lot.
It is worth the trouble to get to Marco’s beach, the water is crystal clear and the beach is very large and deep beach, plenty of room for everyone. Fishing and cast netting here is great and it’s common to catch a shark right from the beach.
Residents Beach is a members-only beach right on Marco Island beach with parking and pavilion for property owners and renters. It also has a snack bar and boardwalk.
If you stay at a hotel or condo on Marco Island’s beach front, you will have easy access to the beach. The hotels also provide all kinds of activities and you can rent kayak’s, jet ski’s, etc.
Mangrove Island Beach Fishing
A popular activity for locals and tourists alike is to beach your boat on a mangrove out island and fish from the beach. In Collier County most of these islands are located south of the Gordon River where you travel the Intercoastal Waterway to enter Rookery Bay and the 10,000 Islands. In Fort Myers, fishing the islands around Sanibel and Captiva Islands are popular along with the islands of Pine Island.
The southern end of Keewaydin Island is the most popular island destination in Naples and can be very crowded on weekends. The Intercoastal Waterway side of Keewaydin Island is where you beach your boat then walk across to the Gulf side to fish. Snook can be found in the surf at sunrise and sunset. The wildlife on this barrier island is exceptional with turtle tracks and nests, fiddler crabs everywhere, and plenty of birds including bald eagles.
Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge
The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge is the main bridge used to enter Marco Island from Naples. This bridge recently received 2 additional lanes and the base of it was recreated, removing the old fishing pier that existed for years underneath it. But not all is lost with the removal of the pier. You can still fish from land on all sides of the bridge. There is limited parking on the southeast side and if you find a spot you will be pleased to find great fishing right under the bridge from a seawall.
On the northwest side you can pull into a sand based lot and fish from the shore or walk under the bridge and fish from a concrete pad. Under the Jolley Bridge is known to hold some big fish including sharks, snook, and Goliath grouper. Working the swift tides by casting under the bridge towards piling and supports are great placing to score a big fish.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON MARCO ISLAND
Located in the Olde Marco Island Inn & Suites, Bistro Soleil at the Olde Marco Inn is a refined dining destination that serves classic French cuisine against a backdrop of spectacular ocean views. Based in a beautifully preserved historic building dating back to 1883, the contemporary eatery is helmed by award-winning Chef Denis Meurgue, who hails from Pont-a-Mousson in France and brings his culinary expertise to the tables of Bistro Soleil. Influenced by his travels in the Mediterranean, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, Chef Meurgue creates an inventive menu of creative cuisine with French accents and accompanied by outstanding vintages from around the world. Boasting a full bar and live entertainment, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
100 Palm St #2018, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-389-0981
Nestled in a breezy mangrove overlooking Johnson Bay, Blue Heron Restaurant is a casual, relaxed bistro with a bright and sunny dining space that serves fresh seafood and other contemporary fare in a beautiful bay-facing setting. Owned by husband-and-wife team, the small seasonal and intimate restaurant offers an inventive menu of classic American cuisine, including local seafood which is delivered daily, including Lobster Thermador, various meat specialties including naturally-raised lamb, duck, veal and beef dishes, and decadent homemade desserts. An elegant dining room boasts breathtaking views of Johnson Bay, and a charming outdoor deck is perfect for alfresco dining in the warm summer months. The fine-dining waterfront restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.
387 Capri Blvd #8613, Naples, FL 34113, Phone: 239-394-6248
Tucked away in the northernmost point of Old Marco, Cafe de Marco is a cozy, comfortable bistro that has been serving delicious, farm-to-table fare to both locals and visitors since 1983. The intimate eatery has won awards for its outstanding cuisine, which is prepared using locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and artfully presented. Seasonal menus feature dishes like Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, Artichoke Cassoulette, Sesame Encrusted Pacific Ahi Tuna, and Maryland Blue Lump Crab Cakes, and the cuisine is accompanied by serves world-class beverages ranging from boutique wines, local craft, and imported beers, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Cafe de Marco is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
244 Palm St, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-394-6262
Located in the Harbor Light Landing, Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano is a casual family-friendly restaurant that serves traditional Italian fare such as wood-fired pizzas with a variety of toppings, freshly prepared salads, chunky garlic bread, hearty entrees, and mouth-watering desserts. Classic dishes include Lasagna, Spaghetti Bolognese, meatballs and sauce, and veal parmigiana with ravioli, while lighter meals include Italian sandwiches and minestrone. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano is open for lunch and dinner, daily and has a lovely outdoor waterside deck for alfresco dining in the summer.
3880 East Harbor Light Landing Dr, Port Clinton, OH 43452, Phone: 419-734-2426
Located in the Esplanade Shoppes at Marco Island, CJ’s on the Bay is waterside gem where locals and visitors alike flock to enjoy great food, drinks, and live entertainment. Boasting beautiful views of Smokehouse Bay, the restaurant and bar are perfectly positioned to soak up the fantastic Southwest Florida sunsets. Owned by Curt and Jacquie Koon and helmed by Chef Laura Owen, the eatery serves a creative all-day menu of inventive seasonal cuisine featuring fresh salads, hot and cold appetizers, gourmet sandwiches, hearty burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and seafood entrées. Easily accessible by both water and land, making CJ’s on the Bay is an ideal spot for a laid-back lunch or a romantic dinner for two.
740 N Collier Blvd #105, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-389-4511
Located in the Marco Walk Plaza, Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano is a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant that offers traditional Italian cuisine in a casual, family-friendly setting. The bustling restaurant features a warm and welcoming dining room with comfortable décor and a full-service bar and serves lunch and dinner menus with an array of appetizers, pasta and risotto dishes, entrées of prime meats, chicken, and fresh fish, and fresh garden salads. Seasonal dishes are prepared using the bounty of the region with produce from local farmers, fishermen and artisanal producers, along with imported ingredients such as savory ragu, house-butchered and house-cured meats, and charcuterie, age-ripened cheese, hand-cut pasta, and golden extra virgin olive oils. The full-service bar offers a selection of libations, from casual wines to classic cocktails and the restaurant is open for dinner, daily.
599 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-389-1888
Fin Bistro is a warm, relaxed family-owned and operated eatery that specializes in fresh local and regional fin fish and shellfish. One of Marco Island’s hottest spots for dinner, Fin Bistro features a modern dining room with tiled floors, minimally-adorned walls, white linen tablecloths, dark wood chairs, and a casual, laid-back ambiance. The culinary team carries and prepares fresh, finfish and local shellfish, along with prime meat dishes, complemented by seasonal, organic vegetable and other side dishes such as bacon-wrapped arugula potato cakes. The full-service bar offers a variety of signature cocktails made with top-shelf liquors, an ever-changing wine list with unusual and rare varietals and craft and draft beers from around the world. Fin Bistro is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
657 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-970-6064
Located at the Isles of Capri Marina, the Island Gypsy Café & Marina Bar is a casual outdoor spot that offers an exceptional waterside dining experience. Accessible by land and water, the café and bar is named after a 65-foot sportfishing boat called the Island Gypsy whose stern sits just outside the entrance of the Marina Bar and serves a seafood-centric menu and creative cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner daily; the café offers signature dishes such as Citrus-Crusted Tuna Sashimi, Key West Conch Fritters, Caribbean Fish Tacos, Mahi-Mahi Sandwiches, and Gypsy Fried Seafood Basket. The full-service bar offers a variety of signature cocktails made with top-shelf liquors, an ever-changing wine list with unusual and rare varietals and craft and draft beers from around the world. The Island Gypsy Café & Marina Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
292 Capri Blvd, Naples, FL 34113, Phone: 239-394-1111
Based on the luxurious JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Korals Sushi & Cocktail Lobby Bar is a lively spot for fresh handmade sushi, creative small plates, and inventive cocktails. Featuring sleek and stylish décor, an 11-foot tall cylinder aquarium that takes center stage in the restaurant and floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, the chic and sophisticated restaurant serves a range of made-from-scratch sushi, sashimi, nigiri, Asian-inspired small plates, and a variety of signature handcrafted cocktails, craft, domestic, and specialty beers, casual wines, and an impressive collection of Bourbon and whiskeys. Koral’s Sushi & Cocktail Lobby Bar is open for dinner, daily.
400 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-394-2511
La Tavola Restaurant and Bar takes guests on a culinary journey of refined contemporary cuisine, world-class wines, and gracious hospitality and service. The warm, sparsely decorated eatery offers a world-class menu of modern New American cuisine prepared with local and regional ingredients and produce such as fresh seafood, naturally-raised beef, lamb and chicken, organic herbs, salads and vegetables, and the highest quality oils and vinegar. Homemade soups, sauces, dressings, pasta, and desserts are all made from scratch and in-house, and the bar serves a curated selection of fine wines from around the world to pair with the cuisine. La Tavola Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Saturday and dinner only Sunday through Tuesday.
961 Winterberry Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-393-4960
Located in the Esplanade Shoppes at Marco Island, Mango’s Dockside Bistro is a locally-owned and operated, family-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed and laid-back setting. The spacious bistro is decorated in warm woods with comfortable tables and chairs, a huge saltwater fish tank and a tinkling waterfall, and has a lovely dog-friendly outdoor deck where guests can enjoy great food and drinks against a backdrop of spectacular ocean views. The waterfront restaurant serves fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, prime steaks and crisp salads and vegetarian options along with signature cocktails, top-shelf spirits, craft, and draft beers by the bottle and on tap, and easy-drinking wines from around the world. Mango’s Dockside Bistro is open for lunch and dinner daily, and weekend breakfast and brunch.
760 N Collier Blvd # 109, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-393-2433
Located in the Marco Walk Plaza, Marco Prime Steaks & Seafood is an upscale restaurant that specializes in prime steaks, fresh seafood, and other New American cuisine along with signature cocktails. Locally owned and operated by the Carvelli family, the sophisticated eatery offers an elegant dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with traditional steakhouse fare accented with Asian, Italian and French influences. Boasting sleek décor with leather banquette seating, wooden tables and chairs, exposed brick walls and soaring industrial-style ceilings, a chic marble bar and soft lighting, the restaurant is ideal for a special celebration or a romantic dinner for two. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Marco Prime Steaks & Seafood is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
599 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-389-2333
Based on the beautifully restored historic home of Captain Bill Collier which dates back to circa-1882, Marek’s Bar and Bistro is a renowned seafood-focused restaurant that serves upscale continental cuisine in an intimate and romantic atmosphere. Helmed by international award-winning Chef/Owner Peter Marek, the highly-acclaimed restaurant boasts a luxuriously decorated dining room and library with gold-framed Russel Flint watercolor paintings and soft candlelight. Seasonal menus of farm-to-table fare boast dishes such as confit of shredded duckling enveloped in filo pastry, crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp in Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, and blackened salmon with stacked potatoes and white wine chive cream sauce. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Marek’s Bar and Bistro is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
1121 Bald Eagle Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-642-9948
Quinn’s on the Beach is a casual beachside eatery that serves Caribbean-style seafood and steak specialties alongside colorful tropical cocktails. The castaway-style beachside restaurant and bar deliver a memorable dining experience with delicious tropical cuisine, bright cocktails and craft beers and breathtaking Gulf views. The menu features an array of Caribbean-style seafood and steak dishes, along tasty sharing appetizers, gourmet sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas. A live high-energy Fire Dancer show is hosted every night, and the full-service offers happy hour specials throughout the week. Quinn’s on the Beach is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
400 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-394-2511
Located in the luxurious all-suite boutique Marco Beach Ocean Resort, Sale E Pepe is an award-winning fine-dining Italian restaurant with spectacular ocean views. Overlooking the picturesque Gulf of Mexico, Sale e Pepe provides an authentic gourmet Italian experience in a beautiful beachfront setting and is the perfect spot for romantic wining and dining. Guests can dine alfresco-style on The Terrace against a backdrop of breathtaking ocean views, or in the elegantly decorated dining room which boasts marble floors and hand-painted frescoes. The professional culinary team creates seasonal from-scratch menus of mouthwatering cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce such as fresh seafood, naturally-raised meats and chicken, and organic herbs, salads and vegetables. The cuisine is paired with a variety of award-winning wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Sale E Pepe is open for dinner, nightly.
480 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-393-1600
Located within the luxury Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa, The Deck at 560 Bar & Restaurant is a premium dining destination overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and is one of the best spots to enjoy Florida’s spectacular sunsets. Stylish and sophisticated with designer décor and contemporary furnishings, the elegant restaurant serves seasonal menus of inventive signature dishes by Executive Chef Corey Hepburn including local and sustainable seafood, succulent steaks and chicken dishes, fresh salads and several vegetarian options. Every table in the dining room boasts breathtaking Gulf views, and the waterfront deck offers alfresco dining against a backdrop of watercolor sunsets. A craft cocktail program offers drinks with fresh Florida citrus juices, and other drinks include fine global wines, craft beers, and top-shelf spirits. The Deck at 560 Bar & Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
560 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-394-5000
Located in the Marco Walk Plaza in the heart of Marco Island, the Oyster Society, Seafood and Raw Bar specialize in hand-selected local seafood, shellfish, and daily raw bar specials. Boasting beautiful 1920’s-inspired art deco interiors with nautical touches and the soft sounds of jazz, the fine-dining restaurant serves a seasonally-changing menu designed to showcase the bounty of the ocean. Tuck into heaving platters of fresh fish, shellfish, crudos, freshly shucked oysters, and a selection of prime USDA meats, salads, and vegetarian dishes. The full-service bar serves a range world-class wines, freshly crafted cocktails, craft, and draft beers and top-spirits, and the restaurant is open for dinner, nightly.
599 S Collier Blvd #218, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-394-3474
Verdi’s An American Bistro is an intimate, romantic restaurant with stylish décor that offers a casual fine-dining experience with home-cooked cuisine and global wines. Chef Upham creates a farm-to-table menu of locally sourced cuisine with dishes of New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Chilean Sea Bass, Prime Cut Filet Mignon, crispy duck and meatloaf, along with fresh salads, hearty sides and vegetarian options. All dishes are prepared from scratch using local ingredients and the freshest local produce, using modern culinary techniques and age-old recipes, and the food is accompanied by a variety of casual wines and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Verdi’s An American Bistro is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
241 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 239-394-5533
Marco Island is located in the Gulf of Mexico, close to three international airports, in Southwest Florida.
There is actually only one airport which is the closest to Marco Island. The main airport is Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, and that is where 99% of all travelers coming to Marco go. If you are only going to be going to Marco Island you should go through RSW.
If you choose to go to Miami it alone takes about 3 and 1/2 hours to get there(one way) just from the airport. The Punta Gorda Airport is great. It will take about 1 1/2 hours to drive to Marco Island form Punta Gorda Airport. Though the main airline flying into PGD is Allegiant.
We hope this below info on local South Florida Airports is helpful.
Closest Airports to Marcos Island
From Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Distance: 47 miles
Start out going west toward Terminal Access Road. Stay straight to go onto Terminal Access Road. Take Terminal Access Road toward Airport Exit/I-75. Turn left onto County Highway-885/Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. Turn right onto Alico Road/County Highway-840. Merge onto I-75 toward Naples. Merge onto Collier Boulevard/County Highway-951 South via Exit 101 toward Marco Island/Naples/Rookery Bay Reserve. Stay straight to go onto Collier County Boulevard/FL-951/County Highway-951. After you are on Marco Island, turn left onto West Elkcam Circle and then immediately turn left into to Marco Island Vacation Properties® Welcome Center.
From Miami International Airport (MIA)
Distance: 130 miles
Start out going South on FL-953/NW 42nd Avenue. Merge onto FL-836 West (Portions toll). Take the US-41 West/SW 8th Street exit. Merge onto US-41 North. Turn left onto County Hightway-92/ San Marco Road. Turn right onto North Collier Boulevard/FL-951/County Highway-951. Turn right into to Marco Island Vacation Properties® Welcome Center.
From Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Distance: 116 miles
Start out going West on Terminal Drive toward South Service Road. Merge onto I-595 West toward I-95. Keep right to take I-595 W toward All Exits. I-595 West becomes I-75 North (Portions toll). Take the FL-84 West/County Highway-951 South exit, Exit 101 toward Marco Island/Naples/Rookery Bay Reserve. Turn slight left onto FL-84. Turn left onto FL-84/county Highway-951/Collier Boulevard. Stay straight to go onto Collier County Boulevard/FL-951/County Highway-951. After you are on Marco Island, turn left onto West Elkcam Circle and then immediately turn left into to Marco Island Vacation Properties® Welcome Center.