Originally named San Marco Island by the Spaniards, Marco Island is the biggest and solely developed land among Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. The beaches of Marco Island are the superstar of the region, followed by the tropical climate that makes exploring the stunning surrounds and enjoying the waters possible. Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico in the Southwest region of Florida, Marco Island is the state’s most magical, alluring and splendid tourist destination.
Marco Island’s miles of white-sand beaches make Marco Island an attractive and irresistible destination. South Marco Beach and Tigertail Beach are only two of the many beaches that welcome water-lovers and beach enthusiasts. Meanwhile, there are nature parks such as Rookery Bay Reserve and Caxambas Pass Park free for the everyone to explore. With these attractions, activities such as swimming, sunbathing, boating, para-sailing, hiking and trailing are smoothly carried-out in the island.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park displays the island’s most spectacular landscapes. Here, visitors enjoy sight-seeing the region’s largest stand of royal palms and the biggest collection of North America orchids. when all the nature tripping is done, the next best thing to do is to head to one of Marco Island’s relaxing spas and wellness centers. With the pristine beaches and fine sands as the background, slowing things down becomes a wonderful retreat for people who want to escape the hustle of urban living.
Shopping is always a part of the Marco Island getaway. Popular for its unique shops is the Marco Town Center Mall, a shopping destination that grants excellent options for retail therapy and shopping satisfaction. What makes Marco Town Center Mall different from other shopping areas is its cobblestone streets that lead to the malls’s boutiques and stalls. For a different kind of shopping experience, tourists are invited to the Marco Island Farmers Market which happens every Wednesday. And to cap off the day, there is a string of bars and nightclubs to provide entertainment and a different kind of relaxation for everyone.
Part of the Marco Island getaway is to enjoy its exceptional dining scene. Being a coastal region, seafood always come first in the many food choices being served in Marco Island’s dining spots. Paradise Seafood & Gourmet, Marco Prime Steaks & Seafood, Fin Bistro and Lee Be Fish are only some of the seafood restaurants that the tourists and locals are fond of going to.
Because Marco Island is such a pleasant place for relaxation, tourists often choose to stay here for quite a long time. As one of Florida’s major tourist spot paved the way for the establishment of different kinds of accommodation, ranging from high-end hotels like Marco Beach Ocean Resort and Marriott’s Crystal Shores to home-like inns and B&B’s such as Lemon Tree Inn and Marco Island Lakeside Inn. With an extensive list of hotels and places to stay to choose from, there is a home for every visitor coming to the beautiful island of Marco.