Boating in Marco Island, FloridaSmall in a Grand Way
Marco Island is suspended off the southern most tip of Florida's Gulf Coast and is the largest inhabited isle of the Ten Thousand Islands. While only three-and-one-half miles long, Marco Island may be small, but its distinct neighborhoods add an irresistible appeal. Beautiful beaches, fantastic shopping, exquisite dining, and a relaxing atmosphere make Marco Island an ideal tropical destination. In addition to the glistening sands and shimmering turquoise waters, the inland area is a maze of waterways, mangroves and sawgrass that provides sanctuary for more than 200 exotic and domestic species of birds.
Things To See and Do
Visit the Everglades Area to enjoy great food accompanied by amazing ocean views and great fishing. Mid-Island is home to many casual family friendly restaurants. The Esplanade Shoppes, Residences and Marina, located on Smokehouse Bay, is a coastal Italian-style village consisting of upscale retailers, small specialty stores, fine dining and luxury waterfront residences. Located on North Collier Boulevard, the island's main thoroughfare, The Esplanade graces more than 1,100 feet of waterfront on Smokehouse Bay with nearly 50,000 square feet of retail and office space, 72 multi-family waterfront residences and a 77-boat-slip marina.
If you've never experienced an airboat tour, now is the time! Everglades Airboat Tours & Totch Island Tours will take you safely through the living quarters of alligators and other fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. If you're more into a relaxing and/or educational experience, bird watching is well sought after at Tigertail Beach. Presentations on native birds and coastal life, such as turtles and manatees, are lead by knowledgable park rangers.
Where to eat
Ne-Ne’s Kitchen for breakfast/lunch/dinner (297 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island, tel: 239-394-3854)
Island Cafe for dinner (918 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, tel: 239-394-7578)
Konrads Seafood & Grille Room for good seafood and an amazing salad bar. (599 S. Collier Blvd, Marco Island, tel: 239-642-3332)