White sandy beaches along the bright blue Gulf of Mexico, a sunny winter climate, retail businesses, quality restaurants, superb hotel and rentals, and friendly neighborhoods are among the reasons that the residents and visitors call Marco Island “paradise.” Marco Island is the perfect spot for a get away vacation. Located in Collier County, it’s also short drive from the City of Naples. There is something to do for everyone on the island.
Long Walks on the Beach
Listed in the Great Florida Birding Trail Guide as one of the best all-around birding locations in southwest Florida. Tigertail Beach is one of Marco Island’s hidden gems. When the tide is low, locals like to walk across the lagoon, with a book, a camera and beach snacks. A magical white sand dollar island awaits them! Those who don’t want to walk through the water can also rent a kayak or paddle-board.
Cape Romano Dome House
Built in 1981, these abandoned house consisting of six dome-shaped modules on stilts, located approximately 300 feet offshore from Cape Romano Island, south of Marco Island. The abandoned domes make an excellent setting for both wildlife and wild legends. A number of rumors have sprung up surrounding the origins of this mysterious house, come see them and find out yourself!
Best Breakfast Spot
Doreen’s Cup of Joe
Doreen’s Cup of Joe, simply referred to as Doreen’s, is Marco Island’s most loved breakfast joint among visitors and locals. They take pride in using local ingredients, and their menu is based on a classic breakfast combined with creativity. Inside and outside sitting available. Doreen’s Cup of Joe is almost always busy so be prepared for a wait! Check out their menu here.
The Esplanade Shoppes and Marina
The perfect spot to walk, shop, explore, and relax! The Esplanade Shoppes are located on Smokehouse Bay. This coastal Italian-style village consisting of upscale retailers, small specialty stores, fine dining, and luxurious waterfront residences on Marco Island, Florida makes these spot truly a destination location. Learn more about the Shoppes here.
Arts and Culture
Marco Island Center for the Arts
Open since 1969, the Marco Island Center for the Arts is a staple.Through dynamic monthly art exhibitions, educational programs for adults and children, musical concerts, film series, and a wide array of events, the Art Center encourages an appreciation of the arts while promoting community cohesion. Learn more here.
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