Vacation Guide to Southwest Florida

Marco Island Vacation Travel Guide

Marco Island Vacation Travel Guide


Marco Island’s main attractions are the beaches and waterways. It is a boating and fishing paradise, with mangrove islands galore. The back-country fishing is extraordinary and there are plenty of boats waiting to take you on a sightseeing tour. Shelling is also a visitor’s favorite pastime. Marco Island is known as the “western gateway to the Everglades”, where you have easy access to various Everglades excursions. 

If you would like to take an active role in your next boating adventure, check out sailing lessons at Sail Marco, located at the Marco River Marina.  Get a break from the sun and enjoy a first run movie along with lunch, dinner or a snack at the Marco Movie Theater. The Marco Island Trolley is not only a great means of transportation around the island, but also a guided tour. Finally, you’ll want to check out the nearby Naples attractions for more great things to do.

Map of Marco Island Attractions & Tours

Things-To-Do on Marco Island: Check out the 50 Things to Do on Marco Island article on


Marco Island is located at the southernmost tip of mainland Florida’s west coast, just west of the Everglades. It is the largest inhabited island of the 10,000 Islands. It is about an hour’s drive south of the Southwest Florida International Airport. Charter and private flights arrive at the Marco Island Executive Airport.


Crescent Beach is located on the curved western shore of Marco Island, running about 3-1/2 miles. Tigertail Public Beach is located on the northern shore of Marco Island, running about 1-1/2 miles. At this beach you’ll find restrooms, showers, a playground, a snack bar and water-sports rentals.


 Marco Island has resort boutiques and specialty shops for all your needs. The Esplanade Shops offer upscale retailers, small specialty stores and fine dining. Check out Marco Walk Plaza, a open-air plaza of fine restaurants, small boutiques and the Marco Movie Theater.


 Marco Island offers many restaurant options. Kretch’s is a good value, seafood/continental restaurant known as Marco’s best all around restaurant. You can visit Snook Inn by land or by water (plenty of boat parking) and dine aside the Marco River. They feature seafood, steaks, chicken, sandwiches and a salad bar. You’ll enjoy Arturo’s Italian Restaurant for an Italian dinner and Marek’s Collier House for fine dining. Check the web site  for more choices.