About Marco Island, Florida
The largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island, Florida has long been one of Florida’s best kept secrets until recently, ranked #1 Island in the U.S. and #4 in the World by TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards. This island paradise is nestled on the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of Southwest Florida, just south of Naples Florida in Collier County. This roughly 24 square miles island boasts pristine sugar-fine white sand on one of the few natural crescent beaches in the nation. With over 100 miles of waterfront real estate, Marco Island is a premier destination for boating and fishing. If you enjoy nature, Marco Island is a sanctuary for wildlife of all kinds. Over 200 species of birds, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and more call the surrounding area home. Marco Island Real Estate offers everything from quaint studio apartments to multi-million dollar beachfront homes. Most commonly known for it’s casual life style and a full range of shopping, dining and entertainment as well as some of the best weather under the sun.
Marco Island offers an array of single family homes from cozy two bedroom vintage homes on quiet streets to palatial mansions on the Beach. With over 100 miles of waterfront property, you can find what your heart desires. Search for your dream home:
Beachfront condos are one of the hot commodities on Marco Island. Set on Marco Island’s natural crescent beach. Not a beach person? You can still enjoy big water views from the other waterfront condos available. There are also many inland condos that allow you to live the island lifestyle without paying the waterfront premium. Search for your dream condo:
Can’t find the home that right for you? Why not build on the lot of your choice. There are still plenty to choose from on Marco Island but don’t wait too long. New construction is booming.
Marco Island offers many neighborhoods from cozy vintage neighborhoods to exclusive gated luxury communities.
Marco Island has a limited amount of gated communities.
Marco Island is truly a resort community equipped with some of the most desirable beachfront hotels such as the Marriott, Hilton or Marco Beach Ocean Resort. There are also several timeshare units available at the Marriott Crystal Shores or Holiday Inn Sunset Cove. If you are looking for something off the beaten path try the Boathouse Motel or Lakeside Inn. See Marco Island Hotels & Motels. Looking for a condo or home to rent? Contact Us to be put in touch with local rental agents.
Marco Island’s miles of white sand beaches are one of the only natural crescent beaches in the continental United States. Unlike most beaches that are easily accessible by the public, Marco’s beaches are semi-private with limited access points to the general public. So, you won’t have to climb over people to get to the water. The most popular spot for the public is South Beach while Resident’s Beach is the preferred stop of property owner’s and long term renters. Tigertail Beach is a favorite of families looking to rent a kayak, paddle-board or water trike while others enjoy the wildlife that abounds in the area. See Marco Island Beaches
With over 100 miles of waterfront, Marco Island is a mecca for boating enthusiasts. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, many waterfront homes and condos come equipped with a boat dock and lift ready to accommodate everything from a casual pleasure craft to a large yachts or sailboat. Waterfront homes provide access to the gulf within 45 minutes or less. Marco also offers several marinas and boat launch areas for all boater’s needs.
On a 4 by 6 mile island, you can go from one end of the other in about 15 minute. The island is full of cul-de-sacs so you will have to stay on the main roads to get to where you want to go. Main roads are north-south: Collier, Barfield, Bald Eagle/Heathwood and east-west: San Marco and Winterberry. So, for the most part you are about 10 minutes to anything on the island. Traffic does get a little heavier during season (January-April) as the population balloons to 35-40,000. The island is accessible from SR 951(Collier Blvd) via the Jolley Bridge or SR 92 (San Marco Road) via the Goodland Bridge. The island is also about 20-25 minute drive to downtown Naples or Interstate 75. Don’t have a car, you can use the Collier Area Transit System(CATS) or one of the many taxi/limo services on the island such as Classic Transportation or Canary Transportation. Marco Island is about 50 minutes from the Southwest Florida Regional Airport in Fort Myers. See all Southwest Florida Airports. The island is about 2 hours away from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, 3 hours to Tampa and 4 hours to Orlando.
One thing people love to do on Marco Island is eat! And the island does not disappoint. From casual to gourmet, the cuisine and choice of restaurants are outstanding. You won’t have to leave the island, there are plenty of restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch or dinner. For breakfast try Nene’s Kitchen or Red Rooster. Catch lunch at Mango’s Dockside Bistro in the Esplanade or Philly Grille on center of the island. You will also want to enjoy dinner at Fin Bistro, Marco Prime, La Tavola or sneek up to the north side of the island to check out Bistro Soleil in the Old Marco Inn. See our complete Marco Island Restaurant Guide.
Marco Island offers plenty of things to do daytime or nighttime. Besides the myriad of outdoor activities like biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking or jetskiing, there are plenty of opportunities to go on shelling trips, nature tours or go parasailing. Catch a movie at the Marco Island Movie Theater, play miniature golf at Marco Golf and Garden or check out the Marco Island Museum or the Art League. You can also take part in one of the many festival on and around Marco Island including the Marco Island Seafood Festival, Irish Festival 4th of July Celebration on Resident’s Beach and Christmas Island Style. There are plenty of venues where you can enjoy local music artists and dance the night away at places like the Star Bar on Thursday Nights, Porky’s or CJ’s By The Bay. Don’t miss Snook Inn, a favorite of tourist’s and locals a like for an afternoon cocktail and some “Jimmy Buffet Style” entertainment.
Southwest Florida provides a variety of fishing options for the salt & fresh water angler. However, Marco Island is the northern most island in the 10,000 islands and acts as a gateway into some of the best backwaters fishing in Florida. Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Snapper and trout abound in the backwaters while offshore anglers can test their stength against big grouper, snapper, redfish, snook, amberjack, cobia, kingfish and more. Connect up with one of the many fishing guides that call this area their home. They know the waters as well as when and where to fish them. See Marco Island Fishing Guide.
Marco Island is rich in history, dating back to one of the earliest known civilization in the continental United States, the Calusa Indians to the early pioneers that settled the island to farm vegetables and pineapples then later harvesting clams from the areas bays. In the 1960’s, the Mackle Brothers envisioned a retiree’s paradise and started to develop what we know as modern-day Marco Island. Check out the Marco Island Historical Society Museum to learn more about Marco Island.
House of Worship
Marco Island offers many denominational choices for your religious requirements. Most of the houses of worship is located on main roads of Marco Island. So, they aren’t hard to find. See our House of Worship Guide. Can’t find what you are looking for, check out the Naples area.
Map of Marco Island
If you are new to the area, you are probably not familiar with our streets, buildings and other landmarks. So, we have provided a map of the island that you can download for FREE. Simply, click on Marco Island Map to get your printable copy of the map.
Parks and Recreation
For a small island, Marco has plenty of green space for your recreational use. For the sports enthusiasts, Mackle Park & Winterberry Parks offer sports fields, basketball courts, running/walking trails around Lake Mackle and community center and huge playground. Veteran’s Park offers a venue for many of the island festivals and very popular farmer’s market. The island also offers many smaller parks to relax and unwind. Dog Lover’s check out the Dog Park at Mackle Park. See all the Marco Island Parks & Recreation.
Need to know who to call and where to go for utilities, driver’s licenses and community services. Check out our Marco Island Community Services.
Marco Island schools are considered to be some of the top schools in Florida. Tommie Barfield Elementary, name after one of Marco’s pioneers, is unparalleled in the Southwest Florida while Marco Island Charter Middle School offers 6-8th graders an excellent education. High school students can choose from Lely High School on the east trail or the Marco Island Academy, the island’s new charter high school. Parents looking for preschool or daycare can also find several options. See our Marco Island School Guide.
Marco Island has plenty of shopping venues at areas like the Marco Walk, Town Center or Shops of Marco were you can find apparel boutiques, home items and gifts. Marco also has a full compliment of gas stations, grocery, hardware and supply stores to address your every need. See our Marco Shopping Guide. Looking for the big department stores or mall, nearby Naples area, offers several Walmart, Target, Costco and more.