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Marco Island Amenities

Beaches

Just through the gate from the pool area, and you're on Tigertail Beach, the northern part of Marco's lovely Crescent Beach. Swim in the calm waters of the Gulf as the pelicans dive for fish. Dolphins are often seen within yards of the shoreline too. You can stroll along the sand bar leading to the north and comb the beach for shells. Alternatively, you may choose to walk south towards Cape Marco.

 

Tigertail beach
Tigertail Beach - Marco Island



Rentals of cabanas, windsurfers and small water craft are available at Tigertail Beach, as well as sales of food and drink. Motor boats and waverunners can be hired from nearby marinas.

Many Water sports operators provide guided Waverunner tours through nearby mangrove islands with information on the mangrove estuary and its inhabitants, including bottlenose dolphins, manatees, sea otters, alligators, crocodiles, wood storks, brown and white pelicans, roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets and more.


Fishing

charter fishingBackcountry fishing is very popular around Marco Island and fishing enthusiasts reel in plenty of snook, tarpon, redfish, trout, pompano and many other species.

Experienced guides are readily available for fishing excursions from Marco Island, Chokoloskee, Everglades City, Goodland and other nearby areas and include backcountry flats fishing and offshore charters into the Gulf of Mexico for grouper, kingfish and snapper.

Shopping

Marco Island offers many shopping treasures. Specialty shops and resort boutiques offer everything from swimwear and resort casual selections to the finest designer fashions and art work. Shopping goes beyond beach wear, with stores that offer artistic items of local flavor and interesting souvenirs. There are many small malls and stand alone shops dotted around the island but our main shopping centers are:


The Esplanade - www.esplanadeshoppes.com
An up-market shopping and dining area on North Collier Blvd which backs onto Smokehouse bay and offers a marina, three restaurants with waterfront open air seating and an open air bar which often has live entertainment.  It is also home to two great ladies' clothing and accessory stores, a ladies' shoe shop and it also has yacht sales, a yoga studio and ice cream parlor.

Esplanade shoppes
 

Island Plaza
Located on the north west corner of the intersection of N Collier Blvd and Bald Eagle Drive this plaza houses an outlet store, pharmacy, ice cream, jewelers, beauty salon, pools supply store, surf shop and realtor.


Marco Town Center Mall
This tropical old Florida style mall offers many great stores and restaurants and is the largest open air mall on Marco.  It has entrances on Bald Eagle Drive, North Collier Blvd and East Elkcam Circle.  Shops include ladies', men's and children's clothing from beachwear to up-market, swimwear, shoes, health food and grocery stores, specialty stores such as a gallery, home goods and accessories and a variety of restaurants.


Marco Walk  www.marcowalkplaza.com
The courtyard at Marco Walk is the center of night-time activity on the island.  Five separate, and very different restaurants, offer indoor and pretty outdoor seating in the central courtyard  There’s also a movie theater (where you can enjoy anything from a beer to a full meal while watching the film), and several clothing stores as well as optical, vintage home goods and crafts, spa, nail services, ice cream and real estate as well as a gelato and gourmet chocolate store.


The Shops at Olde Marco
This pretty Key West style area offers an award winning fish restaurant, clothing, fresh fish shop, beauty salon, realty, and several art galleries.  It is located on Royal Palm Drive at the northern most tip of the island.

 

Shops of Marco
Ladies clothing, post office and gifts stores, beauty salon, dollar store and several restaurants join the island’s largest grocery store in this large shopping mall.


Naples Outlet Collection
Located 6 miles from Marco Island at 6060 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL 34114.  Open daily

The Coastland Center and even more shopping options Naples is just 20 minutes down the road and a one hour drive away in Fort Meyers there is also MIROMAR OUTLETS Featuring more than 140 top designer and brand name outlets with savings of up to 70% off retail prices.


Golfing

Golf at Hibiscus

Marco Island and the Naples area offer great golf with several courses located nearby. There are many public golf courses in Naples easily accessible to Marco Island (we have named a few below):
Public Golf Courses:
  1. Eagles Lake Golf Club (18100 Royal Tree Pkwy, 239-732-0034) is located just minutes from Marco Island and even if you don’t score an eagle, you might see an American Bald Eagle flying overhead! Low handicappers and casual players alike will find every facet of their game tested.
     
  2. Hibiscus Golf Club (5375 Hibiscus Drive, 239-774-0088) features one of the few public practice facilities in the area. No two holes are the same but they are all memorable. Wide fairways, bunkered greens and numerous lakes and creeks present a unique challenge 18 different times.
     
  3. Valencia Golf and Country Club (1725 Double Eagle Trail, 239-352-0777) also has an amazing practice facility with a 30-station driving range, large putting green and chipping green to improve all aspects of your game. The course is great too. Golf Digest readers continually rated it one of the top courses in the area. Golfers will be greeted with undulating fairways, lakes, and lush trees to punish any wayward tee shots.
     
  4. Lely Resort Golf and Country Club (7989 Grand Lely Drive, 239-732-1200) Located just minutes from Marco Island, has two courses to challenge you, The Mustang and The Flamingo Island. The Mustang was designed by six-time major winner Lee Trevino and is best described as tough, but fair. Wayward tee shots aren’t a death sentence at The Mustang. Trevino provides recovery options for poorly struck shots, but the well protected greens mean The Mustang isn’t a pushover by any stretch. The Flamingo Island course isn’t as forgiving off the tee or from the fairway! Water looms almost everywhere you look so choose your club carefully. The Bermuda grass greens have recently been expanded but the severe sloping will make even the shortest putt a nerve-wracking experience. The signature par-3 5th hole must be seen with your own eyes.

Dining

Couple dining outMarco Island’s local restaurants offer a wide range of menus that will suit any palate!!

Here is a link to a dining guide from the Marco Review we find useful: http://www.marcoreview.com/files/Dining.jpg .