Marco Island, the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, is tucked away in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a small, comfortable Island, 6 miles by 4 miles, linked to the mainland by two bridges. In 2014, TripAdvisor voted Marco Island the number one island in the U.S. and ranked it the fourth best island in the world. The largest on-line travel site went on to describe Marco Island as “the perfect destination for those who crave a peaceful retreat.”
The Island has plenty to offer its visitors. There are many restaurants and outdoor actives for everyone: golfing, boating, fishing, world class shelling, water sports and much, much more. However, it’s Marco Island’s sub-tropical climate, pristine white beaches, and legendary sunsets that attract vacationers from all over the world. Watching a Marco Island sunset is a spiritual experience that touches one’s soul for a lifetime!
Surrounded by preserves and uninhabited islands Marco Island is home to rare and endangered animals and bird species. Its many bays and undeveloped estuaries are fascinating to explore by kayak.
Fun fact: Where in the United States is the only place that alligators and crocodiles can cohabitate? It’s the well-known Everglades National Park, a short drive from Marco Island. The Everglades’ 1.5 million acres are swamped (no pun intended) with exotic birds, animals, plant life, and manatees that are all unique to the Everglades.