On the doorstep of the everglades, sits an island in the Gulf of Mexico called Marco Island. Marco is also a city in Collier county Florida. Of the 22 square miles considered to be Marco Island, about half is land and the other half is water. Inhabited by about 17,000 people, the population swells almost double in the fall and winter months when tourists and part-time residents head for warm weather.
Marco Island was inhabited by the Calusa Indians until their disappearance by the 19th century due to war with Spaniards and diseases carried to Florida by Europeans. The Calusa built their huts on mounds of shells to reach high ground and drainage. Artifacts and a village recreation can be found at the Marco Island Historical Museum.
Numerous hotels and resorts line Collier Ave. on the Island. Most are Gulf, and beach, front with spectacular sunsets. The wide beaches have soft white sand. Our favorite along the beach is the Marriott Beach Resort.
The Marriott has a tiki bar named Kane’s and a restaurant on the beach called Quinn’s. Both are casual fun places. Inside there are several other restaurants and bars along with a large entertainment/gaming area in their newest tower. Marriott is large and comfortable with a magnificent beach.
While visiting Marco Island, you must visit the Snook Inn. Located on a main waterway encircling Marco Island, the Snook Inn has dozens of secure docks for their boat loving crowd. Food is above average, but Florida restaurant normal. I can attest to entertainment that people enjoy starting about 2 PM each afternoon.
Marco Island is a few minutes from Naples, Florida and two hours to Miami. Naples has exceptional upscale shopping. For entertainment try an air boat in the everglades (30 minutes away), or fishing charter boat from Marco, plus various watercraft rentals and sailing options.