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Marco Island, Florida

The Island is six miles long, four miles wide and is the largest of the 10,000 Islands.  It is near Naples and the Everglades.  Winter daytime temperatures generally range from the mid 70's to mid 80's and evening temperatures are cool ranging from the mid 50's to low 60's.   Summer is gorgeous on Marco with temperatures rarely above the low 90's with breezes off the Gulf to cool the Island.

Marco Island has approximately 12,000 year-round residents.  This number swells to over 40,000 during the winter months.

The lifestyle on Marco is carefree. You can go into almost any restaurant wearing casual attire including shorts.  Water sports, fishing, golf and a fabulous white sand beach are a few of the things that draw people to Marco from all over the world.  Marco Island is also the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands and is considered a gateway to the Everglades. 

More than 200 species of birds, including the American Bald Eagle, live on Marco.  The island also provides a habitat for loggerhead turtles, dolphins and the manatee.   On the western shore of Marco Island, vacationers and residents enjoy a 3 1/2 mile white-sand crescent  beach. Watching the many varieties of boats and recreational activities that abound in and above the waters at the beach is a constant source of entertainment.   You can watch the fish jumping out of the water, the pelicans following the fishermen around hoping for a snack or join in the fun yourself and try your hand at parasailing or jet skiing.  Dolphins are often spied swimming by the beach.  We have even had one come join us for a swim.  It was quite an experience. Canoeing the canals and waterways is a peaceful way to spend your time.  Enjoying yourself on Marco can take many different forms. 

The Everglades are located very close to Marco and provide a fascinating look at nature. Goodland is a small fishing village located in the southeast corner of Marco.  On Sundays residents and visitors frequent Stan's for an afternoon of outdoor music, drinks and dancing.  The Isle of Capri is another fishing village located just before the bridge to Marco.  There are some nice restaurants there too.  The recreation page gives more information about what is available both on and off the Island for entertainment.

Marco Island has a colorful history, from the first inhabitants, a warrior Indian tribe called the Calusa, to the development of what we know as Marco Island today.  The Marco Eagle has information on their web site which tells about the early settlers, the development of the island and the numerous artifacts which have been discovered or should I say uncovered on the Island.  If you are interested in learning more about Marco of the past and how it was transformed into what it is today you can visit marcoeagle.com.

 


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