Graced with sun-washed white beaches, frolicking dolphins and Gulf breezes, Marco Island provides relaxation, adventure, exceptional wildlife and plenty of water and sun sports. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, it is the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands and is an official sanctuary for the American Bald Eagle.
Pastimes on, in or by the Water
With so much gorgeous water all around, enjoy lazing on the beach, shelling, sightseeing cruises, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing and gorgeous sunsets.
If you like to fish, rent a boat or schedule a fishing charter. May is the best month for barracuda,
jack crewie, jewfish, redfish, snook, tarpon and yellowtail snapper.
Within 30-minutes by car, you can see cypress swamps, exotic mangroves, herons, pelicans, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, deer, snakes, alligators, panthers and wild boar (to name only a few!) at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, The Everglades National Park or the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Dining Around Town
Delight your taste buds with an abundance of fresh seafood. Dine at a beachfront resort restaurant, in a waterfront restaurant in the hidden community of Isles of Capri or in the funky fishing village of Goodland.
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
You don’t even have to leave the Host Hotel to explore the delights of Marco Island. A recent $225 million renovation and redesign brings you a lavish spa with Balinese-influenced treatments, two private 18-hole championship golf courses, and spacious accommodations with premier amenities, technology upgrades and views of the Florida Gulf Coast.
- Golf. Choose from two stunning "Resort-Private” courses. Golfers of all skill levels will appreciate the Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, a par-72 Championship golf course designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. The Rookery at Marco golf Academy, designed by Robert Cupp, Jr., is nestled in shallow wetlands that attract many species of birds and offers immaculate turf condition, generous fairways and a 14-acre state-of-the-art practice facility.
- Spa. Refresh and relax at Balinese-style health spa with various tropical-inspired treatments, fitness facilities and salon services.
- Recreation. Chill out by the pool or sign up for an array of activities and recreation options for individuals, families and children – try tennis, parasailing, a scenic biking tour, the Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp or the Calusa Dolphin Watch.
- Dining. Whether you want to sip a cocktail by the pool, savor sushi near a 3,600 pound aquarium which showcases live Hawaiian moon jellyfish, or kick back with family-friendly fare, the Resort offers dining options to suit every mood.
Babysitting/Child Care Services
Children are always in the mood for fun, and they’ll discover lots of it at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s Tiki Tribe. Located next to the Game Room on the first floor of the South Tower, this great new area provides plenty of options to occupy young guests, all under the constant, watchful eye of the Recreation Staff: two big-screen, flat-panel televisions show the latest DVD kid’s movies, TV programming and X-Box games; comfortable chairs and soft bean-bag seating compliment a room bursting with bright color and a fun atmosphere; three computer stations with filtered Internet access; and a host of new games, new puzzles, new arts and crafts and additional amenities. Parents should dress their children accordingly, as a fun Tiki Tribe day also includes trips to the Tiki Pool and beach for outdoor activities and water games. Parents are encouraged to bring sun screen as well!
Tiki Tribe is for children ages 5 to 12 years. Fees are $70 per child. Additional child from the same family is $60. Lunch is included. They host a maximum of 10 kids at a time. Payments are via room charge only. Hours are from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day.
**Reservations are strongly recommended.
**Contact the Vacation Planner +1-800-638-8410 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The resort offers a state-of-the-art fitness center which is complimentary to registered guests. It is accessible 24 hours with a guest room key.
Internet access in guest rooms costs $5.95 for a 24-hour time period.
Other useful links:
Marco Island Chamber of Commerce
Marco Island Beach Resort, Golf Club, and Spa
Paradise Coast Information - Naples, Marco Island, Everglades
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Everglades National Park
Big Cypress National Preserve
Marco Island Information