MARCO ISLAND BEACHES
Our location at Sea Mar Condo couldn’t be better – we are located on Tigertail Beach, overlook South (Crescent) Beach, and are a boat trip away from Keewaydin Beach. We want to introduce you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Marco Island in southwest Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches in the US with views of the Gulf of Mexico. The island – the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands – also features a magnificent shoreline that stretches from Tigertail to South Beach. Enjoy miles of clean, uncrowded beaches of white sand and famous Marco sunsets. Marco Island Beaches are world famous – one visit here and you will understand why. Marco Island’s crescent shaped beach extends the entire length of the western side of the island and also happens to overlook the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The sunsets along this beach are unbelievable – and if you are lucky you will get to see the “Marco Flash”, a flash of deep blue or green light occurring very seldom but always just after the sun sets into the Gulf.
The are three primary public beach access points on Marco Island – besides the beachfront resorts and condos.
<h1>There are three beaches on Marco Island</h1>
- Tigertail Beach
Tigertail Beach is a popular beach for birders and wildlife photographers. Every spring one can view Osprey nesting, Crane migration and various birds. Tigertail Beach is the most unique beach on Marco Island. To reach the ocean side of the beach you must walk across a shallow bay or around Tigertail Lagoon, so having good wading/sand shoes is essential.
Tigertail Beach features a snack bar with fried fish, burgers and other snacks. There is also a children’s playground, picnic tables, and restroom facilities.
Parking requires a Collier County Florida Beach Pass on your vehicle or pay a small fee. There is plenty of parking at Tiger Tail, though it does sell out, especially during peak season on sunny days. Get to the beach early to assure a parking space.
- Resident’s Beach
This beach is private for Marco Island residents only. Visitors of 30 days or longer may apply for a Residents Beach pass at the Marco Island Civic Association office.
- South (Crescent) Beach
South Beach in Marco Island offers picturesque scenery and wide stretches of white sandy beach. South Marco Beach (also called Crescent Beach) also features beachfront property, lined with sabal palms and the large, luxury hotels of Marco Island. Swimmers and sunbathers populate the beach on South Marco from 8:00 a.m. until sunset each day.
Marco Island Beaches are patrolled and are not available for overnight camping. Unless you are staying at a Marco Island beachfront resort or condo you are not permitted to enter Marco Island Beaches after 10:00pm. Marco Island, and the rest of the 10,000 islands in the Florida Everglades, is an important nesting and migrating area for birds. Wildlife and bird viewing, or “birding” is a popular outdoor activity. You should be careful not to disturb island birds and turtles when visiting Marco Island Beaches. Several of the island’s birds and turtles are on the endangered species list and fines are imposed for violators. Due to Marco island’s important and fragile ecosystem, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed on any Marco Island Beaches.
There is a parking lot that requires a Collier County Beach Pass located on Swallow Drive near the walkway to South Beach.
<h2>Sand Dollar Island</h2>
For an even more remote encounter with South Florida’s shorebirds, one can wade across the lagoon at Tigertail Beach to the offshore Sand Dollar Island. Water shoes are recommended as the lagoon is shallow and some areas may be muddy. Like Tigertail, Sand Dollar Island serves as a conservation area for nesting shore birds. Keep an eye out for posted signs, as sometimes portion of the island close to protect the nests. Sand Dollar island features flat, wide beaches accompanied by shallow, clear water. At low tide, the sandbar separating Tigertail and Sand Dollar is often visible. This area of Marco Island is also great for shelling, with a wide variety of shells of different sizes and colors.
<h3>Keewaydin Island Beach</h3>
Keewaydin Island beach is only accessible by boat. However, there are day trips offered each day from Marco Island to Keewaydin by Hemmingway Water Shuttle.