Marco Island Farmers Market: A Fresh Slice of Paradise

Marco Island Farmers Market: A Fresh Slice of Paradise

Marco Island Farmers Market: A Fresh Slice of Paradise

The Marco Island Farmers Market is a great way to spend a few hours on a Wednesday.  All of the fruits and vegetables look really fresh and snacks like kettle corn and chocolates are delicious.  It’s also a pretty place with all the fresh cut flowers and beautiful arrangements of fruits and vegetables.  The farmer’s market is also the perfect place to pick up a take home souvenir or a gift.

Marco Island Farmers Market
Marco Island Farmer’s Market

Larry and I made our first trip to the Farmers market on the island when we were there last December over Christmas. We enjoyed talking to many of the vendors and learning about their products or crafts.   I couldn’t believe the selection of goods and the beautiful layouts of each vendor.  I purchased a beautiful aerial photograph of Marco Island for Sea Mar Condo. Our guests love it!

The Farmers Market is open every Wednesday beginning November 13, 2019 through April 15, 2020 from 7:30am – 1:00pm at Veterans’ Community Park.  It is located at 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island.  The market is operated by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation.

Marco Island Farmer's Market
Marco Island Farmers Market

Visit vendors who will be selling items such as: fresh fruits, garden vegetables, herbs, fresh flowers, seafood, baked goods, honey, sauces, kettle popcorn, chocolates, fresh flowers, soaps, exotic jewelry and works from local artists.

One great thing about the Marco Island Farmer’s Market is admission is free.

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21 Fun Things to do with Children in Marco Island

21 Fun Things to do with Children in Marco Island

Things To Do With Children in Marco Island
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Before arrival, many of our guests inquire about things to do with children in Marco Island. We love our young visitors to Sea Mar Condo and wanted to put together a list of the many fun activities for children in Marco and the surrounding areas.

1. Our pool is great! The pool is open from morning until dusk.

2. We highly recommend that you take youngsters on the “Dolphin Explorer” tour. We have heard great things about it, although we have not personally been on the tour – and it is on our bucket list. Their website is www.dolphin-study.com. This tour is an interactive study of the dolphins around Marco Island. They get the kids very involved on the tour and their ongoing dolphin experience. https://dolphin-study.com/

Dolphin

3. We enjoy kayaking at Tigertail Beach. They also have stand-up paddleboarding. Once you leave the pool area and cross the boardwalk to the beach, you will turn right to get to the area where they rent the kayaks. They have 2 person kayaks and family kayaks and they are very stable. They also have paddle boats and water tricycles for rent as well. The prices are very reasonable.

Water Tricycle Marco Island

4. Everglades City is located about a 45 minute drive from Marco Island and is a great place to take the kids on an airboat ride or swamp buggy ridehttp://www.evergladescity-airboattours.com

Swamp Buggy Ride

5. Marco Golf and Garden has mini-golf and is located at 971 Winterberry Drive.

6. One of the most fun things we have done is a sightseeing cruise or a dinner cruise on the Marco Island Princess. The cruise is beautiful (especially sunset), the food is good, and the prices are very reasonable. Children 4-11 are half price and those under 4 are FREE.  We have done this cruise 3 times – 2 for dinner and 1 for sightseeing and it was great each time. http://www.themarcoislandprincess.com

Marco Island Princess

7. The Snook Inn has waterfront dining with live music each night. Many parents love dancing with the kids to the music each night.

8. A fun FREE adventure is just to walk the beach collecting sea shells or go on a shelling tour. There are many colors and shapes on the beach. We have shelling baskets in the condo and there is a shell washing station around the gated area to the beach.

Types of Shells Marco Island

9. Golisano Children’s museum of Naples is a 30 minute drive from Marco Island and is great for young children. It is located at 15080 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109.  https://www.cmon.org

Naples Children's Museum

10. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is in Naples. What child doesn’t enjoy a trip to the zoo? http://www.napleszoo.org

Naples_Zoo

11. We also have games, puzzles and beach toys in Sea Mar Condo for our young visitors to enjoy.

12. The Marco movie Theater is located in the marco Town Center at 599 S Collier Boulevard and is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day or on a day you are taking a break from the beach. They offer at-your-sea-dining options of casual American foods for you to enjoy during the movie.

13.  Rent a bicycle from Marco Bike Rentals and bike around the island.

14.  See the fire dancer at Quinn’s Restaurant at the Marco Marriott Hotel.  The show begins each night at sunset and is a high energy performance that kids love!  They can also meet the fire dancer and have their pictures taken with him after the show.

Fire Dancer at Quinn's on the Beach

15.  Take an airboat ride with Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides.  Children get the chance to get up close to alligators and other wildlife.  This was at the top of our nieces fun things to do during their vacation. https://cbairboatrides.com/

Corey Billy's Airboat Rides

16.  Family fishing the Gulf waters.  Marco Island is know for it’s spectacular fishing either on the island or on a deep sea adventure.  Some captains even specialize in first timers.

Fishing on Marco

17.  Rookery Bay Learning Center is a fully air-conditioned 2 story facility with a variety of hands-on-experiences, including a 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits.  There is also a nature store and picnic area.  Admission is free for kids on Friday.  https://rookerybay.org/

Rookery Bay
18.  Visit Marco Island’s Playgrounds.  Both Mackle Park Playground and WaterPark and Tigertail Beach Park have full facilities.  They offer play structures, swings, monkey bars, and slides as well as water activities.

Mackle Park

19.  Take an ice cream break at Sweet Annies!  Yummy!!!!  Children of all ages enjoy this tasty treat. In addition to the ice cream there are lots of souvenirs for all ages in this cute ice cream parlor.  https://sweetanniesicecreammarcoisland.com/

Sweet Annies

20.  Build a sand sculpture on the beach.  Who doesn’t like to play in the sand?  We have the perfect toys and buckets in Sea Mar Condo to make the perfect sand castle!

Sand Sculpture Marco Island

21.  Pirates of Marco Island.  Climb aboard the Black Pearl for an interactive family adventure.  Watch your children transform into little buccaneers complete with pirate tattoos and pirate’s attire!  The Black Pearl offers interactive pirate themed tours, sunset cruises and special event charters. https://piratesofmarco.com/

Black Pearl Pirate Ship

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Boating Around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors

Boating Around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors

Boating Around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors

What could be more fun than seeing Marco Island by boat?  Boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors offers you the opportunity to tour by boat or kayak.  They offer public and private tours to see the Ten Thousand Islands, sea life and many bird species, shelling, and beautiful sunsets.

Eco Endeavors

Josh Erickson has been running charters for 18 years and started Eco Endeavors 4 years ago.  Eco Endeavors specializes in group adventures through the Ten Thousand Island area, Rookery Bay and the mangroves of Everglades National Park.  Their professional captains and guides will navigate through the beautiful Gulf waters and mangroves while highlighting wildlife along the way.

Tours

Eco Endeavors offers several types of excursions including day tours, moonrise cruises, and private island beach days.  Their boats are USCG inspected and can accomodate parties of up to 16 passengers.  An Eco Endeavor tour is the perfect way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, bachelor & bachelorette parties, and family gatherings.  It can also be the perfect get-away for you and that special person in your life.

Dolphin and Shelling

Dolphin2The Dolphin and Shelling tour is a 3 hour excursion that takes you through mangroves and the barrier islands around Marco.  The tour covers over 25 miles round trip.  You will get the opportunity to see aquatic wildlife and a diverse species of birds.  Guests also visit a quiet barrier island only accessible by boat for shelling.  This is the perfect time to see dolphin, pelicans, herons, eagles, osprey and the beautiful roseate spoonbill.  You may also find that perfect rare sea shell (think junonia). There are three times for departing tours (9am, 12:30pm, and 4:00pm).  Seasonal sunset tours are also available.

Paddle the Islands

Eco Endeavors Kayak
Eco Endeavors Kayaking

All Eco Endeavors kayak tours are private with single and double kayaks available.  These tours are perfect for beginner paddlers to avid kayakers.  Life jackets are included with the tour.  Half day and 3 hour tours are available.  

The kayak tour offer guests the chance to explore the mangroves of the 10,000 island National Wildlife Refuge and Rookery Bay.  Rookery Bay offers some of the best kayaking in southwest Florida.  Kayakers paddle through thick mangroves and narrow winding creeks.  The route offers abundant wildlife.  This is the perfect tour to experience a calm, serene environment in this coastal ecosystem.

Sunset Dolphin Tour

Bird at Sunset Marco IslandThe sunset dolphin tour is an excellent excursion for wildlife viewing!  In addition to seeing a fabulous sunset, you will search for dolphin, manatee, and several species of birds.  A visit to the Cape Romano Dome house is also on the tour.  The captains will share their knowledge of local history and ecology.  It’s a great time to learn more about Marco Island, the dome houses, and the 10,000 islands.

The tour is between an hour and a half and two hours in duration.

Moonrise Cruise

Cape Romano
Cape Romano

The moonrise cruise is a unique experience.  The tour takes guests around Marco Island and out to the Cape Romano Dome House.  You will cruise along the coast of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to beautiful scenery you will see dolphin and diverse species of birds.  As the boat cruises back to dock, guests will watch the sunset over the Gulf accompanies by a magical full-moonrise.  The tour covers over 40 scenic miles.

This specialty cruise is weather dependent and is 2.5 – 3.5 hours in duration.

A Private Island Beach Day

Keewaydin IslandAfter boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors, how about your own private island beach day?  This specialty tour begins with an eco-tour through the 10,000 Island National Wildlife Refuge.  You are then taken to a beautiful barrier island only accessible by boat for a private beach day.  Eco Endeavors sets up all amenities (chairs, umbrella, noodles, paddle boards, horse shoes and sand toys) ready for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

This tour is a 6 hour adventure with drop off and pick up shuttle service from the barrier island.  The tour times are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Departures

All boat tours depart from Goodland Boat Park, 740 Palm Point Drive, Goodland, FL .

Kayak tours depart from Capri Palle Park, 1295 Capri Blvd, Naples, FL.

What to Bring on Your Excursion

Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Camera, Towel, Water Shoes, Hat, Shelling Bag, Reusable Water Bottle

Water and Ice are provided – you are welcome to bring snacks

Wear swimming attire

Contact Information

Boating around Marco Island with Eco Endeavors is easy to schedule.  Contact information is below:

Phone or Text:    (239) 877-5902

Website:  https://ecoendeavors.org/   Note: A 15% discount off boat tours is available with online bookings.

Sea Mar Condo, Marco Island, FL

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Bird Watching on Marco Island

Bird Watching on Marco Island

Bird Watching on Marco Island

Marco Island’s beautiful birds are one of the island’s greatest assets.  Bird watching on Marco Island is especially rewarding.  There are so many species native to the island.

Marco Island Ospry
Marco Island Osprey

This osprey is posing on Tigertail Beach.    Although these majestic birds are not normally people friendly, this one seemed to enjoy the attention!!  If you are like me, it is special to capture a beautiful photo to use in your home.  What a precious vacation memory!  This osprey’s picture is now in Sea Mar Condo!

There are many birds which are native to Marco Island and the southern Florida area. Some birds that are more common on Marco Island include the white egret, osprey, pelican, bald eagle and burrowing owl.

The Great Florida Birding Trail

Tigertail Beach Park is located on the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is a nice place to see and photograph many species of birds. There are other bird watching sites around Marco Island. They include Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Briggs Nature Center,  Frank E. Mackle Jr. Community Park, Eagle Lakes Community Park and Sugden Regional Park.  A  short 40 minute drive to Big Cypress Welcome Center and Turner Loop Road near Everglades City are also great birding sites.

Burrowing Owls on Marco Island

Burrowing Owls at Resident's Beach
Burrowing Owls at Resident’s Beach

Marco Island has been recognized by the Audubon Society for their efforts to increase the numbers of burrowing owls. The small owls are protected by both the state of Florida and the city of Marco Island.  Many island residents have volunteered to adopt and offer protective housing (borrows) for these beautiful birds.  For the last three years, a family of burrowing owls have made their nest on Resident’s Beach, a private beach for residents and long term renters on the island.  The owls are given a wide roped off space, but are yet visible to beachgoers.  Hint: They tend to pose for pics in the morning and late afternoon hours.

Osprey on the Island

Anytime you are on the water around Marco Island, you will likely see large osprey nests built of sticks on channel markers.  Ospreys have a large brown back and a white underside.  Visitors to Marco Island see these birds soaring around condo buildings and over the Gulf waters.  They are very large with wingspans of between 4-5 feet.  Ospreys soar above the shallow water along the beach, then hover briefly before diving feet first to grab a fish.  The bird then takes off with its fish to carry it back to its nest or perch.  It is not uncommon to see ospreys perched on a building or along the beach on driftwood in the Tigertail area.

Lots of Pelicans on Marco Island

Brown Pelicans

Marco Island Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican Photo Credit: Brenda McPherson

This is my favorite bird to watch on Marco Island!  What fun it is to see these impressive divers circling high above the Gulf waters before diving headfirst in search of the perfect feast.  Often you will see the brown pelicans fly in group formation in a V-shape along the water.  Pelicans are plentiful on Marco.  It is common to be in the water and see one swoop within a few feet.  Watch the pelican as it expands its throat pouch to trap fish, filling it with over 2 gallons of water, then enjoying a tasty meal!  A friend of mine took the picture to the left as we left on a Marco Island Princess dinner cruise.  This picture is also in Sea Mar Condo for our guests to enjoy! See our full article on brown pelicans by clicking on the following link: https://vacationsoup.com/marco-island-wildlifethe-brown-pelican/

White Pelicans

More rare to spot when bird watching on Marco Island are white pelicans. They arrive in the area in late fall and stay until the early spring.  The white pelican has white feathers and a pink-tangerine colored bill.  They are shy and prefer isolated areas like mangrove islands.  White pelicans are less social than brown pelicans.  Your chances of seeing a white pelican are better during a boat tour of the 10,000 islands with binoculars.  White pelicans also differ from brown pelicans by working as a team to herd their food prey,  fluffing their wings to assemble and gather the fish.

Bald Eagles on Marco Island

Marco Island Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle Photo Credit: Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary

Marco Island Nature Preserve is home to the island’s nesting American Bald Eagles during nesting season.  The preserve is located at 665 Tigertail Court, Marco Island, FL.  They work alongside volunteers of Marco Island to guarantee the safety of the active Bald Eagle nest on the island.  Visitors may visit during nesting season between November and May.  You can also view a live web cam during the year to see eagle activity by viewing this link:  https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/marcoisland/eagle/?cam=marcoisland

The Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary also has a FaceBook page with lots of great information on these majestic birds and their activity during the year.

Roseate Spoonbill

Pink Spoonbills in Flight
Pink Spoonbills in Flight

Birdwatching on Marco Island is more exciting with color!  Another of my favorite birds around Marco and the 10,000 island area is the roseate spoonbill.  The spoonbill is a beautiful pink wading bird. Although rare to see on Marco, they have been spotted near Tigertail Beach.  Visitors taking eco tours of the 10,000 islands commonly get to see the roseate spoonbill.  I was fortunate enough to see one on a boat tour a few years ago and again on a drive along Turner Loop Road in the Everglades.  The roseate spoonbill has bright pink feathers and red eyes with a giant spoon-shaped bill.  These birds are especially beautiful in flight flying with their outstretched necks.  A couple of neat facts about the spoonbill:  They bald as they mature by losing feathers from the top of their head.  And their pink color comes from the crustaceans they eat containing pigments called carotenoids that turn their feathers pink.

Least Terns Nesting on Marco Island

Least Terns on Tigertail
Least Terns on Tigertail Beach

The least tern is the smallest of the American terns.  They grow to a length of 8 1/2 to 9 inches with a wingspan of 21-23 inches.  Tigertail Beach on Marco Island is one of the largest nesting areas in Southwest Florida for the least tern.  This bird has a gray back, black wings, a yellow beak and a white belly.  It also has pointed wings and a forked tail.  Least terns nest in colonies and stay on sandy beaches with a path to the water.  They also are listed as a threatened species.  Visitors to the island can walk along the north tip of Tigertail Beach during nesting season (April-August) and see large colonies of 200 or more least terns nesting. Nesting areas are roped off to protect the nesting birds.  Signs give warnings to keep a distance from nesting birds.

Black Skimmers on Marco 

Black Skimmers
Black Skimmers

Black skimmers can be found year round on Marco Island.  The island has the largest black skimmer colony in the state at the end of Tigertail Beach.  Many of the black skimmers on Marco are banded to track the movements, lifespans, and survival rate of the species.  Black skimmers also nest in large colonies around April-August.  Visitors to the Big Marco Pass area during nesting season can see colonies of 400 or more black skimmers.  The area is roped off and visitors must keep a distance from the nesting birds.  Although normally a calm bird, the black skimmer will dive bomb anything getting close to a nest of newly hatched chicks.  During the winter months, visitors to the island will see black skimmers resting on the beach in front of the Marriott.

The black skimmer has a wingspan of around 45 inches.  They have a black back, white belly, orange-red legs, and a black-and-red bill.  Orange color on their bill and legs make them easy to spot.  Black skimmers fly very low above the water.

Snowy Egrets Along the Beach

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

It’s not often you walk along Marco Island’s beautiful beaches without one of these guys joining you!  Known for their “strut” and “ruffled feathers” the snowy egret can become quite comical in their appearance.  (Makes for a great photo!)  The snowy egret is a water bird that is around 26″ tall with white feathers and a black bill.  It has black legs and bright yellow feet.  In spring, the egret has “fancy” lace-like feathers on its head and along its back for its showy displays of courtship.  Marco’s snowy egrets are very used to people and will virtually “walk the beach” with you!

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron is the tallest of the wading birds.  It is slate blue in color with a white head, a black stripe above the eye, and a yellow bill.  This bird has a wing span of 65-79 inches.   The blue heron is a solitary bird that can usually be seen standing motionless in shallow water.  I have seen  great blue heron along Tigertail.  Taking an eco tour or a drive to the Everglades along Turner Road is a great way to see a blue heron.

Anhinga (Piano Bird)

Anhinga
Female Anhinga (Piano Bird)

The Anhinga is a most unusual bird.  It swims with its webbed feet, can dive under water, and spears its food by rapidly stretching out the neck.  Anhingas feathers are not waterproof as other types of water birds and their feathers get soaked when they are submerged in water.  They cannot stay in the water for long periods of

Anhinga diving
Anhinga diving

time.  The bird stands with it’s feathers fanned out to dry.  Anhingas are seen with outstretched wings in trees once they are dry enough to fly.  The male anhinga is a glossy black with white tail feathers.  When outstretched, the bottom of the male’s wings have white strips that resemble piano keys and they are sometimes called “paino birds”.  The female is pale gray in color or light brown.  I took the picture of this bird at the Big Cypress Welcome Center along the boardwalk.

Sea Mar Condo is the Perfect Place to Stay for Bird Watching on Marco Island

Sea Mar Condo LogoSea Mar Condo is located on the south end of Tigertail Beach and the north end of Marco Island’s South (Crescent Beach).  Our 19th floor penthouse condo overlooks South Beach with beautiful views of the beach and Gulf waters.  We are a short 40 minute drive to Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades City.  There are many guided eco tours of the 10,000 islands from a short 5 minute drive to Caxambus Park or Rose Marina.  All of these areas are perfect for bird watching on Marco Island (and surrounding areas).  Visit our website https://seamarcondo.com/ for more information on Marco Island and Sea Mar Condo.  We would love to have you as our guests!

Rookery Bay Learning Center See Undisturbed Mangroves

Rookery Bay Learning Center   See Undisturbed Mangroves

Rookery Bay Learning Center

Just 10 minutes from Marco Island, the Rookery Bay Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility.  Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in the United States.  The learning center has four research laboratories, a 140-seat auditorium, and a two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences.  These include aquariums and interactive exhibits addressing ongoing research and stewardship within the reserve.  There is also a nature store, gallery and picnic area.

The center has 3 “focus” tanks, one oyster tank, a seagrass tank, a 180 gallon marine life exhibit and a 2,300 gallon mangrove tank. The relatively new observation bridge, 1/2 mile “Snail Trail” and viewing platform encourage visitors to explore the surroundings. Visitors may see manatees, tarpon and even sharks when conditions are right. Visitors can experience a short walk through tangled mangroves, palms and oaks with resurrection ferns, bromeliads, and orchids growing in oak tree bark. The trail also winds past an old homestead dating back to post-Civil War times.

Rookery Bay is an area where rivers and streams meet the sea.  It forms a unique habitat with a myriad of wildlife including 150 species of birds.  Many threatened and endangered animals also thrive in this and the surrounding 10,000 island area of Southwest Florida.

Rookery Bay Programs and Tours

Rookery Bay Learning Center offers many opportunities for visitors to explore and learn:

Science Saturdays:  Families learn about environmental science and the natural world.  Visitors have hands on experiences with marine-life touch tanks and scientific displays.  Science Saturdays are from 9 am to 4 pm October through April.

Kids Free Friday Summer Program:  From mid June to early August Kids Free Fridays provides free admission for children 12 and younger with a paid adult.  Weekly topics include sharks, manatees, sea turtles, and birds.  Program activities include story time, naturalist lecture, craft room and face painting.  A food truck is on site from 11 am to 1 pm.

Guided Sunset Bird Rookery and Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tours:  Visitors can paddle through magnificent mangrove tunnels and shallows on a 2-3 hour guided kayak tour.  This tour offers the opportunity to see wildlife like sea stars, large snails, birds, dolphin, and manatee.  Prior kayaking experience is not required.  Tours offer single and tandem kayaks and accommodate children ages 3 and up.  Tours are offered daily and registration is required.

Guided Boat Tours of Rookery Bay:  A relaxing boat tour offers an up-close and personal experience with this unique coastal environment.  The tour is led by Rookery Bay staff with an emphasis on learning.  Five different tours are offered, each with a different theme.  The tours provide a chance to see native wildlife and a great opportunity for photography.

Hours and Contact Information

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday year round.
https://rookerybay.org
(239) 530-5940

Click here for a video on Rookery Bay:

https://youtu.be/fCxtiF2NTdw

Sea Mar CondoWe recommend a visit to Rookery Bay for our guests at Sea Mar Condo.  Sea Mar Condo is located in Marco Island, FL  It is located on the 19th floor of South Seas Towers with beautiful views of Crescent (South) Beach and the Gulf waters.  Visit our website to see availability and rates and contact us for the vacation of a lifetime!  http://www.seamarcondo.com

Marco Island’s Climate and Weather

Marco Island’s Climate and Weather

Marco Island’s Climate and Weather

Beach with Marco Island Logo

Marco Island’s climate and weather are all year round perfect!  Did you know that Marco Island has an average of 205 sunny days each year?

The “Busy Season”

The “busy season” on the island is January through mid-April when the temperatures range from 71-75 during the day.  The months of July, August, and September are the hottest months. During those months the average temperatures ranges from 87-88 during the day and highs can get into the mid to upper 90s.

The winter months of January, February and March are heavily sought by Snowbirds each year.  The winter months have mild night temperatures and warm, comfortable days.  Marco Island is a great escape from other areas of the country where winter brings snow and ice.

Summer and Fall on Marco Island

Although the winter months are busy each year, the summer and fall months are beautiful and less crowded on the island.  There is no restaurant wait lists during the summer and fall months.  The Gulf water temperature is bath water warm and pleasant.  My husband and I have always taken a Marco Island September vacation each year.  It is one of our favorite months to visit the island.  This is a great time to go shelling or to do water sports on Marco Island.  August and September are hurricane months.  It does pay to make plans closer to those months or to make sure your vacation can be cancelled in the event there would be an evacuation notice due to bad weather.

Sea Mar Condo at South SeasThe months of November and December are also very nice in Marco Island.  The weather is still very warm ranging from 73 to 80 degrees with plenty of sunshine.  It is a great time to sit on the beach and relax or walk along the Gulf sands.  At our condo, the heated pool feels great during this time of year.

Average temperatures on Marco Island

During January – March temperatures range from 71-75 during the day.
During April – June temperatures range from 78-86 during the day.
During July – September temperatures range from 87-88 during the day.
During October – December temperatures ranges from 73-83 during the day.

Sea Mar Condo

Sea Mar Condo is located on the North end of Marco Island with a spectacular view of Crescent Beach and the Gulf water.  The condo is located on the 19th floor of South Seas Tower 4 with an oversized balcony that is perfect for a morning cup of coffee or a late afternoon nap.  We want your stay to be enjoyable every month of the year.  http://www.seamarcondo.com

Marco Island’s Esplanade and Smokehouse Bay

Marco Island’s Esplanade and Smokehouse Bay

Marco Island’s Esplanade and Smokehouse Bay

Esplanade Shopping

Esplanade Marco Island

An afternoon at Marco Island’s Esplanade and Smokehouse Bay is an all inclusive treat.  Let’s start the afternoon off shopping in the unique shops in the Esplanade.  This italian-style village consists of upscale retailers and small specialty stores.  The architectural detail is beautiful and colorful.  The lush landscaping and fountains add to the retail experience.

The Esplanade is located on North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island’s main street.  The area has more than 1,100 feet of waterfront on Smokehouse Bay.  There is retail and office space, 72 multi-family waterfront residences and a 77-boat slip marina.  Visitors at the Esplanade are treated to the promenade along the waterfront and a courtyard opening to the water.  Let’s not forget the beautiful marina and great dining and shopping!

Smokehouse Bay Dining

CJs on the BayTwo of my favorite Marco Island Restaurants are located in the Esplanade.  Dining at CJs or Mangos offers a delicious meal while dining waterfront.  Be sure to take your camera as this is one of the most beautiful places on the island to capture a great sunset picture over the marina and Smokehouse Bay.  It is a very relaxing spot to have an after dinner drink as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon.

End the evening with an ice cream cone at Cold Stone Creamery as the evening is winding down.

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Seeing the Naples Pier at Sunset

Seeing the Naples Pier at Sunset

The Naples Pier at Sunset

The historic Naples Pier is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the West end of 12th Avenue South. The Naples Pier is a favorite location for sightseers and fishermen with plenty of space to cast a line. The Pier features restrooms, showers, a concession stand with covered eating area, and beach supplies.  It is one of the most photographed piers in the United States and even an amateur photographer can get a great shot during the sunset hour.

A Historic Landmark

The Naples Pier was originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock. It was first constructed by newspaper man Walter N. Halderman, founder of Naples.  The pier was initially to act as a location for loading and unloading goods and baggage to help local commerce, and to serve a hotel located across from it at the time. After its construction, the Naples Pier became a popular location for social gatherings like parties and dances.

In 1922 most of the Naples Pier was destroyed by a fire from a discarded cigarette.  It was rebuilt in 1924 extending it’s length to 1,000 feet.  The pier has also had several renovations due to hurricane damage, the latest of those in 1960 and 2015.

Completed, the newly renovated Naples Pier remains a monument to the local lifestyle and culture.  It is also a major attraction for both locals and tourists alike to visit while in Naples.

Parking at the Pier

Parking for beach access in the City of Naples requires the resident or visitor to have a beach parking permit, feed the parking meters, or pay-by-space. This is enforced year round.

Parking Rate:
Cost is $0.25/6 minutes
$2.50/hour
Credit/Debit Card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover
Cash: Quarters only

Features of the Pier

Fishing from the pier does not require a fishing license, as the City of Naples has purchased a bulk fishing license for the Pier. The beach at the Pier also features volleyball nets and is one of the best places to catch a spectacular Naples sunset.

Burrowing Owls on Marco Island

Burrowing Owls on Marco Island

Burrowing Owls on Marco Island

Marco Island is known for its beautiful beaches. However, one thing that makes the island really special is its wildlife.  One little creature is especially cute if you get the chance to spot it. The burrowing owls on Marco Island can normally be spotted on the corner of Bald Eagle and Elkcam Street – south side.

As the island grows (more houses being built) the burrowing owls are becoming harder to see. They are protected when the owls are actively nesting.  When the babies have left and the adults stop using the nest, it is then possible to build on a lot. The Burrowing Owl Society provides starter packs for home owners who want to encourage owls to nest on their property.  The number of vacant lots on the island is diminishing fast. (The Marco Review)

Owls are unmistakable birds, and that goes double for a long-legged owl that hunts on the ground during the day. Burrowing Owls are small, sandy colored owls with bright-yellow eyes. They live underground in burrows they’ve dug themselves or taken over from a ground squirrel, or tortoise. The owls live in grasslands, deserts, and other open habitats. They hunt mainly insects and rodents. Their numbers have declined sharply with human alteration of their habitat and the decline of ground squirrels.

Cool Facts About Burrowing Owls

Burrowing OwlsUnlike most owls in which the female is larger than the male, the sexes of the Burrowing Owl are the same size.

Burrowing Owls often stow extra food to ensure an adequate supply during incubation and brooding. When food is plentiful, the birds’ underground larders can reach enormous sizes.

In the absence of suitable homes created by ground squirrels or other burrowing animals, Burrowing Owls have been known to nest in piles of PVC pipe unintentionally provided by humans. Conservationists make use of the owls’ adaptability by supplying artificial burrows made of buckets, pipes, tubing, and other human-made materials.

Burrowing Owls have a higher tolerance for carbon dioxide than other birds.  They spend long periods underground, where the gas can accumulate to higher levels than found above ground.

Nests of Burrowing Owls

Before laying eggs, Burrowing Owls carpet the entrances to their homes with animal dung, which attracts dung beetles and other insects that the owls then catch and eat. They may also collect bottle caps, metal foil, cigarette butts, paper scraps, and other bits of trash at the entrance, This can signify that the burrow is occupied.

The nest burrow can be several yards long and is usually less than 3 feet deep.  Size depends on the mammal that originally excavated it. Burrows tend to make numerous twists and turns, with a mound of dirt at the entrance and an opening at least 4–6 inches wide. The owls often line their burrow with livestock manure, sometimes with feathers, grass, or other materials. When owls dig their own burrows, the process may take several days.  It takes them less time to prepare the burrow for nesting when they use an existing burrow.

Lifestyle of a Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl NestBurrowing Owls hunt at all hours of the day and night. Usually staying close to the ground, they fly, hover, walk, or run, seizing prey in their talons. Between forays for food, they sleep on dirt mounds at their burrow entrances or on depressions in the ground. Disturbed owls bob jerkily up and down, as do hunting owls pinpointing prey. They are mostly monogamous and breed close together in loose colonies. Females stay in or near the nest burrow until chicks fledge.  Males tend to stand guard at a nearby burrow or perch. Males defend their territories against other males by vocalizing, displaying in a weaving crouch with feathers fluffed, or chasing and attacking with outstretched talons. Courting adults—mainly males—display by circling overhead or flying dozens of feet into the air, hovering for a few seconds and then rapidly descending. Pairs vocalize, rub bills, and preen, the male calling and presenting food to the female. Young owls play-hunt by jumping on each other, on prey brought by their parents, and on dung around the burrow.
Credit: The Cornell Lab of Omithology – All About Birds

You Could be Having Your Morning Cup of Coffee Here!

You Could be Having Your Morning Cup of Coffee Here!

Sea Mar Condo: You Could Be Having Your Morning Cup of Coffee Here

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You Could Be Having Your Morning Cup of Coffee Here

The view from the Sea Mar Condo oversized balcony does not disappoint! Our guests enjoy having the morning cup of coffee here with the warm morning sun. It is such a peaceful and serene setting. It is also the perfect place to sit with your favorite book while having a sandwich for lunch or pizza for dinner.

The view from our balcony overlooks the full stretch of South (Crescent) Beach and the Gulf waters.

Reserve your spot now for that morning coffee….visit www.seamarcondo.com for rates and availability or to contact us for a quote.  Remember – booking direct with us saves you $$$ on booking fees charged by our listing sites!