How to Tell Which Sand Dollars are Safe to Take Home

How to Tell Which Sand Dollars are Safe to Take Home

How to Tell Which Sand Dollars are Safe to Take Home

Shelling on Marco Island is always fun and it doesn’t matter how many shells you have collected before, you always find yourself looking for more. One of my favorites is the Sand Dollar.  It’s thrilling to see a sand dollar at low tide half buried in the sand and water, isn’t it? Some of the sand dollars look brown and some look almost bleached out and white. How do you tell which sand dollars are safe to take home and which are alive and must be put back in the ocean?

Dark Sand Dollars

Live Sand Dollar
Live Sand Dollar on Marco Island

If a sand dollar is dark in color and half buried in the sand and/or water, it is most likely still alive and needs to be put back in the water as this is a living creature in its natural habitat. But not all brown (dark) sand dollars are alive….here is a way to tell……

Look for the CILIA and velvety skin. These are the things that keep the animal alive. If these two things are missing they are not alive any more. Can you see the cilia on the sand dollar in this picture…this is a live sand dollar.

Sand Dollars have short spines covered in “cilia” (tiny hairs) so it can move along the sand and grasses. Along with the cilia are tube feet, which look “furry like” and is actually how the sand dollar breathes.

White Sand Dollars

Sand Dollar
This sand dollar is ready for you to collect

The white sand dollars found on the beach are sun bleached and are definitely ready for you to take home to your shell collection.

So the next time you see a sand dollar while walking the beach, remember to leave it alone if it’s dark and hairy. If you are unsure if it’s alive, take time to inspect it, looking for any signs of hairs, fur or velvety skin.

How to Preserve Your Sand Dollars to Take Home

Sand dollars should be bleached in half Clorox and half water for several hours. Rinse them thoroughly after bleaching and allow them to dry completely in the sun. Once they are dry, use a mixture of Elmer’s Glue diluted with water to whiten them and protect them.

Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Sand Dollar Legend is an Easter and Christmas favorite which tells a story that includes the five slits representing the wounds on Christ when on the cross, the Easter lily with a star in the middle representing the star of Bethlehem and on the back is the outline of a Poinsettia, the Christmas flower. The Legend of the Sand Dollar also tells of the 5 dove’s that are inside and how when the sand dollar is broken open it spreads good will and peace.

There’s a lovely little legend
that I would like to tell,
of the birth and death of Jesus,
found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely,
you’ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.

The Christmas Poinsettia
etched on the other side,
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me,
to help us spread His Gospel,
through all Eternity.

Author Unknown


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A Visit to Olde Marco

A Visit to Olde Marco

A Visit to Olde Marco

It’s a few hours well spent to enjoy a visit to Olde Marco while vacationing in Marco Island. We highly recommend this area in the late afternoon – perhaps for dinner and a stroll.

It’s Colorful!

Olde Marco Shops
Old Marco Shops

Olde Marco is located in the Historic District on the northern end of Marco Island. This collection of colorful shops, boutiques, and retailers (including clothing stores, gift shops, an art gallery, fish market, and a salon and holistic health service center) captures the essence of the island lifestyle.

The quaint little village nestled in Olde Marco is a haven for artists to create, an art gallery to showcase local talent, and restaurants to delight visitors and locals. It offers diversity and eclectic essence in the small unique shops.

One of the shops in Olde marco is Bijoux.  It is a sophisticated little boutique, which aims to offer something different from the other “beachy” Marco Island stores.  The shop offers a selection of gifts, home goods, jewelry, body care products, baby clothes and specialty clothing.

Olde Marco Inn and Restaurants

The local fish market, Lee Be Fish offers wonderful fish tacos and fresh fish and shrimp baskets in addition to the fresh market items. Other fine restaurants in the Olde Marco area are Cafe de Marco, Petite Soleil and Bistro Soleil (located in the historic Olde Marco Inn.

In addition to the shops and restaurants, be sure to check out the original Inn on site. It originally opened with 20 sleeping rooms, and a two-story outhouse (featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not), The Inn stands as one of southwest Florida’s oldest buildings.

It’s a Great Place For a Picture

A Visit to Olde Marco
Colorful Family Pictures

A visit to Olde Marco is also a great place to get a colorful family picture as a memento of your Marco Island vacation.

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Paddleboarding and Kayaking Tigertail Lagoon

Paddleboarding and Kayaking Tigertail Lagoon

Paddleboarding and Kayaking Tigertail Lagoon

Are you are looking to take a break from your beach chair?  Paddleboarding and kayaking Tigertail Lagoon may be perfect for you. More than just a beach, Tigertail Beach Paddleboard, Kayak & Beach Rentals is 79 acres of paradise with something fun for the entire family!

Kayaking Tigertail Lagoon

Kayaking the Tigertail Lagoon is one of the most fun things I have done on Marco island (I wasn’t sure about my skills at balancing on a paddleboard). The lagoon is just 5 minutes from our condo and is a great place to see nesting birds and jumping fish. Tigertail Beach also has a great cafe that is open for breakfast and lunch, serving really good burgers and wraps.  This area is  truly beautiful and is also great for shelling.

Tigertail Lagoon

A calm and shallow water area, Tigertail Lagoon is the perfect spot to try out a paddleboard for the first time – lessons are included with the rentals.  Or if you are like me and kayaks are more your style, both single and 2 people kayaks are available for rent.

Water Tricycle Marco Island
Beach Tricycles are also Available for Rent at Tigertail Lagoon

Explore along the lagoon and access to many of the small mangrove inlets and then beach the kayak on sand dollar spit for some wonderful shelling. It’s best to go a couple of hours before high tide for maximum access. If you are an avid photographer, you can also sneak up really close to the herons, ibis and kingfishers as they rest in the mangroves or feed in the shallows. The beach concession also offers guided kayak and paddleboard tours. Many times you will also see fish jumping 3-4 foot out of the water just in front of your kayak….an awesome sight and so much fun!

All of the rentals at Tigertail Beach and Paddleboard Rental are either pedal, paddle or electric and do not interfere with the peace and quiet of the surroundings.

The Sunsets and Fishing are Great in the Lagoon

There is also a great observation tower located at in the area, especially nice to view the sunsets that are spectacular over the lagoon.

The lagoon is also a great place to fish (either spinning or fly) with many secluded areas around mangroves or shallow water towards the Big Marco Pass. Over the years it has become an important rest area for migrating birds and also a major nesting site in spring and summer for several endangered species and is listed as Site # 73 on the Great Florida Birding Trail. You can expect to see many types of heron, ibis, egret, black skimmers, plovers, sandpipers, willets, pelican, osprey, and perhaps even a roseate spoonbill or bald eagle. There are always mullet jumping and you should also see fiddler, horseshoe and ghost crabs and maybe three kinds of sea stars depending on how far you walk (or kayak)!

This is such a beautiful place to paddle board, kayak, or fish.  I love watching the birds in the lagoon, seeing the fish jump in front of you, and then taking a long walk along beautiful Tigertail Beach. It is a one of a kind place.


Tigertail Beach and Paddleboard Rental
(239) 642-8414

Paddleboarding and kayaking Tigertail Lagoon is a great way to explore Marco Island’s most pristine beach area. The protected lagoon offers smooth waters for paddling and it is appropriate for all ages.


FREE PADDLEBOARD LESSON with any SUP rental at Tigertail Beach Rentals.
HOURLY: $38 / hour
$65 for 2 hrs
WEEKLY: $395 / week
(Free Delivery/Pick Up In Area)
HIGH TIDE DEAL: $70 for 3 Hour Adventure


HOURLY: $30 / hour
Quad Kayaks (2 Adults + 2 small children $40/ hour
HIGH TIDE DEAL: $70 for 3 Hour Adventure


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Kayaking Marco Island

Kayaking Marco Island

Kayaking Marco Island

Marco Island is home to a large variety of wildlife and is surrounded by a mirage of mangrove areas and beautiful seashore. Kayaking Marco Island is a popular way for guests to see the island’s natural beauty from the water.

Paddle Marco Tours

Paddle Marco offers kayak tours for all ages and skill levels. Their tours are #1 rated on TripAdvisor, Google and Yelp and have been featured in USA Today and the Marco Review magazine.

The kayak eco tours are lead by experienced guides who will take you through the beautiful and twisty mangrove tunnels of Rookery Bay. Be among abundant wildlife such as tree crabs, huge conch shells, raccoons, osprey, heron, and dolphins. The naturalist will tell all about the history or Marco Island, the mangrove trees, and wildlife inhabiting the area.

Paddle Marco Kayaks (3)
A Paddle Marco Guided Tour

Whats Included in the Tour?

Included in the tour is your own kayak with a cup holder and high back seat and a waterproof bag for your take-alongs. There are also 2 seater kayaks if you have small children or want to share one with your spouse or friend. The water is about waist deep, easy to paddle and no…..there are no alligators where the tours go. The guides also take free photos of you and your family throughout the tour and you’ll  get the photos the same day!

Paddle Marco tours launch from Capri Paddlecraft Park located on the corner of Collier Blvd and Capri Blvd (3 minutes north of Marco Island. The tours last 2 1/2 hours. You can book online or call (239) 777-5423. Reservations are required as these tours tend to sell out quickly. Book online at

Kayaking Marco Island on Your Own

Paddle Marco Kayaks

If you prefer to go on your own without a tour, personal kayaks are also available for rent. The rentals include free delivery and pickup to any home, condo, or park on Marco Island and the Isles of Capri. Paddleboard rentals are also available.

There are two parks that are great for launching your own kayak:

Capri Paddlecraft Park
This is where the guided tours leave from. There are no islands to get off on and explore and there is no shelling from this location. You will be on the water during your entire rental. It’s also easy to get lost from this location, so booking a tour is recommended if you aren’t good at following a map. On your own, a 2 hour tour is recommended. The park is on the border of Marco Island and Naples at the Isles of Capri entrance and its within Rookery Bay.

Caxambas Park & Marina
This is the BEST park for a kayak or paddleboard rental! Get ready to explore beautiful barrier islands, sand bars and do some amazing shelling! Park your kayak or paddleboard and jump onto deserted sand bars full of sea shells and sand dollars. Dolphins are usually nearby and they are not afraid to surface near the kayaks! Low-tide is the best time to visit this park because that exposes more sea shells on the sand bars. There are no mangrove tunnels at this park. We recommend 2-3 hours at this park for a good time. The park is located at the southern end of Marco Island where Collier Blvd dead ends.

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Dolphin Snacks for Everyone!

Dolphin Snacks for Everyone!

Dolphin Snacks for Everyone!

What a cute idea from a shared post to the Marco Island Patriot’s page by Kim Hagmayer. These cute dolphin snacks are sure to be a hit with the kiddos and adults as well!

Let’s get started and prepare these for our Labor Day or beach party guests!

Dolphin Snacks
Dolphin Snacks



Prepare a banana by cutting off the bottom end, gently slitting the stem end for a mouth, and drawing a couple of “dolphin eyes” on each side of the end with the slits. Place the banana cut side down in a plastic cup. Fill around the “dolphin” banana with grapes, blueberries, and cranberries. Place a blueberry in the slit (dolphin’s mouth). Serve immediately.

Enjoy your dolphin snacks!




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Our Top 10 List of Things to Do in Marco Island

Our Top 10 List of Things to Do in Marco Island

Our Top 10 List of Things to Do in Marco Island

Our guests at Sea Mar Condo want fun, relaxation, and a nice place to stay on their vacation. We’ve put together a top 10 list of things to do in Marco Island and we provide a nice, clean, penthouse condo for relaxation.

There is no doubt that Marco Island beach vacations are the best! The island is the perfect place for that romantic getaway, a girl’s trip, or a family vacation. There’s something for everyone on the island called “Paradise”.

The Island’s Beautiful Beaches

South Beach Marco Island
South (Crescent) Beach, Marco Island, FL

Marco Island has miles of beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise Gulf waters, beautiful sunsets, and wonderful seafood! There are also wildlife refuges to explore, fishing and water excursions, shopping, and even a historical museum to visit, And if you still have some time left after all these adventures, maybe a day trip to the spa is just what you need!

Marco Island is just 15 miles south of Naples and is the northern most island in the 10,000 islands at the southern tip of Southwest Florida. The island features 2 public beaches, Tigertail and South (Crescent) beach and 2 private beaches (Hideaway Beach and Resident’s Beach on its west side. Off the island’s east side are pristine mangrove estuaries and access points to Everglades National Park.

Here is our “Top 10” List of things to do in Marco Island:

1. South (Crescent) Beach

Crescent Beach is 3 1/2 miles of pristine white sand beach along the western coast of Marco Island perfect for walking, relaxation, or water sports. Sea Mar Condo ( overlooks Crescent Beach from the north end of the island.

2. Tigertail Beach/Lagoon

Tigertail Beach, Marco Island. FL
Tigertail Beach, Marco Island, FL

Tigertail Beach is located in close walking distance from Sea Mar Condo. This beach area surrounds a lagoon, which can also be seen from our condo. Tigertail Beach Park is a clean, well kept park where you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and beach trikes to explore the lagoon area which is beautiful with heron and ibis nesting along its banks. There is also a small cafe there serving breakfast and lunch. By either crossing the lagoon or by walking around it, you can get to Tigertail Beach, with its blinding white sand and blue-green water – and be sure to find the shell tree and leave your imprint on the island.

Above, Gloria has just taken her first stand-up paddle board lesson with much success – she didn’t fall off once. I took the picture while kayaking in Tigertail Lagoon on a girl’s fun morning out adventure. The folks at Tigertail Beach Rentals are great at giving lessons in paddle boarding and kayaking (included in the rental price).

Tigertail Beach Rentals (239) 389-8414 , (Ask about their morning specials)

3. Amazing Sunsets

Marco Island Sunset
Marco Island at Sunset

What is prettier than a Marco Island sunset? Whether sitting on the beach or dining at one of the island’s beachfront restaurants, it is the perfect end to the day. Our favorite places on the island to see the sunset is in front of our condo on Tigertail Beach, the Sunset Grill located on the south end of Crescent Beach at the Apollo, Mangos at the Esplanade, CJs at the Esplanade and Quinns on the Beach at the JW Marriott. Quinns even has a fire dancer just after sunset and the show is great for both adults and kids.

4. Shelling

Types of Shells found on Marco Island
Shells found on Marco Island

Shelling is a fun experience, but plan for it and allow time for gathering your treasures. If you plan to walk across a sand bar, start 2 hours before low tide to give yourself plenty of time before high tides pose a problem for returning home. Have comfortable water shoes and sunscreen and bring a mesh bag or shelling bucket to carry your shells in. DO NOT take live shells – it is illegal on Marco Island. Shelling is best in the Tigertail Beach area, but Crescent Beach has many shells as well.

Tide Chart can be found at

5. Marco Island Princess

Marco Island Princess
Marco Island Princess

The beautiful 90′ Marco Island Princess is an excellent way to see parts of the island from the water, sailing daily from Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive. The Marco Island Princess offers sightseeing, nature and history, dinner and sunset cruises. While cruising enjoy playful dolphins and beautiful views of the island and waterfront homes. Sunshine Tours & Charters (239) 642-5415

Check their website for schedules and coupons.

6. Key West Express

Key West Express from Marco Island
Key West Express

There’s nothing better than boating though the Gulf waters on a fast ferry heading south to the beautiful and entertaining island of Key West. The ferry boards from 7:00 am to 8:00 am and departs at 8:30 am from Rose Marian, 951 Bald Eagle Drive. It takes approximately 3 hours to get to Key West where you can eat lunch and sight see for a few hours before either returning home later in the evening or staying overnight to return the next day.

Key West Express (239) 463-5733

Everglades National Park


Everglades National Park is a must see for visitors to the Marco Island area. Whether by jet ski through the 10,000 islands, a short drive to Everglades City to take an airboat ride through the mangroves and grasslands, or a swamp buggy tour above the marshes of the cypress forest it is a fun day’s adventure. You will learn about the Everglades plants and animals and it is not unusual to spot alligators, raccoons, and rare birds. For the children, there is also an animal sanctuary, which is home to tigers, panthers, a lion, turtles, otters, snakes, crocodiles and over 100 alligators.

Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours. 200 Collier Ave, Everglades City, FL 34139. 1-(877)-663-2031

Captain Ron’s Everglades Adventures (jet ski tour). Leaves from Caxambas Park Marina, 909 Collier Court. (239) 777-9975

8. Shopping

Fifth Avenue South
5th Avenue South Naples Shopping

Fifth Avenue south in nearby Naples is a Main Street of fashion boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, coffee and ice cream shops (Kilwin’s), art galleries, and gift stores. It has become a popular place for visitors to stroll along the nicely landscaped promenades and enjoy sidewalk dining. On Marco Island, The Esplanade Shoppes, located on North Collier Blvd is a coastal Italian-style village consisting of upscale retailers and small specialty stores. The Marco Walk Plaza, located at the intersection of South Collier Blvd and Winterberry Drive combines a collection of specialty shops, salons and spas, and a variety of dining options. Olde Marco also has some nice little gift and unique speciality shops.

9. Bird Watching, Sea Life, and Fishing

The Roseate Spoonbill is just one of Marco Island’s Beautiful Birds

Tigertail Beach is home to soft white sand, a variety of shells, dolphins swimming off shore, ospreys squealing overhead and so many shore birds that it’s a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Adjacent to Tigertail Beach Park is Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife area, managed by the state and a resting site for a variety of migratory shorebirds. Three species – black skimmers, snowy plovers and least terns – nest and raise their young in the protected area of Tigertail. Around Marco Island and the Everglades, the mangroves fill with white and brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, white ibises, great blue herons, green herons, snowy egrets, red-shouldered hawks, bald eagles and ospreys.

The waters off Marco Island are alive with the full cast of the Gulf of Mexico’s tropical sea life. Species include sea turtles, dolphin, manatee, and spadefish. Manatees inhabit the waters around Marco Island and it is not unusual to see these beautiful sea cows in the inlets around the inland. It is very common to see dolphins playing in the waters off Crescent Beach.

Loggerhead sea Turtles begin nesting on the island between May and August and 60 days after a nest is laid, baby turtles emerge from the nest in the dark and crawl to the water (between July and October). When walking the beach, be sure to look for the yellow taped nests that mark the turtle nesting areas. Did you know that research managers check each nest daily to record nest activity?

Dolphin Explorer – This is a great adventure for kids and adults! The Dolphin Explorer a first class experience. In fact, USA Today has named The Dolphin Explorer one of the top 3 things to do on Marco Island. They are also featured in the “National Geographic” book “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth”. (239) 642-6899

Hemingway Water Shuttle (239) 315-1136

Avi’s Watersports (239) 777-9873

Back Water Adventure Marco Island (239) 877-4531

Fishing on Marco Island
Marco Island Florida – lies in the midst of some of the world’s best game fishing waters. Angling in the vicinity of two of the artificial reefs – each a mile by a half mile in size – built in 20 feet of water a mile offshore and in 30 feet of water about 5 miles out, has met with great success. Tarpon, Snook, grouper, Kingfish, Mackeral, Redfish, Sheepshead, Pompano and shark are among the many different species of fish caught in these waters.

Before you go fishing, Florida regulations require that you have a saltwater or fresh water fishing license, unless you are angling from a charter boat or vessel which already has the appropriate licenses. Florida and Marco Island residents need a fishing license only if fishing from a boat other than a licensed charter boat. Exceptions: any resident over 65 or under 16. Licenses good for one year, are required for both salt and fresh water fishing. Non-Florida residents 16 and over must obtain either a three-day, seven-day or one-year licenses. For more up to date information about licenses, contact the Collier County Tax Collector’s offices, 1040 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida or call (239)-394-6986.

To see a Fishing Species Chart for Marco Island, click on this link:

10. Dining on Marco Island

The Snook Inn, Marco Island, FL

Magical and mystical, Marco Island is a tropical paradise. Color splashed sunsets on sparkling Gulf waters and a white sand beach. What could be more relaxing than dining in this setting in a casual atmosphere with live beach music?

Restaurants on the island offer diversified cuisine and many serve Florida’s freshest seafood (“today’s catch”) – jumbo shrimp, sweet scallops, succulent crabs and grouper. If you enjoy fishing, some restaurants will even prepare your catch of the day for dinner. Many of Marco Island’s restaurants offer on the water or on the beach dining. Our condo provides a coffee table book listing many island restaurants and copies of menus to help with your dining selections.

Some of our favorites…..Note: ($$$) is more pricey, but great for special occasions.

The World Famous Snook Inn (pictured), 1215 Bald Eagle Dr. (239) 394-3313

Sunset Grille at the Apollo (great for sunsets), 900 S Collier Blvd. (239) 393-8433

Sand Bar (sports bar w/great seafood and burgers), 826 E Elkcam Circle (239) 642-3625

CJ’s on the Bay (at the Esplanade), 740 N Collier Blvd (239) 389-4511

Marco Island Princess (dinner cruise) Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr. (239) 642-5415

Nacho Mama’s (Mexican) 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 389-2222

Tigertail Beach Cafe (breakfast/lunch) close walk on beach from condo (239) 394-8828

Doreen’s Cup of Joe (great breakfast/lunch), 267 N. Collier Blvd (239) 394-2600

Red Rooster (breakfast/lunch), 1821 San Marco Rd, (239) 394-3100

Sweet Annie’s of Marco (ice cream), 692 Bald Eagle Dr. (239) 642-7180

Mango’s, 760 N Collier Blvd #109 (at the Esplanade) (239) 393-2433

Dolphin Tiki Bar & grill, 1021 Anglers Cove (239) 394-4048

Marco Island Brewery, 1089 N Collier Blvd (239) 970-0461

The Oyster Society ($$$), 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 394-3474

Fin Bistro ($$$), 657 S Collier Blvd (239) 970-6064

Marco Prime Steak & Seafood ($$$) 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 389-2333

Sale e Pepe ($$$), 480 S Collier Blvd (239)393-1600

Da Vinci’s ($$$) (Italian), 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 389-1888

Be Our Guests at Sea Mar Condo

Sea Mar Condo LogoSea Mar Condo, located at South Seas Resort on the north end of Marco Island is a 19th floor penthouse condo overlooking beautiful Crescent Beach. We welcome you to be our guests and enjoy everything that Marco Island has to offer.

Visit our website at www.seamarcondo to see our rates and availability. In addition to “Our Top 10 List of Things to do on Marco Island, our website also provides lots more information on Sea Mar Condo and Marco Island.
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Baby Sea Turtles Hatching on Marco Island, FL

Baby Sea Turtles Hatching on Marco Island, FL

Baby Sea Turtles Hatching on Marco Island, FL

It is not often that beach goers get to witness baby sea turtles hatching on Marco Island, FL.  Last month, a few lucky residents and visitors got to see exactly that.

The Stoliker family have lived on Marco Island for 11 years.  Just after moving to the island the family was lucky enough to see a nest erupt with hatchlings.  They had always hoped to see another and got their chance in July of this year.

Our Personal Experience

My husband (Larry) and I and one of my husbands brothers and his wife also got a chance to see a nest of hatchlings emerge from the sand and crawl to the ocean several years ago.  It was one of the most exciting events that we have ever seen.  Mary Nelson (Marco’s “Turtle Lady”), was  present at our sighting.  Mary monitors each one of the turtle nests on Marco Island on a daily basis.  She also records each hatching, meaning she is a very busy lady during the nesting/hatching season.

Rules to Follow

Baby Turtle

If you are present at one of the hatchings, you will be directed by Mary and a group of her volunteers  to not  use the flash on your cameras (which can result in arrest), and to stay back behind the nest.  Any misdirection on their path to the sea — from artificial lighting to items left on the beach, holes in the sand or people approaching or handling them — may leave the new babies exhausted, lost or dehydrated on the beach, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Turtle season lasts through October, so don’t give up on getting to see a hatching!  All turtle nests are roped off with yellow caution tape and an information sheet.  It is always important to stay behind the roped off areas.

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Walking on the Beach in Marco Island

Walking on the Beach in Marco Island

Walking on the Beach in Marco Island

There is nothing quite as relaxing as walking on the beach in Marco Island. It is great exercise and gives one time to reflect on how beautiful life really can be.  All your cares just float away and are replaced with a calmness that is difficult to find in this busy everyday world.

Most visitors to Marco Island come for the beauty and adventures of South (or Crescent) Beach. Others come for the peace, beauty, and serenity of Tigertail Beach. Our guests at Sea Mar Condo ( seem to like a taste of both and we are located within easy walking distance of both beaches.

Walking Tigertail Beach

Tigertail Beach
Tigertail Beach, Marco Island

On the map, Sea Mar Condo is located at the “1 mile” mark from Residents’ Beach. (Residents’ Beach is a private beach area for residents of the island, but anyone can walk along the shoreline in this area). If you leave from South Seas Towers and go toward Tigertail Beach you walk approximately 1.2 miles to Tigertail. You can continue beyond this point and it is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world. In fact, Coastal Living magazine named Tigertail Beach “One of the Most Beautiful Secret Beaches in the World” last year. It is best to walk this area of Marco Island in the period of 2 hours before low tide and 2 hours after low tide. Places along the walk can be difficult to maneuver during high tide, but there are easy trails leading around the high water areas that you can take. Tigertail Beach is perfect for shelling and viewing wildlife, especially wading and nesting birds.

Walking South (Crescent) Beach

Marco Island Aerial Picture
South (Crescent) Beach, Marco Island

Leaving South Seas Towers and walking toward the South end of the island takes you along Crescent or South Beach. This stretch of beach is approximately 4.2 miles and is lined with luxury hotels and water sports. South Beach is the perfect walk for people watching, shelling, and gazing at the beauty of this crescent shaped beach along the Gulf. The sunsets along this beach are amazing as well. During the sunset hour, it is very common for the beach to be lined with residents and visitors alike to see the spectacular colors of a Marco Island sunset.


Are you ready to go walking on the Beach in Marco Island?  If so, let us know!

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A Day Trip to Naples from Marco Island

A Day Trip to Naples from Marco Island

A Day Trip to Naples from Marco Island

Although I never get tired of seeing the beautiful beaches, sometimes a day trip to Naples from Marco Island is just what I need! There is a lot to see and do in the Naples area. Here is a helpful list to help you organize your Naples get-away. (The drive to Naples takes around 30 minutes)

Leaving Marco Island for the Day

Doreen's Cup of Joe Strawberry Pancakes
Stuff French Toast at Doreen’s


1. Let’s start with a cup of coffee and breakfast at Doreen’s Cup of Joe before we leave Marco Island. (If coffee is not your way of waking up, there is always the fresh squeezed orange juice). Doreen’s has a wide variety of pancakes, waffles, French Toast, and traditional breakfast plates. This is the perfect place to start your morning.

5th Avenue South Shopping and Dining

2. Arriving at Naples, I highly suggest going to the 5th Avenue South shopping and dining area first. This street is lined with specialty gift and clothing shops and nice restaurants. Each shop has it’s own “uniqueness” – make sure you go in “Wind in the Willows” which has a “signature” cat that roams the store. Other favorite shops in this area are Fresh Produce Clothing, Chicos, Regatta, and the Blue Mussel.

Wind in the Willows Cat
Wind in the Willows Cat
Fifth Avenue South Naples
Naples 5th Avenue South

3. After a few hours shopping, it’s now time for lunch. There are several nice restaurants along 5th Avenue South. The great thing about dining in this area is that the restaurants offer outdoor dining, giving you a great opportunity to people watch. It’s also nice to observe the nice vehicles lining the street – sometimes Bentleys, expensive sports cars, or collectable antique cars. One restaurant I want to try is new to the area – The Pearl Steak and Seafood Restaurant which has Key Lime Pie Cake Doughnuts for desert! I’m thinking yummy!!!


Beach Time or Zoo Time?

4. After lunch, how about some time on the beach? A short drive to downtown’s Naples Municipal Beach and Pier offers pearlescent sugar sand that runs along the gentle Gulf of Mexico. Activities along the beach range from sunning, walking, fishing, shelling and bird watching. It’s a good idea to bring a shell bag and binoculars. His beach offers a long stretch for walking and relaxing by the sea.

Naples Zoo




5. If you need a break from the beach, we suggest the Naples Zoo. Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. A paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants. In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing many of your favorite animals like lions, giraffes, monkeys, pythons, and bears. In addition, you’ll also discover feature exhibits and an array of more rarely seen creatures like the Madagascar or a giant anteater.


It’s Ice Cream Time at Kilwin’s

Kilwin's Ice Cream Naples
Kilwin’s Ice Cream, Naples


6. After your day’s adventure at the beach or zoo, how about a visit to Kilwin’s Ice Cream? I have to admit that Kilwin’s is absolutely my favorite place in Naples!!!! In addition to the best ice cream (EVER) their homemade mackinaw style fudge and chocolates are not bad either!

The Evening Hours in Naples

7. As the evening arrives and the sunset hour gets close, a visit to the Naples Pier is not to be missed! There is no way I can describe the beauty of a sunset in this special place. Be sure to bring your camera for one of the most memorable photographs you will ever take. As the sun goes down over the Naples Pier you will wonder at the beauty of the moment!

Naples Pier
Naples Pier at Sunset


8. The evening hours are perfect for another stroll along the lighted tree lined 5th Avenue South street or a visit to the Naples Performing Arts Theater with the Naples Players. The theater’s 65th Anniversary Season includes an exciting lineup of shows. including CHICAGO, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Guys & Dolls, heartfelt comedies, magical adventures and even a World Premiere Show!

Returning to Marco Island

9. What an eventful day we’ve had on our day trip to Naples – and now it’s time to return to Marco Island and Sea Mar Condo ( If you haven’t made your reservation yet for your Fall and Winter get-away, visit us now to reserve your stay!

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Visit our website at www.seamarcondo to our rates and availability. Our website also provides more information on Sea Mar Condo and Marco Island.
Let us help you make the most of your Marco Island vacation!

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Jimmy Buffet is so right! Sometimes you’ve had enough of the seafood and just want a good burger, drink, and the beach! On Marco Island, we call that “Cheeseburgers in Paradise“!

Here is our list of the top places to get a good burger on Marco Island:

1, Mango’s Dockside Grill (at the Esplanade)
2. Quinn’s on the Beach (at the JW Marriott)
3. Snook Inn (1215 Bald Eagle)
4. Red Rooster (1821 San Marco)
5. Petit Soleil (210 Royal Palm)
6. CJ’s on the Bay (at the Esplanade)
7. Sunset Grille (at the Apollo, 900 S Collier)
8. Marco Island Brewery (1089 N Collier)
9. Sand Bar (826 E Elkcam Circle)
10. Dolphin Tiki Bar (1021 Anglers Cove, you have to walk through Angler’s Cove condos)

Cheeseburger in paradise, Heaven on earth with an onion slice, Not too particular not too precise, I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise!

Cheeseburger in paradise, Medium-rare with muster’d be nice, Heaven on earth with an onion slice, I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise!

(Lyrics by Jimmy Buffet)

Book Your Marco Island Vacation At Sea Mar Condo

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Now is the time to book your summer or fall vacation in Marco Island. Be our guests at Sea Mar Condo and see for yourself what’s going on in Marco island.  Come visit us and have your “cheeseburger in Paradise”.  Visit for more information on Marco Island and Sea Mar Condo!