Our Top 10 List

There are so many places and things to see and do in Marco Island. We have made our top 10 Marco Island list of our favorite things (for both adults and children).

1. 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 Condos overlook Crescent Beach from the north end of the island.

2. Tigertail Beach/Lagoon

Paddle Boarding on Tigertail Lagoon

Tigertail Beach is located in close walking distance from Sea Mar Condos.   This beach area surrounds a lagoon.   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 trees and leave your “shellprint” on the island.  Tigertail Beach was named by Coastal LIving magazine as one of the world’s “Most Hidden Beaches” to visit.  This 3 mile stretch of beach is very serene and beautiful – a great place for shelling.  Taking an early morning walk to the north end of Tigertail Beach (about 2 1/2 miles one way) is a great way to start the day.  This walk is guaranteed to bring peace of mind and relieve the stress from your day!  Be sure to take along water and maybe a small snack as the late morning can get quite warm, especially in the summer months.  Taking along a shelling bag or bucket is also highly recommended as you may find lots of sand dollars and other beautiful shells along the water’s edge.

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.

3. Sunsets


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.  One of our favorite places on the island to see the sunset is the Sunset Grill (239) 389-0509 located on the south end of Crescent Beach at the Apollo, 900 S Collier Blvd.  Be sure to take your camera.

4. Shelling


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 http://www.marcoweather.com

Treasure Seekers Shell Tours (239) 571-2331 https://treasureseekersshelltours.com/

Nautical Life Shelling Tours (239) 860-8687

Sand Dollar Shelling (239) 301-8913 https://sanddollarshelling.com/

5. 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.  The food and sunsets are awesome! While cruising enjoy playful dolphins and beautiful views of the island and waterfront homes. Sunshine Tours & Charters (239) 642-5415

Check their website http://marcoislandprincess.com for schedules and coupons.

6. 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 6 hours before either returning home later in the evening or staying overnight to return the next day.

Key West Express  http://keywestexpress.net   (239) 463-5733   

7. Everglades National Park

Florida Everglades

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 http://www.captainjacksairboattours.com           

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

8. 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. There is also a Walmart located a few miles off the island at 6650 Collier Blvd, Naples and very close by that location is Lowes, Home Depot and Marshalls.

9. Eco Tours, Bird Watching, Sea Life, and Fishing


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.  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 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!  (239) 642-6899 http://www.dolphin-study.com

Eco Endeavors Boat and Kayak Tours (239) 877-5902 https://ecoendeavors.org/islandboatadventures

Hemingway Water Shuttle (239) 315-1136 http://www.hemingwatershuttle.com

Avi’s Watersports (239) 777-9873  http://www.aviwatersports.com

Back Water Adventure Marco Island (239) 877-4531  http://www.backwateradventure.com

Dolphin Cove Marina (239) 289-8654 https://www.boatrentalsofswfl.com  Rent your own boat and explore – it’s easy with Dolphin Cove Marina!

Fishing Marco Island

Fishing on Marco Island

Marco Island Florida lies in the midst of some of the world’s best fishing waters.  Tarpon, Snook, Grouper, Kingfish, Mackeral, Redfish, Sheepshead, Pompano and shark are among the many different species of fish caught.

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


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 condos provide 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) (waterfront), 1215 Bald Eagle Dr.  (239) 394-3313 http://www.snookinn.com

Sunset Grille at the Apollo (great for sunsets) (waterfront), 900 S Collier Blvd.  (239) 393-8433  http://www.sunsetgrilleonmarcoisland.com

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

CJ’s on the Bay (at the Esplanade) (waterfront), 740 N Collier Blvd (239) 389-4511  http://cjsonthebay.com

Marco Island Princess (dinner cruise) Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr. (239) 642-5415 http://themarcoislandprincess.com

Nacho Mama’s (Mexican) 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 389-2222 http://thenachomamas.com

Tigertail Beach Cafe (breakfast/lunch) close walk on beach from condo (239) 394-8828 http://www.tigertailbeach.net

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

Red Rooster (breakfast/lunch), 1821 San Marco Rd, (239) 394-3100  http://redroostermarco.com

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

Mango’s, 760 N Collier Blvd #109 (at the Esplanade) (waterfront), (239) 393-2433 http://mangosdocksidebistro.com

Dolphin Tiki Bar & grill (waterfront), 1021 Anglers Cove (239) 394-4048 http://dolphintikibar.com

The SpeakEasy (waterfront), 1106 N Collier Blvd, (239) 9770-2929 http://www.speakeasymarco.com

Pinchers, 351 S Collier Blvd (239) 970-5391 https://www.pinchersusa.com

Marco Island Brewery, 1089 N Collier Blvd (239) 970-0461 http://marcoislandbrewery.com

The Oyster Society ($$$), 599 S Collier Blvd  (239) 394-3474  http://theoystersociety.com

Fin Bistro ($$$), 657 S Collier Blvd (239) 970-6064  http://finbistro.com

Marco Prime Steak & Seafood ($$$) 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 389-2333  http://marcoprime.com

Sale e Pepe ($$$), 480 S Collier Blvd  (239)393-1600  http://sale-e-pepe.com

Da Vinci’s ($$$) (Italian), 599 S Collier Blvd (239) 389-1888  http://ristorantedayinci.com