Marco Island, Florida

Boasting sparkling white sand beaches highlighting the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island is the largest of the "10,000 Islands" off southwest Florida's shores, even though it is only six miles long and four miles wide. In 1896, William D. "Captain Bill" Collier opened a twenty room hotel that still stands today called the Olde Marco Inn. The island is quite geographically diverse, boasting sand hills, mangrove swamps. Pine forests and spectacular quartz sand beaches. The lush tropical foliage plays home to myriad animals and over 200 species of birds, including the American Bald Eagle. With an eye to conservation, Marco Island is either home to or surrounded by state parks, reserves and sanctuaries, including the 5000 acre Everglades National Park. That doesn't mean that there isn't anything else to do, though. Golf, tennis, shopping, dining and of course sunbathing are plentiful. Marco Island fishing is legendary, with all manner of sea life to go after. If you plan on visiting in season, make sure to secure your fishing guide early, because they go fast. That goes double for your vacation rental accommodations. The earlier you can make your decision to come visit, the more choices you will have. Plus, luxurious vacation hot spot Naples is just minutes away, providing even more amenities for your southwest Florida vacation. Come for the beaches, sunsets and fishing, stay for all the other great activities and amenities you will find on Marco Island, Florida.