Recreation and Area Activities

So much to do in Paradise! Fishing, boating, shelling, shopping, golf, tennis, galleries, museums, and more. All of these great activities will build your appetite to enjoy the dozens of finest one-of-a-kind restaurants anywhere.

May through December; room rates are 30 to 70 percent below winter rates. Reservations are advised for all accommodations, especially January through April.

Accommodations:

More than 3,000 rooms can be found on Marco Island & in nearby Everglades City.
Four sun-swept island resorts are located directly on Marco Island’s beach, with an historic Inn nearby. There are also hundreds of excellent vacation rental homes and condominiums. In Everglades City and the nearby areas, you’ll find an historic lodge, several bed and breakfast establishments, motels numerous campgrounds and RV parks.

Island Shelling:

Visitors can explore uninhabited barrier islands blanketed with more than 400 types of seashells and scores of Island keepsakes such lightning whelks, true tulips, fighting conchs, lions' paws, calico scallops and Florida sand dollars.

Fishing:

Back-country fishing among mangrove islands yields redfish, snook, tarpon, and sea trout. Surf casting reels in black drum and sheepshead. Offshore reefs cloak grouper, king mackerel, amberjack and snapper.

Historical Sites:

A dozen key historic markers chart Marco Island history, including the Cushing Archaeological
Site - one of the most historically significant excavations in North America. At this site, archeologists have unearthed Native American artifacts found to be more than 3,000 years old.

Golf:

Marco Island’s surrounding mainland is home to a number of great golf courses. Please view the Golf Courses in our membership section.

Attractions:

Eco-tourism, backcountry fishing, miles of beaches, historical landmarks, nature preserves and parks are all available or located nearby to Marco Island. The Marco Island Trolley offers a guided tour of the area.

Island Shopping:

Resort boutiques and specialty shops feature everything from bathing suits and designer wear to sandals and sunglasses.

Dining:

Visitors can choose from more than 80 island restaurants and eateries. Marco Island and Everglades City are renowned for straight-from-the-docks seafood specialties including tuna and jumbo Gulf shrimp, succulent stone crab claws and sweet scallops. Gator tail and frog legs are also favorites.

Travel Schedule:

Getting to Marco Island is easy. From I-75, take Exit 101 (Marco Island), heading south on Collier Boulevard (formerly County Road 951) for 20 miles to Marco Island. The Marco Island Executive Airport offers private and charter flights to and from nearby international airports. Naples Municipal Airport offers commuter and direct flights, private charters and regularly scheduled flights to the Florida Keys, Key West and Miami. Palm Beach International, Fort Lauderdale International and Miami International Airports are within a two-to-three-hour drive.

The Southwest Florida International Airport - located about an hour north - is home to Air Canada, Air-Tran, Air Transat, AmerMarco Island Treeica West, American, American Eagle, American Trans Air, Balair-CTA, Canada 3000 Airlines, Cape Air, Condor German Airlines, Continental/Continental Connection, Delta, Delta Express, Jet Blue, LTU, Midwest Express, Northwest/KLM, Pro Air, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, TWA, United Airlines, and US Air. To reach Marco Island from this airport, take I-75 South to Exit 101 (Golden Gate), heading south on County Road 951 for 20 miles to Marco Island.

Directions:

From Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach international airports, take I-75 West to Exit 101. Marco Island can also be reached from Miami via U.S. Highway 41, also known as the Tamiami Trail. This road is a two-lane venue throughout much of the route, is very picturesque and will take less than two hours to reach Marco Island.

Orlando International Airport - All major domestic and many international carriers: 4-hour drive via I-4 west to I-75 south, exiting I-75 at Exit 101 (Marco Island), heading south on Collier Boulevard (formerly County Road 951) for 20 miles to Marco Island.