Court of Palms holiday villas provide a comfortable retreat, whether visitors have enjoyed a busy day experiencing the majestic beaches of Marco Island, or the teeming wildlife of the Florida Everglades. Marco Island's location at the centre of Florida's tourism industry means villas and apartments at Court of Palms are positioned perfectly to enjoy every amenity, from the golfing at nearby Naples to the exquisite shopping at the island's exclusive malls. Most Court of Palms accommodation comes equipped with air-conditioning, so guests can enjoy satellite/cable TV or a movie on the DVD player without the need to open windows for relief.
-Beaches: Over ten miles of pristine, quartz beaches line Marco Island's west coast, which rank right up there with the best beaches in the world. Such space is the antithesis of the overcrowding seen on European beaches; but, if even more isolation is desired, a short boat ride from Court of Palms rentals gets you to the uninhabited beaches found on many of the surrounding islands.
-Watersports: Water plays a large part in the Marco Island lifestyle, as the lattice-like canal network linking almost every street attests. Boats are often more convenient than cars for getting around, so the facilities for their procurement as a charter are extensive. Every possible watersport can be catered to, but the highlights are probably the fishing and nature watching.
-Nightlife: The wealthy and mature residential demographic ensures most of the nightlife around Court of Palms accommodation remains laid back and refined. While the beach side of the island can be a little rougher around the edges, a wild party destination this is not.
-Shopping: With the majority of the residential population in the affluent bracket, the shopping strikes a nice balance between catering to the tourist and the well-to-do resident. The two main malls are the Marco Walk Shopping Centre and the Marco Town Centre Mall. These are augmented by the Esplanade Shoppes and the Shops of Marco hubs.
-Golf: A short drive north gets guests to Naples, widely regarded as 'The Golf Capital of the World'. There are over 80 Championship courses in the metro area alone, which lends the bold claim a certain weight. With the weather that's typical to Florida, it's undoubtedly a golfer's dream.
The Florida subtropical climate means its year-round reputation is well deserved, and guests can be as comfortable in shorts and flip-flops during the winter as they can in the summer. In fact, the summers can delve into the uncomfortable thanks to the humidity, which makes the weather feel hotter than it actually is; it's also responsible for the frequent thunderstorms that occur later in the day. The dry season is the winter, which Floridians actually consider their main tourist period; temperatures regularly hit the mid-20s, while summers max out in the mid-30°C range.
Travel in America is dominated by the fly/drive for good reason: the entire infrastructure is engineered for it. Trains and buses play their part, but are largely ignored by the majority of the population, and even looked down upon. The nearest major airport is Southwest Florida International Airport, at 47 miles away. This is a North American hub, however, and has no direct flights to Europe. Miami International Airport, at 120 miles away, does; and while this may seem far, petrol is so cheap and the road system so intuitively designed, that no American thinks twice about driving such a distance.