Located in the Gulf of Mexico is the beach paradise of Marco Island, Florida’s largest island. The tropical white beaches, stunning climate and easy pace of life make Marco Island holiday rentals a huge favourite with visitors. Every luxury you could wish for can be found in Marco Island, and you will want for nothing during your stay. Marco Island is a world-class holiday destination, hidden among the Ten Thousand Islands of mangrove islands, in the warm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a family holiday favourite. Dad can fish, mum can relax on the beach and there is plenty to keep children entertained for your entire holiday.
The 10,000 islands and 70 miles of prime coastline accessible from a Marco Island holiday rental attracts fly fishermen from all around the world, at all times of the year. In spring, summer and autumn, fishing conditions are simply excellent, and even in winter, you can have a magnificent fishing tour, catching tarpon, snook, sea trout, mackerel and snapper from the shore. If you head out into the depths in a boat, you can also catch barracuda, grouper and shark among others. Even during peak season, you will rarely see anyone else fishing your beat. There are experienced guides who will take you through the backwaters of Marco Island, and show you the best spots to test your line.
Of course, Marco Island resorts are known for their beaches. All around the coastline you can find idyllic white sand beaches on which to lay your towel, where the soft sand gently slopes into the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. South Beach is a particular favourite, although Hideaway Beach, which can only be accessed by boat, is a particularly stunning area, surrounded by wildlife filled mangrove forests.
Many of the uninhabited islands and have been declared wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, including the Big Cypress National Preserve, the Collier-Seminole State Park, 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades National Park, each of which are a delight to explore by land, sea or air. Hiring a canoe, small yacht or boat lets you discover the area, spotting some of the 200 bird species and some of the wonderful animals who call the maze of waterways that is Marco Island home, including the delightfully peaceful manatee.
When staying in a holiday rental villa in Marco Island, you can even get a round of golf in. There are five golf courses within a short distance of a Marco Island villa, the finest of which is the Naples Beach Golf Club.
Florida has a remarkable climate, in which winter temperatures and summer temperatures average just 10°C apart. In winter, (December and January), you could be forgiven for thinking it was summer as temperatures average 22°C, with daily peaks reaching around 30°C on a regular basis. In the summer months, average temperatures soar to 32°C.
Marco Island Airport (MKY) does not receive any flights from the UK, but receives charter flights from Miami (MIA). Miami is relatively easy to reach from the UK, with direct flights provided by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, meaning that that ideal Marco Island holiday rental villa is not as far away as it once seemed!