Marco Island in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands off the coast of Southwest Florida. The island is a well-developed holiday resort which still manages to maintain the ‘desert island’ feel, with miles of unspoiled beaches and thousands of surrounding uninhabited islands to explore. Marco Island presents the ideal destination for couples looking for an isolated villa in paradise or families seeking an action-packed self-catering beach holiday.
Many of the activities on offer in Marco Island capitalise on the natural surroundings. The warm, crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Gulf are perfect for snorkelling; SCUBA divers are also well-catered for with several dive operators in the area. Marco Island also has some fantastic fishing opportunities with Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Snapper, Shark, Grouper and King Mackerel all found in the area as well as many other species.
Visitors who wish to get up close and personal with the Marco Island’s unique creatures such as the manatee are able to do so with a trip to one of the area’s mangrove swamps. Visitors are also able to get out and explore the thousands of surrounding islands with a sailing trip or yacht charter, while the more active may hire a kayak and spend the day paddling around the islands.
With six miles of pristine beach, it is not difficult for those looking for a less active break to find a spot near to their chosen self-catering accommodation to simply relax in the sun or read a book. The Esplanade Shoppes precinct in the City of Marco Island is also large enough to keep shopaholics busy for several hours.
Marco Island is situated only a short drive from Naples and is home to several world-class golf courses which visitors on a self-catering holiday can access by paying green fees at the course. Naples also has a Zoo and Caribbean Gardens featuring animals from around the world including big cats, alligators, monkeys and African game. The exciting presentations on offer in the park are likely to keep all the family entertained for an entire day.
Marco Island makes for a great holiday destination all year round, although peak season is in winter due to the lower humidity. Summer temperatures reach around 27°C although afternoons and evenings may be tempered by thunderstorms. Marco Island weather generally remains pleasant throughout the winter, with an average daytime temperature of 16°C and little rain.
Marco Island does have its own small airport, but this is not served by international flights. The easiest way for international visitors to get to their self-catering accommodation is to fly into Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (RSW) and hire a car to drive the hour’s journey along the Interstate to Marco Island. Having a hire car for the rest of the trip does of course also allow visitors to see a little more of the region outside of where their chosen villa is located.