Florida is one of my favorite beach getaways because it’s so easy to get there and there are so many adorable beach towns and beautiful resort areas to explore. This past spring break, I headed to a new part of Florida (as far south as I’ve get to go!)…Marco Island.
Photo from Clark Maxwell via Flickr
Just south of Naples on the Gulf Coast (the southwest part of Florida), Marco Island is known for its laidback vibe, beautiful beaches, and close proximity to the Everglades.
To get to Marco, you’ll most likely fly into Fort Myers, rent a car, and make the hour or so drive south.
Things to Do on Marco Island
Here are 17 things to do on Marco Island:
1.Go shelling: Though not as well known as Sanibel Island to the north, Marco is pretty famous for its shelling. Sand dollars aren’t uncommon. I found over 30 small conch shells on a walk one morning and it’s easy to spend hours beach combing. Pack flip flops to walk near the water as the beaches are usually filled with shells and broken fragments. And remember…the early bird finds the sand dollars!
2.Take an eco tour: This is probably the most popular thing to do on Marco. Dozens of companies run boat tours through the 10,000 islands to spot dolphins and manatees and many make stops at uninhabited islands for world class shelling. Marco Island Water Sports runs tours on the Calusa Spirit which leaves from the JW Marriot.
3.Tigertail Beach & Sand Dollar Spit: This is the most popular beach on Marco, because it’s beautiful and it has great amenities. There’s plenty of public parking, a cute café, and it’s the perfect place to kayak and paddleboard. If you wade across the inlet (or paddle!), you’ll be on Sand Dollar Spit, which…you guessed it…is a great place to find sand dollars.