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Want a getaway that has white sand beaches, plenty of activities, and is easy to get to? Let me introduce you to Marco Island, Florida.
Just south of Naples on the Gulf Coast (the southwest part of Florida), Marco Island is known for its laid back vibe, beautiful beaches (excellent shelling), and close proximity to the Everglades.
To get to Marco, you’ll most likely fly into Fort Myers (an airport with a lot of flight options), rent a car, and make the hour or so drive south. For a full list of things to do on Marco Island (plus restaurant recommendations) read this post.
Now, as with planning most vacations, deciding where to stay is usually the first and biggest decision. So I’m here to help you break it down:
Where to Stay on Marco Island
JW Marriot Marco Island Beach Resort: This is THE place to stay on Marco. This fabulous resort has multiple pools, a half dozen restaurants and bars, and everything you need for an absolutely fabulous vacation. Read reviews and check rates here.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort: If you’re looking for a great beach resort for a bit cheaper, check out the Hilton. It’s a beautiful resort. Read reviews and check rates here.
Marco Beach Ocean Resort: Great place to stay for the full resort experience. The beach and pool are both great here. Read reviews and check rates here.
Marriott’s Crystal Shores: A gorgeous and modern resort with all the amenities you expect from a Marriott Vacation Club property. Read reviews and check rates here.
Olde Marco Island Inn & Suites: This quaint little inn in the heart of old Marco Island is perfect if you want a more charming and local place to stay. Read reviews and check rates here.
Marco Island Lakeside Inn: This great affordable property is perfect if you’re trying to do Marco on a budget. Read reviews and check rates here.
My Favorite Marco Beach Vacation Rentals
I think the best place to find (and book) Marco Island vacation rentals is Vrbo. They’ve been around forever and are probably the most reputable booking platform online (with owners and vacationers alike), which means that you’ll find more quality properties listed on Vrbo than anywhere else online. I used to book more often with Airbnb, but I’ve begun to find that they often don’t have what I’m looking for (plus I had a less than great experience dealing with corporate last time I used them).
Overall on Vrbo you’re going to find properties listed by owners who take their rental business very seriously and are committed to providing you the best accommodations possible.
How does it work? By doing a simple search by specific area (in this case Marco Island), you’ll be able to find a wide (price and type) range of accommodations. You can refine your search to fit certain criteria (price, space, style, etc.) before you start weeding through specific properties.
The number of search results you’ll find can be extremely overwhelming, so I would suggest putting as many filters as possible (especially price and number of bedrooms) and then viewing the results on a map so you can get an idea for where everything is located.
I know what people are looking for specifically varies greatly, but I often get asked for the best (i.e. cheapest, nicest, cleanest) beachfront rentals, so I’ve rounded up a few specific properties that I like the looks of:
Luxurious Beachfront Condo! Amazing ocean views. Price starts at $156/night.
Stylish Beachfront Condo! Access to heated pool. Price starts at $126/night.
Two Bedroom Beachfront Condo! Newly remodeled. Price starts at $286/night.
These rates are STARTING rates, meaning that’s the cheapest rate you’ll find during the slow season (usually September through April) so if you’re putting in dates for high season (summer months and spring break), the rates may be higher.