Our family loves visiting Marco Island, Florida. It is one of the best cities to visit while on a road trip in Florida. Since I was a kid, my family stayed in Marco Island beach for a week every summer. Now that we have kids of our own, we wanted to continue the tradition and stay in Marco Island at least once a year. Besides going into the ocean, there are many things to do when visiting Marco Island beach. Here are some of my favorite things to do when exploring Marco Island beach.
Marco Island Beach: Things to Do
During your Marco Island beach vacation, there are numerous activities to enjoy. Be sure to pack your beach bag essentials for a fun day along the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Besides walking along the beach and enjoying the sand/water, Marco Island is one of the best beaches in Florida for shells. Explore Marco Island by checking out one of these activities:
- Fishing Charters
- Take a Water Shuttle to Keewaydin Island
- Eat Ice Cream: Our two favorites are: Beebee’s and Sweet Annie’s
- Rent a Kayak or
Stand upPaddleboard – Paddle Marco
- Eco Tours – Dolphin watching, bird watching, and manatee viewing
Take a Day Trip
A day trip to another Gulf Coast beach or nearby city could be another activity to see more of Florida. Naples is a quick 20 minute drive out of Marco Island and has plenty of restaurants, a small downtown area, and activities. Fort Myers is about an hour away and is the “biggest city” in the area. Check out these visitor guides to explore some of the day trip options.
Sanibel Island is another option for a day trip. The drive is about 1h 30m and quite scenic as you get off the highway and cross the bridges to reach it. Just a little further is Sarasota. From a marine laboratory and aquarium to sea cruises and beaches, Sarasota is a nice day trip option too. This one day itinerary in Sarasota show you why this small city deserves a visit.
These outlets have it all! Whenever it rains in Marco Island (which is pretty common), we drive 45 minutes to Estero and go shopping. We often buy the kids their school shoes and clothes for the upcoming year here. Since the discounts are significant, we buy a lot! Besides the beach and food, we look forward to our annual visit to these outlets as well.
Where to Stay in Marco Island – Beachfront Hotels
This is our favorite place to stay and one of the best
This is another great option for families as well in Marco Island beach. We stayed here for a few years and enjoyed the balcony views, beachfront access, and pool. Don’t forget to pack hats, sun shirts, sunscreen for
Marco Island Beach: Where to Eat
Here are my favorite places to eat in Marco Island:
They only offer take out. These are among the best ribs you will ever eat! They offer a la carte items, but we always opt for family packs that include side items like baked beans and coleslaw. Highly recommend this place!
We always take out or get delivery from this place. Their pizza and pasta dishes are delicious. They are quick and deliver right to your room.
Our favorite breakfast place…this is a must do! Delicious egg dishes, pancakes and my favorite – crunchy french toast! They are open for lunch too, but I have never been. Please eat here!
This was a nice place to eat out. If you can get an outdoor table by the water, it is worth the view. This restaurant has great fish and plenty of other options for
This is the restaurant on the Marriott Crystal Shores property. We often will order appetizers or have lunch brought to the pool deck from here. They have delicious options and happy hour specials starting at
We love this restaurant. It is a small “mom and
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