The Esplanade: Marco Island Dining and Shopping At Its Finest

If you are looking to plan the perfect afternoon or evening complete with dining, shopping and of course a glimpse of a fiery sunset, plan a trip to The Esplanade.

Combining fine dining and shopping on the edge of Marco Island’s waters, The Esplanade is one of Marco Island’s premier destinations for locals and visitors. Centrally located just a few blocks from the S.S. Jolley bridge, arrive by car or boat. Not only is The Esplanade home to delicious restaurants, high-end shops and a Marina, this wonderful waterfront wonder encapsulates the Marco experience in one convenient location.

Browse trendy boutiques like Butterfly Beach, C’est La Vie and Chloe’s. Search for the ultimate souvenir at Sunshine Studios of Marco Island or Protocol. End your afternoon or evening with a meal at CJ’s on the Bay, Mango’s Dockside Bistro or Chop239.

Want to update your look during your time on Marco? Rick’s Island Salon and Day Spa can help. Need your favorite coffee fix? The Esplanade is home to the island’s only Starbucks– order up!

The Esplanade is also home to a number of residential units, one of which is a Marco Escapes vacation rental. View our property Esplanade 201 here.

So when you’re feeling that urge to break from the beach, head on over to the Esplanade for a one of a kind, high class coastal shopping and dining experience.

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Marco Escapes Featured in Florida Weekly’s “Best of 2016”

Marco Escapes has been featured for the third year in a row in the annual “Best of” edition of Florida Weekly for the year 2016.

Named ”The Best Collection of Island Vacation Properties” by the publication, Marco Escapes continues to gain recognition for our collection of luxury vacation rentals.

“Set amid the stunning subtropical beauty that is unique to Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Marco Escapes is known for delivering only the finest setting for their guests to enjoy their highly valued vacation time. With a large array of properties on Marco Island and surrounding Naples area, Marco Escapes guests enjoy selections ranging from modern, family friendly homes near the epicenter of the action, to epic waterfront mansions with unparalleled decor, seclusion and privacy. Whatever your ideal getaway may be, Marco Escapes has waterfront pool homes of all flavors to suit your needs.”

Winners are selected by Florida Weekly staff, including editors and writers who consider each business with the communities best interest in mind.

“The non-scientific, non-crowd sourced process by which we choose our Best winners begins with a brainstorming meeting of our writers and editors. A couple of months later, after scouring the nooks and crannies of the region and our Florida Weekly archives, this section emerges: page after page of things we praise and applaud, pontificate on and poke fun at.”

Thank you Florida Weekly for recognizing our dedication to providing the finest vacation rentals in Southwest Florida. We’re so pleased to be featured for the third year in a row. See you in 2017!

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Marco Island Ranked Top Island In United States

TravelersChoiceThe entire Marco Escapes Team could not be more thrilled to announce that our beloved barrier island was once again selected as one of Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Islands in the United States for 2016.

For the fourth year in a row, Marco Island has made it on to Tripadvisor’s annual “Top 10 Islands in the U.S.” list, as part of Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards. Locations were selected over a 12-month period and were based on the number and quality of reviews and ratings in relation to three vacation categories: hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Marco Island is no stranger to accolades from Tripadvisor. In 2013, the island was ranked as the  third best Island in the US. In 2014, Marco Island was ranked as the number one island in the US and as the number four island in the world. Last year, Marco Island was ranked as the number eight island in the U.S.

“With common traits like breathtaking beaches, exciting activities and popular hotels and restaurants, the Travelers’ Choice Islands are favorites of the TripAdvisor community,” says  Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

Marco Island is the only island located in Southwest Florida to make the list.


TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 350 million unique monthly visitors, and 320 million reviews and opinions covering 6.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

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Naples Outlet Center

Memories made on Marco Island are timeless keepsakes that will last a lifetime.. just ask anyone who has spent time with their family, friends or spouses on our beautiful island. Though memories endure long after you have left Marco, consider making your memories into something viable with a trip to the nearby outlet mall,
Naples Outlet Center. Home to 27 shops, you’re sure to find more than a few treasures for yourself, and your family and friends.

On your way onto our Island Refuge, you will find the Naples Outlet Center conveniently located on Collier Boulevard just minutes from the S.S. Jolley Bridge, and many of our stunning vacation homes. Enjoy an afternoon or evening of smart shopping at a few of the area’s best and most popular shops.

Peruse 146,000 square feet of retail space full of trendy items from your favorite designer brands like Ann Taylor, Coach, Loft, Samsonite and Bass.

For a full list of shops, please click here.

Pace yourself so you’re able to take in the excitement of an auction at Naples Auction, stop by Henning’s Chicago Kitchen for a bite, bring home some blossoms from Gene’s Fifth Avenue Florist or browse Van Heusen/ Izod Golf for those new wardrobe items.

All in all, if you’re looking to beat the heat and take a break from the beach, spend some time exploring the best shopping our island has to offer during your Marco Escape. Chances are you will not leave empty handed!

Contact Naples Outlet Center:
6060 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL 34114-3981
Outlet Office: (239) 775-8085
Shopping Line: (239) 775-8083

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Marco Island’s Best Waterfront Dining and Entertainment

Marco Island is home to a number of waterfront dining establishments where the views are just as amazing as the food and entertainment. Check out our recommendations for the best casual waterfront dining options where you can indulge in the freshest seafood, soak up the sunshine and spend a morning, afternoon or evening enjoying the flavor of living on island time.

CJ’s on The Bay
740 N Collier Blvd #105
(239) 389-4511

Established in 2008, CJ’s on The Bay has grown to be one of Marco Island’s most beloved waterfront eateries. It’s easy to soak up the beautiful ambiance of Marco Island when you dine at CJ’s, they have spectacular views overlooking Smokehouse Bay. The all-day menu provides a variety of fare featuring salads, hot and cold appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and mainland, pasta and seafood entrées. Both lunch and dinner specials enhance the menu and offer plenty of variety for repeat guests and welcomed newcomers. Enjoy a daily happy hour from 4-7pm, the largest outdoor gazebo style bar, waterfront access for boats, free wireless internet and breathtaking views of Southwest Florida Sunsets.

Snook Inn
1215 Bald Eagle Dr
(239) 394-3313

Named for the abundance of Snook right off the dock, Snook Inn has been a Marco Island staple for over 30 years. Perfect for boaters, Snook Inn has ample docking space, making it a go-to stop as you travel to or from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy time under their famous “chickee” and dine on fresh seafood, sandwiches and more. Don’t forget to sample one of their “frozen concoctions”, like the delicious Seaside Lemonade. Snook Inn also has live entertainment 7 nights a week. If you’re looking to take part in an Island tradition for both locals and visitors, make it a point to dine at Snook Inn.

Quinn’s on the Beach
400 South Collier Boulevard
(239) 394-2511

Located at the newly renovated Marco Island Marriott, Quinn’s on the Beach offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a meal (and the sunset) from the sugary sand on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Quinn’s Caribbean-style seafood and steak specialties, unique appetizers, favorite sandwiches and delicious drinks set the stage for a tasty tropical dining adventure. Be sure to sample their Baja Burger and rumrunner, some say they are respectively the best on the beach! Quinn’s hosts daily entertainment starting at 6:30pm. Swing by, grab your favorite beverage and indulge in delicious food as you enjoy a one of a kind Florida sunset.

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Marco Island Named #1 Happiest, Healthiest City in the U.S.


The Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Rankings has ranked Marco Island, along with neighboring communities of Naples and Immokalee, as “the happiest, healthiest city in the US”.

According to the rankings, Marco Island and its surrounding cities have the lowest levels of stress in the country, report little depression and eat healthy on a daily basis. Many Marco Residents enjoy their daily activities and intellectually lively culture and suggest they learn or do something interesting every day.

Visitors are bound to have an unforgettable escape during their time in Marco Island– who wouldn’t in the happiest and healthiest city in the United States? From your daily interactions with residents, local employees and other travelers, Marco Island’s positive energy is palpable. Spend your days riding beach cruisers to the sugary Marco sands for an afternoon in the waves. Ease into your evening and enjoy a meal of fresh gulf seafood and local entertainment, at one of the Island’s premier cultural centers.

After you’ve ventured to every corner of the island, you’re sure to return home from your escape rejuvenated, glowing and so pleased for choosing Marco Island as your home away from home.

As the number one, happiest healthiest city in the US, we welcome all who are willing to experience the warm embrace of Marco Island’s viable energy that encapsulates the essence of island life. Sun, fun, happiness and health.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Marco


Feel the rhythm and savor the flavors of our Marco Island paradise at the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. Indulge in a variety of fresh seafood, barbecue and a number of other favorites at Veterans’ Park starting Friday, March 18th and running through Sunday, March 20th.

Celebrate one of Marco’s largest annual events with locals and visitors!

Bring along a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a weekend of fun festivities, flavorful local fare and phenomenal tunes.  Benefitting our local Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club, the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival will host over 60 arts and crafts vendors starting Friday morning at 11:00 AM. A kid’s zone with bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall, trampoline and more will be at the ready enjoy the music, the food and the friends.

For a full list of all of the wonderful entertainment running throughout the weekend,click here.

The single day entrance fee is $10 and children under 12 are free. Save and purchase a two-day admission pass for $16.00.

Veterans’ park is located in the heart of Marco Island, making driving or even riding a bike to the festival a breeze. Veterans’ park is located at 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island, FL. Parking is free depending on availability.

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Experience the Flavor of Naples in Luxury


Meet a chauffeured limousine at the front door of your luxury vacation rental and get whisked away for a flavorful experience in Naples, Florida. Located approximately 30 minutes away, don’t suffer the stresses of dining and driving—allow the experienced drivers and expert dining guides of the Taste of Naples Tourto take you to the best locations for food and wine in Southwest Florida.

Every destination of the night has been hand selected for quality, prestige and local authenticity. The tour focuses on locally owned restaurants that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture memories—and  savory presentations—that will last a lifetime.

Guests will also benefit from expert commentary provided by the local tour guide hosts of the night. Learn about the history and background of beautiful Southwest Florida and come home with a greater understanding of why tourists and snowbirds flock to Florida’s Paradise Coast each year.

At the end of the night, you will be whisked home in style, back to the comfort of your vacation rental.

For pricing, reservations, gift certificates and more information, please visit the Taste of Naples Tour’s official information page located here.

Reservations are required and tours fill up quickly, especially during the winter and spring months. We urge you to make reservations ahead of time.

For more information, please contact Taste of Naples Tour directly at 239.250.9040.

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Marco Island Movies in The Park


Grab a cooler, lawn chair or blanket and book it to Mackle Community Park for some family fun at the winter “Movies in the Park” series. Completely free of charge, enjoy family favorites under the Marco sky during the most temperate time of the year.

Hosted by The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation, Movies in the Park is a long-standing community event where locals and visitors can enjoy the beauty of Marco while enjoying a film in the company of other families and couples.

Movies start 15 minutes after sunset and everyone is welcome!

Hot dogs, drinks and popcorn are available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own favorites and enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars.

Please note, no pets are allowed on the field and alcoholic drinks are prohibited.

Mackle Community Park is centrally located at 50 Bald Eagle Drive, and can be reached by both car or by bike. Click here for directions from your location.

The 2016 Winter “Movies in the Park” schedule is as follows:

Big Hero 6
Friday, February 26, 2016
Sunset: 6:08pm

Friday, March 11, 2016
Sunset: 6:27pm

Friday, April 29, 2016
Sunset: 7:58pm


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Island Culture: Thursday Evenings Marco Island


Marco Island may seem like a sleepy barrier island, but if you know where to look, you’ll find art, culture and nightlife tucked away in various nooks and crannies across the island. Thursday night is no exception.

The Shops of Olde Marco, a cobbled cove of artisan shops and gourmet eateries plays host to art lessons, complete with food and wine with local artist Malenda Trick. Join Malenda, a self taught artist at her gallery, The Malenda Trick Studio & Gallery, located in this historic shopping district. Follow her professional instruction to create a masterpiece in just a short period of time. Socialize with locals and visitors alike during the weekly course, all the while you munch on delicious “themed” snacks. Whether or not you’re already skilled or have no skills at all, you’re sure to take away new skills, as well as a painting worthy to hang on your wall.

The Malenda Trick Studio & Gallery is located at 160 Royal Palm Dr #274, Marco Island, FL

For more information, please call (239) 394-2787

Experience mediterranean life on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico at one of Marco Island’s largest and most popular entertainment and dining complexes, The Esplanade. Browse a number of shops, and check out the local music scene at CJs live music Thursday. Every Thursday, from 6:00pm – 11:30pm, treat your ears to the best entertainers in Southwest Florida. Cozy up at CJ’s for a drinking and dining experience, directly on the waterfront overlooking Smokehouse Bay. Soak up the sounds and sights as the night slips away into Friday morning.

CJ’s is located at 740 N. Collier Blvd., Ste. #105 Marco Island, FL
For more information, please call 239-389-4511.

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