‘Tis The Sea-Sun

As this Jolly season approaches, we can’t wait to build our sand snowmen and decorate our Christmas palms!  So pack your bags, leave the sweaters at home and get ready to spend this holiday season in abundant sunshine!  Don’t worry about leaving the snow behind, our beautiful island offers plenty of merry happenings to get you in the seasonal spirit.

Marco Island’s Annual Boat Parade

Come enjoy a little slice of Marco Island at the Annual Boat Parade.  This is a wonderful festive family evening for all ages.  Watch the boats sail by, decked out with festive holiday lights and decorations!

Date: December 10, 2016

Time: 6pm-9pm

Admission: Free

Recommended Viewing Spots:  The Esplanade on Smokehouse Bay and Snook Inn on the Marco River

Christmas Movie in the Park

Want to see a movie to get you in the spirit with the luxury of laying on the lawn in the Florida warmth?  Veterans Park is offering just that.  They will be showing The Year Without a Santa Claus, which is a great movie for all ages.  So bring a blanket and some snack, and see your movie Marco Island style.

Date: December 16, 2016

Time: 5pm-7pm

Admission: Free

Recommended:  Blanket and snacks of your choice

Christmas Street Parade

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season at the Marco Island Annual Street Christmas Parade!  The floats will line up on San Marco and head down towards Goodland!  Recommended to find a spot early.

Date: December 17, 2016

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Admission: Free

Recommended:  Early arrival, extra parking at Publix supermarket

Naples Botanical Holiday Party

Enjoy this spectacular holiday light show featuring entertainment, family activities, festive sweets and treats and much more!  This year, Night Lights in the Garden will include their seasonal exhibit, Origami in the Garden, lit especially for the evening event, proving a dramatic view of the enchanting sculptures.

Date: December 15-23, 2016

December 26-30, 2016

January 2-4, 2017

Time: 6pm-9pm

Admission: Adults: $20

Children: 4- 14 / $7

Children under 3: free/ticket required

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Halloween Activities On Marco Island


Just because you’re spending Halloween on an island doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun or frightening.

Marco Island has plenty of spooktacular fun for families, couples and more!

Families may enjoy Marco Island’s Halloween Spooktacular 2016 on the evening of October 29th, 2016.  Kids and their parents will enjoy an evening of jolly Halloween fun including the annual costume contest all in the vicinity of Mackle Park.  Pumpkin patch, kettle corn, inflatable playgrounds, critter show, balloon twisting and more await! The Halloween Spooktacular is a free event supported by the City of Marco Island’s Park and Recreation Department.  Please visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Looking to participate in a little bit of old fashioned trick or treating? Consider heading into our local neighborhoods for your yearly fix of what Marco Island calls “Halloween Madness”. On October 31, the neighborhoods around our schools are the most popular for island trick or treating. These areas of the island become the most festive areas of Marco for ghoulish fun because they are highly decorated and extra spooky! Take a peek into what you may experience during your Marco Island trick or treating experience here.

For the older crowd, consider hopping aboard the Marco Murder & Mayhem Halloween Frightseeing Ghost Tour on October 30th, 2016. The frightful evening begins at 8:00 pm with a complimentary cocktail. The two-hour frightseeing ghost tour departs from Olde Marco Inn. Costumes are encouraged! A special prize will be awarded to guests dressed in 1880-1930 period costumes.  $39.00 per person. www.marcomurderandmayhem.com

For a real night of fright, head off of the island and into the swamp. World famous photographer Clyde Butcher and family are hosting an open house in Big Cypress Preserve on October 29 & 30, just in time for Halloween! Sign up for swamp walks led by Big Cypress National Preserve rangers and explore the Everglades under the glow of the moon. Swamp walks are $50 per person (kids free). Learn more here.

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Goodland Gears Up for Season!


It’s that time of year again!  Season is just around the corner and what better place to kick off the celebration than our own little town of Goodland, Florida?

Goodland is a tiny community located off of State Road 92, at the southeast corner of the island.  Home to only 200 residents, this fishing community continues to buck the significant developmental changes around it.

Every Sunday, hundreds of residents and visitors make the pilgrimage to Stan’s Idle Hour for an afternoon of outdoor music, drinks and dancing. Come by boat or car, Stan’s is a staple crowd pleaser for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

If you are looking for that one of a kind souvenir to take home from your Florida vacation, you can step right next door to the Island Woman.  One of the oldest family owned businesses on Marco Island, and the only known retail store on Goodland, they offer a plethora of Florida novelties.

Hungry for some locally caught seafood?  The famous Little Bar Restaraunt is a short walk away.  Sit outside and watch the local fisherman bring in their catch right off the dock!  Going into their 37th year in business, this is one we recommend you not miss!

Stan’s Idle Hour
221 Goodland Drive
Goodland, FL 34140

Fia’s Island Woman Botique
217 Harbor Place
Goodland, FL 34140

Little Bar Restaurant
205 Harbor Place
Goodland, FL 34140

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Bars on Marco Island: Nightlife done Island-style!


If you are visiting Marco Island and are at least 21 years old, why not enjoy a night out on the town? Mingle with locals and visitors at Marco Island’s most popular bars, pubs and nightlife spots. From seductive, romantic wine bars to energetic tiki bars, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset or dance late into the night.

La Tavola

Sophisticated, contemporary and stocked with vino, La Tavola is the epitome of a luxuriously casual evening out on Marco Island. Pair your red, white or rose with a number of delicious gourmet hors d’oeuvres and full sized meals.  High quality ingredients and service, menu variety, amazing specials and a refined atmosphere put La Tavola at the top of our list!


Happy Hour: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (House Wine/Domestic Beer/Well Drinks)

Phone: (239) 393-4960

Address: 961 Winterberry Dr.

Sand Bar

Celebrating 30 Years on Marco, the Sand Bar offers “Great Food– Great Prices – Great Fun…. For the whole family!” Open every single day until 2am, you’re sure to find late night fun at the Sandbar at any point during your Marco Island vacation. A great bar, though not full of traditional island glitz and glam, this is the best “hole in the wall” bar on Marco Island where you’re sure to leave with more friends than you came with!


Happy Hour: Daily, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM & 10 PM to Close

Phone: 239-642-3625

Address: 826 E. Elkham Circle

Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill

At Dolphin you’re sure to get just what you bargained for when choosing a tiki bar for the ultimate island night out. The newly renovated open-air bar and casual atmosphere are the highlights of an evening spent at Dolphin’s. Sip on your favorite tropical cocktail as you gaze over the moonlit waters of Marco Island. Thatched roof included.


Happy Hour: Daily, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Bar open until 10:00 PM

Phone: 239-394-4048

Address: 1021 Anglers Cove, Marco Island, FL 34145

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Marco Island: Keewaydin Island


We know that our Marco Escapes customers always value exclusivity. What could be more exclusive than a private island sitting in the Gulf of Mexico waiting for you to touch its pristine sands, play in her waves and explore her landscapes.

With no roads, bridges or cars, you can only have the pleasure of spending an afternoon on Keewaydin Island if you arrive by boat. Bring your own vessel or hire a local charter or take the water taxi—we promise the trek to her sandy shores is worth it, after all, it only takes about 10 minutes to cruise over!

Once on Keewaydin, there are a variety of activities to indulge in. Go for a hike along the shoreline and collect beautiful seashells, this barrier island is known for it’s amazing shelling! Also, keeping an eye out for Loggerhead turtle nests, this area is one of the most popular nesting spots for these endangered animals. Do a little onshore fishing or build a sandcastle in her sugary sands. Snorkeling can also be fun too!

Feeling peckish? There are a handful concession stands that provide island explorers with snacks sandwiches and more. The best part? These concession stands are actually boats stocked with all of your fun-in-the-sun favorites.

Be sure to bring any beach toys, chairs or umbrellas you may need as there are no facilities to rent these items from on the island.

Keewaydin is most peaceful and serene in the offseason (summer, early fall months).  Though it is always beautiful, there is something special about making a trek out to your very own private island surrounded by nothing but the sounds of the gulls, the swaying palms and the roaring surf. There is truly nothing more Floridian than that.

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Unique Marco Island Experiences



In paradise, it seems like we have it all. The sun, the sand, the surf and the serenity…

But there is more to Marco Island than what just meets the eye. Dig a little deeper and uncover exceptionally unique Marco Island experiences. Dig your toes into the sand and soak up the sun, but take the time to experience the other side of Marco you may not know about.

If you’re looking for hands down, the best sunset experience, drop by Quinn’s on the Beach.  Go for the food and scenic beauty but stay for the fire dancing. Every evening, just after the sun sets over the horizon, a traditional fire dancer will appear on the sand and put on a unique performance full of flames, tricks and photo ops!

Another unique activity will provide you with an entirely new perspective on Marco Island. Get a birds-eye view of our beautiful island as you float underneath a parachute. Go parasailing! Hop on a boat, put on a safety harness and allow trained captains and professionals to send you into the clouds as you take in views you won’t see any other way. If you’re looking to make a memory that will last a lifetime, parasailing around Marco Island is for you.

A trip to the tropics isn’t truly complete until you release a little bit of your inner pirate and Pirates of Marco is here to help! Fun for the whole family, spend your afternoon aboard the Black Pearl and head out to sea. Children are provided pirate garb and face paint, and adults are provided access to a cash bar. Throughout the cruise, learn how to talk, sing, dance and play games like a true buccaneer of the high seas. End your swashbuckling adventure firing off 12 high-power water cannons at pirate enemies. This interactive pirate adventure is not one that you will easily forget.

Explore wondrous Marco Island and uncover the enjoyable experiences that make our island unique.

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Marco Island Luxury Yacht Charters

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You’re floating in the Gulf of Mexico, watching the fiery colors of a Marco Island sunset fill the sky as the sun begins to dip below the horizon. You sip a cocktail and bite into delicious hors d’oeuvres as you shuttle around Marco’s coastal waters in your very own chartered vessel or yacht. This is truly a Marco escape.

The quintessential Marco evening includes a beautiful view, a cocktail and being surrounded by the ones you love. Make your island experience as stress-free as possible and hire a vessel to transport you into a tropical paradise you may have only imagined in your wildest dreams.

There are a number of private yachts and sailboats that are waiting to sweep you off of your private dock and place you directly in the middle of Marco Island’s breathtaking water landscapes. From economical to luxury, there are quite a few options for Marco Escape’s guests to select from when it comes to their private boating experience.

Serenidad offers both public sailing cruises as well as private charters. Feel the wind in your hair as Captain Richard whisks you away to a beautiful place where the sun kisses the horizon. A variety of options await those looking for an economical way to experience the highlife.                                                                                                                  

www.svserenidad.com (239) 272-0939

If you’re looking for an evening of luxury and indulgence, consider Image Yacht Charters. Their experienced guides and staff will make you feel right at home on their selection of beautiful, modern yachts. From gourmet food to 5-star service and your favorite top shelf beverage, an evening with Image Yachts will surely be an unforgettable experience.  

www.imageyachtcharters.com (845) 313-6027

Get away from it all—literally. Add to your amazing Marco Escapes experience with a unique trip on the water with your lover or your family. Soak in an evening that will truly make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Summer Dining Specials On Marco Island

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Less traffic, shorter lines and summer specials are just a few highlights of booking a Marco getaway during the sunny months of summertime. Marco Island is home to dozens of restaurants ranging from beach tiki casual to fine dining—and summertime is the best time to indulge with the benefit of many local businesses hosting summer specials.

Check out Marco Island’s Best Summer Specials for 2016:

The Speak Easy
Offers a variety of Chicago style fare

2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $29.99 • Available from 4pm May through September
www.speakeasymarco.com • 1106 1/2 N. Collier Blvd. •239.970.2929

Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano
Homemade, Old World Italian recipes with fresh local Seafood and Produce

20% Off The Entire Bill • Monday ­ Thursday • Includes alcohol
1/2 Price Drinks • Friday & Sunday.• House Wine, Domestic Beer & Well Liquor
20% Off Take Out Orders • All Night Long
www.ciaobellamarcoisland.com • 1000 North Collier. • 239­.970­.0505

Café de Marco
Award winning bistro; Offers fresh seafood, prepared daily with original recipes and sauces

Wine­Down Wednesdays
Every Wednesday until September 14th, 2016 • One free bottle of “house selected” Chardonnay or Cabernet Wine for each table ordering entrees.

Chef Jean’s Summer Specials
$20 each • Includes Garden salad, rolls, complete entrée with veggies and potatoes or rice
www.cafedemarco.com • 244 Royal Palm Dr. • 239­394­6262

The Island Café & Restaurant
Creative and classic cuisine, complemented with excellent wines in a cozy setting

3 course dinner for the price of the entrée • Choice of soup, salad or appetizer • Any entrée • Complimentary dessert • All night long
www.theislandcafe.com • 918 N. Collier Blvd. • 239.­394­.7578

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Rainy Day Activities on Marco Island

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Summer is steamy, beautiful and oftentimes wet… it is called the rainy season after all.

On Marco Island, we are frequently the target of late afternoon thunderstorms during the summer months of June­-August. Now we know thunderstorms are not exactly what you’re looking for during a perfect beach vacation, but don’t worry, thunderstorms will provide you with a unique and magnificent natural show and give you a moment to explore away from all of the sun and sand.

There is nothing quite like relaxing on lanai after a long morning at the beach while the storm clouds approach the island. You’ll experience relief from the heat and usually, a strong breeze will blow just as the storm meets the island. A Marco thunderstorm will bring rain, which is the perfect time to read your favorite book or take a nap before you hit the beach for sunset or head towards your favorite restaurant for dinner. A thunderstorm also produces one of the most spectacular natural showcases you ever could imagine, and your vacation rental, you’ve got the best seat in the house. Large clouds, electrifying lightning strikes and swaying palms are just a few of the highlights. Most thunderstorms come and go quickly, and just like magic, the sun will return and you can return to the sand.

If you would prefer to take advantage of Marco Island’s indoor activities during a summertime thunderstorm, we do have a few spots we’d recommend exploring while you wait out the rain. Our favorite rainy day activities on Marco Island include a trip to Marco Movies, The Marco Island Historical Museum and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples.

Don’t let Marco Island’s summer weather put a damper on your island getaway. There is nothing quite like a relaxing, rainy day or afternoon while you’re on island time.

FUN FACT: Did you know, that Thunderstorms generally push shells to the shore? Grab your bucket and head out to the shoreline for some of the best shelling directly after a storm!

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Coffee Shops on Marco Island

Though island life may change your normal, day to day routine, there is one routine item that likely won’t change during your time on Marco Island… your daily cup of coffee.

Prepare your coffee in the comfort of your vacation home or adventure to one of our colorful island coffee shops where the ambiance is as good as a cup of joe.  Instead of popping in and out like you do back at home, grab a book, your tablet or the local paper and spend some time in our favorite places on the island to get a caffeine fix.

Family ­owned and voted “Best Coffee Shop”, Wake Up Marco is always a great place to start your day. This specialty coffee shop focuses on delivering the Island’s most satisfying
handcrafted, organic coffee and tea. Mild prices and outdoor seating make Wake Up Marco a “must visit” destination.

Looking to get your beloved “at home” favorite? Look no further, Marco Island is home to
Starbucks, your favorite go-­to coffee spot. Order your favorites or try something new, regardless you will enjoy visiting the unique location inside of the Esplanade shops!

If you’re looking to savor the local flavor, swing by the Marco Island Farmers Market
(November-­April) and taste the flavor of Island Breeze Coffee. With flavors like Hazelnut
Coconut Caramel and Island French roast, you’ll always get your day started the island way.  Island Breeze Coffee also ships internationally. Get your fix even when you’re at home!

Lastly, if you are in the need of a full­ service coffee shop that also doubles as a restaurant and bar, be sure to stop by The Marco Island Teapot Cafe.  Serving up gourmet breakfast and lunch sandwiches, specialty coffees and array of wine and spirits, you’re sure to leave satisfied after a morning or afternoon with this quaint local business. The Marco Island Teapot Cafe is also a favorite for those looking for vegan or vegetarian options on Marco Island.

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