Marco Island: Keewaydin Island

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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

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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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The Esplanade: Marco Island Dining and Shopping At Its Finest

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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 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

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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:

www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/naples-outlet-center/about
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

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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
www.cjsonthebay.com
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
www.snookinn.com
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
www.marcoislandmarriott.com/quinns
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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