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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Exploring the Marco Island Farmers Market


Experience the unique flavors of Florida every Wednesday at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Open seasonally, November 18, 2015- April 13, 2016, enjoy your morning perusing and purchasing a variety of locally-grown treats, locally-made artisan crafts and more. The unique selection of vendors invite you to explore their selection of homegrown and homemade items that can only be classified as “oh-so-Marco”.

Our year-round sunshine and tropical temperatures create the perfect conditions for producing delicious fruit, vegetables and meats. A number of vendors offer fresh, florida grown fruits and veggies , keep an eye out for C&J Produce and Capri Produce. Indulge in Florida grass-fed beef from vendor Arrowhead Beef or taste the freshest seafood in Southwest Florida with just caught fish from vendor Bob’s Fresh Seafood.

Snag a few gifts and souvenirs from vendors like Better Choice Products, all-natural soap and skincare aficionados, Cardzbynikki, specializing in homemade greeting cards and invitations, Starfish on the Rocks, handcrafted sea life art– and many more.

You can even pick up a souvenir for your pooch from Bark Street Bakery, passionate pet lovers that specialize in all natural dog food and treats.

Skip breakfast or brunch, and enjoy a variety of freshly prepared and ready to eat snacks and meals are available to all who visit the Farmers Market. Get your coffee fix Jimmy’s Java, snack on fresh baked bread and pastries with JC’s Daily Bread, or chow down on authentic barbeque created by Herbeque BBQ.

For a full list of vendors, please click here.

Attend the seasonal Marco Island Farmers Market every Wednesday from 7:30am- 1:00pm at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island, FL.


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Santa Arrives in Marco to Celebrate Christmas Island Style

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Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Marco Island, Florida kicks off their annual Christmas Island Style celebration with none other than the arrival of jolly ol’ St. Nick!  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in style to greet the community at the Shops of Marco on November 27, 2015, at 6 pm.

Make your plans now to visit our island paradise, where we are ready to indulge you in the finest accommodations mixed with sublime relaxation before the hustle of the holidays shifts into high gear. While visiting with us, please join in the island’s annual holiday kickoff celebration.  The evening will be filled with joy and merriment as The Shops of Marco are transformed by holiday music and cheer. Many merchants will have extended hours of operation, and some will have information tables set up along the sidewalk.  Come dressed as your favorite reindeer or elf, enjoy face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause, and the sales and giveaways being offered on this special night by The Shops of Marco merchants. The team from ‘Joy of Giving’will be on hand collecting donations for their annual drive to raise funds to benefit the underprivileged in Collier county.

On Saturday, November 28th, we’ll gather at Veteran’s Community Park to further turn up the holiday cheer with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.  Local musicians and dance groups will be on hand to entertain the crowds as residents and visitors gather in droves.  Many tailgate, and it’s a celebration and opportunity to reacquaint with old friends while making new ones, too.

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Sail into Marco Island brings the Christmas Parades!

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Marco Island, FL is revered for its subtropical beauty year round, but come the Christmas holidays, Marco brings the joy and spirit of the season to life with the annual Christmas Boat Parade followed a week later by the Street Parade!

The annual Christmas Boat Parade, held Saturday, December 5th from 6pm – 8pm is an enchanting, festive family evening. Watch as festive boats sail by, decked out with glittering holiday lights and decorations! Recommended viewing spots includeThe Esplanade and Snook Inn.  However, you can set up your own spot anywhere along the Marco River and around Collier Bay.  Pleasure crafts of all sizes, Santa’s ship, and the Marco Island Princess will be adorned and aglow with holiday finery and lights from bow to stern, steering down Marco River, leaving onlookers full of the joy of the season.  Honors will be bestowed upon the vessels winning for People’s Choice, Best in Parade, Best Holiday Spirit, and Most Entertaining. It’s a can’t miss, must be there or be square event for kids of all ages!

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, join us for the 28th Annual Christmas Street Parade! The festivities start at the corner of San Marco Rd. and Balfour.  You’ll want to start your stay with us on Friday so you’re well settled into the Island life and ready to get there early for the best viewing spots.
We look forward to the magic of Christmas island style, and hope you do, too!

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