Easter on Marco Island

Celebrate Easter on Marco Island!

Hop on over to our beautiful island community for a bounty of festive and family friendly events on April 1, 2018. Easter on Marco Island is a true one-of-a-kind experience you must enjoy during your time on the island.

Start the celebration early and join City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation on Saturday, March 31st, at the Marco Island Spring Jubilee and Easter Egg Hunt. From 10 AM until noon, enjoy a free Easter egg hunt for over 20,000 eggs at Mackle Park. The egg hunts begin at 11:30 AM and are separated into age groups: 3 and younger, 4 to 5 years old, 6 to 7 years old, and 8 to 10 years old. In addition to the egg hunt, free Easter-themed games, crafts, food, live music, train rides, face painting and the Easter Bunny himself will be on-site!

If there is one day you choose to wake up early during your vacation, it is Easter Sunday. Join over 10,000 residents and visitors for the 30th annual Easter Sunrise service directly on the sugary white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. The multi-denominational service features words by pastors from numerous island churches as the sun breaks the horizon over the water. The service also includes soloists from island churches and a 40-voice choir along with the Naples Jazz Band and Lely High School Jazz Band, as well as many professional musicians from around the county. . Music prelude will begin at 6:45 a.m. and Marco Police and volunteers will direct traffic and assist with parking, including double parking along Collier Blvd. Dress is casual and you should bring your own blanket or chair. The Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service will be hosted on the beach at 400 S Collier Blvd.

Of course, you are welcome to spend the remainder of your day relaxing on the sand, by the pool, or inside at your beautiful Marco Island Vacation rental—but there are many other island events you and your family will absolutely love.

Get out on the water for an Easter meal. Join the Marco Island Princess for an Easter Brunch or Sunset Dinner Cruise with Easter Eggs for the kids! Cruise atop the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy a fine meal with your family. Brunch begins at noon and will serve scrambled eggs, sausage & bacon carved roasted turkey breast, baked ziti, lox & bagels, fresh fruit, assorted danish, salad and fresh rolls. Dinner begins at 6:30 PM and will serve baby greens salad w/raspberry vinaigrette dressing carved baked ham & carved roasted turkey breast, whipped potatoes, green beans amandine, fresh rolls and dessert. Please call for reservations at 239-642-5415. All Cruises depart from Rose Marina at 951 Bald Eagle Drive.

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Marco Island Concerts: Island Rocks

Enjoy the sweet spring breeze on Marco Island at Island Rocks, a free concert series hosted by The City of Marco Island and First Florida Integrity Bank.

Join island visitors and residents on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Veterans Community Park for an evening of live music in an outdoor atmosphere from popular local musicians, Hot Damn Duo. and The Manipulators. Bring your own lawn chairs and kick back under the stars from 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

“Hot Damn” is the duo act of husband and wife team, Norm and Debbie Pelletier. As dedicated musicians playing over 200 gigs a year, expect a professional, fun and talent-filled show. Norm plays lead guitar and Debbie plays a zeta standup bass. Both are vocalists and complement each other with amazing harmonies. Boasting a repertoire of over 1,000 songs, the mechanical drum machine keeps the beats moving and are sure to keep you on your feet! With “Hot Damn” enjoy a variety of music including country music from today’s Top 40 to country songs made famous as far back as 40 years ago as well as 50’s, 60’s and 70’s classic rock.

Shell, Troy, Thom, John form the powerhouse band, The Manipulators. This classic rock band displays a diverse variety of talent, and their electric energy is sure to get the party started. From classic rock to southern rock and funk from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, The Manipulators are always ready to deliver a performance you won’t soon forget.

Island Rocks is a family friendly event. Coolers are not allowed. A magic mirror photo booth will be on site courtesy of SW Florida Entertainment.

Veterans Community Park is located at 1895 Veterans Park Dr.

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Stone Crab Season is Here: April Events on Marco Island

There’s nothing tastier than a Florida stone crab. If you are visiting Marco Island now through May 15, you’ll be lucky to get the opportunity to get your claws into a Southwest Florida seafood delicacy, stone crab.

Native to our local Gulf of Mexico waters, fisherman can legally harvest these creatures until mid-May. Less than 5 minutes away from the city of Marco Island rests Goodland, Florida, the stone crab capital of the world. Every day, local Florida fishermen depart in search of a plentiful haul of fresh Stone Crab claws. When they return to the marina, the claws are sold right off the boat or sent to several restaurants scattered across the Goodland marina basin.

From there, it’s time to dig in. Eating stone crab fresh off the boat allows for the claws to retain the sweet, succulent taste that is so compared to lobster. Sit down in one of the quaint local restaurants or purchase stone crab by the pound to take home your own haul for preparation in your luxurious rental kitchen.

Experience its fresh out of the gulf flavor served hot or cold, with a butter or mustard-based sauce on the side. Also, stone crab claws can be frozen for later use. If you choose to freeze your stone crab, warm the claws up in a pot of hot water for just a few minutes.

Stone crabs are sized based on claw length. Though medium claws require more work to extract the meat, usually using a mallet or fork, many claim medium size stone crab claws are more flavorful. Additionally, they tend to provide more meat per pound when compared to the large, jumbo, or colossal sized claws. Prices for local stone crab claws fluctuate but usually rest in the $16-20 range for a medium claw.

Many local Marco Island restaurants and fish markets also sell fresh stone crab. Our expert vacation rental concierge is at your service and can provide your family with knowledgeable advice to ensure you can get your claws on this local delicacy in an environment you will enjoy.

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The Taste of Marco- April Events On Marco Island

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Sample the best food on Marco Island in one place… the Taste of Marco! This top April event Marco Island returns for the 28th time on Sunday, April 8th from 11 AM until 5 PM.

Join thousands from island community and those vacationing on Marco Island for the food event of the season at The Esplanade. Sample the flavors of Marco Island in one place as 16 of our island’s top dining establishments showcase their best menu items.

At the end of the evening, “People’s Choice”, “Best Decorated” and “Best Theme” awards will be presented to the restaurants.

Benefitting the Marco Island YMCA, admission costs $8 for adults, children under 12 are free. Once you’re inside the festival, $1 food tickets will be available for purchase. Food tickets are used to “purchase” the delicious offerings from the participating Marco Island eateries. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Dance off the calories off to the live music from vocalist, Marc Kircher, followed by the ever-popular Greg Miller Band. The fun doesn’t end there! Two 50/50 raffles will also be held at the event with wonderful prizes for those who win! Beer, wine and other beverages are available.

Free parking will be available at the Esplanade, Veterans’ Community Park, the Marco Lutheran Church, and boat slips are also available. Boat slips are also available to those who wish to arrive by water.

Taste of Marco is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy during your April escape to Marco Island.

The Esplanade is located at 740 N. Collier Blvd. Marco Island, FL 34145. For more information visit www.marcoymca.org/event/taste-of-marco/.

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Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

One of the most popular Marco Island Events in March is almost here! The 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival returns on Friday, March 23 and continues through Sunday, March 25 at Veterans Community Park. Enjoy an entire weekend on beautiful Marco Island immersed in a world of live music, art. and the freshest seafood in Southwest Florida including fish, grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder, lobster and more. Not into seafood? A wide selection of items for landlubbers will also be available.

Explore the art market, home to over 60 arts and crafts vendors starting on Friday morning at 11:00 AM. The kids are sure to love the designated “kids zone” home to bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall, trampoline, and more! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

Live Music entertainment from the hottest local bands is planned all day long. The following are the three headliners.

  • Friday 6 – 9 pm. Ben Allen Band
  • Saturday 6 – 9 pm. Almost ABBA
  • Sunday 2 – 5 pm. Deb & the Dynamics Band

The Seminole Indian Casino is providing a unique VIP experience. For just $75, VIP’s will be provided seating in a reserved large tent covered area with prime viewing of the entertainment, $15 in Food Vouchers, four drink tickets, and private facilities. The VIP experience is valid for all 3 days of the event.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled, sun kissed weekend in Marco Island, join us at the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival!

For more information, visit marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com

Single Day Admission $10 Per Person. Two Day Admission $16 Per Person. A limited number of three-day VIP passes are available for $60 per person. Call the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase VIP tickets at 239-394-7459. Children under 12 are free. Free event parking.

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St.Patrick’s Day on Marco Island

Grab your best green garb and follow Marco Island residents and visitors to the annual Marco Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hooley on March 11, 2018! This family friendly event is one of the most attended events of the year on Marco Island and is sure to become a tradition for your family for years to come.

Presented by the Sons and Daughters of Erin’s, the annual parade marches up Bald Eagle Drive starting at Veteran’s Park Health Center at 1PM. Join hundreds of spectators and sit under the blue Florida sky, or under the shade of the palms along the route, to watch a bevy of hand decorated floats, local law enforcement organizations, motorcycle groups, High school marching bands, Celtic Irish dancers, and community groups celebrate the most Irish day of the year! Music fills the air, horns and sirens wail and children take turns dashing out for candy tossed by the passing groups of paraders.

The parade route ends at Veteran’s Community Park in the heart of Marco Island. From there, the party is just getting started. Families and friends will sprawl across the green fields and participate in the annual hooley, the Irish and Scottish term for a lively party with traditional music and dancing. A party; an evening of traditional music and dance. Enjoy food and drinks, and of course, beer and browse the selection of trinkets and souvenirs offered by on-site vendors.

Keep the party going at the Marco Men’s Club St. Patrick’s Day Co-ed Luncheon. Hosted at one of the hottest spots on the island, The Marco Island Brewery on 1089 N. Collier Blvd. inside the Marco Town Center Mall. Enjoy Irish entertainment by Rosetta Blarney Stone as you indulge in all of your Irish favorites like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, Irish Cream Mousse. Kicking off at 12pm, the luncheon tickets are just $23 per person and include the entire meal and musical experience. A cash bar will be available and will offer $5 Guinness pints and domestic beer: for $2.50 a pint, $8 a pitcher. Door prizes and costume prizes will be handed out to attendees and costumed revelers. If you are interested in attending this event, please purchase your tickets as soon as possible, the event is expected to sell out. Please contact Dave Walsh at (239) 389-9755 by March 8, 2018.

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Marco Island Farmers Market

The Marco Island Experience

One of the best ways to compliment your Marco Island vacation rental experience? A trip to the Marco Island Farmers Market, of course!

Winter on Marco Island brings the seasonal market back into full swing. Hosted every Wednesday in 2018 through April 18 by the City of Marco Island, visitors can stop by the market to shop, eat, listen to live music by local local musician Grant Werner, and enjoy great conversation with locals and other island visitors from around the world.

Hosted from 7:30 am- 1:00 pm in Veterans’ Community Park, visitors to the Marco Island Farmers Market can purchase items such as fresh fruit, garden vegetables, seafood, baked goods, local honey, sauces, kettle popcorn, chocolates, soaps, exotic, jewelry, and work from local artists. The farmer’s market provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family while spending money with local merchants for the freshest foods and unique extras.

2018 merchants include:

A Touch of Glass • Akami Accents • All American Citrus (Fresh Squeezed Juices) Andrea Cooper • Photography Anita’s Guacamole • Antionio’s Pizza • Arrowhead Beef Art of Steel • Arts & Flowers Co. • Aurora Fresh Produce • Bark Street Bakery • Barry Howe Photography • Better Choice Products • Bistro Soleil • Blake’s Produce • Bliss Jewelry Creations Bob’s Fresh Seafood • Bowknife.com • C&J Produce •Captain Ken’s Seafood • Cardzbynikki Chef Paul’s Fire & Rice Paella • Chef Robert’s Kitchen • Chef Sebastian Mazzotta Private Dining & Catering • Cordobesita • Del & Mel Jamaican Catering • Dominga Flowers • Dutchkinz Empire Bagel Factory • Euro Fries • Evi’s Bakery • Grumpy Grater • Inyoni Organic Farm JC’s Daily Bread • Jimmy’s Java• Katherine’s Bead Designs • Kathy’s Children’s Wear • Kat’s Southern Twang • Korean Kitchen • Kristina’s Fine Art • La Montagne Des Saveurs (Cheese) Laurie’s Pantry (Granola) • Lobster Rolls by Ken • Madagascar Hat Co. • Mainely Local Marco Island Florist • Marco Island Writers • Margarita’s Produce • Miracles In Action Mister Crab Cakes • Mr. Fun Guy Mushrooms • My Exotic Fruits • Naples Bread & Pastries Naples Honey Company • Nico’s Kitchen • Nicol Produce • Nina’s Naturals Glycerin Soaps

We Welcome You!

The Marco Island Farmers Market welcomes you, your well-behaved pets, and all your family and friends! There’s ample parking for bikes and cars, and friends you haven’t met waiting for you, too. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Holidays on Southwest Florida’s Marco Island

The holiday season can be a considerably stressful time of year for those hosting gatherings and figuring out what to get loved ones. Break away from the usual holiday crunch and get away this season with a trip to Marco Island. Stay in one of Marco Escapes Marco Island rentals to have a holiday like never before.

A Marco Island Celebration

Everyone has some kind of holiday tradition that their family takes part in. Marco Island has its own celebration that you can be a part of. Every year Marco Island has events through December for their “Christmas Island Style” celebration. From several decorating contests for local homes and businesses to parades and lighting ceremonies, you will be able to find an activity you will love. Check out their calendar to see when each event is and when the ideal time to book your stay is to get in on all the holiday fun.

Your Holiday Home Away From Home

Many of Marco Escapes rentals are homes and villas ready to take in even your most picky of family members. Clean and ready for your arrival, you will be able to skip the frantic cleaning many of us endure in preparation for the holidays and settle in with ease. With the beach nearby you can easily escape for some relaxation in the sand, while the kids enjoy a splash in the water. A Marco Beach getaway is a fantastic way to avoid the winter blues and create memories your family will remember forever.

Stay A While

When Christmas passes, the fun is not quite over. Stay for a few more days to experience ringing in the New Year. Just up the coast in nearby Naples, there is a spectacular fireworks display from a barge floating just north of Naples Pier. Catch a taxi, limo, or another form of transportation out to Naples Beach or reserve a boat tour for the best spot. Toast to the New Year while watching this excellence display to close the old year and welcome in the new.

Pack up the family for a memorable new holiday adventure by spending it in Marco Island. Find yourself relaxing and enjoy the festivities without the stresses of home. Snag one of the fabulous Marco Island rentals from Marco Escapes for the perfect stay with your loved ones and soak in the sun this year. Your Marco Island holiday getaway is waiting for you.

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Enjoy the Arts This Fall on Marco Island

Fall is a time when many areas are painted with the colors of changing leaves and pumpkins, while Marco Island is still sparkling blue and alive with colors all its own. While staying with Marco Escapes in one of their Marco Island rentals, you will be able to have a world of relaxation and wonder with various art exhibits and nearby art events. If you have an eye for art or enjoy live music and performing arts, you will undoubtedly have a blast in Marco in the fall.

Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition

Take delight in various artist’s’ works and techniques by visiting the Marco Island Historical Museum from November 11th to the 23rd. The juried art exhibit is free for all to view Southern Florida culture through the eyes of local artists. With a number of different artists displaying their best pieces for the public to enjoy, you will be sure to find something to peak your interest. From acrylic and oil paintings to sculptures and ceramics, the variety of fine art will leave you in awe.

Malenda Trick Art Gallery

Many people purchase art for their homes and order custom designs to fit exactly what they want for their living space. Malenda Trick is a well-known artist that works with various interior designers to customize pieces for art enthusiasts to tie their home’s decor together. You can see her 19th-century style works at the Malenda Trick Art Gallery where her works are displayed. There are often art classes, special art events, and the occasional art show as well. These events are most abundant around the holiday season, so it is the perfect spot for you to check out on your fall trip to Marco Island.

Cape Romano, Marco Island

Though it may not be considered an official art exhibit, Cape Romano is home to a cluster of buildings offshore. These buildings are often referred to as looking like structures from outer-space or something you would see in an alien flick. Anyone with an eye for art or designs will find these unique buildings an exhibit all their own. They were built in 1980 but have since been abandoned and are now only accessible by boat. They are definitely a stop you want to make while on your artistic Marco excursion.

Season of the Arts

In nearby Naples, November is Celebrate the Arts Month. From November 1st to November 30th you can enjoy this annual celebration of art hosted by the United Arts Council of Collier County. From art galleries to live performances open to the public, there is no shortage of exhibits to enjoy. No matter the preference of the viewer in media or technique, everyone will be able to take delight in the collective displays of artistic minds alike.

If you have a taste for art and are planning a fall vacation to Marco Island, check out these art hubs. There are plenty of live events and galleries to get a dose of true Florida culture while enjoying a relaxing beach vacation. With all of these exhibits close by to many of Marco Escapes Marco Island rentals, it will be easy to access the best entertainment close to your vacation home. Give Marco Escapes a call today to plan your Marco Island vacation and book your artistic adventure this fall season.

 

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3 Things to do in Marco Island FL this Autumn

With autumn in full swing and winter just a month or so away for much of the country, fall makes for a great time to head to Florida. Hurricane season will be over in November and snowbird season hasn’t started quite yet, so you’ll experience a quieter time on Florida’s Gulf Coast. There is much to do and see around the island, and you’ll love spending your days exploring, then coming home to the perfect Marco Island rentals by Marco Escapes. Take a look at three awesome things to do in Marco Island FL this harvest season, then get ready for a fantastic getaway!

Get Spooky

With the eeriest time of the year fast approaching you’ll want to enjoy a fun fright on your stay with Marco Escapes. This year, we recommend going on the Marco Murder and Mayhem Tour which will get you up close to some of the island’s most haunted sites! Let Martha Horror guide you on this two-hour excursion through old haunted hotels, a cemetery, and an Indian Burial site. Plus, you’ll get a complimentary cocktail to start the night off on a spirited note.

Fall Colored Shells

Finding the perfect shell to bring home sounds a bit easier said than done, but there are quite a few sightseeing companies in Marco Island that will help you find the best Sand Dollar or seashell you’ve been searching for! Sand Dollar Shelling is a boat tour company that will help you find unique shells as part of a tour. You’ll get to hunt for some of the most colorful seashells, in yellow, orange, reds, and purples. It’s sure to bring the incredible fall colors you might see up north, to your trip down south! Plus, many of these types of boat tours will also allow you to see the famous dolphins that swim in the gulf.

Autumn Golfing

We know that golf can come to a close in the fall, depending on where you’re located. Warm climates mean that you’ll be able to experience the green for much longer than you might in your hometown! That means more time to perfect your swing or learn how to golf down here in the Gulf of Mexico. There are two golf courses right on the island, with plenty more in Naples and the surrounding cities. The Island Country Club which is an 18-hole course, and the Hideaway Beach Golf Course, a 9-hole course, will get you on the green. If you’re looking something fun to do with the family that involves golf, head to Marco Golf and Garden for some excellent Mini Golfing!

 

However, you choose to enjoy your autumn days beachside. Make one last trip to Marco Island before the new year, you won’t be disappointed, especially when you pick your Marco Island rentals which will have everything you need for the perfect fall getaway. Book your vacation with Marco Escapes and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea this harvest season!

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