Marco Island Secures Spot On List Of “Best Beaches in Florida”

Another day, another accolade for our tropical island paradise of Marco Island.

On September 28, 2019, Thrillist.com released their list of the Best Beaches in Florida. Marco Island ranked higher than other Florida beaches like Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys, Clearwater Beach and Amelia Island.

Thrillist states:

Southwest Florida has the distinction of having the same great weather as Greater Miami, without actually having to BE Greater Miami. This means 85-degree weather in December, but no traffic, low crime, nice people, and soft, white sand beaches leading to clear, turquoise water. It also means you’re just a short Jet Ski ride away from the Everglades, so you can knock off your ecotourism plans in a few hours, get some pictures with alligators and egrets, and get right back to frying yourself in the sun

As always, Marco Escapes invites you delve deep into paradise right here on Marco Island. Our carefully curated collection of elite and luxurious vacation homes set the scene for what is sure to be an unforgettable Floridian getaway. View all of our listings here.

The talented team of luxury travel experts at Marco Escapes is always prepared to assist visitors wishing to secure their next luxury vacation rental on Marco Island. Your next getaway (or staycation) is always just one phone call away. 239.217.6300.

 You can view Thrillist’s full list of the Best Beaches in Florida here.

Thrillist is an online media website covering food, drink, travel and entertainment.

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Live Bald Eagle Cam Arrives At Marco Island Nature Preserve

Some of Marco Island’s most famous residents can now be enjoyed from miles away thanks to the brand new live webcam. Peek into the lives of local American Bald Eagles as they build their nests, lay their eggs and nurture their young from the tops of Australian pine trees located right here on Marco Island.

The cameras, also known as “Eagle Cam” are provided by the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation are located in what used to be called Track K off of Tigertail Court. The camera are mounted on a tall pole adjacent to the nest.

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation (MESF) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2010. The organizations primary objective is the preservation of the American Bald Eagles and their habitats on Marco Island, Florida. They work with the citizens of Marco Island, as well as, City, County, and State organizations to guarantee the safety of the active Bald Eagle nest on the Marco Island Nature Preserve on Tigertail Court.

Currently, there are two American Bald Eagles who have taken up residence at the nest. Though they do not have chicks right now, the two are working together to renovate their nest which suffered from damage caused by Hurricane Irma in September of 2017.

If you are visiting Marco Island during October through May, you will be visiting during Bald Eagle nesting season and can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in person. The best time to spot the eagles, which are difficult to sea is off of Tigertail Court.

Internet users can view the live eagle cameras 24/7 at www.marcoislandnaturepreserve.org/eagle-camera.

Marco Escapes offers several luxury vacation rental properties near the nest and it would be our pleasure to assist you to locate the perfect home for your family and needs, that will also provide your group with premier access for viewing these wild creatures.

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Marco Players Theater

There is much more to a Marco Island vacation than just sun and sand. One the sunset disappears underneath the horizon, Marco’s nighttime entertainment scene is heating up.

October 2018 marks the re-opening of The Marco Players Theater, Marco Island’s very own intimate black-box theater experience. The Marco Players Theater, the oldest not-for-profit community theater on Marco island, aims to provide residents and visitors with professional, high-energy theater and music experiences.

Without a bad seat in the house, The Marco Players Theater kicks off their 2019 season with a performance of Rehearsal for Murder, a thrilling theatrical murder mystery. Adapted by D.D. Brooke from the teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link, humorous tension grows when the audience discovers that everyone involved in the play was involved with another play one year ago in which a mysterious murder occurred. Surprising revelations build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning. Rehearsal for Murder hits the stage from October 24- Novemeber 11th.

Tickets for the upcoming show, and five others that will occur between November and April 2019 are available for purchase at www.themarcoplayers.com.

Can’t make it for an evening show? The Marco Players also offer “the Lunch Box” shows every Saturday and even includes a box lunch during the performance. The first lunch box show, Storytellers of the Round Table, occurs on January 5, 2019. This is a one show only performance.

Attendees will be enthralled by three storytellers who have mastered the art of storytelling. Enjoy engaging tales from personal stories, folk tale pricess, fables, fairy tales and fractured tales. This show includes a box lunch and Q&A with storytellers Rhonda Brazina, Tashahara Jallad and Mary Lou Williams.

Ticket prices for all events range from $32- $34. Packages and group discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

For a full schedule of upcoming 2018 and 2019 shows, visit www.themarcoplayers.com

The Marco Players Theatre is centrally located at Marco Town Center Mall

at 1089 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL 34145.

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Spas on Marco Island

 

 

 

Why not take vacation relaxation to the next level?

Kick back and relax and one of Marco Island’s spa and wellness centers during your Marco Island vacation.

From island-themed spa packages to custom experiences, Marco Island is home to several spas that are sure to make you go “ahhh.”

Start your spa journey at Salon and Spa Botanica, Marco Island’s only Aveda certified salon. With full salon services as well as massage therapy and facials, this highly rated spa will pamper you from head to toe!

For a truly luxurious full spa experience, visit SPA by JWR, one of Marco Island’s newest island spas. Providing high quality and professional spa services at their 24,000-square-foot spa retreat, SPA by JWR offers a full array of spa indulgences ranging from body treatments, massages, skin care treatments and more. Calm, renew, indulge, and invigorate after a visit to this one-of-a-kind spa.

If you’d prefer to visit a fitness spa, Xcel is for you. Xcel Fitness Spa is Marco Island’s “brand new” premiere fitness destination. As a fitness hub for both locals and visitors, daily, weekly and monthly passes are available to those who would like to keep working on their bikini body during their Marco Island Escape. As the largest fitness facility on the island featuring top of the line fitness and spa equipment, Xcel was designed to accommodate members of all fitness levels. In addition to name brand gym equipment, patrons are also provided access to full spectrum infrared saunas with chromatherpy, hybrid ultra-sanitary steam rooms, and hydro massage therapy beds.

As your Marco Island hosts, the vacation experts at Marco Escapes are always available to assist you with additional information or recommendations to enhance your vacation experience. Take advantage of our menu of executive services, crafted to fulfill every desire you may have during your stay on sun-drenched Marco Island.

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Ten Thousand Island Waverunner Guided Excursions

Participate in the most thrilling watersport activity on Marco Island! Cruise on top of the waves, feel the sun on your shoulders and explore one of the most unique environments on earth during a guided excursion through the Ten Thousand Islands.

On the tour, experience native wildlife in action and pristine landscapes as you cruise on top of the waves and between ancient mangrove forests. It’s not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins playing in the waves or a family of manatee munching on seagrass in the shallow waters that surround Marco Island. Expert guides are sure to point out the creatures and the points of interest you will encounter along the way.

The exhilarating 90-minute tour is led by Marco Island Watersports and leaves daily at 10am and 12:30pm. Check in is half an hour before departure.

Please keep in mind, individuals under the age of 16 cannot operate a waverunner. Florida law states that those born on or after January 1, 1988 must hold a Boater Safety Card to operate a waverunner. If you do not currently have a Boater Safety Card, an on-site examination is available for an additional $3

For more information about the Ten Thousand Island Waverunner Tour (and other local tours), visit https://www.marcoislandwatersports.com. Other excursions and rental opportunities include parasailing adventures, paddleboard and kayak rentals, and dolphin, shelling, and other eco cruises.

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Art on Marco Island

Summertime means summer temperatures have arrived in our Marco Island Community. Take a break from the sunshine at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Since 1969, Marco Island Center for the Arts has been that harbor for residents and visitors to explore the world of art.

As the essential and sustaining part of the culture of Marco Island and the preeminent advocate and center for the arts, The Marco Island Center for the Arts the perfect island destination for those who enjoy appreciate the arts.

Exhibits change monthly in the Lauritzen, Rush, and La Petite galleries, so there is truly always something new and fresh to relish.

This month, the La Petite Galerie hosts artist and Floridian Gail Coppock’s work from July. 2—31. The exhibit is titled “Facets” and aims to bring the viewer closer to each piece to see the details. Coppock believes that the wonders of the universe can be experienced just as profoundly in the little things as in the grand conceptions.

The Lauritzen and Rush Galleries play host to an exhibit titled “Big, Bold & Beautiful.”. Browse vibrant and imaginative large, statement making pieces, breathtaking murals, and massive canvases by artists Alyssa Baladad, Susan M. Gross, Betty Newman, Timothy M. Parker and Eric Walton. Their creations are all four feet or larger and showcase a strong sense of design and an evocative use of color and light. “Big, Bold & Beautiful” is on display until July 31, 2018.

All the artwork is for sale unless otherwise noted.

The Art Center also offers artmaking for adult students in the following areas: acrylic, clay, drawing, oil, pastels, stone, watercolor and more. Class schedules can be found www.marcoislandart.org/education. Register online or call 239-394-4221.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.

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July 4th Fireworks from South Beach, Marco Island

 

You’re invited to celebrate Independence Day the Southwest Florida way – July 4, 2018 – on Marco Island or in Naples.

Marco Island’s fireworks are lit and sent skyward from a barge anchored in the Gulf of Mexico and they are a spectacular site reflecting off the water. The display is best viewed from South Beach, public parking is located at the intersection of Collier Blvd and Swallow Avenue. Metered parking is $8 per car and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, Collier County Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate both Independence Day and National Parks and Recreation Month at a free, Fourth of July celebration at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples on Thursday, July 4, from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.  An ice cream social from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., will be followed by a live band playing old-style big-band music from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and an amazing fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

In either case, bring your lounge chair or blanket for a night on the beach – Come join the party!

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5 Rainy Day Activities on Marco Island

Summer has arrived and with the summertime sunshine, afternoon showers also arrive.  If you experience a rainy day on Marco Island, skip the beach and the pool and spend your day participating in several fun rainy day activities on Marco Island.

 Test your Escape Skills

Xtreme Escape is a all-new entertainment game in the heart of Marco Island. The goal is simple; you have one hour to “Escape” from a situational escape rooms.  The escape rooms are chock full of riddles, mind tricks and puzzles. Solve the questions to escape! Teamwork is the most important component when playing this game. You can come in a group of 2-8 people. The more players – the more chances you have to get out in time.

Xtreme Escape Game • 909 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL • 239-272-3090

Go Shopping

Indulge in a little bit of retail therapy at Marco Island’s closest outlet mall, Naples Outlet Center. 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. Home to 27 shops, you’re sure to find more than a few treasures for yourself, and your family and friends.

Naples Outlet Center • 6060 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL 34114 • 239-775-8083

Catch a Movie

Marco Movies is Marco Island’s only movie theater. Family owned and operated Marco Movies is dedicated to showing only the best first-run movies, in a clean and comfortable environment. In 1993, Marco Movies became America’s First Run Food Theater! Dine while you enjoy the latest summer films. All menu items are made fresh to order, using only the finest, fresh ingredients and professionally prepared by our expert staff. So, sit back, and let the friendly waitstaff pamper you while you enjoy Hollywood’s newest releases!

Marco Movies • 599 S Collier Boulevard, Marco Island FL 34145 • 239-642-1111

Sip and Paint

Calling all novice and experienced artists! Bring your favorite beverage (adult or not) and spend your afternoon or evening creating a unique masterpiece. Guided by an expert artist, sit down for a few hours to express yourself artistically and create a one-of-a-kind souvenir alongside other visitors and locals. From beach scenes to painted wine glasses, any class at the Spirited Painter right here on Marco Island is fun and unique way to experience Marco Island.

559 East Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL, 34145 • 239-313-0012

Immerse yourself in Art

Spend an afternoon immersing yourself in the best local art and history. Plan to spend your day at the Island Center for the Arts or the Marco Island Historical Museum acquainting yourself with the culture of this island paradise. The Marco Island Center for the Arts is committed to presenting an ambitious exhibition schedule with new shows every month in its Lauritzen, Rush, and La Petite galleries. Every second Tuesday of month, new exhibits are opened at the Center from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Attendees have an opportunity to meet with the current artists and learn of their inspiration, techniques, and additional work.

1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145 • 239-394-4221

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Marco Island’s Tigertail Beach Named As One Of World’s Best Secret Beaches

Tigertail Beach Marco Island Nature Landscape

The secret is out!

Coastal Living Magazine has listed Marco Island’s very own Tigertail Beach on its list of Best Secret Beaches in the World.

Listed ahead of Makalawena Beach in Hawai’I and Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor in Oregon, Coastal Living describes Tigertail Beach as “a pristine Gulf of Mexico sandbar, it requires wading across a lagoon.”

What do we love about Tigertail Beach?

The 32-acre strip of pristine beachside beauty truly offers something for everyone. As Coastal Living mentions, the beach is split in half by a tidal lagoon teeming with sea life and calm waters that are perfect for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. There is also a buffer of vegetation along the sand bar that is a great place for birdwatching. Keep an eye out for ospreys and bald eagles! This area is also great for fishing along the ancient mangrove flats.

The main beach area runs along the shore and has all the amenities you need for sunbathing, dining, watersports rentals, and more.

The most special thing about Tigertail Beach? It changes every single day. Because of the ever-changing nature of tides, winds, and storms, the sand bar shifts slightly and creates an all new beach experience, day in and day out.

Tigertail is an Indian name, and was the nickname of a famous Florida Seminole Indian leader during the Second Seminole Indian War, whose real name was Thlocklo Tustenuggee. Tigertail received his nickname from the U.S. Army soldiers because he wore a long strip of panther skin from his waist.

Summer is the perfect time to sneak out to what is now one of the best secret (not so secret) beaches. Swim, soak up the sun, play in the sand, and splash in the surf all summer long— just don’t forget your sunscreen! With smaller crowds than during Marco Island’s peak winter season, this secret spot will be just that. All yours.

At Marco Escapes we are proud to offer beautiful and luxurious vacation homes, many just steps from Tigertail Beach. To inquire about your next stay on the secret sands of Marco Island, please contact our travel experts at 239.217.6300.

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Marco Island named among “20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida” by TripAdvisor

 

Marco Island Seaside Florida Water Boat

 

Our beautiful island gem has been recognized by mega-travel site TripAdvisor as one of the “20 best places to vacation in Florida!”

Listed ahead of metropolitan vacation destinations, including Miami and Orlando, and island destinations like Key West and Key Largo, Marco Island snagged the 11th spot on the list.

TripAdvisor statement:

“This comfortable Gulf resort offers tropical climates and good times. It’s one of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, and you can tackle its many waterways by boat, board, or on a jet ski tour—watch out for those dolphins! A small-group boat tour out to Cape Romano makes a fun and informative day trip. In nearby Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, the state’s largest, you can use the 2,500-foot boardwalk to get closer to the flora and fauna that thrive here. You can also learn about the island’s past residents, the Calusa Indians, through recreated village scenes at the Marco Island Historical Museum.”

Our neighbors in Naples were listed at number one.

As we enter the summer months here on Marco Island, we invite your family to enjoy our award-winning Floridian vacation destination. Trust the team at Marco Escapes with your precious vacation time. With a wide variety of luxurious vacation properties in our portfolio, choose from modern, family friendly homes to stunning waterfront mansions for your special stay on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.

Spend your summer exploring everything our quaint corner of Florida offers. Allow our concierge specialists to assist you on your island adventures. From fine dining to beaching, boating, culture, and art, at Marco Escapes we aim to be the perfect island host providing you with an island vacation that will leave you speechless.

We are proud to call Marco Island our home and we can’t wait to show you around.

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