Marco Island Farmers Market Returns

Shop in plein air at the popular Marco Island Farmers Market held at Veterans Community Park starting Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Share your afternoon with locals and visitors and shop locally grown produce, artisanal goods, freshly made food and much more at what is considered one of Marco Island’s most popular seasonal attractions.

Home to over 80 vendors from across southwest Florida, browse fresh fruits, garden vegetables, herbs, fresh flowers, seafood, baked goods, honey, sauces, kettle popcorn, chocolates, fresh flowers, soaps, exotic jewelry and works from local artists.

Our favorites? Keep an eye out for freshly caught seafood, locally grown oranges and mangoes, freshly baked bread, and the tastiest guacamole around!

The Marco Island Farmers Market is a great place to get a jumpstart on your holiday gift list or to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take back home with you.

Don’t forget to come hungry. Several vendors offer hot meals that can be enjoyed on site. Enjoy central American favorites like empanadas, arepas and tamales, Spanish delicacies like paella, Caribbean bites including curry conch stew and jerk chicken and American favorites such as stone-fired pizza, kettle corn and lemonade.

“Wish we had bigger stomachs and were staying on the island longer,” says jenniferdN7543UE of Tripadvisor. “Next time we will plan a visit to the market at the beginning of our stay so we can purchase more. Great variety, a must do for kids and adults!”

A review by another Tripadvisor member, LindsayChildren3, states:

“I’ve never seen such gourmet food at this type of market in addition to all of the fresh fruits and vegetables. The baked goods are to die for plus there are some good art booths there. Definitely go!!!”

The market is open every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., through April 2019.

Veterans Community Park is located at 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island.

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USA Today Names “10 Best Things to Do on Marco Island”

USA Today has announced a list of recommended attractions across Marco Island. From beaches, to wildlife preserves, watersports and more, their comprehensive guide to the top sites to see on Marco Island is useful for both new and returning guests.

“What at first glance might appear a high-rise resort beach destination, Marco Island, just south of Naples, actually widely varies its offerings to vacationers.” -USAToday

  1. Marco Mystery & History Tours

Step back in time and take a ghoulish tour with Martha Horror, actress and personal guide.

Stops include a 340-year-old Indian burial mound, haunted inn and cemetery. Tours run from October through March; private tours are available year round upon request.

  1. Otter Mound Preserve

This shell mound is just one example of the ancient Calusa mounds created by the first native settlers in Southwest Florida. This hidden Calusa archaeological site and its short interpretative trail along a mulch pathway tell the story of the aboriginal Indians who once inhabited this area.

  1. Marco Island Princess

Observe Marco and her beautiful gulf waters from the Marco Island Princess, a 90-foot yacht featuring a narrated sightseeing and luncheon cruises point out the area’s natural and historical assets. Dolphins, birds, sea turtles and manatees often entertain.

  1. Village of Goodland

Located just outside of Marco Island, Goodland is an eclectic fishing community full of food and funky fun. Dine on freshly caught seafood as you watch the fish, shrimp, and world-famous stone crab come in directly from the gulf.

  1. South Marco Beach

Sugary sands await at Marco Island’s most accessible public beach. Enjoy a day under the sun playing volleyball, jet-skiing, parasailing, paddle-boarding, and more!

  1. Tigertail Beach

Teeming with wildlife, Tigertail Beach is a favorite for birdwatchers and animal enthusiasts. The award-winning beach is home to  playgrounds, water sports rentals, a food concession and restrooms.

  1. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Home to the Environmental Learning Center explore a gallery that hosts changing exhibits of wildlife art in addition to its gift shop and an impressive, inviting gallery of interactive exhibits that include a 2,000-gallon aquarium built into roots of a recreated mangrove tree, plus a touch tank and other exhibits.

  1. Dolphin Explorer

Functioning as a citizen-science research boat and sightseeing tour, the Dolphin Explorer travel along the waves with the 10,000 Islands Survey Team Dolphin Project. If there’s a tour where you’re going to see dolphins, this is it, because the researchers know the populations by name – and size and the markings on their fins and tails

  1. Paddle Marco

Sitting on the edge of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is surrounded with scenic waterways that take you deep into nature. The best way to get to know the “natural” side of Marco is from the water on a kayak or paddleboard. Paddle Marco launches its 2.5-hour Mangrove Canopy Paddle from the Paddlecraft Park between the main island and Isles of Capri.

  1. Marco Island Historical Museum

Long famous for its Key Marco Cat — one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology — the Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene.

 

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Halloween Events on Marco Island

Calling all ghouls and goblins, Halloween on Marco Island is almost here.

Marco Island is a tropical beach paradise every single day, but one day a year, the island celebrates Halloween (with an island twist, of course.)

The largest Halloween celebration on Marco Island takes place on October 28, 2018 at Mackle Park. The annual Halloween Spectacular, a family friendly event provides guests of all ages with an evening chock full of kids activities, crafts, pumpkin patches. Games, live music, street dancing and Trick or Treating from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be a costume contest for children 10 and under starting at 5:30 p.m.

Families with teens or couples looking for will enjoy spending the evening with Marco Mystery and History Tours. Travel back in time as Marco Island’s frightful past comes alive with tales of hard times, hostile tribes, lawlessness and crimes that led to murder, many unsolved to this day.

A ghost tour guide will lead guests to the island’s forgotten secrets with stories of its most tragic inhabitants. Learn of the “Curse of Captain Collier” the “Hanging Tree at Key Marco” and the mystery of the most famous ghosts on the island who still reside and work at the Olde Marco Inn. To kick-off the two-hour trolley tour, guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary cocktail at the Olde Marco Inn.  Plan to arrive at 6:00pm to get your cocktail ticket from your tour guide, Martha Hatta. To purchase tickets, please call (239) 537-8353.

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, especially during this spooky time of year. Take advantage of our menu of executive services, crafted to fulfill every desire you may have during your stay on Marco Island.

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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.

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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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