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 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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Everglades City Listed as Top Adventure Destination by USA Today


Located just 30 miles east of Marco Island rests the quaint and sleepy fishing town of Everglades City. Resting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Everglades, don’t let the city’s reputation as the Stone Crab capital of the world fool you.

Everglades City was just named by USA Today as the #6 “Best Small Town For Adventure” in the United States.

The only town in Florida to make the list, Everglades City USA Today was enchanted by the town.

“Situated near the southern tip of Florida, Everglades City serves as the gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands, where outdoor enthusiasts come to canoe through mangrove tunnels, hike through Big Cypress National Preserve or look for gators on a tour of Everglades City swamp,” said USA Today.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Deborah Fallows (Our Towns: A 100,000 Journey into the Heart of America), Eric Grossman, Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Gerrish Lopez and Chelle Koster Walton were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the United States.

The Marco Escapes Team congratulates Everglades City on their national accomplishment!

During your stay at your Marco Island vacation rental, we highly recommend making a day trip (or two) to experience Everglades city for yourself. From fishing charters to eco-tours aboard airboats, fresh-from-the-boat seafood, and plenty of water sport activities; Everglades City is truly an exciting outpost for adventures that create memories that will last a lifetime.

If you would like additional resources or local recommendations related adventure to nearby Everglades City, please consult our team of Marco Island vacation experts at (239) 217-6300.

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Memorial Day on Marco Island

The American Legion

There is no place more beautiful than Marco Island to reflect on the men and women who have served our country. Spend Memorial Day right here, in the presence of sun, sand, and others observing the federal holiday.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 29, 2018.

Attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park starting at 11:00 am sharp. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the service that features words from local community leaders, veterans, and others as well as musical performances by local groups. This is a free event.

While at Veterans Park, visit the 10 foot tall Freedom Fountain, home to an astonishing American Eagle sculpture.

After the Memorial Day ceremony, head back to your Marco Island vacation rental for a poolside relaxation and a traditional Memorial Day barbeque under the sun! If you’d prefer, pack a lunch and head out to the beach—it’s one of the most popular beach days for locals and visitors. End your day with a red, white, and blue sunset from the sugary sands of Tigertail beach or directly outside of your rental from your private dock or patio.

Observing Memorial Day on Marco Island is a once in a lifetime experience. Remember those who have served and enjoy the start of the summer season on the most beautiful island in Southwest Florida.

If you would like additional resources or local recommendations related to your stay on Marco Island during Memorial Day, please consult our team of Marco Island vacation experts at (239) 217-6300. We look forward to sharing your Memorial Day weekend experience with you on Marco Island.

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Marco Island Named Florida’s Safest City

When vacationing in Marco Island, you can feel safer in our community than in any other destination in the State of Florida. According to a report by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States, has designated Marco Island as the safest city in Florida!

Using the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report data, as well as internal research and population statistics, the council came to place Marco Island as the city in the top spot. Cities that failed to submit a complete crime report and cities with populations under 1,000 were not included in the analysis.

To produce the ranking, safety-related issues such as property crimes, violent crimes and the number of motor vehicle thefts per population were considered.

Marco Island is true island paradise for those seeking the finest and risk-free Floridian vacation experience. Trust your vacation to the expert team at Marco Escapes. From beachside condominiums to luxurious waterfront homes, we are here to deliver the most exceptional vacation experience on Marco Island.

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May Events on Marco Island: Marco Island Police Foundation Annual Rib Cook Off

Join the Marco Island Police force on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for the 6th annual Marco Island Police Foundation from noon until 6 PM.

Held at Marco Island Brewery (1089 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island) there will be plenty of family fun, a 50/50 raffle, prizes, live music and of course, the best ribs in Southwest Florida.

Join several local chefs as they put their secret recipes to the test in the hopes of snagging first place! From hickory smoked to honey glazed and beyond, the judges will announce the winner at 5PM.

Tickets are $25 each and include a full, served meal. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Marco Police Foundation Scholarship Fund. Each ticket includes a “Texas style” BBQ plate, with half a rack of ribs, half a BBQ chicken, baked beans and corn on the cob.

Attendees will also be provided access to beer brewed right here on Marco Island. As Marco Island and Naples’ only microbrewery, enjoy a taste of Marco Island with three in-house and the largest bottle selection on Marco Island.

The Marco Police Foundation has proudly served the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) officers and the community since 2001 by organizing the Neighborhood Watch program and assisting crowd and traffic control during major island events. The Marco Police Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation that assists officers and employees of the MIPD in emergency financial situations and maintains a scholarship fund for officers and their children.

For ticket information contact Dick Adams at 239-285-9683.

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Priceless Ancient Artifact Returns to Marco Island

Credit: Smithsonian Institution

After 25 years, Marco Island’s most unique and significant treasure is finally coming home.

The Marco Island Historical Society, in collaboration with Collier County Museums, the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will host a one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring the world-famous Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered on Marco Island, Florida in 1896.

Discovered right here on Marco Island by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing more than 100 years ago, The Key Marco Cat has been described as one of the finest pieces of Pre-Columbian Native American art ever discovered in North America. Cushing’s 1896 excavation is considered one of the greatest discoveries in the history of North American archaeology.

The Key Marco Cat, just six inches tall is carved from buttonwood, is believed to be a relic created by the elusive Calusa tribe, the first inhabitants of Marco Island. Other important pieces in the exhibition include a ceremonial mask, alligator figurehead, painted human figure and sea turtle figurehead.

The Calusa artifacts discovered on Marco Island date from 300 AD to 1500 AD, prior to European contact in Florida.

Because the Key Marco Cat and other artifacts found during the excavation were buried in an oxygen-free layer of muck, these rare wooden objects aged 500 and 1,500 years old, were astonishingly well preserved.

These artifacts are usually housed in museums around the world including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Others are at the National Museum of the American Indian, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the British Museum but will now make their triumphant return to Marco Island for a 2018-2021 exhibit.

For more information regarding the exhibit, visit Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible.

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