Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade 2019

After being postponed in 2018 due to Hurricane Irma, the annual Island Style Lighted Boat Parade returned to Marco Island with a bang on December 8.

We are thrilled to announce that Marco Escapes’ very own Kathy Rushalk and Alexander Dubicki received several accolades during the annual holiday event.

Kathy and her husband Captain Michael Rushalk’s stunning 35 ft. sloop “Euphoria” received the Best in Parade award for their magnificent floating light display that resembled a magnificent Christmas tree.

Captain Alexander Dubicki won the award for Most Entertaining vessel for his hilarious presentation of inflatable “Minons” aboard his vessel named “Sophie’s Dinghy.”

The evening was surely one to remember. With warm gulf winds offering a stark contrast from last year’s conditions when the event was cancelled after Collier Creek’s entrance was deemed too dangerous to pass.

After the sunset, judges took their seats upon the reviewing stand high above the water to review all 15 participants. Others who decorated their boats for judging included the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department, Santa Claus, local businesses, and private citizens.

Video Credit goes to “Joey Waves via Facebook”

All in all, holiday cheer filled the air as Christmastime tunes filled the air and the spirit of the season captivated participants and spectators, both young and old.

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Marco Island Bike Tours

December is the perfect time of the year to take a break from the beach and head inland for a Marco Island Bike Tour. Marco Island boasts some of the most enviable temperatures in the country during the end of the year and there is no better way to explore Marco Island than on two wheels with the sun on your back and a mild gulf breeze to help push you along.

Join the island’s only bike tour group, Sunshine Bike Tours. This accomplished “boutique” bike tour business delivers high quality service to small groups. Hop on a beach cruiser to get up close and personal with Marco Island’s most memorable sights. Tours highlight Marco Island’s cultural and historical sights, beautiful homes and architectural wonders that line the iconic waterways of our barrier island. Let’s not forget about discovering the abundant natural landscapes and wildlife preserves that are home to tropical flora and fauna, sea creatures, birds, and more.

Two tours, a nature and sunset tour respectively, are available. Private, custom tours are also available upon request. All tours ride at a leisurely and recreational level pace and are predominantly on the Islands designated bike lanes, sidewalks, and quiet back streets

Tours start conveniently at 600 S. Collier Blvd. and last approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Tour bikes accommodate heights 4’9″ to 6’9″ tall. Tour rider must know how to ride and control a single-speed beach cruiser with a brake pedal and keep pace with the tour group.

Helmets are provided and required to be worn for safety. Recommended tour items are comfortable bike riding clothes, closed-toe shoes like tennis or running shoes, sunscreen and chapstick, sunglasses, hand towel, camera, and money for miscellaneous.

To schedule your Marco Island bike tour, call (239) 784-7550.

A bike tour on Marco Island is a personable, enjoyable, scenic and educational way to get to know the island one-on-one.

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Christmas on Marco Island

Temperatures might still be in the 80s, our mild winter weather doesn’t stop Santa from spreading holiday cheer across Marco Island. Though we tend to favor palms over pines, our little barrier island is big on holiday fun throughout the month of December.

If you will be visiting Marco Island during Christmastime, there are so many exciting local events to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Kick things off on Saturday, December 1 at the Annual Tree Lighting and Community Celebration at Veterans Community Park. Gather amongst other visitors and locals starting at 6pm Watch the massive Christmas tree light up for the first time this year to mark the official start of the holidays! In addition to the tree lighting, there will be live performances and music as well as food and beverage for purchase. This event always draws a very large crowd so arrive early to obtain a good seat for the shows.

The next Saturday, December 8, welcomes back the always-popular Island Style Lighted Boat Parade. After being postponed last year due to Hurricane Irma, local captains are anxious to show to show off their festive boat decorations to eager onlookers. Spectators will gather along the Marco River to view boats dressed from top to bottom in Christmas lights and other fun holiday related décor. Our tip? Plan to watch the parade from the Esplanade shopping center, but be sure to arrive early to secure a spot.

On December 14, head back to Veterans Community Park for the annual Christmas Movie at the Tree and enjoy the film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” under the stars and the glowing lights on the tree. This event is free and will begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset. It is recommended to bring a blanket, chairs and your friends and family, of course! Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.

Wrap up the holiday celebrations before the big event arrives on Christmas Day at the Annual Christmas Street Parade on December 15. Watch as local students, community groups, public officials and others march down San Marco Road starting at 6:30pm. Expect to see floats, marching bands, live music, costumes, candy, and, of course, Santa Claus. Parade begins at Balfour and San Marco Road and will end at San Marco and Barfield.

There is always something to do on Marco Island, especially during the holidays. Swap the snow for a little bit of sand and sun and indulge with friends and family in festive, seasonal fun!

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Marco Escapes Named “Best Collection of Island Vacation Properties” By Florida Weekly

The team at Marco Escapes is thrilled to announce that we have once again been named “Best Collection of Island Vacation Properties” 2018 by Florida Weekly!

Once a year, the Naples-based publication selects their favorite local businesses to spotlight including some of the wackiest, most wondrous, obscure, ridiculous and even scandalous people and things that make Southwest Florida such a great place to live.

Heres what they had to say about Marco Escapes:

“Living up to its claim of being Marco Island’s leading luxury brand, Marco Escapes delivers only the finest vacation home and condo accommodations on Marco Island and in the greater Naples area. With the finest guest support services and unparalleled decor, seclusion and privacy, the agencys stunning luxury waterfront and Gulf-side properties provide unforgettable settings for family events and romantic rendezvous for two. 239-217-6300;”

Thank you Florida Weekly for this incredible honor. We are thrilled to be recognized with this award again in 2018. Since the day we opened for business, our goal has been to connect with our community and customers in a unique way. We’ve the trust of our customers by hand-selecting only the finest properties for our portfolio and by delivering an unsurpassed level of service for every individual and family that becomes part of our Marco Escapes family. We proud serve as ambassadors to the Marco Island community and recognition by one of the area’s largest newspapers truly inspires our team.

Florida Weekly is locally owned by Florida Media Group, LLC and publishes newspapers in Greater Fort Myers, Greater Naples, Bonita Springs, Charlotte County, Venice, Palm Beach County, Key West and Babcock Ranch, Florida with a combined circulation of more than 95,000. The ownership is engaged with the community, supports local charities, promotes businesses and the arts and employs more than 75 people who add significantly to our local economy.

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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.


USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, its mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation.

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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, 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

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

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

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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