The rich and famous as well as the blue collar were drawn to the "Hawaii of the East" by an incredibly successful marketing campaign. A beach-front hotel lured guests onto the sandy, clean and pristine beaches of Marco. Affordable subdivision-like housing was bought by those wishing to own a piece of paradise on the island's eastern shore, which was soon connected to land by a bridge. Many of these original homes are still occupied today by Islanders. Today, Marco Island is a luxurious paradise replete with friendly people and tasty cuisine.
Getting to Marco Island
Marco Island is the southernmost community on Florida?s Gulf Coast. The island is easily accessed via two bridges, one on Route 951 that connects Naples to Marco Island and the other on Route 92 to the south that links to U.S. 41, the route to Miami through ?Alligator Alley.? Currently a new, larger bridge is being built for easier and faster access to paradise!
Students on Marco Island are served by Tommie Barfield Elementary School, a K-5 school, and continue on to the Marco Island Charter Middle School for 6th - 8th grade. Junior and senior high schools are located in nearby Naples. Many parochial and private schools are also close by. Florida Gulf Coast University is the closest 4-year college and is located in Fort Myers.
Marco Island Beaches
Marco Island has miles of powder white sand beaches. Tigertail Beach, located at the northern end of the island, extends 4.5 miles. Hideaway Beach lies to the north of Tigertail and is close to shopping and churches. A walk or jog while taking in the beauty of the island?s pristine miles of crescent- shaped beach, jet skiing and kayaking are just a few of the ways to enjoy Marco Island?s scenic strand.
Recreational opportunities abound in Marco Island. Boating, sailing, parasailing, shelling and fishing are commonly enjoyed, while golf and tennis keep those on land active. The Island Country Club is just one of numerous courses in the area. Collier County features a number of well-maintained parks. Most of the parks are open year round and offer guided boat and canoe trips, walking and bike tours, and much more. There is also a newly constructed dog park which is very popular among our four-legged friends!
Fishing is another favorite pastime of Marco Island residents as the temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer plenty of redfish, grouper, snook, trout, tarpon, and if you have the proper permits, snappers and sharks. Some popular spots for fishing include offshore over the wrecks, the myriad of canals that criss-cross Marco Island, and near the two bridges that connect the island to the mainland.
Marco Island?s river area is a scenic, mangrove tidal channel separating Marco Island from the mainland. Churches, shopping and schools are located only a few minutes away from the quiet settings of the neatly landscaped homes. The community?s close proximity to the Florida Everglades provides a wealth of natural wonders to the area. A variety of wildlife can be seen nearby from alligator?s and manatees to more than 200 unique species of birds.
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