Marco Island Beach
The largest Island in Florida’s chain known as Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island features two public beaches, as well as offshore island beaches and proximity to the popular beaches in Naples, Florida. For the beach-goer looking for quiet, pristine beaches and an escape from the party scene of other Gulf of Mexico beaches, Marco offers an ideal destination. Though home to several beachfront resorts, Marco Island attracts more retirees than rowdy vacationers looking for a beach party or an active club culture. Beautiful landscaped walkways and surrounding properties set Marco Island beaches apart from others in the area.
South Marco Beach Access
South Marco Beach Access is one of the two public beach accesses on Marco Island, according to the Collier County, Florida, government website. For easy travel, the beach features a public parking lot with restrooms and a paved walkway over the road and on to the beach. South Marco Beach features one acre of beachfront property, lined with sabal palms and the large, luxury hotels of Marco Island. This beach is the less popular of the two Marco Island beaches, featuring virtually no amenities in addition to the picturesque scenery. Swimmers and sunbathers are allowed on South Marco from 8:00 a.m. until sunset each day.
The most popular Marco Island beach, Tigertail features all the amenities one would expect to find at a Florida beach destination, plus a few unexpected pleasures. Adjacent to the parking lot, guests will find restroom facilities as well as a full-service snack bar. Wander across the white boardwalks to get to the sand and water. Situated on a lagoon, rather than the Gulf of Mexico, the water at Tigertail remains fairly shadow, ideal for kids to swim. During the summer season, lifeguards watch the beach during certain hours. Beach chairs and umbrella rentals are also available at Tigertail. Guests may also enjoy the adjacent butterfly gardens and playgrounds. For a family picnic, make use of the barbeque grills and picnic tables available at Tigertail. Perhaps one of the best things about this crescent-shaped beach is its inclusion in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s South Florida Birding Trail. Nesting shorebirds, including plovers, red knots, spoonbills, osprey, pelicans and even bald eagles are likely to make a home here.
Sand Dollar Island
For an even more remote encounter with South Florida’s shorebirds, wade across the lagoon at Tigertail Beach to the offshore Sand Dollar Island. The lagoon is not deep, but some areas may be muddy, so water shoes are recommended. Like Tigertail, Sand Dollar Island serves as a conservation area for nesting shore birds. Keep an eye out for posted signs, as sometimes portion of the island close to protect the nests. Sand Dollar island features flat, wide beaches accompanied by shallow, clear water. At low tide, the sandbar separating Tigertail and Sand Dollar is often visible. ////]]>
Situated at the northernmost point of the picturesque Ten Thousand Islands and just south of Naples, Marco Island, Florida is your island in the sun.
Marco Island is graced with miles of white-sand beaches, luxurious real estate, beautiful year-round weather, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, dining, lively entertainment, attractions and plenty of recreational activities from boating and fishing, to golf and tennis, and more. All set amid the stunning subtropical beauty that is unique to Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast.
From family vacations to a romantic rendezvous for two, Marco Island, Florida is an unforgettable paradise where memories are made.