4 Reasons to Take Your Kids to Marco Island, FL
When we were looking for our next beach vacation, our daughter said, “I want to go to a beach somewhere we’ve never been before.” We looked at several places, but finally decided on Marco Island, FL. Our choice couldn’t have been more perfect.
Located off the southwest coast of Florida in the Gulf Coast, Marco Island is part of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands Area. It’s actually the largest of these islands. We flew into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), located in Fort Meyers, Florida and rented a car. We found the island to be beautiful and the people friendly.
1. So many fun things to do on Marco Island
Nature lover? Water sport enthusiast? Or just want to grab a book and hang out at the pool? No matter what you’re into, Marco Island has you covered. The Everglades National Park is within driving distance for your nature lover. Naples is located 19 miles north and has numerous boutique stores to satisfy the most discerning shopper. You can find wave runners, parasailing, and kayaks to keep the water lover occupied. And of course, if you find yourself just wanting to relax, you can take your pick of places to kick back and do nothing.
2. Marco Island is easy to navigate
I’ve been known to get lost going to the grocery store; I’m that bad with directions. But Marco Island is very well laid out. There are a few main streets and almost everything is located either on or right off of these. So even if you were to get turned around, you won’t have any trouble getting back on track.
3. The ocean is perfect for playing
While not the best for surfers, we found the ocean to be extremely calm with no undertow. We swam out to where the water touched our shoulders and spent time gently bobbing with the little waves. Because the water was fairly clear, we were able to see any fish approaching. One day, a pair of dolphins played within a few feet of where we were.
4. Best Marco Island Hotel
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa worked hard to make our trip enjoyable. The resort is all-suite so there was plenty of room for our family of four, and the sunsets from our balcony were breathtaking.
The hotel has three restaurants, a pool, a bar, a coffee shop, spa, and water sport provider nearby to take care of any sporting needs you need. As a hotel guest, you’re provided with four beach chairs a day. Umbrellas cost $18 a day. The staff was also extremely helpful when it came to suggesting places to eat.
When to visit Marco Island, FL
Summer is Marco Island’s low season. High season is January to March when part-time residents come in from colder areas of the U.S. If you’re looking for a fun, family-oriented vacation any time of year, check out Marco Island for fun things to do, calm waters and beautiful sunsets.
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Christy lives in North Carolina where she worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for fifteen years before Early Onset Parkinson’s brought her career to a halt. Undeterred, she…