The largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida and is 4 miles wide by 6 miles long. The beaches and tropical landscape of Marco Island and the surrounding water provide visitors the opportunity to engage in such activities as hiking, snorkeling and windsurfing.
Located on the northern part of Marco Island, Tigertail Beach is a prime location for windsurfing due to its sandbar and shallow lagoon.
Collier Seminole State Park
At Collier Seminole State Park, a few miles from Marco Island, visitors can camp, hike and canoe.
Marco River Marina
Marco Island's Marco River Marina is a busy port where visitors rent boats to participate in water sports and captains charter boats.
Briggs Nature Center
Part of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Marco Island's Briggs Nature Center offers tours to explore the back bay, while visitors can also rent kayaks and canoes and do their own exploring.
The population of Marco Island expands from about 14,000 year-round residents to over 30,000 during the months of January through March.
The Gulf of Mexico's temperatures range from the 60s in the winter to the 80s in the summer.