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With the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico on one side, and magnificent mangrove estuaries on the other, Marco Island, FL, is the premier vacation destination for wildlife, watersports, and warm, beautiful beaches.

Marco Island, Florida, Visitors Guide

Marco Island, Florida, is the perfect combination of history and fun in the sun! It is estimated that about 4,000 years ago, the Calusa Indians inhabited Marco Island, and created giant mounds of shells that make up the northernmost section of the island. This extinct civilization has been protected on Marco Island at the Otter Mound Preserve, where these mounds still exist and many artifacts have been discovered. The most famous discovery was the Key Marco Cat, a small, wooden, panther-like figure, which is now located in the Smithsonian Institution.

Historical relevance aside, Marco Island is the perfect place to become one with nature. With access to the Gulf of Mexico, the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Everglades National Park, and marvelous mangrove estuaries, the scenic beauty, and nature to explore are practically unparalleled. Whether you're searching for shells, fishing for Tarpon, kayaking through the mangroves, golfing at The Rookery, or just relaxing on the beach, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when [visiting beautiful Marco Island](https://www.tripshock.com/attractions/Marco-Island/ "visiting beautiful Marco Island")!

Geography

Marco Island is in southwestern Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. It has 6 miles of coastline and parts of the island have scenic, elevated grounds. Marco Island is 2.5 hours from Key Largo, 3 hours from Islamorada, and 4.5 hours from Key West.

Neighborhoods

Cape Marco is at the southernmost tip of Marco Island, Florida. It offers world-class fishing and overlooks the Ten Thousand Islands and Caxambas Pass. The beachfront neighborhood also features stunning views of the beach and Marco Island skyline.
The Estate is a waterfront neighborhood located on the southwest corner of Marco Island featuring luxury homes. This water-direct neighborhood is a perfect spot for large boats.

Top Places to Visit

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers four distinct experiences, including a pine highland, a wet savanna, a cypress forest, and a marsh. The sanctuary attracts thousands of visitors each year and features some of the best photo opportunities for wildlife and nature.

Tigertail Beach

Tigertail Beach offers a three-mile stretch of beach and soft white sand, perfect for shelling, birdwatching, and stunning sunsets. You can swim at the beach or rent kayaks, [paddleboards](https://www.tripshock.com/attractions/Marco-Island/Paddleboard-Rentals/ "paddleboards"), and other watercraft.

Caxambas Park

The Caxambas Park spans 4 acres and is a gorgeous public water access point. It offers easy access to the Gulf of Mexico or the Northern [Ten Thousand Islands](https://www.tripshock.com/Ten-Thousand-Islands-Adventure-Boat-Tour/details/3336/ "Ten Thousand Islands"). Amenities include food and beverages, fishing gear, and more.

Climate

Marco Island has a tropical to subtropical climate with an average temperature of 64 degrees in January. The summers are long, hot, and rainy, and most of the rainfall occurs between June and October. The winters are short, comfortable, and clear. The best time to visit for warm-weather activities is from October through May.

What is Marco Island Known for

White Sand Beaches, Fishing, Shelling, Watersports, Golfing, Otter Mound Preserve, Marco Island Historical Museum, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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