Just off the southern tip of Florida’s paradise coast is Marco Island. This beachfront paradise is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands. This beautiful island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and wonderful, pristine mangrove estuaries on the other.
Wildlife and Nature
Marco Island is a perfect mix between a relaxing escape and adventures to partake in. Here you experience world-class fishing, boating, golfing, kayaking, wildlife watching, and shelling. This marvelous island is within very close proximity to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades National Park. These are perfect sites to visit for enjoying rare and endangered animals and birds. These parks are easily accessible from Marco Island and are perfect for those who enjoy birdwatching and water activities such as kayaking and canoeing.
Some of Marco Island’s residents include manatees, dolphins, alligators, sea otters, pelicans, and so many more. Backcountry fishing is very popular here. Some of the most commonly caught fish are snook, tarpon, and trout. Deep-sea charters and experienced guides are readily available for fishing excursions into the Gulf of Mexico.
Marco Island’s History
Many priceless artifacts have been found at Marco Island dating back to the Calusa Indians, who some believe are descendants of the Mayans. Therefore, this destination is well known in the archeological world. Artifacts as old as 3,000 years old have been unearthed here, including the Key Marco Cat sculpture, which can be found at the Smithsonian today.
The Marco Island Historical Museum is a great place to visit where you can explore the Calusa Indians and experience informative displays with a recreated village scene.
Marco Island doesn’t just offer history, wildlife, and nature. Marco Island is known for its beaches as well. The gorgeous white sands and sparkling blue waters provide a perfect beach getaway. There are three beaches you can visit here: the Residents Beach in South Marco Island, Residents Beach – Main, and Tigertail, which offers rentals for different water sports.
Whatever it is that brings you to Marco Island, you will relax and enjoy yourself. There is plenty of history, beautiful sights, wildlife, and nearby shopping and dining. This is a perfect destination for families, couples, and friends looking for a relaxing escape.
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