Marco Island, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, is the largest of Florida's Ten
Thousand Islands. The main attraction is the sub-tropical sun-washed white beaches and a very casual life style.
About four miles wide and six miles long, Marco Island is home to about 14,000 year-round residents.
During the months of January through March however, the island population swells to well over 30,000 thanks to the
annual influx of "snowbirds and other winter residents. And, it is no wonder since winter afternoon temperatures
are usually in the 70's and 80's. Gulf water temperatures range from the low 60's in the winter to the high 80's in the
summer. ;It's restaurants will delight you with fresh seafood and other delightful island creations. Explore
the wilderness of the Ten Thousand Islands by land, boat or air. Enjoy superb fishing and abundant wildlife.
Nestled among the mangrove islands of southwest Florida's coast, Marco Island is surrounded by pristine,
uninhabited islands, bays, creeks, and to the West, the Gulf of Mexico. To the north is the Rookery Bay National
Estuarine Research Reserve and the Briggs Memorial Nature Center. To the south is the 10,000 Islands with over 70 coastal
miles of fly fishing spots. Included in this southerly stretch are the Collier-Seminole State Park,
the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and the 5,000 square mile
Everglades National Park.