My husband and I spent a lovely week in Southwest Florida. Marco Island Lakeside Inn sits one mile from Marco Island beaches . A cozy island getaway, the 19-suite Marco Island Lakeside Inn offers spacious and comfortable suites decorated with a cottage chic décor. Wicker cottage-style furniture tastefully completes the setting for an island atmosphere.
Lakeview Suites, the room type we stayed in, offer a screened-in balcony overlooking Marco Lake, which is a designated natural habitat for local birds, ducks, and turtles. It is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cocktail before dinner while taking in the serene atmosphere.
The friendly staff is quite informative about the local area and offers a personalized experience of Marco Island. If you are looking to escape your fast-paced life and slow down for a while, you will want to stay here. If you are looking for more adventure, there is plenty to do on Marco as well, from fishing, to parasailing, to wave runners or scuba diving, Marco Island has it all. The small, at-home feel along with the interaction with other guests makes your visit extra special too. You will feel right at home the moment you enter.
Marco Island boasts six miles of beach and over 100 miles of waterways with an immense diversity of wildlife from dolphins to manatees to birds. The island offers jet skis, catamarans, and boat tours. The City of Marco Island is a brief drive from the City of Naples.
Must-sees at Marco Island include the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. There’s no shortage of outdoor options with Caxambas Park, Marco River, Tigertail Beach and South Beach. This Gulf coast area features plenty of water recreation and great local seafood. Marco Island is perfect for a fun and adventurous beach trip.
The weather for our week was spectacular. In fact, on Wednesday, it hit 87 for a new island record in January. Monday was a little overcast so after relaxing around the Inn for a bit, we decided to venture north and visit Naples, Cape Coral and Port Charlotte. Along the way, we stopped into a couple of golf course communities and gathered information on prospective retirement communities.
We really like Southwest Florida as it has quite a bit to offer. Naples has so many golf courses, beaches and things to do. The people are friendly and the taxes are low. At Marco, we went to both Tigertail Beach and South Beach which were beautiful and enjoyed collecting seashells and sunbathing. Both beaches have ample available parking.
We ate out about every night, except the one day we lounged by the pool and had pizza for dinner. On Wednesday, we went to Rookies Bar & Grill for happy hour and then made our way to the Snook Inn for some waterside dining and drinks. Boats can pull right up to the restaurant. The view was quite lovely.
Thursday evening, we went to CJ’s on the Bay. They have an outside gazebo and on Thursday nights, they have a DJ with outside dancing. We sat with a nice family from Chicago and had a good time drinking and dancing. On Friday, we ate dinner at Cocomo’s Grill. It is an Italian restaurant not far from the inn. On Sunday night, we went to the Sandpipers, a local sports bar, to watch the Redskins game. Drink prices were reasonable and the bar food was pretty good. The only disappointment of the whole trip was the Redskins losing. Of course, the week flew by, as vacations always do. I look forward to returning to Marco Island again in the near future.
Written by: Maureen S.
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