Tucked away in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is, in many ways, the ideal island escape. Remote yet full of amenities, the area includes sprawling white sand beaches and great water for swimming, while also sitting close enough to the Everglades National Park to support the amazing wildlife.
The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is just a mile or two away and includes impressive nature hikes that could include glimpses of native bald eagles, falcons and kestrels. Rest and relaxation can be found at Marco Island while scavenging the beach for seashells, taking an Everglades tour by boat, buggy or on foot, or by simply dangling your toes in the warm gulf water.
Marco Island is a 10.6-square-mile Florida city located off the southwestern coast of the state. It is only 4.6 miles away from the Rookery Bay reserve.