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The City of Marco Island ~ Paradise Coast Florida

Welcome to beautiful Marco Island, Florida. Marco Island is the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida.  Marco Island was named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León’s nephew, Marco, who is said to have accompanied him on his expeditions to Southwest Florida.

The island is home to some of the best shelling beaches in the world, with over 200 species of shells that can be found on its shores. Eco-tours and shelling expeditions are popular Marco Island Activities.

Marco Island is the only city in Collier County, and its population is around 18,000 residents.

The island has a subtropical climate, with warm temperatures and sunny skies throughout the year.

What’s there to do on Marco Island?
The island is a popular tourist destination, known for its luxury resorts, world-class golf courses, and pristine natural beauty.

Marco Island is a great spot for water activities, such as boating, fishing, and kayaking, with access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Marco Island is home to several endangered species, including the manatee, the American crocodile, and the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests on the island’s beaches. The island is also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, with several galleries, theaters, and cultural events throughout the year.

Browse the interactive Marco Island Map below to find current hotels and vacation home rentals

ShellingMARCO ISLAND FACT & STATISTICS

  • Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, with a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.0 km²).
  • As of the 2020 census, the population of Marco Island was estimated to be 18,914 residents, which is a slight increase from the 2010 census of 16,413 residents.
  • The median age of residents in Marco Island is 65.5 years, which is significantly higher than the state median age of 42.2 years.
  • The island has a high median household income of $96,938, which is higher than both the Florida median household income of $59,227 and the national median household income of $68,703.
  • Marco Island has a predominantly White population, with 88.7% of residents identifying as White, 7.5% as Hispanic or Latino, and smaller percentages of Black, Asian, and other racial groups.
  • The island has a low crime rate, with a crime index that is lower than the national average.
  • Marco Island is a popular tourist destination, with an estimated 1.4 million visitors annually and a tourism industry that generates around $1.6 billion in economic impact for the region.
  • The island is home to several oceanfront luxury resorts, including the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, and the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa.
  • Marco Island has a diverse economy, with a mix of industries including tourism, real estate, retail, healthcare, and professional services.

BRIEF HISTORY OF MARCO ISLAND, FL

Marco Island is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands. The island was first discovered by the Calusa Indians over 5,000 years ago, who were known for their advanced civilization and maritime culture. The Calusa thrived on Marco Island for hundreds of years until they were decimated by European diseases brought over by Spanish explorers in the 16th century.

The island remained uninhabited until the late 1800s, when William Thomas Collier, Jr. rediscovered the island. Collier was a wealthy real estate developer who saw the potential of the island for tourism and development. He purchased large portions of the island and began to develop it into a resort destination, building hotels and other amenities.

In the early 1900s, the island was a popular destination for wealthy tourists, who came to enjoy the beautiful beaches, warm climate, and abundant fishing opportunities. The island continued to grow in popularity throughout the 20th century, and in 1964, the city of Marco Island was officially incorporated.

Today, Marco Island is a thriving community with a population of approximately 18,000 residents. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, excellent fishing and boating, and its luxurious resorts and vacation homes. It is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, and its economy is largely driven by the tourism industry.

Marco Island Vacation Activities

Marco Island SWFL Realtors

Becky Irwin Realtor
Becky Irwin Realtor® | 954-249-0374
Becky Irwin has been Florida resident for more than 30 years. Her family moved full time to Marco Island in 1980 and then to Fort Lauderdale in 1983. Becky is intimately familiar with both the east-coast (Broward) and west-coast (Collier) communities of Florida. A graduate of both St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Florida State University, she has deep roots and connections across South Florida. Becky is a licensed Florida Broker Associate, a member of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, Naples Area Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale.
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Marco Expert - Patrick J Wilkins Realtor
Marco Expert - Patrick J. Wilkins Realtor® | 239-260-3550
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. When you are ready to buy or sell on Marco Island contact the Wilkins Team. Personally sold Over $950 Million. Member RE/MAX Affinity Plus. #1 RE/MAX Agent Worldwide 2004. Browse our website for Marco Island real estate market research, covering all the surrounding areas as well.
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Matt Brown Real Estate Naples Florida
Matt Brown, William Raveis Real Estate, 720 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102 | 239-580-8864

Specializing in luxury homes and condominiums, Matt Brown has 18+ years of experience marketing and selling exceptional properties. He has closed over $500 million and skillfully negotiated over 100 highest and best multiple-bid sales. Unparalleled focus on every detail, his reputation continues to set the bar high in the industry.
Matt Brown, Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, FL Real Estate Agent


City of Marco Island Town Hall

50 Bald Eagle Drive | Marco Island, FL 34145 | (239) 389-5000

Official City of Marco Island FL Website: https://cityofmarcoisland.com

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PARADISE COAST ATTRACTIONS FLORIDA ISLAND TOWNS

Everglades City Charter Fishing Tours

View the mangroves on an Everglades City Charter Fishing trip.

MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA GIFTS

Avi's Water Sports Jet Ski Adventure Tours Marco Island Florida Attraction
Avi's Water Sports Jet Ski Adventure Tours, Caxambas Park, 909 Collier Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145 | 239-777-9873

Avi's is a family-owned business that offers some of the most exciting dolphin jet ski tours and jet ski rental adventures on Marco Island. You are invited to take an exciting journey with Avi "The Dolphin Whisperer" and take home a complimentary flash drive of photos from your adventure. Bring the family and make lasting memories. Contact us to book your dolphin Jet Ski tour.
Avi's Water Sports & Jet Ski Adventure Tours - Marco Island, FL


Sunshine Tours Marco Island
Sunshine Tours and Fishing Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours. Fish the 10,000 islands, the best in Off Shore, Back Water, and Near Coastal Fishing Charters. We know where the fish are. Also offering Marco Island Shelling Trips, and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provided unsurpassed fishing charters, and on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private charters available. Contact us to book your Marco Island fishing charter.
Sunshine Tours & Charters - Marco Island, FL


Everglades City Fishing Charters
Everglades City Fishing Charters, currently leaving from Everglades Bait and Tackle, Everglades City, FL | 239-253-9926

Experience the wonder of the 10,000 islands of SWFL. Fish the protected bays and rivers of the Islands and Everglades National Park. Fish among the mysteries of wrecks, hard bottom reefs, and offshore towers. Seek some of the most exciting game fish that call the Florida Everglades Home.
Everglades City Fishing Charters - Everglades City, FL


Marco Island Princess Dinner Sunset Sightseeing Tours
Marco Island Princess / Sunshine Tours, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL 34145 | 239-642-5415
The Marco Island Princess is a 90' luxury yacht offering daily Sightseeing, Lunch and Sunset Dinner Cruises. All of our delicious meals are prepared fresh on board for your enjoyment. Our professional and friendly crew will attend to your every need. Two full service cash bars serving up all of your favorite drinks! Also available for Weddings and Private Charters. Marco Island's most unique dining experience!
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Island Bikes Shops - Bicycle Rentals Marco Island FL & Naples FL
Island Bike Shops (2 Locations) 1095 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145 | 239-394-8400 & 4342 Thomasson Dr., Naples, FL 34112 | 239-732-8400
At Island Bike Shops we make your visit fun. Reserve your rental online. Check our selection of bicycle rentals, electric bikes, motor scooters, trailers, and more. Naples Bicycle Tours provides a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to experience the diversity of Southwest Florida. Our large or small group bicycle tours can accommodate all cycling levels as we personally escort you through Naples, Historic Old Naples, Marco Island, or the Natural Everglades.
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Naples Bicycle Tours Naples Florida
Naples Bicycle Tours, Naples, FL 34113 | 239-580-7960

Naples Bicycle Tours provides a unique opportunity for visitors and residents to experience the natural Florida Everglades, up close and personal. Connect with nature on this 3-hour historic & ecotour in the heart of the Glades. All tours include everything needed for the adventure: custom-fit cycle, helmet, drinks, snacks, and a certified FL naturalist guide.
Naples Bicycle Tours - Naples, FL


Go Cats on the Water
Go Cats On The Water 2200 Tamiami Trail E, Collier Seminole State Park, Naples, FL | 239-748-4099
Marco and Naples Most Exciting Boat Tour. Explore the backwater and mangroves for an unforgettable adventure in Southwest Florida. Everglades Backwater Sightseeing Eco-Tours in our safe, and easy to drive boats. Choose a 75 minute or a 2.5 hour tour. Our custom Go-Cat boats are fun for all ages and can easily be operated by both younger adults and seniors. Kayak, and Canoe rentals now available.
GoCatsOnTheWater.com - Naples, FL



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