The Ideal Vacation Spot
Marco Island is the perfect spot for a vacation. It is a beautiful island that isn’t too crowded. There are only 16,000 inhabitants living here year-round. This number grows to around 45,000 in the winter season when the heavenly weather temps frozen snowbirds to fly south. Marco Island vacation rentals make for the ultimate getaway. Whether you stay for a week or all season, a holiday on Marco Island will be life-changing.
At Sun King, we specialize in vacation rental properties in Southwest Florida. Whether you need a beach condo for four months or a house for a long weekend, we can help. We have rental homes and condos in price ranges to suit any budget and any size group.
Read on to find out about the best rentals and activities to do on the island.
Beachfront Condo Rentals
Marco Island is very close to the dream island we’ve all fantasized about. There are white sand beaches and crystal clear blue water. Spending time here isn’t as much a luxury as it is a necessity.
If you are looking for vacation condo rentals on the beach, you will find plenty of them here. The views of the Gulf of Mexico from your beach condo will captivate you. Plus, renting a beach condo is much more affordable than going hotel room on Marco Island.
Amenities include flat-screen TVs, modern and functional interiors, fully equipped bathrooms and kitchens, a washer and dryer, one or more bedrooms, etc. Some beach condos can fit large families, but there are also smaller condos for couples and individuals.
Most Marco Island FL beach condos have two bedrooms and two baths, but one-bedroom units and three-bedroom condos are available.
Marco Island offers a variety of vacation home rentals, depending on your desires and budget. House rentals are perfect for families or other groups of people vacationing together. More economical than hotels and more private, too.
Most houses on Marco have pools, many have Jacuzzis, and other facilities to make your vacation special. Of course, every house on the island is close to our spectacular beaches. The beaches on the island are absolutely remarkable. Plan on spending at least part of your vacation at Marco Beach or Tigertail Beach.
Some of the house rentals are pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your pet behind. Contact us for specific guidance on bringing your pet. Also, the houses for rent rarely lack a boat dock. You can rent a boat and take your family on a little cruise, but there are also many organized cruises with experienced guides.
Amenities are different for each house, but usually, you get a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, a washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, two or more bedrooms, etc.
Waterfront Condo Rentals
You will find a variety of waterfront condo rentals on Marco Island, and most of them are villa vacation rentals. Luxury is guaranteed when you rent one of these villas because they are very exclusive and positioned in the best locations.
It goes without saying that this type of rental is not for everyone’s pocket, but if you can afford it, you will have a grand time. There are many amenities in these holiday rentals, including washers, dryers, flat plasma TVs, modern all-inclusive kitchens and bathrooms, extra sofas, and great interior design.
On top of that, the exterior of these waterfront rentals is charming, and you will only get the best views from them. Of course, besides villas and big houses that can fit entire families, there are smaller waterfront condos for individuals or couples.
Whatever you choose, these rentals have much more space and comfort than any hotel. Also, you will have more freedom and won’t have to deal with strangers around you, which is another benefit of renting a waterfront condo.
Booking a Vacation Rental
If you are looking to book holiday rentals on Marco Island, you should know that they are in huge demand. This is a small island, but many people like to vacation here. The best time of the year for a vacation on Marco Island is during the winter. Fall and Spring are great, too. Plus, the rates are lower and it’s easier to get into your favorite restaurants.
Whenever you decide to go, it is advised to book a rental as far in advance as possible. You will save a lot of money with proper vacation planning on hot tourist destinations like Marco Island. If you don’t book in advance, you will either lose your spot or pay a premium. But if you do end up doing all your planning last-minute, you can also look at Airbnb and VRBO.
Things to Do on Vacation
There are so many things to do for fun on your Marco Island vacation. You can play volleyball at Tigertail Beach, which has several volleyball courts with nets and beautiful white sand. You can swim, snorkel, or just play around in the water.
On this beach, you will also find a garden with butterflies, a boardwalk, and a playground area for children. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Trails are worth visiting if you love nature and sightseeing. There are over 150 bird species in Rookery Bay, including ospreys, roseate spoonbills, and the national pride bald eagles, just to name some.
South Beach is also worth checking out, most people who visited say it’s their favorite. Other fun activities on the island include sailing, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, dolphin watching, and shell hunting.
Another place near Marco Island worth your attention are Collier-Seminole State Park, which is to the east.
Golfers love the Naples – Marco Island area. There are nearly 100 golf courses in the region. We love Fiddler’s Creek and Hammock Bay located just off the island.
If you like cruises, don’t miss the Marco Island Princess cruise, which can take up to 150 passengers and it shows you some breathtaking views. Everglades City, the gateway to the Everglades National Park, is also nearby, only an hour’s drive away.
Marco Island is located just south of Naples, FL on the gulf coast. This great location makes our winters heavenly. Whether you like to be active on vacation or just lounge by the pool, you’ll love vacationing here when the cold northern states become unbearable.
Marco Island Restaurants
If you’re like us, you like to try local food when you travel. You might think that Marco Island doesn’t have many restaurants because it is small, but it actually does have some fantastic cuisine. The seafood choices are very good, and all the food is fresh and tasty.
Restaurants worth checking include Marco Polo Restaurant, CJs on the Bay, Marco Prime Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Sale e Pepe, and Snook Inn. You can guess the food that is served from the names of these restaurants, and you won’t be disappointed if you’re hungry for Italian food and steaks.
These are all Marco Island restaurants, but you can also go a little further if you want to try a new place every day. Naples is just 18 miles away from Marco Island and you can find exceptional restaurants over there, as well as golf courses and shopping malls.
All in all, dining options on the island are phenomenal, and you are not restricted to cooking in your condo, even though most of these condos are equipped with excellent kitchens.
To really get the flavor of the local gastronomique, check out the local foodie blog, EatMarco.com.
More about Marco Island
Marco Island is great for a family vacation. There aren’t any nightclubs or noise. Still, there are beach bars, cruises, and hotel lounges, plenty of places to party. Many of the visitors are snowbirds, i.e. people who live in the north of the country. They escape harsh winters and snow by coming to the Florida seaside.
There are no theme parks on the island, but there is a Kidstar Park in Port Charlotte which isn’t far away. You can take your kids to play laser tag, mini-golf, ride on go-karts, and much more.
Most of the people who live in Marco Island come here to retire, but there are still plenty of young people who come for vacation.
Book a Vacation in a Tropical Paradise
You will find that Marco Island is the perfect tropical getaway. It’s definitely Florida’s best-kept secret. The secret is getting out, though. Always book early to get the best selection of vacation rentals.
Don’t hesitate to book six months (or even a whole year) in advance to be sure that you can pick from the full lineup of the best beach condos, house rentals, or villa vacation rentals. Marco Island vacation rentals see more demand every year.