Marco Island, Florida photo recap and travel tips:
Marco Island is the spot for shelling! We had so much fun collecting the most picture-perfect shells of all different colors and types.
We stayed at the Seaview Court Condo (via vrbo..), and it was the perfect location- right next to Tigertail Beach. You can find rentals at this building through Expedia, as well. This building (The Seaview Club) also has nicely located rentals, along with this spot.
The long stretches of white sand on Marco Island are perfect for collecting shells and enjoying secluded spots. For the best experience, stay close to Tigertail Beach. From the wide, expansive stretch of sand in front of the condos, head in the direction of Tigertail Lagoon, to Sand Dollar Spit. When the beach seems to disappear, step up into the grassy land and follow the sandy path until it opens up to more beach, bordered by the lagoon on one side. Some people wade through the lagoon from the condos/public parking lot, rather than hiking the longer, sandy route (but eeep it looks so gross and scary ha).
Book a sunset boat tour to the famous Cape Romano Dome House, through Florida Island Tours! This was a purely magical, one-of-a-kind experience. The Dome House (made up of six dome-shaped modules on stilts) seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, and catching it during golden hour is unreal. Originally built in the 80’s (on land), the now abandoned Dome House has since been surrounded by water, and is only accessible by boat. Florida Island Tours provides a beautiful and informative trip (say hi to Pinky the dolphin, if you see him!).
Enjoy waterfront dining at the Esplanade Shoppes.
Take a day trip to Naples, rent bikes and explore the very plush neighborhoods. We biked for hours through the stunning, mansion clad, palm-lined streets (like a movie setting).
Head over to the Naples Pier (originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger doc) and watch the surfers.
Stop by Delnor-Wiggins State Park for some snorkeling before returning to Marco Island from Captiva Island.
If you’re the adventurous type, book a kayaking tour through the mangroves. I enjoyed mangrove kayaking during a Sarasota trip, and it was an exceptional experience (mangrove tunnels, manatees..).