Marco Island Florida - On the Water
Whether its waverunners, parasailing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing or sunbathing we have water activities to suit your lifestyle . Three-and-one-half miles of pearlescent sands, washed by a shimmering turquoise gulf, make Marco Island the perfect water sports destination.
Marco Island Florida Beaches
Tigertail Beach is a public beach open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. There are showers, restrooms, a children's play area, volleyball nets, a concession stand for food and beverages, and a rental stand for a variety of water sport toy, umbrellas and chairs. The entrance to Tigertail Beach is located at the intersection of Spinnaker Drive and Hernando Drive.
Residents Beach - Main requires a resident permit for entry. It is open from 8 a.m. until sunset daily. Showers, restrooms, vending machines, and a children's play area are available as well as a picnic area with chickee huts, tables and charcoal barbecues. The entrance is located at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and San Marco Road.
South Beach requires a resident permit for parking in the resident parking lot. There is also a public parking lot available and a walkway to the beach that provides access for both residents and the public. The beach is open 8 a.m. until sunset daily. There are no facilities, however, there are hotels and restaurants along the beach within a short distance. Walkway access from Collier Boulevard is located just north of Cape Marco.
Hideaway Beach is a public beach that is only accessible to the public by boat. The Hideaway Beach community, however, is private property that is available only to homeowners and their guests and is monitored by Hideaway Staff. Mangrove forests, lagoons and wildlife are found in abundance in this 314 acre area of Marco Island.
Several other beaches are accessible on nearby islands by boat and are only a short ride. These include Coconut Island located at the mouth of the Marco River across from Hideaway Beach. Just south of Marco Island is Cape Romano, and Keewaydin Island is just north of Marco off the tip of Isles of Capri. A number of tour boats and guides are available for sightseeing trips to these islands and their beaches.
A number of tour boats and guides are available for sightseeing or shelling trips to these islands and their beaches - check out:
Everglades Kayak Fishing
A final spot that is not offically designated as a beach but is frequently used by local Marco Islanders is the area adjacent to the Judge Jolley Bridge. The bridge crosses over Marco River and is the primary entry to Marco Island via Collier Boulevard (County Road 951). Both sides of the bridge offer water access, and although most of the waterfront is very rocky, the area bordering the Marco Island Yacht Club has a sandy stretch of beach that is often used for wading, swimming and launching canoes or kayaks.
The "Learn to Sail" program at Sail Marco is dedicated to promoting and teaching safe sailing for various experience levels.
Personal Watercraft Safety
One of the easiest and most fun ways to enjoy everything the water has to offer is on a personal watercraft (PWC). Personal watercrafts have taken great strides toward modernization; the PWCs of today are quiet, run on clean four-stroke technology engines, include significant safety features, are more stable, and are designed to accommodate up to three passengers.
Because advances in technology have made personal watercraft options from brands like Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, Kawasaki and WaveRunner more accessible and easier to use, more people are enjoying them each year. PWCs are also incredibly versatile and are becoming popular for towing wake boarders, tubers, and water skiers, exploring waterways and fishing. They can even be used as transportation to and from overnight camp sites...read more »