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A prize Snook caught  over a wreck in the near shore waters off Marco Island
This young man is cast netting for bait on the beach at Marco
Permit are pound for pound some of the best  fighting sport fish around and they can be caught off Marco Island, mostly in the summer
Get the Net - it's another keeper!
These guys were caught just on gold hooks with no bait
Big fish, tough fighting fish and great edible fish.... Marco Island has it all and is quite possibly one of THE best places to find varied fishing all year round.  Being the northern-most of the 10,000 Islands, surrounded by natural preserves and bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Marco is ideally situated to offer many different kinds of world class fishing.  You’ll find below a description of the different opportunities available here and what you can expect from each if you go out on a fishing charter. I would recommend that you narrow down what you are looking for and what suits your party best. The list below will help you decide which of our highly experienced Charter Captains will be just right for you.

Family Fishing
If you want to take the family out for some fun and you haven’t been fishing in Southwest Florida before, or you just aren’t a die-hard, then nearshore or backwater could be your best bet. Depending on the time of year you will have a shot at snapper, sheepshead, snook, redfish, grouper, tarpon, trout, blackdrum, pompano and tripletail. When the water warms in the summer there are also numerous species of shark to add to the mix, including blacktip, hammerhead, bonnethead and bull. You won’t have to travel far and you will get plenty of fishing on a half day trip. Some of the guides that specialize in nearshore and backwater fishing will also mix a trip with shelling and birdwatching to please the non-fishermen (or women!) in your party.  Talk to the captain about your party’s particular needs and ask what he suggests targeting the day of your charter... you will be delighted with the time you spend.

Backwater for the More Experienced Angler
If you take your fishing seriously, then you should take a day out with any of our amazing backwater guides in the 10.000 islands and Everglades National Park - you’re sure to be happy that you did. You can use a fly or spinning rod depending on your level of expertise and the captain will probably target snook, redfish, snapper or the most fantastic of all local gamefish, the tarpon. Tarpon in the backwaters or along the beaches can range in size from 3 to 6 feet and although they don’t hit the bait hard, you’ll know you’re in for the fight of your life when they start that run and make their first leap clear of the water!!

Of course you could also end up with a shark, grouper, jack or ladyfish - but it will be a fun day casting up against the mangroves hardly seeing another person and bringing that monster snook, tarpon or shark to the boat. You will not believe how big the fish are in these skinny waters.

Offshore for the Big Boys (Fish and Guys!)
A day (or half day if you have to limit your excitement!) of offshore fishing on a number of the wrecks, artificial reefs or fish havens will keep everybody quiet on the trip back to the marina!  Some species you’re likely to find, depending on the time of year, are Goliath grouper, barracuda, tripletail, sheepshead, snapper, cobia, amberjack, mackerel, shark and grouper and they always make for fishing fun. There are many charter captains, with larger boats, specializing in offshore fishing and they will definitely bend your rod!  Again the list below will help you decide which captain is best for you.

Going it Alone
Marco’s certainly a great place to fish whether you’re a novice, a die-hard or just fancy a novel workout. If you choose to go with a charter captain, you will only need to take food, drink and sunscreen for your trip.  However, if you want to try from land then either the beaches (not near designated swimming areas of course) or the areas around the two bridges linking Marco to the mainland, are always worth a try. The waterway behind your rental home is likely to have mangrove snapper, sheepshead, jack, snook, redfish and catfish around the dock or swimming by.  If your waterway is closer to the Gulf you may be fortunate to find some of the smaller tarpon cruising up and down. It’s always a surprise (and great fun) to see a three foot tarpon explode from the water in one of our waterways.

Remember to check that the fish you’ve caught are legal sized and in season before you keep them and that you may be required to have a valid fishing license - you can pick up information on this at a local marina. Also don’t forget that most 
of the local restaurants will be happy to cook your fresh catch for you and prepare it to your liking, as long as you 
have cleaned it first!

As a visitor there are many ways to explore the balmy waters around Marco Island and to see the wonderful aquatic wildlife and birds which surround us. You can either go it alone and rent a boat, kayak or jetski 
(see below for details) or take one of the many water tours which are available in the area.  


DOLPHIN COVE MARINA - The closest marina boat rental to top destinations including Keewaydin Island and Coconut Island, (just 5 minutes of slow speed zone and then you’re off!) and, unlike other marinas, at Dolphin Cove Marina there are little to no restrictions on where you can/cannot go and no rental advertisement or phone numbers on the boats. Rent a fishing boat and head offshore or a 20-23ft Hurricane deck boat or a 22-25ft pontoon boat for cruising and fishing in the bays and backwaters. They will even deliver to the dock behind your rental home or condo for an extra $50 to drop off and $50 to pick up. Half day, full day and weekly rentals at very reasonable rates. www.dolphincovemarina.com. 1135 Bald Eagle Drive. Map1 (2C) 239.289.8654 

GATOR BOAT RENTALS - This newly established company rents flat bottom 19 ft Carolina skiffs for backwater fishing and ten-person pontoon boats for sightseeing. With a draft of only 7 inches and fully equipped, the skiffs are ideal for chasing snook, redfish and trout in the skinny backwaters. Gator will meet you at Caxambas Boat Park, great for quickly getting to the 10,000 islands.  www.gatorboatrentals.com. 239-300-1132


​CAPRI FISH HOUSE - Kayak and paddle board rentals from Capri Fish House in Isles of Capri. www.caprifishhouse.com/play 239.228.9383

DOLPHIN COVE MARINA - Start your 1 or 2 person kayak or paddleboard rental at Caxambas Park and explore the quiet backwaters of the 10,000 islands at your own pace. Or, choose to have it delivered to your rental home or condo on Marco or Capri for an additional $10. Half day, full day rental or more.  www.dolphincovemarina.com  239.289.8654

FLORIDA ADVENTURES AND RENTALS - Single and tandem kayaks available. Also offering free delivery and pick up of half and full day kayak and paddleboard rentals on Marco, Goodland and Isles of Capri. Launch from Capri Paddlecraft Park or Caxambas Park.  www.FloridaAdventuresandRentals.com. 239.348.5551

GATOR BOAT RENTALS - Offering kayak and paddleboard rentals delivered to Caxambas Boat Park or your canal side property. www.gatorboatrentals.com  239-300-1132

PADDLE MARCO - Single and double kayaks and paddleboards for rent by the hour, day or week at affordable prices. Paddle Marco will provide laminated maps and directions to nearby uninhabited barrier islands and sand bars for amazing shelling. Free delivery and pickup to any boat launch or home on Marco Island, Goodland or Isles of Capri. Paddle Marco even pay the launch fees at the parks. Rentals include life jackets, maps, dry bags and cellphone containers. www.paddlemarco.com. 239 777.5423

DOLPHIN COVE MARINA  - ½ day, full day and weekly jet ski rentals at very reasonable rates, from the closest marina to top destinations including Keewaydin Island and Coconut Island, (just 5 minutes of slow speed zone and then you’re off!). www.dolphincovemarina.com. 1135 Bald Eagle Drive. 239.289.8654

 GATOR BOAT RENTALS - Offering great prices for jetski rentals by the hour, day or week. www.gatorboatrentals.com  239.300.1132

MARCO ISLAND JET SKI TOURS & RENTALS - Arrange free pick up at your hotel or Marco Island home. Rentals leave daily from Caxambas Park. www.marcoislandjetskitours1rentals.com 239.888.2488

MARCO ISLAND WATERSPORTS  - Waverunner rentals from the beach outside the hotels. Also offering guided waverunner tours. Leaving from the beach huts at the Marco Island Marriott Resort (642-2359) or the Hilton Beach Resort Map 1 (7B & 8B) (642-3377) Call 239.389.4FUN  www.marcoislandwatersports.com


When it comes to tours there’s a really wide choice.... private small motor or sail boat tours, large party motor boat tours, airboat tours, guided paddle board tours, guided kayak tours and, last but not least, guided waverunner tours into the 10,000 Islands.  To help you decide which option is right for you see our suggestions below:

JUNGLE ERV’S AIRBOAT TOURS  - Small airboat tours in the heart of the Everglades.  Choose from several different tours which all include a stroll along the newly upgraded boardwalk bordering the Barron River to manatee point where manatees are sighted daily. Enjoy the alligator and exotic bird exhibits and finish with an alligator show and maybe the chance to hold an alligator www.jungleervairboatworld.com.  804 Collier Avenue, Everglades City.  877.695.2820  

BACKWATER ADVENTURE - Leaving from behind the Little Bar restaurant in Goodland, after a 15 minute brief on how to drive the boats, you're underway and it's off on a great boating experience. Winding through the mangroves around the 10,000 islands on the water is as beautiful as it gets. Narrow mangrove tunnels give you a great driving experience, but following behind your guide (either Captain Doug or his son in law, Captain Conner) there is no danger of getting lost. About midway through the 2½ hour trip, there is a stop on a barrier island for shelling and swimming. The entire trip will cover 30 to 40 miles of the most beautiful waterways around Marco and the Everglades. As a courtesy, and at no extra charge, your guide will take pictures and email them to you after your adventure. When you return, why not have lunch or dinner at the Little Bar, one of our favorite local restaurants. Minimum driver age is 18 years and the minimum passenger age is 5 years..  239-877-4531 www.backwateradventure.com  

KOOLCAT ECO TOURS - KoolCat Eco Tours operate four CraigCats that leave from either the boat ramp on SR951 or Goodland Boat Park depending upon the tides. Their 3 hour tours combine open water excitement and slow passages through the mangroves as you look for shorebirds, dolphin and manatees. Their tour guides, Derek and Jason, stay in touch using walkie talkies and let you know when to look for dolphins, manatees and other interesting wildlife along the route. They know the area well and, as they say, will make your trip "as memorable as the sunsets in the Gulf of Mexico". All of the photos taken on the tour will be shared with customers by email later the same day. Minimum driver age is 18 and the minimum passenger age is 5 years.  www.KoolCatEcoTours.com  239.888.1069

MARCO ISLAND ECO TOURS - operates two and a half hour guided CraigCat tours leaving from Goodland Boat Park and passing through some of the 10,000 Islands. Reaching speeds of up to 30 mph in the open water, you will slow down to watch any of the wildlife you encounter along the way and when going through the mangroves. Tour guide and owner Captain Tony Isse, will take you within arm's reach of dolphins as you explore the bays and creeks of the 10,000 Islands where you're likely to encounter osprey, manatees and lots of shorebirds. Although their schedule is based on tides, they usually stop off at Whitehorse Key or Gullivan Key, both deserted barrier islands, for a short time. Although only recently starting up CraigCat tours, Tony has over 25 years of experience in these waters and will provide you with an experience you'll probably want to repeat again and again! Minimum driver age is 19 years and minimum passenger age is 10 years.  www.marcoislandecotours.com  239.394.1455

CAPRI FISH HOUSE - Kayak and paddle board rentals and tours, fishing charters and kayak fishing tours from Capri Fish House in Isles of Capri. www.caprifishhouse.com/play 239.228.9383

EVERGLADES AREA TOURS - A mother boat takes you deep into the Everglades National Park where you’ll start your guided kayak and/or fishing adventure. Also offering extended camping and specialty photography trips and mangrove tunnel kayak eco tours deep in the Everglades - the quiet alternative to airboats!   239-204-5382  www.evergladesareatours.com   

FLORIDA ADVENTURES AND RENTALS - 2-hour Kayak tours on the relaxing calm waters of Rookery Bay. Local, professional guides (Florida Master Naturalists) take you through mangrove mazes and tunnels where you can discover some of South Florida’s most popular wildlife. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced kayaker, you will enjoy every minute! Tours leave daily from the Isles of Capri Paddlecraft Park just minutes from Marco Island. Single and tandem kayaks and paddleboards available.   www.FloridaAdventuresandRentals.com. 239.348.5551

MARCO ISLAND BOAT TOURS - Boat assisted kayak eco tours  with formally trained Florida Master Naturalists, environmental educators and full-time outdoor leaders.    www.marcoisland-boattours.com/mr.  239.674-0649

PADDLE MARCO - Guided kayak eco-tours launched from Capri Paddlecraft Park through amazing mangrove tunnels and mudflats, while looking for incredible wildlife including dolphins, manatees and sea stars.  Single and double kayaks and paddleboards for rent by the hour, day or week at affordable prices.  Free delivery and pickup to any boat launch or home on Marco Island, Goodland or Isles of Capri.  Paddle Marco even pay the launch fees at the parks.  Rentals include life jackets, maps, dry bags and cellphone containers. www.paddlemarco.com. 239 777.5423

ROOKERY BAY - Experience the nature of Rookery Bay Research Reserve up-close and personal on one of their naturalist-guided kayak tours. All tours provide a chance to see a diversity of native wildlife and offer a comfortable platform for photography. Visit Rookerybay.org/calendar for dates, times and themes. 239.530.5940

BACKWATER ADVENTURE - offers a 3 hour luxury champagne eco tour on their 24 foot pontoon boat. Leaving from the Little Bar on Goodland their tours are limited to a maximum of six passengers. This tour circumnavigates the islands of Marco and Goodland, visiting the dome home at Cape Romano and stopping off for some shelling, weather permitting. The tour can be adjusted to suit your needs, with complimentary bubbly and tasty snacks served on-board. Then, when you return, you’ll be ready to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, the Little Bar - you won’t have far to walk!   
239-877.4531 www.backwateradventure.com  

BANYAN CHARTERS - Half day and full day private boat tours for 6 including shelling and sightseeing, dolphin and sunset tours. Per person 2 hour sunset tours available also. Owner Captain Austin has been boating on Marco and surrounding waters for over 30 years and wants you to have a day of rest and relaxation at sea. Banyan Charters boat is a 2015 Starcraft SCX250 and can comfortably seat 13 passengers, although tours are limited to just 6. So rest assured that you will have plenty of room to stretch out and relax while on the water. They provide two coolers, with water and ice and they also have a fresh water wash down. Complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas are provided on all tours. Leaving from Caxambas Park. www.banyancharters.com 239.595.3269

BEYOND & BACK - Shelling trips for up to 6 persons. Shelling guide can accompany trips upon request. Also offering fishing charters and sunset cruises. Call Captain Gregg Stastny at 239. 289.8771  www.beyondandbackfishingandshellingcharters.com

BIMINI TWIST CHARTERS - Established in 1991 by local native Capt. Stacy Mullendore, Bimini Twist Charters offers dolphin, shelling, and eco tour experiences of a lifetime. Featuring three Marco Island boat tours: classic dolphin tour, classic shelling and dome home tour, and the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge Tour. Native captains will skillfully guide you through the backwaters of the 10,000 islands providing a rare look at many endangered animals and bird species. Six passenger mixed/private tours and a brand new 16 passenger boat. Leaving from Goodland Boat Park with quick access to the 10,000 islands and beyond. 239.370.3338  www.biminitwistcharters.com

CALUSA SPIRIT by Marco Island Watersports - everyone will love this unforgettable 2½ hour dolphin watch/shelling trip aboard this spacious and well shaded 49 passenger, 45’ catamaran with full restroom. Departs directly from the beach in fine weather or from Calusa Marina in Goodland when the Gulf is rough but the backwaters are calm. Enjoy views of playful dolphins in their natural habitat while learning about the local ecosystem of mangrove estuaries on your way to Cape Romano, where you will have about an hour to shell, explore, swim and admire the remains of the dome home just offshore. www.marcoislandwatersports.com
(239) 642-2359

COOL BEANS PONTOON - Enjoy a private 2 ½ hour luxury pontoon tour for up to six guests on Lil’ Beans, the newest addition to Cool Beans’ fleet of boats. Perfect for island hopping, up close eco/nature, and shelling. Departing from Isles of Capri Marina. Visit their website to learn more. www.coolbeanscruises.com 239.777.0020

DOC JIMMY’S CURE-ALL MARINE ADVENTURES -  Satisfaction is guaranteed on these private sunset tours and 5 hour shelling excursions to Keewaydin, Cape Romano and Kice island. This comfortable pontoon boat has a top deck for excellent wildlife viewing and extra lounging space and a water slide for extra fun, as well as a premium sound system.    www.docjimmys.com 239.776.9518

DOLPHIN EXPLORER - 3 hour eco, photo expedition where you can participate in dolphin study with naturalist on a brand new 49 passenger power cat. This tour caters really well for children and is a great learning experience for kids and adults too.  See Kent Morse of Dolphin Explorer’s Dolphin Update article. Visit their booking cart at Rose Marco River Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive. Map1 (3C)   642-6899  www.dolphin-study.com  

EVERGLADES AREA TOURS - see wonderful wildlife and enjoy amazing shelling on these 2 hour naturalist led, power boat excursions. Explore the backwaters of the 10,000 Islands and the pristine Gulf beaches. Leaving from Calusa Island Marina in Goodland and Chokoloskee, Everglades City. Reservations required.www.evergladesareatours.com/mrm     239-204-5382

​FLORIDA ADVENTURES AND RENTALS - 3 hour shelling tours departing from Caxambas Park. See the Cape Romano dome home then stop on a secluded beach in search of shells that the Gulf coast is known for. This is a semi-private, or private boat tour with a maximum of 6 guests. These tours are very kid friendly with a bathroom, sink, comfortable seating and a ladder off the back of the boat for easy boarding.www.FloridaAdventuresandRentals.com. 239.348.5551

GREENWATER BOAT TOURS - take a boat tour through the bays and backwaters of the 10,000 islands showcasing nature’s beauty and marine life. Stop by Cape Romano to see the historic dome home. Feel like you are on your own private island, relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Walk the beaches to collect sea shells, sand dollars or take a swim in the Gulf. Call Captain Mike Green to schedule your personalized eco boat trip leaving from Caxambas Park. www.GreenWaterBoatTours.com  239-290-8900

HEMINGWAY WATER SHUTTLE - Based at Rose Marina, Hemingway Water Shuttle operates a daily shuttle to Keewaydin Island on a 22 passenger pontoon boat.  The trip takes around 30 minutes and you can add a beach chair rental for $10.   They also offer sunset tours and party and custom tours.  www.hemingwaywatershuttle.com.  239.315.1136

ISLAND GYPSY EXCURSIONS - 3 hour historical/ecological and shelling tours, for up to 6 passengers, departing from Goodland Boat Park.  USCG licensed captain/naturalist Nancy will explain the area’s history as you meander through the mangrove islands.  www.islandgypsyexcursions.com.  239.450.2800

MANATEE SIGHTSEEING ADVENTURE -  Personal 1½ hour eco-tour into a remote manatee hideout with quality manatee visuals. Also offering a 3 hour sunset cruise and three hour beach-shelling trip. Only 2-6 passengers on 13 passenger rated boats so there’s no crowding and there’s plenty of room for your manatee encounter. After a dynamite manatee visual, check out alligators, endangered birds and more manatees. See why nature lovers take this tour two or three times per year. Six 100% covered boats available. Call your new friends, Captains Barry and Carol www.see-manatees.com   239-642-8818

MARCO ISLAND BOAT TOURS - A  division of  Everglades Area Tours, offers two hour dolphin and shelling tours as well as half day family fun dolphin/shelling/beach/fishing trips.  All guides are formally trained Florida Master Naturalists, environmental educators and full-time outdoor leaders. 
www.marcoisland-boattours.com/  239.674.0649 

MARCO ISLAND WATERSPORTS - the Calusa Spirit, a spacious and well shaded 49 passenger, 45’ catamaran with full rest room, offers amazing shelling on deserted beaches, sunset cruises and private adventures. Leaving from the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, the Hilton Beach Resort or Calusa Marina in Goodland when the Gulf is rough but the backwaters are calm.  Map 1 (7B & 8B)  Call 239.389.4FUN  www.marcoislandwatersports.com

ROOKERY BAY - Experience the nature of Rookery Bay Research Reserve up-close and personal on one of their naturalist-guided boat tours. The relaxed pace and emphasis on learning is designed to help visitors develop a true sense of place and a deeper connection to this unique coastal wilderness. Several different trips are available, each with a different theme and location. All tours provide a chance to see a diversity of native wildlife and offer a comfortable platform for photography. Visit Rookerybay.org/calendar for dates, times and themes. 239.530.594

TREASURE SEEKERS - Specializing in shelling tours for the 
serious shelling enthusiast and casual collector, Captains Tammy and Jeff Everts offer semi-private and private tours to the 10,000 Islands in three brand new luxuriously appointed boats. Four hour, small group tours for up to six people, and custom full day shelling tours for maximum privacy, are scheduled based on daily tides for optimal shelling. Leaving from Goodland Boat Park.  www.TreasureSeekersShellTours.com 239.571.2331

BLACK PEARL PIRATE SHIP CRUISES -T his popular boat, offers interactive kid’s pirate-themed tours and 1½ hour sunset cruises with DJ, dancing on deck and a full bar. Also offering private charters. www.piratesofmarco.com. Leaving from Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr. 239.404.5422.

DOC JIMMY’S CURE-ALL MARINE ADVENTURES -  There’s fun for all the family on these private sunset tours and 5 hour shelling excursions to Keewaydin, Cape Romano and Kice island, with a water slide from the top deck providing endless fun for young and old. www.docjimmys.com. 239.776.9518

MARCO PEDAL BOAT - The Marco Pedal Boat is a brand new 31-foot long catamaran, propelled through the water by a large rear paddle powered by the pedaling of passenger riders. The boat, which leaves from Caxambas Park three times a day, for a two hour tour with a master captain and first mate, can accommodate up to 16 guests. Pedaling passengers’ seats are arranged around a central bar with built in LED cup holders. There’s also additional seating at the front for those who don’t want to pedal or want to take a break. Bring your own drinks and snacks so you can sip and cycle.  www.MarcoPedalBoat.com  239.920.1230

PARADISE CYCLE BOAT - This brand new interactive cruise brings fun, friends, family and fitness together. Cycling is optional but fun (they do have an engine when needed) on these public and private cruises. Bring your own bottle and snacks and connect your music on Bluetooth. There is a full bathroom on board. Morning fitness, day and sunset cruises leave daily from Rose Marina.  Book on line at www.paradisecycleboat.com or call 239.300.8176.

COOL BEANS CRUISES  Whatever your sailing or boating pleasure, Cool Beans Cruises go the extra mile to make it happen. Whether your interests are nature, relaxation, shelling or sightseeing, their goal is to bring your vision to life. Aboard one of their two beautiful catamarans, one accommodating up to six guests and the other up to 20 guests, they create the perfect sailing experience. Choose from their 3 hour day sails or a 2.5 hour champagne sunset cruise.  The price is $65/person + tax (credit price) or $60/person (cash price). Departing daily from Isles of Capri Marina. Visit their website to learn more.        www.coolbeanscruises.com   239-777-0020.  

SWEET LIBERTY - Set sail from Naples City Dock on the area’s largest sailing catamaran!  Make a day of it and enjoy Naples’ unique attractions.  Bring your own cooler for your favorite beverage/picnic and enjoy island shelling, narrated nature cruises, beautiful sunsets and admire the spectacular homes of the Naples Bay area.  USCG licensed for up to 44 passengers (it even has two bathrooms!). Please call to compare rates and times.   880 12th Avenue S, Naples.   239-793-3525   www.SweetLiberty.com

AVI’S WATER SPORTS - Avi Langer, one of Marco Island’s most experienced, enthusiastic and well loved jet ski tour guides, invites you to come and enjoy a safe, fun, family orientated tour of the 10,000 islands with him. Avi, also known as the dolphin whisperer, knows the local dolphins and backwaters intimately and offers 2½ hour tours, with jet skis accommodating up to two adults and one child per machine. Avi, a keen photographer, will give you a flash drive of the photos he takes during your tour. Two scheduled tours leave from Caxambas Park daily and he now also offers the only local jet ski sunset tour.  www.aviwatersports.com   239.777.9873

CAPT. RON’S AWESOME EVERGLADES ADVENTURES - 2½ hour guided waverunner excursions deep into the 10,000 islands with SW Florida’s most experienced waverunner guide. Capt. Ron’s is the only local tour company that deploys an underwater microphone when encountering a pod of vocal dolphins and this allows those on the tour to hear the dolphins communicating between themselves. Dry departures from Caxambas Park, hassle-free parking, deluxe machines, souvenir pictures and GPS tracking are just some of the other extra features of these trips.  www.evergladesjetskitours.com.  239-777-9975

FLORIDA ADVENTURES AND RENTALS - Guided jet ski tours deep into the 10,000 islands, where no boat can venture. Guaranteed dolphin sightings or your money back! Cape Romano is one of the many stops along the 30 mile route. From the Gulf of Mexico and into the pristine estuaries of the 10,000 Islands, you will see an array of wildlife that will keep you captivated the entire time. Tours leave from Caxambas Marina on the south end of Marco Island. Jet skis hold up to 3 guests (450 lbs max). If you prefer to go it alone, they also offer jet ski rentals. www.FloridaAdventuresandRentals.com. 239.348.5551

MARCO ISLAND JET SKI TOURS & RENTALS - provide guided jet ski tours through the backwaters of the 10,000 islands to the dome home at Cape Romano and into the Gulf of Mexico. Also catering to groups and corporate events.  Each jet ski is equipped with a VHF marine radio for communication with your tour guide. Tours leave daily from Caxambas Park. Fully insured, certificates available on request.  www.marcoislandjetskitours1rentals.com 239.888.2488

MARCO ISLAND WATERSPORTS - Waverunner rentals and guided waverunner tours through the 10,000 Islands mangrove forest and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. See dolphins, manatee and many wading birds at close quarters.Leaves from the beach in fine weather or from Calusa Marina in Goodland when the Gulf is rough but the backwaters are calm.    Call 239.389.4FUN.  www.marcoislandwatersports.com



ADVENTURE 81 - Offers private cruises aboard their 40’ luxury yacht and special events are their speciality. You can plan your trip or you can have Captain Josh take care of everything for you. Sunset cruises, shelling and dolphin excursions and custom charters available.  www.adventure81marco.com  920.707.3585

KEY WEST EXPRESS - Save hours of driving by taking this relaxing three hour cruise on a jet powered vessel to Key West, either for the day or stay over and return another day. www.keywestexpress.net. Departs from Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr. Marco Island. Map 1 (3C)  in season and from Fort Myers Beach in summer. 888-579-7805 www.keywestexpress.net

FOXC CRUISES the ultimate in luxury private charters!  This beautiful 43’ Tiara Sovran motor yacht has A/C, full galley, multiple flat screen tvs, full restrooms and all the comforts of home. Departs from Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island  www.foxccruises.com 239.537.4440 

MARCO ISLAND PRINCESS -  90ft luxury cruise vessel, the Marco Princess, offering narrated sightseeing, luncheon, sunset, dinner and party cruises.  Daily departures from Rose Marco River Marina.     
642-5415  http://themarcoislandprincess.com/  

MARCO ISLAND WATERSPORTS - the ultimate eco thrill!  enjoy a birds eye view of the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, possibly seeing dolphin, manatee, fish and birds from on high.  Leaving from the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Resort or the Hilton Beach Resort.    Call 239.389.4FUN.  www.marcoislandwatersports.com   


Experience a breathtaking aerial sightseeing tour of Marco’s beautiful beach and surrounding area (they can even go down to the Everglades!) or take an Everglades safari where expert guides will show you to all the best places to see alligators, rare birds like bald eagles, white pelicans and Roseate spoonbills and take you on guided nature walks so you can see this unique environment up close and personal, they also include airboat tours.  

EVERGLADES AREA TOURS - Guided walking, birding and photography tours, through the cypress swamps, sloughs and marl prairies of the Everglades, in search of orchids, bromeliads, herons, egrets, owls, hawks, alligators and other reptiles. www.evergladesareatours.com. 239.204-5344 


BIKE RIDE USA  - See the sights of Marco Island and learn some of its history on this new guided bicycle tour. Suitable for all ages... a fun family activity. Visit bikerideusa.com for more details, and call 239-250-8258 to book your unforgettable trip.

ROCK RENTALS - Now offering informational Marco Island tours in six and eight seater, street legal golf carts.  Rock Rentals will pick you up from your location, and take you on a tour of the island, stopping at various sights of interest. Or let them be your designated driver on a narrated tour of the island or a local pub crawl to the islands’ best spots for nightly entertainment. For more information see their facebook page at www.Facebook.com/rockrentalsllc/  239.908.6878

NAPLES BICYCLE TOURS - will take you off the well beaten track to experience the wonder of the Everglades.  Get away from it all in a quiet and peaceful setting, surrounded by nature. Or join them on a scenic guided bicycle tour of Marco Island or Old Naples.  www.naplesbicycletours.com.  239.825.6344

SCOOTERTOWN - Scenic guided bicycle tours of Marco Island, Naples and the natural environment of the Everglades.  www.islandbikeshops.com.  239.394.8400 

TOUR NOW USA - SEGWAY TOUR  - The most unique way to see Marco Island. Segways can sometimes seem a bit intimidating, but with a quick lesson you’ll be a pro in no time! Local guides will use their extensive knowledge of the area to provide a guided tour around the island to see local hotspots, wildlife and photo opportunities, beginning at Holiday Inn/Winn Dixie parking lot. Visit tournowusa.com for more details, and call 239-250-8258 to book your unforgettable trip.

TRIKE TOURS USA  - Cruise in comfort and style - no experience necessary. Sit or stand while driving these custom-made electric trikes for a guaranteed smooth and stable ride! Local guides will use their extensive knowledge of the area to provide a guided tour around the island to see local hotspots, wildlife and photo opportunities, beginning at Holiday Inn/Winn Dixie parking lot. Visit triketoursusa.com for more details, and call 239-317-9558 to book your unforgettable trip.

SW Florida is famous for its wonderful golf courses, which are open year round, and there are literally hundreds of great ones in our area.  Our closest full course is right here on the island at the beautiful full service 

Here are a few suggestions of golf courses in Naples which are open to the public:    
JW MARRIOTT’S GOLF CLUB AT MARCO,  793-6060  www.marcoislandmarriott.com
FOREST GLEN 354-1898  www.forestglengcc.com
EAGLE LAKES GOLF CLUB, 732-0034  www.eaglelakesgolfclub.net

Local driving ranges include:  

CORAL CAY  ADVENTURE GOLF -  Two 18 hole courses, also offers inflatable rentals.  Open 7 days 10am-11pm. www.coralcaygolf.com. 2205 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples - 30 minutes from Marco.  Map2 (14K)  239.793.4999

MARCO GOLF AND GARDEN - 18 hole miniature course in a tropical garden setting.  Fun for kids and challenging for adults.  Open 7 days, 10am-10pm.  www.marcogolfandgarden.com. 971 Winterberry Dr. 
Map 1 (8C).  239.970.0561  www.marcogolfandgarden.com  


Marco Island is a wonderful place to cycle, with several of our main roads having designated bike paths alongside them and many miles of flat, uncrowded roads.  

BIKE RIDE USA  -  Visit bikerideusa.com for more details, and call 239-250-8258 to book your rental

DOLPHIN COVE MARINA - Bicycle rentals. 1135 Bald Eagle Drive. Map1 (2C)  www.dolphincovemarina.com. 239.289.8654

ROCK RENTALS - These six and eight seater street legal golf carts are a fun way to get around the island. Daily, weekly and monthly rentals are available and delivery on Marco is free. Check out their page at www.Facebook.com/rockrentalsllc. 239.908.6878

SCOOTERTOWN -  Scooters, bikes, in-line skates, beach stroller and wheelchair rentals by the hour, day or week. Kids’ bikes, baby seats, mobility scooters, eletric bikes and 4 wheeled surreys complete the line-up. Now also offering four and six seater golf cart rentals.  1095 Bald Eagle Dr. Map1 (3C) 239.394.8400 www.islandbikeshops.com 

Alligators are still endangererd but they have made a great comeback since they have been protected and can be seen at many local parks and even in the canals beside theTamiami Trail
Watersposrts on Marco Island are second to none, with guided waverunner tours of the 10,000 Islands one of the most popular activities
Kayaking is becoming ever more popular in the peaceful backwaters of the 10,000 Islands
A Great Blue Heron  stands stock still in a pond at the end of the Fackahatchee Strand Board Walk, - he is. waiting to catch a fish!
Parasailing offers a unique view of Marco Island
Eco boat tours are great  fun for the whole family
The mangrove islands and shallow waterways of the 10,000 Island are home to many endangered creatures and birds such as manatees and bald eagles
Sand Dollar Island, just south of Marco is a fabulous place for shelling and snorkelling

The Marco Review is your best guide for the hundreds of activities available on Marco Island


BEYOND & BACK - Private fishing charters for up to 4 people. Also offering shelling tours. Call Captain Gregg Stastny at 239.289.8771  www.beyondandbackfishingandshellingcharters.com

Fish Marco’s unique mangrove shorelines, flats and oyster bars with local native Captain Stacy Mullendore. He will expose you to this magnificent 35,000 acre labyrinth of mangrove islands and estuaries that offer some of the best backwater fishing in the world. www.BiminiTwistCharters.com. 239.370.3338

Backwater & Everglades National Park fishing with tournament champion Capt Barry. Also offering two hour "Teach Your Kids to Fish" fishing charters. 239-389-0602

FINS-N-GRINS - Backwater & nearshore charter fishing, sightseeing, shelling and eco-tours leaving  from Calusa Island Marina, Goodland.  Call Capt Michael Van Jones at 239-784-2442  www.charterfishingmarcoisland.com

FISH ON - Sportfishing on one of the area’s most comfortable and fastest boats equipped with the latest gear and a 300hp Yamaha engine. License, ice, bait and tackle all included. Captain Chris Gill has the knowledge and expertise to make your day a memorable one. www.fishonmarco.com 239.687.8352

FLORIDA ADVENTURES AND RENTALS - Offering backwater and offshore fishing charters as well as kayak and paddleboard fishing.  www.FloridaAdventuresandRentals.com. 239.348.5551

Backwater and kayak fishing with Capt Drew Naeckel, owner operator with over 21 years local experience.  Spinning and fly fishing.  239-777-5707  www.mangrovemaniacs.com 

Offshore and inshore fishing for the novice or experienced angler with Captain Erix Rodriguez.  His 35 years experience fishing Southwest Florida guarantees you a great time on the water.  Stable, new 29ft Parker with extremely quiet Yamaha engines.  Lots of room for up to 6 people to fish.  Clean enclosed restroom onboard.  www.reelthrillsfishingcharters.com.  239.825.4611 www.reelthrillsfishingcharters.com 

You’re guaranteed to catch fish on this four boat fleet located at Rose Marco River Marina.  Backwater, nearshore & offshore fishing with combo trips including shelling and sightseeing for the whole family.  239-389-1575  www.sixchutercharters.com

Backcountry, nearshore and offshore fishing with private and shared charters. With five charter boats and eight captains, Sunshine Tours has the waterfront covered. Their latest addition is a 36ft Yellowfin with triple 300 hp engines capable of cruising at 50 mph. Celebrating over 35 years on Marco.  239-642-5415  

Capt Randy Hamlton will take you offshore and make your rod sing on his custom 30' cagbin boat 
with rest room.  239-821-7054  www.wildthingcharters.com

A serene Everglades sunset taken from the lookout tower at the 10,000 Islands Wildlife Refuge Center on US 41
A seat in the sun with your toes in the Gulf  on Marco's beautiful beach
A friendly snowy egret
A desserted island south of Marco
A wave lapping onto Marco 's Tigertail Beach
Marco Island's beautiful beach looking north
Marco Island is a Bald Eagle Sancuary and this eagle nests on the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary on Tigertail Ct.
Marco Island beach, quiet even in January!
The Esplanade is a beautiful shopping.dining center with views over Smokehouse Bay
If you see a brown sand dollar which still has hairs visible and sometimes moving please replace it gently back in the water passed the breaking wave line as it is still alive
The dome home at Cape Romano
Golf carts and more for rent at Scootertown
Trike Tours USA at the Esplanade
we see so many dolphins in the waters around Marco Island