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!








ON THE WATER ECO ADVENTURES
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. 
   
BOAT, WAVE RUNNER, KAYAK, & PADDLEBOARD  RENTALS

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

PADDLE MARCO - 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.  They are the only local company to rent Hobie pedal kayaks, which travel up to 3 times faster than regular kayaks and leave hands free for fishing and photography enthusiasts. www.paddlemarco.com. 239 777.5423

ROSE MARINA - Pontoon, center console, and deck boat rentals as well as bait & tackle, ship’s store, full service boatyard, gas and diesel and wet/dry storage.  951 Bald Eagle Drive (Map1 (3C), 239-394-2502  www.rosemarina.com  

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 no restrictions on where you can/cannot go and no rental advertisement or phone numbers on the boats. Rent a jet ski or a fishing boat and head offshore or maybe a 20-23ft Hurricane deck 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. ½ day, full day and weekly rentals at very reasonable rates, or try one of their new sunset boat rentals for just $199. Also renting one or 2 person kayaks and paddlebaords from Caxambas Park.  www.dolphincovemarina.com. 1135 Bald Eagle Drive. Map1 (2C)  239.289.8654

TIGERTAIL BEACH PADDLEBOARD, KAYAK & BEACH RENTALS -  Rent kayaks (including a family kayak) and paddleboards (each rental includes a free lesson) on  the calm waters of Tigertail lagoon, which teems with wildlife and is totally unspoiled. Guided paddleboard tours also offered. Water trikes and fishing kayaks are also available for rent.  490 Hernando Drive.  239-642-8414  www.tigertailbeach.net


GUIDED TOURS ON THE WATER

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:


AIRBOAT TOURS
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. Map3 (23R) 877.695.2820 


KAYAK, PADDLE BOARD & CRAIGCAT TOURS
BACKWATER ADVENTURE - Deluxe 2 seat catamarans which are stable, safe and easy to operate and can travel at speeds up to 30 mph.  A great way to get close to our amazing wildlife. Daily 3-4 hour guided sightseeing tours as well as sunset tours.  239-877-4531 www.backwateradventure.com 

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. Located at JT’s  on Chokoloskee Island they are now also based at Calusa Marina in Goodland.  239-204-5382 www.evergladesareatours.com/mrm  

KAYAK MARCO - Boat assisted kayak eco-tours,  leaving from Shell Road, Capri Paddlecraft Park and Goodland.  Beach picnics, manatee kayak tours, moonlight paddles and full moon parties, sunset and bioluminescence tours and kayak rentals. www.kayakmarco.com/mr 239-201-4773

MANGROVE MANIACS - Fully customizable Florida Master Naturalist-led boat and kayak eco tours, shelling and sunset excursions with  Capt Drew Naeckel. This real Florida experience will be the highlight of your stay. www.mangrovemaniacs.com 239-777-5707

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

NAPLES SALTWATER ADVENTURES - Kayak and paddle board rentals and tours, jetski tours, fishing charters and kayak fishing tours from Capri Fish House in Isles of Capri. www.naplessaltwateradventures.com 239.228.9383

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

TIGERTAIL BEACH PADDLEBAORD, KAYAK AND BEACH RENTALS - Paddleboard, single, double or family and glass bottom kayak rentals and guided tours on the tranquil waters of Tigertail lagoon. Each paddleboard rentals comes with a free SUP lesson.  490 Hernando Drive. Call for schedule. 239-642-8414  www.tigertailbeach.net


MOTOR BOAT TOURS & DOLPHIN/MANATEE TOURS
See article in our winter 2016 edition

DOC JIMMY’S CURE-ALL MARINE ADVENTURES - Satisfaction is guaranteed on these private or group sunset tours and 3 hour shelling excursions to Keewaydin and Cape Romano. Doc. Jimmy’s is affiliated with popular waverunner tour Capt. Ron’s Awesome Everglades Adventures and, with our coupon, if you book a jet ski tour with Capt. Ron’s you will get $100 off per party of two or more on tours with Doc Jimmy’s. www.evergladesjetskitours.com.  239.777.9975

DOLPHIN EXPLORER - 3 hour eco, photo expedition where you can participate in dolphin study with naturalist on 28 passenger power cat.  Visit their booking cart at Rose Marco River Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive. Map1 (3C)   642-6899  www.dolphin-study.com

ECO ENDEAVORS - Specializing in wilderness adventures aboard their high performance boat, Eco Endeavors navigate through the remote barrier islands of the 10,000 islands National Wildlife Refuge and coastal mangrove ecosystems of the Everglades National Park. They offer the ultimate family adventure experience and guarantee superior service and memories that will last a lifetime.  With three alternative tours and the option of adding different activity packages they are sure to have what you are looking for. www.EcoEndeavors.org.  239.776.1863

EVERGLADES AREA TOURS - Power boat excursions into the 10,000 Islands/Everglades with naturalist native guide leaving from Everglades City.   www.evergladesareatours.com/mrm     239-204-5382

GREEN WATER BOAT TOURS - Offering birding, shelling sightseeing and family beach tours in the  bays and backwaters of the 10,000 islands. Feel like you're on your own private island, walk the beaches to collect sea shells, sand dollars, visit the dome house at Cape Romano or take a swim in the Gulf of Mexico.  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. Quality manatee visuals guaranteed.  No see - no pay!  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. Map3 (23Q).  Call your new friends, Captains Barry and Carol www.see-manatees.com   239-642-8818

MANGROVE MANIACS - Fully customizable Florida Master Naturalist-led boat eco tours, shelling and sunset excursions with  Capt Drew Naeckel. This real Florida experience will be the highlight of your stay. www.mangrovemaniacs.com 239-777-5707

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/mr  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

PALM BREEZE CHARTERS - - customized private sightseeing, shelling, dolphin/wildlife and sunset tours aboard a luxury pontoon boat.  Palm Breeze are away for part of the summer so please call for availability.  239-206-0909 


SAILBOAT TOURS
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

CROSS CRUISES - The ultimate island experience!  Marco’s cooling offshore breezes make for smooth sailing on Capt.Hugh Cross’ beautiful new 30’ Maine Cat.  After running charters all over the world, Capt. Hugh can take you to an uninhabited island where you’ll find the shells that give SW Florida its reputation as a world-class shelling spot.  Along the way watch the dolphins swim alongside the boat.  Trips are $65 for adults and $45 for children, complimentary beverages included.  Times are 9am, 11:30am, 2pm and sunset.  Leaving right from the beach or Goodland Boat Park for sunset cruises or when the surf is high. www.sailingmarcoisland.com  239-580-8765

SEASTAR SAILING - Where every charter is private... whether you are a couple or family you will be the only ones on the boat.  Affordable 3 hour shelling, dolphin watch and sunset cruises.  This veteran owned business departs from the Isles of Capri, 5 minutes from Marco and also offers a 90 minute introduction to sailing lesson for $99.  
239-216-7730 www.seastarsailingclub.com

SERENIDAD (Marco Sailing LLC) - Get away from it all on this gorgeous 41’ Beneteau sailing sloop which comfortably accommodates up to six people for afternoon cruises and 2½ hour sunset cruises. Private crewed charters also available as well as sailing classes with sister company Sail Marco.  Departing daily from Rose Marina. Map1 (3C), 272-0939  www.svserenidad.com

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

THUNDERBIRD SAILING - Looking for an out of this world adventure?  Sail with Captains Otis & Nancy on their unique, world-class ocean racing Condor 40 trimaran, the fastest sailboat in SW Florida.  Private charters leave for day and sunset cruises from The Blue Heron restaurant on the Isles of Capri, just 5 minutes from Marco.  The 28’ width of this rare boat makes for smooth and comfortable sailing, and when the breeze is up Thunderbird flies across the water like an eagle!  Capt. Otis has decades of worldwide sailing experience. Capt. Nancy takes quality complimentary photos of your trip which are emailed to you.  She’s also a Florida Master Naturalist so you can learn about the wonderful marine, bird life and history of the area on this truly memorable trip.  www.thunderbirdsailing.com.  239.776.5757


WAVERUNNER TOURS  
AVI’S WATER SPORTS - Avi Langer, one of Marco Island’s most experienced, enthusiastic and well loved waverunner tour guides, has recently set up his own water sports company and 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 a maximum of three waverunners, accommodating up to two adults and one child per machine.  Avi, a keen photographer, will give you a CD of the photos he takes during your tour and can also provide additional professional photography on request. Two scheduled tours leave from Caxambas Boat Park daily and he also offers sunset and/or private tours on request. www.aviwatersports.com 
Map 1 (9D). 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.  Dry departures from Caxambas Boat Park, , hassle-free parking, deluxe machines, souvenir pictures and GPS tracking are just some of the extra features of these trips. Map1 (8D)   www.evergladesjetskitours.com.  239-777-9975

MARCO ISLAND WATERSPORTS - take an unforgettable journey from Marco beach into the The Thousand Islands with professional guides to see mangrove forests and amazing wildlife which may include dolphin, manatee and exotic birds.  Leaving from the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Resort or the Hilton Beach Resort  Map 1 (7B & 8B)   Call 239.389.4FUN.  www.marcoislandwatersports.com

WOW ADVENTURES -  explore the beauty of Marco and the 10,000 Islands on either a 1½ or 3 hour guided jet ski tour leaving from Rose Marina.  Learn about the history of the area and see the amazing wildlife with this company which is new to Marco but is committed to protecting our unique eco-system and sharing it with others in an eco-sensitive way. www.wowjetski.com.  239.300.3233.


OTHER ON THE WATER OPTIONS

BOAT TRIP TO KEY WEST
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)   888-579-7805 www.keywestexpress.net

BOATMANSHIP INSTRUCTION
SAIL MARCO - Sailing classes.  272-0939.  www.sail-marco.com
SEA STAR SAILING - Sailing classes.  216-7730.  www.seastarsailingclub.com


CRUISES
BLACK PEARL PIRATE SHIP CRUISES - this popular boat, which offers interactive kid’s pirate-themed tours and  1½ hour sunset cruises with DJ, dancing on deck, is not on Marco during the summer but will be returning to Rose Marina in October.  Also offering private charters.. www.piratesofmarco.com. Leaving from Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr. 239.404.5422.

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 Map 1 (3C) 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.    Map1 (3C),  642-5415 http://themarcoislandprincess.com/


PARASAILING
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.  Map 1 (7B & 8B)  Call 239.389.4FUN.  www.marcoislandwatersports.com  




GUIDED TOURS NOT ON THE WATER

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

ON FOOT
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

ON FOUR WHEELS
BILLY 'OS VANTASTIC TOURS -  Join Billy O's Vantastic Tours of Marco Island for a trip to the Everglades.  Enjoy a thrilling ride through the sawgrass marshes on a small airboat, a nature walk, visit a wildlife refuge and spot wildlife and birds on a nature drive through the Big Cypress Swamp.  Learn the eco system and history of early inhabitants and settlers of this mysterious land.   www.vantastictours.com 
239-394-7699. 

ON TWO WHEELS
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


GOLF
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

ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB. Like most of the clubs in our area, the Island Country Club it is a private course - call 239-394-6611 for membership  details or visit www.island-countryclub.org. Island Country Club is closed over the summer for course renovations and will open again in December.

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
LELY FLAMINGO ISLAND & MUSTANG GOLF CLUBS,793-2223   www.lely-resort.net
FOREST GLEN 354-1898  www.forestglengcc.com
EAGLE LAKES GOLF CLUB, 732-0034  www.eaglelakesgolfclub.net

Local driving ranges include: 
CORAL ISLE GOLF CENTER,  732-6900

ADVENTURE GOLF
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 

BICYCLE, SCOOTER & STREET LEGAL GOLF CART RENTALS

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. 

CART RENTALS  -  This new service opened on Marco in mid-January but they have15 years experience in Sanibel and Ft Myers.  Offering clean and up to date four or six person street legal golf carts for half, full day or weekly rentals. Will deliver to your home or condo. www.cartrentals.com.  994 N Barfield Dr.  239.500.RENT (7368)

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

SCOOTERTOWN -  Scooters, bikes, in-line skates, beach stroller and wheelchair rentals by the hour, day or week.  Kids’ bikes, baby seats and 4 wheeled surreys complete the line-up. 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

CHARTER CAPTAINS WE RECOMMEND:


CAPT  BARRY
Backwater & Everglades National Park fishing with tournament champion Capt Barry.  239-389-0602

DAWN PATROL
Backwater & nearshore reefs - family fishing with Capt Bill Walsh.  239-394-0608  www.dawnpatrolcharters.com

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, restroom and a 300 Hp 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.fishonmarcoisland.com.  239.687.8352

GO FISH
Family fun fishing in the backwaters of Marco, the 10,000 Islands and Everglades with Capt Richard Varnes.  Also offering eco and sunset tours. 239-777-6475  www.gofishmarco.com
 
JOESNOOK FISHING GUIDE SERVICES
Backwater and nearshore spinning and fly fishing with Capt Joe Cassaro who will go the extra mile to make your charter memorable. Ideal for both favilies and experienced fishermen.  Leaving from Calusa Island Marina, Goodland (10 minutes from Marco).  239-269-0695  www.joesnook.com

MAKE A MEMORY CHARTERS
Light tackle and Fly Fishing in the Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands, with Capt Bill Jones. 
239-394-6059  www.marcoislandfishingcharters.com

MANGROVE MANIACS
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

REEL THRILLS FISHING CHARTERS
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

SEA GONE FISHING
Back water and off shore fishing aboard 3 clean, well maintained, 6 passenger, rest room equipped boats.  Shelling & Sightseeing Trips also available.  239-642-7310.  www.fishmarcoisland.com

SIX CHUTER CHARTERS
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

SUNSHINE TOURS
Back country and off shore fishing, private and shared charters.  239-642-5415 
www.sunshinetoursmarcoisland.com

WILD THING CHARTERS
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




FISHING
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