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.
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.
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
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 239-394-2502
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
KOOL CAT SUP RENTALS - Craig Cat tour operator Kool Cat has ventured into SUP rentals. Departing from Shell Road, you will be shown how to safely operate the board and where to explore the calm waters of Rookery Bay to maximize the adventure. Coolers are available for your drinks and snacks. All rentals are two hours. www.KoolCatEcoTours.com 239.888.1069
NAPLES SALTWATER ADVENTURES - Kayak and paddle board rentals from Capri Fish House in Isles of Capri. www.caprifishhouse.com/play 239.228.9383
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
WAVE RUNNER RENTALS
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
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
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:
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
KAYAK & PADDLE BOARD TOURS
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
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, fishing charters and kayak fishing tours from Capri Fish House in Isles of Capri. www.caprifishhouse.com/play 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
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
MOTOR BOAT ECO TOURS
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!
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
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
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. Like Capt. Ron’s, Doc Jimmy’s has an underwater microphone so you can hear dolphins communicating with each other under water. 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
DREAMLANDER TOURS - offer two and three hour dolphin and shelling tours either on a per person basis, or as a private tour. A licensed US Coast Guard Captain will guide you through the Ten Thousand Islands, showing you wildlife (focusing mainly on dolphins), vegetation and the famous Cape Romano Dome Home. Some tours also include stopping on a barrier island for a chance to collect some shells and explore on the beautiful white sand. www.DreamlanderTours.com 239.331.3775
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. 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
MANATEE SUNSET TOURS - Captains Barry & Carol are well known for their manatee sightseeing tours leaving from Port of the Islands and they recently added “Manatees and Sunset” to their repertoire. Just a 15 minute drive from Marco, not only will you have the opportunity to see a fabulous Gulf sunset but probably get to see manatees too, ‘cos Captain Barry knows where they hang out! Bring your own drinks to toast the sun as it dips below the horizon for another beautiful sunset. 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
PARADISE COAST MARINE SERVICES - - Enjoy a custom, private charter aboard a meticulously maintained 25’ center console, Hot Pursuit, which includes a full marine head. If you want to look for dolphins, owner/Captain Jamie will do it. Lunch in Goodland, Naples, or Everglades City? He can do that. If you are interested in shelling or bird watching, he’ll take you to the hot spots. Or the private beach tour is a chance for you, your family, and friends to enjoy fun in the sun on an island that can only be accessed by boat. 954.361.4131 www.pcmsmarco.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 operate a brand new 2018, 24 ft SeaPro bayboat equipped with a freshwater shower and bathroom. Four hour, small group tours for up to six people, and custom full day tours for maximum privacy, are scheduled based on daily tides for optimal shelling. Each tour concludes with a visit to the famous dome home at Cape Romano. Leaving from Goodland Boating Park.
BLACK PEARL PIRATE SHIP CRUISES -This 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.
CAPTAIN PARTY HARD- Boat like a Local, Party like a Rock Star! Adults Only, 21 years+. Departing Marco Island twice daily on board a beautiful 27 foot Hurricane deck boat for a 3.5 hour boat/beach party. Vessel includes a bathroom, beverages and snacks complimentary. Everything you need to have fun like you live here is provided - beach chairs, games, beverages and snacks; all you need is a towel and to be ready to have fun! www.captainpartyhard.com 239.235.9414
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
THE SCREAM MACHINE - The thrill of a roller coaster, with the excitement of white water rafting! The Scream Machine – a one-hour jet boat thrill ride - arrived on Marco recently and departs daily from the Goodland Boat Park at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm and Sunset. She is a Smoky Mountain, New Zealand style jet boat, 30’ long and weighing in at over five tons. Twin turbo-charged engines push her along at over 40 knots! Up to 23 guests will enjoy 360° full speed spins, power slides, hair-pin turns and nose dives. Children must be at least 38” tall to enjoy the ride. www.FloridaScreamMachine.com 317-709-2235
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 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 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, starting at $150. Also catering to groups and corporate events. Arrange free pick up at your hotel or Marco Island home. Tours leave daily from Caxambas Park. Fully insured, certificates available on request.
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
OTHER ON THE WATER OPTIONS
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
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.
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
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.
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
ROCK RENTALS - Now offering informational Marco Island tours in six 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
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
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:
ROCK RENTALS - These six 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 and 4 wheeled surreys complete the line-up. 1095 Bald Eagle Dr. Map1 (3C) 239.394.8400 www.islandbikeshops.com
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CHARTER CAPTAINS WE RECOMMEND:
Backwater & Everglades National Park fishing with tournament champion Capt Barry. Also offering two hour "Teach Your Kids to Fish" fishing charters. 239-389-0602
DREAMLANDER TOURS - Four hour private half day backwater fishing tours with experienced USCG captains. www.dreamlandertours.com. 239.331.3775
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
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 THRILLSFISHING 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
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
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 nearly 35 years on Marco. 239-642-5415