Life's a beach on Marco Island getaways. There's silken white sands here, studded with sea shells, and the clear turquoise waters that lap the shores of this idyllic little barrier island on Florida's Paradise Coast are nothing short of irresistible. But Marco Island getaways are also about nature, and there's jaw-dropping bird and marine life to enjoy, a bagful of State Parks and nature reserves to explore, plus the Everglades National Park right on the doorstep.
A string of sugar-white sands unfold along the island's coastline, making for the ideal place to soak up the Florida sun and unwind. Beaches with names like Hideaway and Tigertail are as enticing as they sound, and you can split your time between kicking-back on a lounger and slipping into the ocean to cool off. There's also great shelling to be found and collectors comb the sands for treasures like sand dollars, rose petal tellins and zigzag scallops.
With ocean all around, and the land sliced and diced by countless rivers and canals, it's a watery world here - and that makes for ideal watersports and fishing territory. You can float away on all manner of boat trips, from a deep-sea fishing charter to a dolphin and manatee-spotting cruise; or you can rent a kayak to paddle round the 'Thousand Islands' that pepper the Gulf waters. Plus there's parasailing, jet skiing and paddle boarding to choose from.
Once the sun has set, the nightlife on Marco Island getaways is sophisticated rather than storming, and if fresh seafood pulled straight from the dock is your thing, then you'll be in food heaven. Many restaurants have waterside locations where you can drink in the view, plus there are some cool bars to discover - and always the promise of another exquisitely sunny day in paradise to follow.