Marco Island may be small, but its distinct neighborhoods add an irresistible appeal. Beautiful beaches, fantastic shopping, exquisite dining, and a relaxing atmosphere make Marco Island an ideal tropical destination.
Smart restaurateurs know that great food accompanied by amazing ocean views means happy and loyal customers. At Bayview , diners can enjoy a clear view of the harbor while they feast on seafood delights. For perfect beach food, visit one of Marco Island's Mexican restaurants. Mexican favorites that are made from scratch await you at the festive Cilantro Tamales .
Once you've stuffed yourself, squeeze into a swimsuit, slather on the sunscreen and prepare to vegetate on the sand at South Marco Beach . Watch the waves roll in from the endless mass of water before you as you contemplate what's for dinner.
This landlocked district isn't right on the shore, but there is still much to do and see in Mid-Island, and the beach isn't that far away. You'll find casual food at a price that won't break the bank and most are great for families. Tackle a mile-high sandwich at the place that slices it right, Big Al's Deli . Kids and adults alike will love the selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. For a quick and delicious meal that won't waste valuable beach time, look no further than Su's Garden Chinese .
Down on Bald Eagle Drive is the Kahuna Katamarans . Boats are available for day and night cruises. What better way to see the island than from the water? A great place to sit and watch the city in action is Pelican Plaza . Surrounded by restaurants, shops and other businesses, the plaza is a superb spot for people-watching and simply hanging out.
Naples is filled with natural beauty, art galleries and chic restaurants. Rookery Bay Reserve is crawling with over 150 species of birds and other animals. The estuary here is an astounding site. For a crash course in Florida history, visit the Collier County Museum and orchid house. A trip to Naples wouldn't be complete without browsing some high art. Fine selections can be found at Adams Galleries and Gallery Matisse . While exploring the galleries, you can find pieces by the masters,like Chagall, Picasso, and Matisse as well as work by local artists.
Marco Island is a smorgasbord of dining. Many of the chefs and restaurateurs here are big city expats from places like New York City and Chicago, with years of experience dealing with high-volume business and upscale cuisine. Marco Island has it all whether you want Italian, French, Mexican, bar food, or steak and seafood.
From authentic delis to elegant restaurants, Marco Island runs the spectrum of Italian restaurants. You'll feel right at home at Joey's Pizza & Pasta House . The products at Italian Deli & Market will inspire you to create your own kitchen masterpiece. If you're in the mood for something more elegant, try Vergina Restaurant or Da Vinci .
Many restaurants in Marco Island offer the casual diner a place to eat anytime of night. Walk into The Bar straight from the beach and no one will give you a second glance. The outside gazebo provides the perfect environment for snacking and drinking. Party the night away at Sand Bar and you won't go hungry. Rookie's Bar and Grill can satisfy any craving for food, drinks, and fun.
In Marco Island, surf and turf is a dietary staple. With fresh ingredients coming in daily from the ocean and local markets, not to mention the high standard of beef set by many establishments, the island showcases some of the best surf and turf to come out of the USA. If it's perfectly smoked ribs you want, stop by Porky's Last Stand . They feature seafood on the menu, but the ribs are the real stars of the show. Captain Brien's Seafood & Raw Bar will leave you coming back for more. You can find all you need and more at Paradise Shrimp Company . The seafood is as fresh here as it was in the sea. If you aren't feeling up to cooking, they also offer meals to-go.
For the freshest seafood south of Myrtle Beach, stuff your face at HB's On The Gulf . All of the fresh ingredients available may inspire you to do it yourself. The Old Naples Pub is a local legend, and always packed with hungry customers looking for the quality food and excellent service.