Marco Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off Southwest Florida, linked to the mainland by bridges south of the city of Naples. It’s home to resort hotels, beaches, marinas, and golf courses, as well as a network of inland waterways. A long, sandy beach covers most of the west coast, with resort hotels in the south. Tigertail Beach Park has a tidal lagoon, popular for kayaking and paddleboarding. ― Google
Marco Island, the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, is located at the southern tip of Florida’s Paradise Coast. A beachfront paradise located north of the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park and 15 miles south of Naples, the island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and pristine mangrove estuaries on the other.
Marco Island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and offers world-class golf courses nearby, shopping and dining on Marco Island and in nearby Naples, the world-famous Everglades National Park adjacent, and immediate access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the mangrove-lined estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands for shelling, fishing, boating, bird and wildlife watching, kayaking and canoeing. – Source: paradisecoast.com
Marco Island was settled in 1870 when Captain W. D. “Bill” Collier of Tennessee (no relation to Barron Gift Collier, the founder of Collier County) arrived in his schooner. During this era the island was occupied with the clamming and fishing industries. Captain Bill built The Olde Marco Inn on Palm Street in 1883. The original Inn now serves as a popular restaurant and the registration area for the renovated Olde Marco Island Inn & Suites.
The isolated island came more in contact with the outside world with the Olde Marco Ferry and a railroad link to the mainland in the 1920s. Back then visitors often traveled from Miami and elsewhere to visit Marco Island’s crescent beach.
In the 1940s and 1950s, brothers Elliott, Robert and Frank Mackle dreamed of creating a “Hawaii of the East” on Marco Island. Their Deltona Corporation is largely responsible for creating most of the land on the island for home sites by dredging through the now protected mangroves to create canals and thousands of waterfront home sites. – Source: paradisecoast.com
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