The largest of Florida’s 10,000 Islands (at what point do you say, “That is just a big rock dude.”), Marco Island is an excellent tropical vacation destination. Initially known as La Isla De San Marco, this Getaway Island offers many exciting activities for visitors of all ages. Being your travel advisor, I am here to tell you the best area to stay on Marco Island. So get ready and make sure to take lots of notes, because the level of information I am about to bring will most definitely blow your mind.
Water will be an integral part of your visit to Marco Island. Obviously, coming to an Island, you expect to spend lots of time in the ocean. But the unique marshland characteristics of this Florida Island result in an interior that is full of waterways as well. Depending on whether you desire to play in the surf or wade in the calm waterways, you will want to choose an area accordingly. Personally, having been to Marco Island multiple times, I must say that my favorite area to stay on the Island is oceanfront at the Sandcastles Condominium.
Located on Collier Boulevard in the southern part of the Island, Sandcastles is ideally situated steps from the beach. In fact, you won’t get any closer to the beach staying anywhere else unless you were on a boat. If you like lounging on pristine white, sandy beaches and sipping refreshing tropical cocktails, then this is the place for you. The beach is also great for frolicking and swimming if the whole ‘sleeping on the beach’ thing is not your cup of tea. The beauty of this location is that it has something to offer all types of visitors.
Often referred to as the peaceful paradise retreat, this area is perfect for the vacationer looking to kick back and relax. Spend your time leisurely strolling along the expanse of beach or just simply admire the beach view from your lanai. No matter how many times you gaze out at yet another spectacular sunset view from your condo, you will never get tired of it. Be sure and bring the camera, as you will want to capture these exquisite sights for the scrapbook.
Sandcastles has the full repertoire of amenities – from the community swimming pool to the outdoor barbecue grilling station. Why not save some money and cook dinner outdoors in paradise on the community grill? This is a great way to immerse yourselves with the other guests, and who knows, maybe make a new friend. Of course there are plenty of restaurants in this area if the thought of cooking on vacation is something that bothers you (more likely the ‘washing the dishes’ part). Check out one of my favorite eateries, Blu Fusion, located just north up Collier Blvd. This restaurant offers excellent fresh seafood that will satisfy even the toughest food critic. I personally loved their signature appetizer – the crispy calamari served with a sweet chili glaze. Is that my stomach growling?
There is no doubt the south end of Marco Island is an excellent area to stay. Sandcastles Condominium will not disappoint with those unparalleled views of the magnificent Gulf Coast and refreshing swims in the ocean waiting for you. Jump on in, the water’s warm.