48 Hours in Marco Island

Located approximately one hour south of Southwest Florida International Airport and Fort Myers, Marco Island is the southernmost tourist destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This vacation paradise brings the feel of the Keys to the mainland in a way you won’t find anywhere else in Florida.

Where to stay: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

With more than a dozen fantastic resorts located along Marco Beach, there is no shortage of amazing places to stay on Marco Island. One of the most fabulous options is the luxurious JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

This massive resort features two standard family room towers, as well as a new building for your adults-only “Paradise by Sirene” experience with spacious suites and a private, adults-only rooftop pool.

Regardless of where you stay in the resort, you’ll have access to 12 excellent restaurants, first-class service, and one of the best beach experiences you’ll find anywhere in Florida.


Day one: enjoy the fabulous beach resort

Assuming you are hungry when you arrive at the hotel, our first stop will be Quinn is on the beach or Kane Tiki Bar & Grill. Both options are part of the hotel experience, with Quinn’s offering traditional Florida holiday cuisine, while Kane focuses on Indonesian street food.

No one should come to the Gulf without going out on the water, so that’s what we’re going to do on our first afternoon on Marco Island. This is an option to choose your own adventure, as you will have kayaks, jet skis, and guided tours available within walking distance of your hotel.

Our first night’s dinner will be at Aryan, which is also located within the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. One thing most JW Marriott properties seem to get right is the steakhouse concept, and Ario is surely no exception. Dry aged steaks are the specialty here, but be sure to save room for dessert too!

After dinner, we have two options for evening drinks that are located right on the property. 10K Alley it’s perfect for casual fun with tons of big sports screens, bowling alleys, and just about every arcade game you can imagine. If something more romantic is what you had in mind, treasure it is located around the corner with beautiful views of the water.

Day Two: Beach, Pizza, Golf, and Oysters!

There is nothing like him beautiful beaches off the Gulf Coast of Florida, and Marco Island boasts one of the best beaches in the entire stretch, so there’s no doubt our second day will start with a little beach time. This could mean grabbing a beach chair or going for a walk, but either way, be sure to spend some time with your feet in the sand.

We’re going to Sam is for lunch today one of the best pizzas in town. Seafood lovers will definitely want to try the crab, shrimp, and bruschetta flatbread. If you’re up for some exercise, the short walk from most major hotels will help you cut out those carbs.

After lunch, it’s time to go out and enjoy one of the local golf courses. Rookery in Marco It is the most popular course on the island, but don’t forget that you are just minutes from dozens of other great options in Naples. And if golf is not your thing, there is always the option to spend more time on the beach!

We are making reservations at The oyster society for dinner on our second night on the town, and be sure to show up hungry for this one! Oysters are the main attraction here, and they’re served with so much more than just the standard horseradish and cocktail sauce here! There are also many other options on the menu for any seafood lover in your group.

After dinner at The Oyster Society, head across the street to Hilton Marco Island and watch the bar scene at The Deck at 560. This is a fantastic place to end an evening overlooking the water!


Day three: history, brunch and the Naples pier

We started the last day of our trip with a visit to the Marco Island Historical Museum. This new museum complex is a great way to learn about the island’s history, the native Calusa Indians, and what life might have been like in Southwest Florida since the 1800s.

We’re going to Stone walls for one of the most popular brunch experiences on the island after our museum visit. This family-friendly eatery is known for its breakfast options, but don’t sleep on that turkey reuben either!

As you leave the island and return to everyday life, be sure to set aside enough time for a quick stop at the Naples Pier on your way. Even if you only have time for a short hike, you don’t want to miss out on the photo opportunities here!

And since 48 hours wasn’t enough for the full Marco Island vacation experience, be sure to start thinking about planning your next trip to paradise in Southwest Florida as soon as possible.

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