Marco Island
Largest of the 10,000 Islands

Marco Island (Highway 951)/Judge S. S. Jolley Bridge—crosses Marco Island-Naples waterway and Big Marco River west of unlighted ...The bridge is a good location for fishing.Marco Island (Highway 951)/Judge S. S. Jolley Bridge—crosses Marco Island-Naples waterway and Big Marco River west of unlighted ...The bridge is a good location for fishing.

Often I find myself fishing the waters off Marco Island from the S.S. Jolly Bridge(entry to Marco from the mainland) to Cape Romano deep into 10,000 Islands.

I think you agree, Marco Island is a "Tropical Paradise." and a great launch point to adventure in the Tropical waters of Southwest Florida.

Marco is the largest island of Ten Thousand Islands and 3 public beaches in addition to the resort and condo beaches. 

Marco Island is the largest of theTen thousand islands and a boaters paradise giving access to 10,000 exotic beach locations for beach picnics, seashell shelling or overnight camping.


I've spend many a weekend atThe Marriott Beach Hotel & Resortenjoying the countless amenities offered by this Hotel

Click here - Tour of Beautiful Marco Island, Florida

The resort is quite large in a good way. 4 pools,the beach stretches the length of the property and joins other hotel & Condo beaches which means miles of sugar sand

The resort is quite large in a good way. 4 pools,the beach stretches the length of the property and joins other hotel & Condo beaches which means miles of sugar sand

Tiger tail is a beautiful beach, shelling is great but a long hot walk to the Gulf Beach.

Many think it’s worth it some don't.The park offers many things to do include Eco-nature tours and canoe rentals.

The beach is a long walk through hot sand which brings you to a Lagoon and you’re still not at the end of your walk. 

Tiger Tail Beach: You now have 2 choices. One walk through the Lagoon to reach the Gulf or Two go around.

If you have small children and lots of beach stuff you might rethink this beach for another though I believe it's all worth the walk. 

Facilities•
210 Parking Spaces.
Resident Beach Stickers, Visitors $8.00•
Bathhouse•
5 Boardwalks• Concessions•
Picnic areas with grills• Sand volleyball court•
Playground• Butterfly Garden•
Handicapped Beach wheelchair• Rest Rooms•
Outdoor Showers• Beach Rentals•

8am - Sunset My favorite of all Marco Island Beaches is South Marco Beach located at Cape Marco (the very end of Marco Island). 

South Marco Beach located at Cape Marco (the very end of Marco Island).Picturesque, offering a striking view of the beautiful Hi-Rise Condo Vera Cruz at Cape Marco and a jettySouth Marco Beach located at Cape Marco (the very end of Marco Island).Picturesque, offering a striking view of the beautiful Hi-Rise Condo Vera Cruz at Cape Marco and a jetty

Picturesque, offering a striking view of the beautiful Hi-Rise Condo Vera Cruz at Cape Marco and a jetty some fifty yards out provides a great habitat for fish making this beach a good choice for shore fishing as well.

There are no restrooms or concessions at the beach, but a Seven Eleven one block up has what you need.

Parking for the beach is limited so go early. Parking is on Swallow Ave. and S. Collier Blvd - 5 minute walk to the beach 

Goodland Old Florida Fishing Village

The first time I saw Goodland the jumping off point for the ten thousand Islands, its number one attraction was Stan's waterfront saloon host the annual Mullet Festival

Stan's Idele 

At one time, this was strictly commercial fishing country.

Species like mullet, snook and seatrout provided the region’s inhabitants with a living for decades

The second gateway to Ten Thousand Islands is Everglades City, at the mouth of the Barron River, on Chokoloskee Bay, just inside of Everglades National Park.

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge protects a 35,000-acre labyrinth of mangrove islands, freshwater and saltwater marshes, brackish ponds, winding channels, sandy beaches, and shallow bays.

The islands harbor an abundance of life, and the shallows serve as nursery grounds for countless marine species.

Boaters should be mindful of the depth of the water, as shallows are common

Finding your way through this area of the park can be difficult, and it is strongly recommended that visitors reference NOAA Charts #11430 and 11432 to assist them. 

The Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands are a traveling fisherman's ideal destination.

Everglades City located near Florida’s southern tip and southeast of Naples, is known as the gateway to Ten Thousand Islands. 

Chokoloskee Island is connected to Everglades City on the mainland by a causeway. 

Chokoloskee like Everglades City is known for its fishing, bird watching and kayaking through the mangrove jungles of the Everglades

BARRIER ISLAND FISHING: SIGHT-FISHING AT ITS FINEST

The outside barrier islands both north and south are lined with pristine, isolated beaches with grass flats just off the shoreline.

Snook, redfish, shark and jack roam these waters, making for excellent sight-fishing opportunities.

Trout, pompano, ladyfish, flounder and redfish are up on the flats.

Tarpon, shark, cobia, large jack and dolphin will be there, too, hunting the smaller species.

While trout fishing with six to eight pound spinning gear, my anglers will almost always run into a school of ladyfish.

In the spring, summer and fall, quite often a ladyfish will be gobbled up by a marauding tarpon.


Southwest Florida Shuffle

"From the first of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.

The first thing most locals will tell you is to ' The Naples Shuffle' your feet as you walk in the surf. By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.

It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense." alt="Southwest Florida Shuffle"

  • From the First of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.  
  • The first thing most locals will tell you is to your feet as you walk in the surf. 
  • By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
  • It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense. 

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