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Marco Island is a small sea island, or barrier island, on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located 20 miles (32 km) south of Naples in Collier County, Florida it is 198 nautical miles to Havana. It is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands. Marco Island is a beach and boating resort island with a small-town character. It is home to the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort and Hilton Marco Island Resort, a golf club, a yacht club, a country club, several parks, and nature areas. The six-mile crescent beach on Marco Island is among the widest in Florida and features bright white, sugar sand and bountiful shelling opportunities.

There are two public access locations with parking and amenities (Tigertail and South Beach), a private beach complex for residents (Residents’ Beach) and a private parking area for residents (Sarazen Park at South Beach), and two other public access points (with no amenities). Access to offshore island beaches, such as Keewaydin, are conveniently accessed by boat or tours. Marco is close to the shopping and restaurants of Naples.

Marco Island is a principal city of the Naples, Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 16,413 at the 2010 census. It was ranked as the sixth most affluent metro area in the nation.[citation needed] The population more than doubles in size during the winter season. A daily ferry connects the island to Key West.

Marco Island is the largest barrier island within Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area extending southerly to Cape Sable. Parts of the island have some scenic, high elevations relative to the generally flat south Florida landscape. Like the city of Naples to the north, Marco Island has a tropical climate; specifically a tropical wet and dry or savanna type. It is known for its distinct wet and dry seasons, with most of the rainfall falling between the months of June and October.

The history of Marco Island can be traced as far back as 500 C.E. when the Calusa people inhabited the island as well as the rest of southwest Florida. A number of Calusa artifacts were discovered on Key Marco (an island then adjacent to, and since attached to Marco Island) in 1896 by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing as part of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition. The most notable artifact discovered was the carved wooden “Key Marco Cat” which is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The artifact is featured on a 1989 postage stamp.

When Spanish explorers came to the island in the mid-1500s, they gave the island the name La Isla de San Marcos after Gospel writer St. Mark.

Early development of the island began in the late 1800s after the arrival of William Thomas Collier and his family. Collier founded the village of Marco on the island in 1870, and in 1896 Collier’s son, William D. “Capt. Bill” Collier, opened a hotel on the island, known today as the Olde Marco Inn.

Clam digging became a major industry on Marco Island and throughout the Ten Thousand Islands in the early 1900s. The Burnham Clam Cannery began operation near Caxambas Pass in 1903 and operated until 1929. The Doxsee Clam Cannery also operated from 1911 to 1947.

Ferry service began to the island in 1912, which operated between Marco Island and the Isles of Capri. A road on the mainland linked the ferry landing with East Naples (just west of State Road 951). A small piece of this road still exists today and is known as Barefoot Williams Road.

Barron G. Collier (whom Collier County is named after, and of no relation to William T. Collier) purchased a large amount of land on Marco Island in 1922, and in 1927 the island incorporated as Collier City. Collier City was abolished in 1957. James Harvey Doxsee Sr. served as Collier City’s only mayor.

Also in 1927, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad began service to the island after extending their route from Fort Myers and Naples. The railroad ran to the island along the present route of State Road 951. Rail service was discontinued in 1944.

The first vehicle bridge to the island was a small wooden swing bridge built in 1938 near Goodland on the southeast side of the island. Remnants of this bridge can be seen today next to the current Goodland Bridge (built in 1975). The island’s ferry service was discontinued after the original Goodland Bridge opened.

Significant development of Marco Island took place in the 1960s that made it into the tourist destination it is known as today. The Mackle brothers of the Deltona Corporation led the development of the island after purchasing large amounts of land there for $7 million. As a result of development, the S.S. Jolley Bridge opened for traffic in 1969.

Marco Island was reincorporated as a city on August 28, 1997.

On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on the island.

The District School Board of Collier County operates the following schools serving Marco Island:

Marco Island Academy High School
Marco Island Charter Middle School
Tommie Barfield Elementary School

Private schools:

Island Montessori Academy
Marketplace Mission Learning Center

The Marco Island Executive Airport (MRK) provides air service to the area. It is located four miles (6.4 km) northeast of the central business district of Marco Island.

Marco Island is served by Collier Area Transit’s Route #21 and Route #121 (Express: Immokalee to Marco Island)

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Nearby Marco Island Businesses

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Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill 4.0 star rating 522
1021 Anglers Cv
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-4048

Lee Be Fish 4.5 star rating 628
350 Royal Palm Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-0580

The Oyster Society 4.5 star rating 558
599 S Collier Blvd
Ste 218
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-3474

Snook Inn 3.5 star rating 1187
1215 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-3313

Smith House 4.5 star rating 95
210 Royal Palm Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-8414

Da Vinci 4.5 star rating 705
599 S Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-1888

Deep Lagoon Seafood and Oyster House 4.0 star rating 128
760 N Collier Blvd
Ste 105
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 235-7497

Sami's 4.5 star rating 698
227 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-7499

Dolphin Tiki Bar & Grill 4.0 star rating 522
1021 Anglers Cv
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-4048

The Boardroom Tavern 5.0 star rating 2
174 Royal Palm Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-8414

Sand Bar 4.0 star rating 262
826 E Elkcam Circle
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 642-3625

Kane 4.0 star rating 93
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-2511

Jack's Lookout 4.5 star rating 44
951 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-5944

Snook Inn 3.5 star rating 1187
1215 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-3313

The SpeakEasy of Marco Island 3.5 star rating 217
1106 1/2 N Collier Blvd
Ste 104
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 970-2929

Sunset Grille 3.5 star rating 249
900 S Collier Blvd
Ste 500
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-0509

Publix 4.5 star rating 16
175 S Barfield Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-1086

Winn-Dixie 3.5 star rating 31
625 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 642-9126

Paradise Seafood & Gourmet Market 4.5 star rating 55
721 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-3686

Summer Day Market & Cafe 4.0 star rating 50
1069 N Collier Blvd
Ste 216
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-8361

Publix Super Markets 2.5 star rating 19
1089 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 642-2202

Marco Island Farmers Market 4.5 star rating 17
901 Park Ave
Veterans Community Park
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 642-0575

Italian Deli and Market 4.0 star rating 242
902 Park Ave
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-9493

Paradise Seafood Market 3.0 star rating 2
721 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-3686

Wake Up Marco 5.0 star rating 126
912 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 248-9398

Doreen's Cup of Joe 4.5 star rating 1186
267 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-2600

Cafe San Marco 3.5 star rating 8
400 S Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-2511

Illy's @ Marriott 3.5 star rating 18
400 S Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

Island Gypsy Cafe & Marina Bar 4.0 star rating 456
292 Capri Blvd
Naples, FL 34113

(239) 394-1111

Starbucks 3.0 star rating 36
1080 N Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-5712

Caroles House Cafe 5.0 star rating 4
8793 Tamiami Trl E
Naples, FL 34113

(239) 331-8003

Fogg Cafe 4.5 star rating 29
4820 Bayshore Dr
Naples, FL 34112

(239) 530-1777

Xcel Fitness Spa 4.0 star rating 14
1817 San Marco Rd
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-9235

Marco Fitness Club 3.5 star rating 4
871 E Elkcam Cir
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-3705

YMCA of South Collier-Marco YMCA 4.0 star rating 12
101 Sand Hill St
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-9622

Hardcore Gym 5.0 star rating 13
11524 Tamiami Trl E
Naples, FL 34113

(239) 793-2639

Pure Fitness 5.0 star rating 1
3831 Tamiami Trl E
Naples, FL 34112

(239) 793-7475

The Sweet Science Boxing 5.0 star rating 3
4270 Tamiami Trl E
Ste 13
Naples, FL 34112

(239) 777-8732

Petsense 4.5 star rating 2
115 S Barfield Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 970-0850

Critter Cafe 4.0 star rating 27
810 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 389-8488

Pet Supermarket 5.0 star rating 1
12665 Tamiami Trl E
Ste 105
Naples, FL 34113

(239) 580-6000

Elizabeth A Steward, DVM 3.0 star rating 2
1842 San Marco Rd
Marco Veterinary Hospital
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-2535

Island Animal Hospital 5.0 star rating 1
1095 Bald Eagle Dr
Marco Island, FL 34145

(239) 394-8080

Naples Mobile Grooming 5.0 star rating 3
14100 Tamiami Tr E
Lot 438
Naples, FL 34114

(941) 777-3140

PetSmart 3.0 star rating 9
13100 Tamiami Trail E
Ste 106
Naples, FL 34114

(239) 207-3639

The Grooming Table 5.0 star rating 2
4424 Tamiami Trl E
Naples, FL 34112

(239) 455-7297