Marco Island Journals

Magical, Mystical and Alluring Marco Island

A December 1996 trip to Marco Island by karenkayp

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Quote: Marco Island is the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. One of the attractions is the white beach with plentiful shells to collect on your beach walks. Of course, in December the tropical sunshine is a delight to a northern midwesterner.

Magical, Mystical and Alluring Marco Island

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Marco Island is known as a magical, mystical, and alluring island. It is all of that and more! We are beach lovers, so the beach was the number one attraction for us. We spent a lot of time walking the beach looking for sand dollars and star fish. We also watched the dolphins playing in the water right off shore from the timeshare, The Surf Club. We found that being so close to the Everglades was a memorable way to spend some of our time. We rode one of the airboats into the Everglade swamps and took a boat ride in the National Park waters, where the fresh water meets the salt water of the gulf.On Christmas Day we went to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Wha...Read More

Surf Club Resort

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Hotel | "The Surf Club Resort"

Surf Club Resort Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Everglade National Park.Sanibelle Island. Wildlife Sanctuary.Great restaurants! Naples.Best Things About the Resort:The Surf Club of Marco is blessed with a prime beachfront location on Marco Island. There was a lovely view of the Gulf of Mexico from the balcony. The pool and whirlpool were warm and also had a gulf view.Resort Experience:We stayed on the seventh floor in a two bedroom unit. The unit itself faced the street, but the wrap-around balcony had a gulf view. Each bedroom had its own bathroom and privacy. The master bedroom had a king-size bed with a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. The second bedroom had two ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2002

Surf Club Resort
540 S. Collier Blvd.
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 642-5800

Crabby Lady

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Restaurant

Crabby Lady Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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The Crabby Lady is way back, laid back and on the water in the small town of Goodland on Marco Island. It is a local small restaurant that has excellent seafood. The restaurant is right on the water and there are many tables available overlooking the water. We found the atmosphere to be unique with the nautical theme done in a rustic way. We ate there for a lunch and had more food than we had at some restaurants for a dinner. I had a seafood sandwichas as my choice for the day which was delicious. My husband likes to try the unusual so he had the alligator. It was prepared like chicken strips and he said it tasted like chicken strips. I did manage to try a small piece and it was okay. I believe t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

Crabby Lady
123 Bayshore Way
Marco Island, Florida
(941) 394-8404

Snook Inn

Restaurant

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The Snook Inn is located on the beautiful Marco River. According to their website they are rated in the top ten restaurants on Marco Island, and top 300 independent restaurants in the country. I would definitely agree with the rating as we frequented the Snook Inn each time we vacation on Marco Island. They have a large variety on their menu for dinner and lunch. I had a delicious teriyaki Hawaiian chicken sandwich on their lunch menu. Another time I had their salad bar which was a ample meal either for lunch or dinner with a reasonable price of $6.00. If you are a shrimp lover either the Shrimp de Jonghe or Florida Gulf Shrimp are excellent! One time we enjoyed the seafood buffet with a variety ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

Snook Inn
1215 Bald Eagle Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 394-3313

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "J.N. "Ding Darling" National Wildlife Refuge"

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Sanibel Island, Florida
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As a first time visitor we stopped at the Center of Education. There, volunteers explained the background of the refuge and what can be expected to be seen before heading out on the five-mile drive. The refuge is over 7,000 acres of mangrove populated with large flocks of water birds and migrating waterfowl, as well as alligators, otters, raccoons and even an American crocodile! Since we were there in the winter we saw a lot of species of birds, several alligators, and an "old" crocodile.

Volunteer interpreters, were regularly stationed throughout the drive to assist us with our questions about the refuge and its inhabitants.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2002

J. N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge
One Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, Florida 33957
(239) 472-1100