Marco Island Journals

The Magic of Marco

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A September 2003 trip to Marco Island by chefcat

Charter Club Photo, Marco Island, Florida More Photos
Quote: The weather is sub-tropical. The water is warm and inviting. The dolphins play, and the beach will knock your socks off.

The Magic of Marco

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Overview

Marco Island Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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Our favorite activity was floating around in the 85 degree gulf waters and dozing to the sound of the breakers. Don''t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins breaching. We even saw two manatees while floating out in front of the resort! Relaxation is the name of the game on Marco Island. This is where you stop and smell the proverbial roses, and replenish your soul. Good shore fishing for those so inclined. Excellent swimming in the gulf. A tour of the Everglades is both fascinating and educational. There are many operators as you drive south toward Everglade City. A popular pastime here is combing the beach for shells. There are a gazillion and you''ll increase yo...Read More

Charter Club

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Hotel | "Charter Club of Marco Beach"

Charter Club Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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Our lovely two-bedroom, unit #304, afforded a drop-dead gorgeous view of the resort's outdoor amenities (hexagon shaped pool, outdoor cooking pavilion, koi pond, and whirlpool), with the beach and Gulf waters beyond. The kitchen was well equipped, with a dishwasher, microwave and ice maker (but we made our own ice, anyway, since the water had an off-taste.) The master BR offered a king size bed that was extraordinarily comfortable. There were two closets, in which were stored the bedding for the fold-out couch in the living area. The master bath had a large shower stall and a single sink. The small guest bedroom had two twin beds (which we moved together for our guest couple...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2003

Charter Club
700 South Collier Blvd.
Marco Island, Florida
(941) 394-4192

Joey's Pizza & Pasta House

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Restaurant | "Joey's Pizza and Pasta Bar"

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Joey's was really hopping the night of our arrival on Marco Island. Hoping to find a good place for Italian, we leafed through dining brochures in our timeshare's office. The two places we picked happened to be closed, as September is the slow season. "Hey," my daughter called from the back seat of the car, "What about that Joey place we passed before the bridge?" No one had even noticed it, but we dutifully headed back toward the Marco Bridge. We thought we might have to wait for a table, but an affable hostess seated us immediately. It was hard to choose from the many offerings, but after being nudged a few times by my better half, the decision was made...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2003

Joey's Pizza & Pasta House
257 N Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 389-2433

Snook Inn

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Restaurant

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The Snook Inn is a Marco Island institution. You could visit the area without checking out this gem, but why deprive yourself of the south Florida experience and the best seafood you'll find anywhere? The atmosphere is very casual, with a chickee bar that features live music that will have you swaying. If the music moves you to dance, join the crowd. Several couples were cutting a rug the day we visited. If you're a boater, you can dock right up to the restaurant. Judging from the number of occupied slips, this seemed to be a popular way to visit this eatery. It's a happy place where you can order one of the popular frozen drinks or just a beer and hang out with friends and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

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

Coral Cay Adventure Golf

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Attraction

Coral Cay Adventure Golf Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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The first thing you notice at Coral Cay is how friendly the owner is. On the night we visited, he anticipated that we'd want to take advantage of the $1 second round, and as we had arrived at 9pm, he told us that he was closing an hour early, but that he would honor his second round for a dollar promise by giving us vouchers to use at a later date. He did so and we redeemed them the next evening. When you first enter, there is a practice hole. A sign nearby points to one course, saying "EASY" and toward the other with the designation "HARD." Since we had two macho men with us, of course we had to do the "hard" course. After a few holes, we were wondering aloud what the "easy" course wo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2003

Coral Cay Adventure Golf
2205 Tamiami TRL E
Marco Island, Florida 34112
(239) 793-4999