Marco Island Journals

Marco Island and the Florida Everglades

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A December 2005 trip to Marco Island by c_rau

Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa Photo, Marco Island, Florida More Photos
Quote: I was able to accompany my husband on a business trip to Marco Island. Although we weren't able to do much while he was working, we were able to enjoy a quiet week on the beach in December, far away from the bitter cold of Colorado.

Marco Island and the Florida Everglades

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Marco Island Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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The most enjoyable thing to do was sit at Quinn's and drink iced tea while watching the sun travel through the sky, listen to the surf and sea birds, and feel the soft brush of a cat running under my table. It reaffirms my belief that the gulf side of Florida is the best side.

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The resort has everything you need so you don't need to leave it, which was OK for a short trip such as this. However, if given more time, I would like to explore Marco Island itself. Who knows, maybe we'll retire there!

Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa

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Hotel | "Marriott Beach Resort"

Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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The Marriott had everything you needed for a vacation in Florida… beach, beach, and more beach! The beach on Marco Island was one of the widest stretches of sand I’d ever been on. Even though the resort featured not one, but two fine pools, why waste your time at a pool when you had 3 ½ miles of beach to explore? The white sand was covered with those famous gulf shells that you can’t help but pick up. Although highly developed, the Marco Island beach was so large I don’t see how it could ever be crowded. The Marriott provided complimentary lounge chairs and towels. They also had two activity booths; one for family oriented activities, such as shell gathering tours, while the other one was for water...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa
400 South Collier Blvd.
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 394-2511

Quinn's on the Beach

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Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Every meal except one was consumed at this location, and a better location you will not find. At the end of the quiet pool and overlooking the beach and gulf, Quinn’s was exactly the kind of place I like to spend my vacation time. Quinn’s was where I could sit at a table on the outdoor deck and watch time go by on the beach while my server provided a bottomless glass of ice tea. Three adopted cats lived at Quinn’s subsisting on handouts from the customers and the wait staff. They hid under the deck during the day, but when hungry would come out and walk around. They would sit at a table and stare at the patrons until someone passed a french fry or piece of bun to them. As for food, the first ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Quinn's on the Beach
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 394-2511

NeNe's Kitchen

Restaurant

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We drove by this little cafe on the way to the hotel, and being die-hard Denver Nuggets fans we wondered if this place had anything to do with NeNe Hilario. It didn't. Before we headed out to the Everglades, we stopped at NeNe’s for breakfast. We were going to eat at the resort, but it was $18 per person for a breakfast buffet. Since we were still on mountain time we weren't interested in an all-you-could eat buffet at that hour of the morning, however, we had a simple breakfast for two in NeNe’s for $12 total. The place was small, painted in bright blues, yellows, and peach. The tables and chairs were wood. I ordered crunchy French toast while my husband had scrambled eggs, and we split a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

NeNe's Kitchen
297 North Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 394-3854

Susie's Station Cafe and Gift Shop

Restaurant | "Susie's Station Cafe and Giftshop"

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As we drove by on our way to Chokoloskee, we passed a sign at the entrance to a cute building that said, "Best homemade key lime pie." We couldn’t turn that down. Biggest mistake we made. When we walked in, there were 3 of the 10 tables taken and there was only one waitress. She was an old woman and she didn’t even look at us when we entered. When she finally came back, she told us to sit wherever we liked. We walked to a booth near the back of the cafe, where it took another 10 minutes for her to come get our drink order. We thought about leaving, but decided to be sympathetic. When the woman finally returned with our tea, soda, and coffees she said to us sourly, "I was called out of retirement to...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Susie's Station Cafe and Gift Shop
Marco Island
Marco Island, Florida

Everglades Island Airboat Tours

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Attraction | "Everglades Island Boat Tours"

Everglades Island Airboat Tours Photo, Marco Island, Florida
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We took the 10:30am tour, and it was almost 45 minutes from Marco Island. Our captain was Captain Pico. First he waved his hand, and two pelicans came and sat on the boat. The no-wake zone was long and tedious. We passed the landmark Everglades City Rod & Gun Club, which had been open since 1864. It was in the movie "Gone Fishin’" with Danny Glover and Joe Pesci. Captain Pico even had a line in the movie. Finally out in open water, Captain Pico let the engine rip. In front of us was an island and Pico headed straight for it. Just when we thought he was going to hit it, he cut the motor and the boat spun around. Captain Pico the eased the boat onto the shore. This was Totch’s Island. To...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Everglades Island Airboat Tours
929 Dupont St.
Marco Island, Florida
239-695-2333

Smallwood Store

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Attraction | "Smallwood Store and Trading Post Museum"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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In 1906, Ted Smallwood opened the Smallwood Store and Trading Post in Chokoloskee to first do business with the Seminoles, and later the new influx of white settlers to the area. The store thrived, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and remained open until 1982. When the doors on the old store finally closed, "90 percent of the original goods remained in the store," as written in the brochure. Smallwood Store now served as a piece of history. Ted’s granddaughter reopened the store in 1989, and today it is a pioneer museum open to the public. Standing tall on hurricane stilts above Chokoloskee Bay, you can now walk through and see how things were, and how the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Smallwood Store
Post Office Box 367
Chokoloskee, Florida 33925
(239) 695-2989

The Spa at Marriott Resort

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I indulged in my first spa experience at the Marriott resort’s spa. In the room was information on the spa treatments and costs. It was quite a list and I didn’t know where to begin. I chose a mud wrap for $115 for a 50-minute session. First, I made an appointment. You can call from your room, but I went to visit the spa to see where it was. They had a very strict policy about showing up for appointments. If you did not give 2-hours notice, you were charged for the full visit. Anything before 2 hours could be canceled no charge. I also needed to show up half an hour before the appointment. Included with my appointment was use of the spa facilities for the entire day. Just to use the facili...Read More