20 Photos that will Inspire You to Visit Marco Island, FL

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You Must Visit Marco Island Soon!

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We can all name destinations that are near and dear to our hearts. For example, I’ll always cherish Scotland since it was my very first solo trip and changed the course of my life. These places touch us, making them far more valuable than a pretty “insta-famous” vacation destination.

Marco Island is more than a tropical Florida paradise for me. Ever since I was four months old, my parents took me twice a year (or more!) to Southwest Florida to enjoy some sun rays on the Gulf of Mexico. For at least eleven years, we visited Marco Island every Thanksgiving Break. I’m not kidding. The Fort Myers International Airport and my family were quick friends. Instead of turkey and gravy, I associated the holiday with grouper or snapper sandwiches on the balcony, balmy breezes blowing through our hair. I gradually learned every restaurant, every street, every beach on this island. It’s not not far from Disney World either (if you need the best tips for Disney World, go here).

Then college and teaching happened, and my passionate for travel grew more intense. I wanted to climb the Canadian Rockies and roam across Central/Eastern Europe. Marco Island, although cherished, was a bit forgotten.

Then, over President’s Day weekend, I re-visited Marco Island with my mom … for the first time in six years.

It. Was. Amazing.

Seriously, I felt like I was returning home, and actually cried at the airport because I didn’t want to leave again.

So, yeah, I made another New Year’s Resolution: I will spend at least one long weekend a year in Marco Island. I can’t go so long without visiting ever again.

And to be even more honest, I almost didn’t want to share my experience here, because I’m greedy and want to keep Marco Island’s magic all to myself. But sharing is caring, right?

Hopefully these 20 photos will inspire you to reserve your hotel and visit Marco Island soon.

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My first view of Marco Island. Be still my beating heart.

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Ready for a dip in the pool at South Seas Towers?

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Wandering Esplanade Shoppes.

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A sunset view from CJ’s on the Bay.

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Gorgeous early morning views of Tigertail Beach. 

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Tigertail Beach even has a fun little park – which is peaceful in the morning.

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Who doesn’t love these sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico?

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Balmy morning breezes near the new JW Marriott Beach Resort.

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Sunsets. Do I need to say anything else? Didn’t think so. And now let’s relax in Old Marco Village.

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And here’s a bonus picture (cough, selfie, cough) to show you how happy this beautiful island makes me.

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Do you want to visit Marco Island? What are your favorite destinations in Florida? Which picture was your favorite?

Remember if you’re planning a tropical vacation, don’t forget the essentials.

Share all thoughts in the comments section.

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