Known initially as Collier City, Marco Island was incorporated for the second time in 1997. Marco Island comprises 100 miles of waterways and six miles of beautiful beaches over a 24 square mile area. The population of approximately 17,947 is composed mostly of residents who vacation to the city for the winter months, doubling the populace. Located within Collier County in zip codes 34145 and 34146, the City of Marco Island has a rich history able to be traced back to the Calusa Native American people. Out of the Ten Thousand Islands off Florida’s Southwest coast, which actually number in the hundreds, Marco Island is the largest.
The City of Marco Island is well known for its high quality of life, beautiful views, friendly people, and casual atmosphere. Well located, the city is only a short drive to the Naples area, also in Collier County. Worldwide visitors are attracted to the town, and real estate is in high demand. Commercial structures, residential homes, condominiums, and upscale hotels continue to be built. To help ensure quality development that promotes the character of Marco Island, architectural standards are strictly enforced. If you are looking to do a little shopping while in Marco island, some of the best choices are The Esplanade Shoppes off Collier Blvd or Waterside Shops and Mercado located close by in Naples.
For those looking to find a great meal, Marco Island has no lack of fantastic choices. Marco Prime provides some excellent options for upscale dining and a made-to-order chocolate soufflé to die for! For those in the mood for some of the freshest seafood around Sale e Pepe offers excellent dining and a vast Italian wine list. If you are looking for a more casual beach experience, The Sunset Grill should not be passed up. Located in Esplanade, CJ’s on the beach is a favorite of residents with daily happy hour and waterside dining at the absolute finest. Don’t forget to order the lobster fries, one of Marco Islands signature treats that can be enjoyed while watching live entertainment and music.