Welcome to Marco Island

Modern development of the island only began in the 1960s, and draws today include miles upon miles of white-sand beach, boating and fishing among the mangroves islands and a more relaxed, natural vibe than many of the coastal communities to the north. Shelling is also a big thing, with the best specimens often turning up at Tigertail Beach or on the nearby shores of Keewaydin Island, which remains largely pristine and inaccessible by car.

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$65 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cape Romano Boat Tour: Shelling and Sights from Marco Island

On our two hour Cape Romano Shelling Tours you will experience one of the most popular adventures we are known for. Departing from Caxambas Park Marina on the south end of Marco Island, we will take a fifteen minute boat ride from our launch location to Cape Romano. Once we arrive, our Captains will explain the amazing story of the infamous Dome Houses. This is a very popular point of interest that tourists come to see year round. After viewing Cape Romano, we will stop on a private beach in search of the most exotic tropical sea shells that the Gulf coast is known for. This is a semi-private or private tour. Our boats are very kid friendly, with comfortable seating and a ladder for easy boarding. The Gulf Coast of Florida has a lot to offer when it comes to hidden and not so hidden coastal treasure hunts. This guided boat tour will take you to a deserted beach where you will find beautiful shells that you will take home with you as a Marco Island souvenir . Our guests ranged from very young children to adults, this is a tour designed for every age group and will keep everyone engaged during the search of these tropical treasures while you walk the white sandy beaches searching for the perfect shell. Florida Adventures and Rentals, is committed to teach our guests about to ecology that makes the Rookery Bay Reserve and the Ten Thousand Islands a tropical paradise. 

$65 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Marco Island Dolphin-Watching Tour

Take an unforgettable boat ride into the Ten Thousand Islands to witness bottlenose dolphins play in their natural habitat. This two hour guided ecotour is tailored to immerse you in a chain of islands and mangrove islets off the coast of southwest Florida. During the tour, you will learn important facts about the history of this area, as well as the flora and fauna that makes Marco Island and its surroundings a unique destination. Our friendly and knowledgeable Captains will identify different birds such as the Snowy Egret, Blue Heron and Roseate Spoonbill, among others. Depending on the time of the year you visit, we can also spot manatees and sea turtles. We guarantee dolphin sightseeing during this tour. Dolphins are non-migratory which means they are in the area year-round and our captains are very familiar with where to find them.It is definitely recommended to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for this type of trip as it can get very hot under the Florida sun!  Caxambas Park Marina is only a 10 minute drive from anywhere on Marco Island.

$662.50 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

One hour helicopter tour

After a courteous welcome at our Guest Reception Center at Page Field Airport we will walk you out to the helicopter where we will conduct a short safety briefing and board you into the helicopter. Departing the airport we will fly over the city towards the shoreline and then south along the beaches towards Naples, Keewaydin and Marco Island with your pilot pointing out and commenting on the sights and wildlife along the way.Every guest has a window seat and a comfortable noise cancelling headset to enjoy the views and commentary. Looping around Marco Island for the return journey north over the mangroves and cityscapes your pilot will guide you to get the best shots with your camera.Once back over Ft Myers your will return to the original departure point at the airport to disembark the helicopter. There will be photo opportunities for us to snap a few pics with your camera outside of the helicopter either before or after the flight.

$225 Water Sports

Ten Thousand Island Jet Ski Eco-Tour

On our guided Ten Thousand Islands Jet Ski Tour, we will guide you deep into the maze of the Ten Thousand Islands and Rookery Bay preserve. You will be able to reach areas that boats can not access. Fly in and around the small uninhabited islands that make up the diverse eco-system. Cape Romano is one of the many stops along the 30 mile route. As you round a clump of mangroves, you spy the ghostly forms of the Dome Houses. They stand off shore and seem to have been just dropped in the middle of the Gulf. From the Gulf of Mexico and into the pristine estuary of the Ten Thousand Islands, you’ll have an exhilarating experience. Zipping past small islands overgrown with red mangroves, you will see an array of wildlife that will keep you captivated the entire time. Spy the elegant great blue herons and egrets in their natural habitat. Glide over water like glass, past oyster flats and small sandy beaches. In the larger bays, keep a watch for dolphins. Our resident atlantic bottlenose dolphins use this area to hunt for their meals, play with each other or catch up on their sleep. They share the waters with manatees and a variety of fish that this area of Florida is so well known for.

$55 Outdoor Activities

Rookery Bay Reserve Kayak Ecotour in Naples

Come take a kayak tour on the relaxing calm waters of Rookery Bay, where you can explore the most pristine mangrove forest in North America. Florida Adventures and Rentals is the only kayak company on Marco Island with full time Florida Master Naturalist tour guides. Let us take you through the mangrove mazes and tunnels where you can discover some of South West Florida’s most popular wildlife. Over 150 species of birds can be seen and identified, as well as manatees and dolphins. You will explore oyster reefs, mudflats, and hidden bays. In some areas you will be so close to the mangroves that your guide will be able to show you the small creatures that live in this beautiful forest, like the mangrove tree crab and the mangrove periwinkle. Also, other shells, such as, the famous horse conch, will be easy to be identified and you will have the great opportunity to see them very close while your tour guide shares important facts about this amazing ecosystem. Our tours are designed from the beginner kayakers to advanced, this paddle will have you enjoying every minute. Tours leave daily from the Isles of Capri Paddle Park just minutes from Marco Island.

$450 Kid Friendly

Half Day Backwater Fishing charter near Marco Island

Backwater fishing from Marco Island is a blast! With a short travel into the backcountry of the 10,000 islands fishing starts very quickly. With such a diverse array of fish species there is always something fun and exciting to hook up on. Snook, Tarpon, Red Fish, Shark, Trout and Mackerel are some of the many species that we catch on a daily basis. We provide all the fishing gear, fishing license, bait, tackle, ice and the captain will fillet your catch at the end of the trip. It is definitely recommended to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for this type of trip as it can get very hot under the Florida sun! Calusa Island Marina is only a 15 minute drive from Marco Island.

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