Marco Island Beaches

If you find yourself visiting Marco Island, it goes without saying that you’ll want to enjoy as much time at the beach as possible. Fortunately, with so many beaches to choose from, you should be able to find one (or several) that suits your every need. Regardless of the beach you visit, you’ll gain access to the peaceful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While every beach is worth experiencing, here are several to start with:

South Marco Beach Access

As one of the most popular public Marco Island beaches, you won’t have any problem finding this one. In addition to public parking, it also provides visitors with restrooms and a walkway to the beach (for safety). Although it lacks the amenities of some other options (see below), South Marco Beach attracts swimmers, sunbathers, water sport enthusiasts and everyone in between.

Tigertail Beach

If you’re interested in visiting the most popular beach on Marco Island, this is the place for you. Tigertail Beach is the cream of the crop in regards to amenities. To go along with plenty of parking and restrooms, there is also a full-service snack bar for those times when you want to grab a drink or bite to eat.

Since Tigertail is located on a lagoon, not the Gulf of Mexico, the water is shallower than many other beaches in the area. This makes it an ideal destination for families with young children.

Other amenities include:

  • Playgrounds
  • Butterfly gardens
  • Family picnic area
  • Beach equipment rental

Sand Dollar Island

Are you the type of person who prefers a more remote and private beach setting? If so, you’ll want to visit Sand Dollar Island. Reaching Sand Dollar Island is a bit advanced, since you have to swim through the Tigertail Beach lagoon to get there.

However, once you find yourself on the island, you’re sure to enjoy the serenity. From the clear water to the nesting shorebirds, it’s a unique experience that you’ll never forget.

Naples Beaches

If you’re willing to venture out a bit from Marco Island, you can experience one of the many beaches in Naples. There are six public beaches to choose from, with Loudermilk, Vanderbilt, and Delnor-Wiggins among the most popular. These beaches may be more crowded than those on Marco Island, but they also offer a high level of amenities to cater to your every want and need.