While most visitors experience Marco Island vacations on land, renting a boat adds another dimension you'll love. Go fish, explore, visit one of the other 9,999 islands, or to a beach you can only reach by boat. Cruise the waterways of Marco Island's residential neighborhoods, travel the ICW to Naples or Goodland for lunch and fun. You'll likely see dolphins, and for the lucky ones, you'll see our rare, endangered manatees in their native environment.
Places to rent a boat:
Gator Boat Rentals - https://www.gatorboatrentals.com/
Coon Key Marina - https://coonkeymarina.com/
Isles of Capri Marina - https://islesofcaprimarina.com/
Rose Marina - https://www.rosemarina.com/
Dolphin Cove Marina - https://www.dolphincovemarina.com/
Where to launch your boat:
Goodland Boating Park - https://www.collierparks.com/collier_park/goodland-boating-park/
Collier Public Boat Ramp on Collier Blvd. just North of the Jolly Bridge
Personal Kayaks, Paddle boards and Canoes can be launched from Caxambas Park
Some people love to fish! If you do, you've got lots of choices. Go with a guide. Go rent a boat. Fish from the bridge (a saltwater license is required - cheap and easy to get) or on the beach. You can also cast a line off the dock at your house if you're staying in one of our rental homes.
Here are some great local guides. Or you can rent a boat from our marinas
Fishing supplies and bait
Pelican Pier Marina - https://www.pelicanpiermarina.com/
Marco Island Bait & Tackle- 1860 San Marco Road 239-235-7101
Salt Water License - https://gooutdoorsflorida.com/
Cooking the Catch
Restaurants on the island that will cook your catch.
- Island Gypsy – Isle of Capri
- Crazy Flamingo
- Kretch’s Restaurant
- Snook Inn
- The Speak Easy
- Little Bar
- Crabby Lady
- Marco Island Brewery
Now this is a hoot! It's different, memorable, and you'll see places few people ever see. Most airboat rides are a 20-to-30-minute drive from Marco Island. You'll experience the Everglades National Park, or Big Cypress Park. Both are extensive wilderness areas unique to south Florida providing amazing native wildlife.
Now we're living! Sailing offers you relaxing sunny days on the water. There is nothing like it! Quiet...no motor noise. Gentle motion of the waves and your boat moving. It's the best! You can rent a small catamaran at the main beach hotels or timeshares. You can hire a boat and captain. From small to cruising, here are possibilities for your best day on the water:
Everyone ought to do this! Especially fun for fearless kids! Recommended for grandparents & grandkids! Safe, exhilarating, and definitely memorable. Like heights? You'll love it. Afraid of heights? Face your fear. You'll be glad you went.
Soar like an osprey. Listen to silence as you look down on the beach and sea. Get a bird’s eye view of the dolphins, manatees, pelicans, etc… Here's who offers you this great experience.
Marco Island Water Sports http://www.marcoislandwatersports.com/
This subtle experience appeals to our more fitness and nature oriented guests. We have great kayak waters around Marco Island. Outstanding short hour, half and day trips, and even overnight camp possibilities. You decide. What better way to get up close and personal with marine life, our clean waters, beaches and wet land forests?
Marco Island: http://www.tigertailbeach.net/index.html
Island Of Capri: http://islesofcaprimarina.com/
You've got to experience this! Imagine! Set out on a guided eco exploration tour in our wetland forests and see dolphins, manatees, and abundant marine bird life. Or zip back and forth in the sparkling surf just off our main beach. Go single, with kids, grandkids, etc. Safer than you think, more exciting than it sounds, and great fun for all…especially younger ones. These companies offer tours and rentals.
· Marco Island Water Sports - http://www.marcoislandwatersports.com/
· WOW Marco Island - https://marcoislandjetskitours1rentals.com/
· Marco Island Bike Rentals - https://marcoislandbikerentals.com/
· Florida Adventures and Rentals - https://floridaadventuresandrentals.com/
Scuba & Snorkel:
Always wanted to try this, didn't you? While Marco Island waters are not quite tropical clear, they are worth the dive or snorkel. From just snorkeling local beaches seeing small shore fish and shells to off shore dives, if you enjoy breathing underwater, you'll want to check this out!