Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida's Ten Thousand Islands. This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks. The tropical climate is a considerable attraction to the area, with the water being the next major attraction. Collier Seminole State Park, just a few miles from the island, has canoeing, fishing, boating, picnic grounds, and a mile-long nature walk. Narrated boat tours of the park run on a daily basis. Briggs Nature Center features a half-mile boardwalk where visitors can observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Other activities to enjoy include narrated boat trips, shelling excursions, canoe trips and self-guided canoe trips.
Include a visit to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, one of Florida's most spectacular natural landscapes. Experience what the park has to offer by hiking one of the numerous trails, taking a ranger-guided swampwalk or canoe or kayak tour, strolling the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk or enjoying a leisurely trip down the 11-mile stretch of Jane's Scenic Drive. Fakahatchee Strand is the major drainage slough of southwestern Big Cypress Swamp. The forests of bald cypresses are as impressive as any in the state. It also contains the largest stand of native royal palms and the largest concentration and variety of epiphytic orchids in North America.