Choosing Where to Stay on Your Marco Island Vacay

Marco Island is one of the barrier islands along the gulf side off Southwest Florida and close to the more well-known city of Naples. This sandy length of pristine white beaches boasts many marina, fabulous golf courses as well as a network of inland waterways considered the best of the 10,000 Islands. There are beautiful nature hikes, the Rookery Bay Preserve and access to the Everglades and all their splendor.

This article will discuss where to stay for your visit and explore the pros and cons of local hotels versus Marco Island beach homes for rent.

Resort Living


  • a large selection of resorts in a range of prices
  • amenities like pool, spa, restaurants
  • convenient location


  • resorts can be busy
  • resorts don’t offer a peek a local flavor
  • no in-room dining and eating out gets costly
  • they aren’t always equipped with extras like a crib, board games or books

Beach Home Rental


  • feel more like home and usually offer more space than hotels
  • you can dine-in
  • accommodates sleeping larger groups
  • privacy
  • price


  • pictures online sometimes look better than reality
  • details like towels and lines need discussing
  • daily cleaning service isn’t included with most

How to Choose

Price- Cost out the fee per person at each option. Include meals.

Convenience- Only you can decide if you want daily maid service or if that feels like an invasion of privacy. Do you enjoy cooking or does the thought of shopping for groceries in a strange city then cooking in someone else’s kitchen feel NOT like a vacation at all? (don’t forget doing the dishes- does your rental have a dishwasher???)

Location- Know what you want to do while visiting Marco Island and see what area would best meet your needs. The nice thing here is Marco Island is tiny so everything is close!

Parking-Are you bringing a car and if so do you have to pay extra for parking?

What Does Your Perfect Marco Island Day Include?

Will you spend your days on the golf course or do you prefer laying poolside and reading? If beach combing is your thing, bring a large bucket since on Marco Island beaches you can find more than 200 varieties of shells.

If You Choose Resort Living

If you decide one of the many luxury resorts is best-suited to your needs explore all the options and compare the deep discounts you can find through Priceline and Expedia styled sell-off sights. But don’t be surprised if booking direct through the hotel gets you more bang for your buck by offering freebies, upgrades and included extras that aren’t part of the discount site package,

If You Choose Beach Home Rental

Shop around for a home that looks and feels like a match to your personal style. There are so many great options that can be waterfront, include a pool, or on the golf course.

Wherever you choose, your Marco Island vacation will relaxing, memorable and fun!

Terry Cantrell

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