page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68
page 69
page 70
page 71
page 72
page 73
page 74
page 75
page 76
page 77
page 78
page 79
page 80
page 81
page 82
page 83
page 84
page 85
page 86
page 87
page 88
page 89
page 90
page 91
page 92
page 93
page 94
page 95
page 96
page 97
page 98
page 99
page 100
page 101
page 102
page 103
page 104
page 105
page 106
page 107
page 108
page 109
page 110
page 111
page 112
page 113
page 114
page 115
page 116
page 117
page 118
page 119
page 120
page 121
page 122
page 123
page 124
page 125
page 126
page 127
page 128
page 129
page 130
page 131
page 132
page 133
page 134
page 135
page 136
page 137
page 138
page 139
page 140
page 141
page 142
page 143
page 144
page 145
page 146

Having lived on Marco for over seventeen years, we've been asked many times what activities we'd recommend to fi rst time visitors. So we've put together this Insider's Guide. We're assuming that funds are unlimited (which, sadly, isn't often true at the moment) and the weather is perfect (which, happily, it usually is). Also that the vacationers are able-bodied and energetic (they'll need to be if they do everything we suggest here!) but don't forget, the ideas are interchangeable and along the way we've listed many other ideas which may be more applicable, so mix and match to create your ideal plan. For those of you who are only staying for a few days we've also marked with * the things we consider to be absolute "must sees". You'll fi nd more details about most of our suggestions in the ads and guides through-out the magazine. And please don't think, because we haven't recommended many restaurants (unless they offer something unique), we don't want you to eat while you're here! It's just that dining is so subjective we'd prefer you to make your choice by referring to our Dining Guide on page 110 and our more detailed Restaurant Review starting on page 113.DAY 1 - Getting to know us!Walk on South Beach Break yourself in gently with a stroll along the beach at the south end of the island. It's great to sit on the rocks at the tip of the beach, breathe in the clean salt air and watch fi shermen, birds and boats go about their business. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some dolphin or a manatee swimming by, and you should be able to fi nd some great shells here at low tide so don't forget to take a shelling bag along with you. For more info see "Life's a Beach" on page 34.Eco/Shelling/Sightseeing Boat Tours*SW Florida is famous for its wonderful wildlife and an eco boat tour is one of the best ways to see, experience and learn about it. You can expect to see dolphin (often jumping behind your boat) manatee, osprey, and many other water birds on most trips. Our area also boasts some of the best shelling in the world and, al-though you can fi nd wonderful shells on Marco, a boat trip to a local uninhabited island is by far the best way to fi nd unusual Best Happy HoursChefs' ExpressCocomo'sNacho Mama'sSale e PepeThe Sand BarSandcastles Sasso'sStiltsStonewallsSunset Grilleshells in abundance. See page 108 if you need help identifying your fi nds. Many of Ice Cream ParlorsBeebe's Ice CreamChocolate StrawberryCold Stone CreamerySweet Annie'sthe private boats will also customize your tour to include trips around the island, sightseeing in the canals, and per-haps lunch or dinner at a waterside restaurant. See our What to Do on the Water Guide starting on page 78. Sunset at a beachside bar*The sunsets don't come much better anywhere than they do here and they can seem even more spectacular with a cool glass of something in your hand! We recommend you try Sunset Grille, Stilts or the chickee hut at Capri Fish House.Continued on page 56