DAY 4 - It's Adventure Time!10,000 Island Waverunner AdventureGuided waverunner tours of the 10,000 islands offer a wonderful way of enjoying the pristine waters that surround Marco Island. You'll see in-credible scenery and wildlife along the way. Please note that there are age restrictions so ask about the requirements when you make your booking. Marco Island Watersports (642-2359/642-3377/394-4344) tours leave right from the beach and Capt. Ron's Awesome Everglades Adventures Live EntertainmentBistro SoleilCapri Fish HouseDj Night at Da Vinci'sThe EsplanadeThe Little Bar Nacho Mama'sOff the Hook Comedy ClubSasso'sSnook InnStilts Breakfast Anyone?All week...Chefs' ExpressHootsThe Sand BarStonewallsSusie's DinerSundays....Capri Fish House Seven Days of Fun in the Sun, continued from page 65DAY 5 - Shopping, Spa & BoatingShopping!We're only a small island, but Marco has lots of great one-of-a-kind stores and we have everything covered right here on the island. Our main shopping centers are the Esplanade, Island Plaza, Marco Town Center Mall, Marco Walk, Olde Marco and the Shops of Marco, and there are also many other smaller malls and stand alone stores dotted around the island like Sunsations, Angelica's and Sunshine Booksellers on S. Collier Blvd. See our easy to follow map on page 140 or our Shopping Guide, starting on page 41 to help you fi nd exactly what you're looking for.A Day at the Spa or Work-out at the GymFresh salt air and sunshine can play havoc with your skin and hair, so why not pam-per yourself with a luxurious day at one of Marco's fabulous beauty salons/spas? We recommend: The Spa, HIlton Marco Island, 642-2144, Mailees Spa & Nails; 394-8339, Marco Nail Spa; 389-5259, Salon & Spa Botanica; 394-6633, and Skin Renewal Systems; 394-1083. Or tone up your muscles with a work-out at Club Marco Fitness Center; 239-394-8104. Rent Your Own Boat or KayakIf shopping or the spa is not for you, why not rent a boat or kayak now that you're feeling a little more at home in the area? Rose Marina, 394-2502 (see article on page 84) or Naples Bay Resort (in Naples) 239-530-5134 rent top quality boats so try your hand at fi shing, tour the canals, or take a beach picnic with you to one of the local gorgeous deserted islands for some wonderful shelling. Kayaks are available for rent on the Isles of Capri from Naples Kayak Company, 239-262-6149, on South beach from Paul's Beach Rentals, 239-642-1202 or at Tigertail Beach Park, 239-642-8414. Or maybe try (777-9975) leave from the Caxambas boat ramp. Or why not learn to Waterski or Wakeboard with waterski professional Captain Dustin Beatty, of Waterski & Wakeboard Charters? 825-7015. Rent a Bike, Scooter or SurryRenting a bike or scooter from Scootertown at 1095 Bald Eagle is a fun way to get around Marco Island. They also offer rental tandems, beach strollers and wheelchairs, skates and surries, call 394-8400. Marco MoviesAfter all that fresh air you'll be ready to kick back and watch a good movie at Marco's unique movie theater. With four separate screens you can enjoy anything from a cold beer to a full meal while watching the movie. Call 642-1111 for schedule.a guided kayak eco or fi shing tour with Marco Island Kayak Adventures, 239-389-1575, Florida Backcountry Adventures, 239-595-7495 or Everglades Area Tours, 239-695-3633.
Fun Family Restaurants Capri Fish HouseCapt. Brien'sCocomo'sNacho Mama'sSand BarSnook InnSunset GrilleDAY 6 - Nature & NaplesOn your way to Naples you'll pass Naples Outlet Center, which offers some great shopping at factory outlet prices. A little further down 951 you'll pass Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center - a great place to learn about the fl ora & fauna of SW Florida. Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryThis is one of my favorite places in the whole world! The board-walk through ancient forest is alive with incredible wildlife. If you can, go on a sunny day because dappled sunlight fi ltering through the trees makes everything especially beautiful. Choose the long walk (2½ miles) or take a shortcut - either way it's amazing. Rainy Day Ideas.....Marco Movies,Cocomo's Kids' Game Room,The Sand Bar or Sunset Grille,Sweet Annie's Games Arcade,Marco Island Historical Museum,Marco Board of Realtors Museum,Collier County Museum,Naples Museum of Art,Manatee Sightseeing Tour,Take a MassageShell craft workshopArtist Colony, the EsplanadeMake & Take Craft Space atMarco Craft & Shell Sight-Seeing in NaplesFrom upmarket shopping areas like Fifth Avenue and Waterside to the seemingly end-less sandy beach, there's lots to see and do and a great choice of fi ne restaurants in this up-market city. A great way to see the sights of Naples is to set sail on Sweet Liberty, the area's largest sailing catamaran. www.sweetliberty.com 239-793-3525.Adventure GolfOn the way back from Naples try a round or two of miniature golf at Coral Cay. It's fun for all ages. Don't forget to take their coupon from our coupon section.DAY 7 - A Fond FarewellA Final Walk on the Beach*End as you started, with a walk on the beach, but this time make it Tigertail Beach. See page 36 for more details.Drive to the Everglades Now it's time to explore the Everglades on your own... The Collier-Seminole State Park is the fi rst attraction you'll come across as you join US 41 heading east. Then there's Port of the Islands, where you can take an eco boat tour, a Manatee Sightsee-ing trip or go fi shing. Just a few miles further on US 41 you'll pass Fakahatchee Strand, a delightful boardwalk where you'll likely see baby alligators and wonderful birds. Stop by Everglades City to take a small airboat ride at Jungle Erv's 1-877-695-2820. Then, if you follow the road a little further into Chokoloskee you can visit Ted Smallwood's Store, a fascinating old Indian trad-ing post and Everglades Area Tours, 239-695-3633 which offers a whole host of ways to experience this unique and threated environment, including kayak, walking and photography tours, as well as fi shing. And last, but not least, to see lots of alligators, take a walk on the short boardwalk at H.P. Williams on US 41 (6.6 miles after the turn to Everglades City). You can also drive a long the dirt road alongside a canal which is always teeming with birds and alligators. Sunset Sail*Now we've saved one of the best 'til last... a romantic sunset sail into the Gulf of Mexico either with Off the Hook Adventures (571-4665), Cross Cruises (580-8765) Serenidad (272-0939) or Cool Beans Cruises (777-0020). The perfect ending to the perfect week! Marco Island PrincessRound off a great day with a trip on this beautiful 90' boat which offers sunset and dinner cruises and leaves from Rose Marina daily (642-5415).