Marco is a great place for a short vacation or a long stay, with many varied choices of how to spend the days and renting a boat should be right up there close to the top of the "must do" list. Rose Marina is the largest and most experi-enced boat rental company in Southwest Florida and because they have been in the business for such a long time, they are experts on all the things you should know before starting off on what is sure to be a wonderful day.First timers welcomeRose Marina has two different styles of boats for rent and both are around 20ft in length. The center consoles accommodate fi ve people while the pontoon boats can take ten. The pontoon is more maneuverable and responsive, so is probably a better choice for the real beginner.Now we know what to do, where can we go? A full day rental costing $265 is the best value and allows plenty of time to explore the area. As you can imagine, you can't go just anywhere and Rose Marina has a "marked up" water-proof chart that is really easy to follow and extends from Coon Key Light (about 45 minutes to The fi rst time we rented a boat wasn't in Marco but on Lake Powell in Utah, and I soon realized it's not like driving a car! The guys at Rose Marina take renters through a complete "get to know the boat" - on the boat - from bow to stern. They're extremely patient and welcome questions, making sure that everyone is completely comfortable before they leave the marina. All boats are fi tted with two way radios, all the usual USCG safety equip-ment and life jackets for all ages. And, if you feel you need it, they will even give you an orientation cruise out on the water.the south), to Tin City in Naples ( about 90 minutes to the north). The chart clearly marks any very shallow areas that are off limits, The Gulf of Mexico is off limits also but there's still a lot of ground (or water!) to cover. Travel north on the Intercoastal Waterway and beach the boat on Keewaydin Island. You can then walk the short distance to the pristine, often deserted beach on the Gulf side, for a day of beachcombing, sun-bathing and swimming. Take a picnic, cold drinks and sunscreen, but remember don't drink and drive! And don't forget to take our shelling guide on page 102 along with you to help identify your many fi nds.Frequent Renters & Military DiscountsJoin the Frequent Renters Club for $65 and then enjoy 20% discount forever. If you're a returning or furloughed mem-ber of the armed forces, Rose Marina is proud to offer you free boat rental as their way of saying "Thank You".