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Daydreaming about life on Marco Island, many have the misconception that it’s strictly for retirees and vacationers; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth! As more full and part-time residents are flocking to the Island, we’re seeing more families putting down roots in paradise as well. Not only is Marco Island exceptionally beautiful all year round, it’s also filled with exciting family activities, ideal for families of all sizes and kids of all ages. If you thought Marco Island was just a vacation destination, think again. Here are five reasons why Marco Island is perfect for families.

1. Top-Level Schools

Marco Island is home to a number of top-level schools, some of the highest ranking schools in all of Florida. With an average math proficiency score of 80%, as opposed to the statewide average of 58% and a reading proficiency score of 76%, as opposed to the statewide average of 55%, Marco Island’s school system is in the top 5% of schools in Florida. These top ranked schools include:

With an average overall ranking of 10/10, Marco Island schools prove that they’re among the best of the best across the state of Florida. So, if you’re wondering whether or not your children will be able to take advantage of a stellar education, the proof is in the numbers.

2. Beautiful Beaches

Boredom won’t be an issue when your family lives on the Island! With some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, spending time in the sand and sun is as easy as ever, and with sensational diving and other aquatic experiences, your kids will stay entertained each and every time you venture to Marco Island’s pristine white sand beaches. Take a trip to Keewaydin Island for a fun family outing or Tigertail Beach for unbeatable shelling.

3. The Best Eats

Don’t feel like cooking dinner? No worries when you live on the Island! Gather the family and enjoy a number of fine dining establishments on Marco, designed with families in mind. Our favorites include:

The list goes on and on, depending on what everyone is in the mood for at any given moment. When you’re living on island time, there’s always somewhere delightful to eat with the family.

4. Culture & Education

From the Marco Island Center for the Arts to various nature centers and historical landmarks, Marco Island is alight with things to do…and learn! Take the kids for an educational day trip to one of the many parks or visit Briggs Nature Center for an up close and personal look at some of the wildlife that calls Marco Island home.

5. Homes Built for Families

Whether you’re interested in a single-family home or a condo, Marco Island has what you’re looking for to appeal to your new lifestyle. And when it comes to your family’s needs, it’s best to partner with a builder who knows the area well. That way, you’ll be able to get the home you’ve always wanted with the features you desire to maximize your time on the Island. If you didn’t think Marco Island was for families, one trip to the Island will change your mind.

Gulfstream Homes is excited to help you build or buy the perfect home on Marco Island! Call (239) 259-8070 or visit to get started.

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