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From the salty sea air to the warm tropical breezes, Marco Island offers up one of the best backdrops in the country if you’re looking for ultimate relaxation and island living. And if you’re considering making Marco Island your new home, you may be wondering how to spend each of your days in paradise. After all, with the abundance of activities offered on the Island, you may be finding it difficult to plan out your day. Between boating and diving, wining and dining, relaxing and shopping, Marco Island showcases some of the best options available when it comes to entertainment, and it helps if you have some tips from the locals on how to take advantage of it all. When it comes to living the island life, here’s how to experience Marco Island like a local.

Catch the Sunrise

Start your day with a sunrise and some dolphin-spotting at Caxambas Pass Park, a beautiful spot to take in the natural landscape around you. A four-acre park, Caxambas Pass includes a marina, concessions and more, and acts as a launching point to the famous Ten Thousand Islands, where you can take advantage of incredible views of the water and mangroves, plus local wildlife and not to mention, pure serenity. After this moment of tranquility, you may have worked up an appetite, and you’re in luck. Marco Island is home to some of the best breakfast spots in the area, including Doreen’s Cup of Joe, Red Rooster, Nene’s Kitchen and more.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

After a hearty breakfast, make your way down the relaxed streets of Marco for some one-of-a-kind retail therapy. From Island Trends, which offers island-inspired women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, to the Blue Mangrove Gallery, which features exquisite artwork, photography, jewelry and more, you’re sure to find it on the Island. And if you’re looking for more specialty shops, be sure to check out the following:

Whether you’re shopping for trinkets and other fun gifts, clothing or diving gear, Marco Island offers something for everyone.

Relax & Unwind

If relaxation is on your mind, pay a visit to the Spa by JW for the ultimate in pampering. From massages, facials and body treatments to a steam room, therapy bath and soaking pools, Spa by JW creates the ideal ambiance to allow you to treat yourself to the fullest. In the mood for a little beach therapy instead? Head over to Tigertail Beach for the best shelling experience on the Island. Rent a kayak or a paddle board to stay active and take advantage of our Southwest Florida paradise.

Dinner Date

From family options to romantic evenings, Marco Island has everything you need to create an unmatched dinner experience. May we recommend the following:

Whether you’re in the mood for seafood and other island fare, authentic Italian flavors or something else, you’ll find it on the Island.

Your Day on Marco Island

From fun in the sun to a relaxing spa day, a lunch date with friends or a romantic sunset dinner, Marco Island shows that you really can have it all in paradise. Laid back and relaxed, yet sophisticated and refined, Marco Island appeals to virtually everyone, making it the ideal location to live any time of the year. So, now that you know what a day in the life of a local looks like, what’s on your schedule today?

The Gulfstream Homes team is ready to help you design and build a home on Marco Island! Call (239) 259-8070 or visit to get started.

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