We might be biased when we say that we think Marco Island is the perfect vacation destination. The beaches and bounty of natural beauty and wildlife make this destination one of a kind. Another thing we absolutely love about Marco Island, even as residents, is the proximity of the island to a number of great areas that are perfect for a little bit of day tripping exploration! So cozy at to the edge of our dock in the evening, but plan to spend a day exploring Southwest Florida.
A great place to day trip from Marco Island is Everglades City!
Estimated Drive Time From Marco Island: 40 minutes
This two mile long, 4-block wide city was first founded in the 1920s as a trading outpost during Barron Collier’s construction of Alligator Alley through the Everglades. Though the city’s years as a trading post are over, Everglades City has retained its small town charm where time has seemingly stood still and where fishing reigns supreme.
Perched on the waterways of the 580,000- acre Big Cypress National Preserve, enjoy an afternoon exploring the historic and beautiful city hall and Collier-built bank as well as a few stunning southern-style mansions. No trip to Everglades City is complete until you’ve stopped by the Everglades Rod & Gun Club, a historic lodge, restaurant and marina that will surely transport you back to an era that is long gone. Read about the Everglades Rod & Gun Club here.
We wanted to highlight our neighboring city in the swamp for October it is during this month that the city hosts one of their largest events of the year.
Head on over to the Everglades Rod & Gun Club on October 1st and attend The Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet. Everyone is invited to celebrate on the bank of the Barron River starting at 10 a.m. with arts and crafts booths, music, face painting, a frog jumping contest and a stone crab art contest for the kids, the annual Coconut Guava Cake Baking Contest and more. At noon local pastors will bless each boat as the town’s stone crab fishermen prepare for the annual Stone Crab Season (Oct. 15 through May 15).
Our Insider Tip: You will find some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in Florida during your time in Everglades City. Indulge!