"Since my family is now spread out in three states, we have decided to meet in a neutral site, this year in Marco Island. We rented this home because it had the room to fit three couples and one child comfortably. My son and his wife had to back out due to business needs. so it was just my wife and my daughter and her husband and my grandson. We had a fabulous week!
This was our second time in Marco Island, last time my wife and I stayed at the Marriott on the south side of the island. The north side, with Tigertail Beach, is much "wilder" in that the beach itself has that lagoon in front (with kayaks, and other non mobilized play toys) which was fun to discover, then the long walk around the lagoon to the actual gulf beach which is LOADED with shells of every kind. Hint: when parking in the lot, continue to the additional parking and drive all the way to the rest rooms at the end of the parking lot. This will save around 1/4 mile of walking each way, which is a big deal if hot and carrying beach chairs etc.
There are many nice restaurants nearby the house, Esplanade Center is just over the bridge and the Publix etc is just down the road as well, so the location is very convenient. The bikes make it convenient to ride either to the beach or restaurants, but we chose to drive most places.
I found the eagle sanctuary to be interesting (it is around 2 blocks from the house) where mommy eagle was sitting on some eggs most of the time. One day I saw daddy eagle flying above the pool as I floated on my back. Pretty awesome memory.
My favorite restaurant was Snook Inn, but if you drink alcohol be sure you get there between 4-6PM for half price happy hour. They are super friendly, and make a mean Mojito according to my wife. Not fancy, but it is on the water and the food was good.
The house was laid out perfectly for our family. We let my daughter and her husband have the master suite with the king size bed and bathroom. We took the queen and my grandson had a room to himself with the twins. The master bedroom is separated from the other bedrooms by a large living/family room with a nice large tv, a dining room and kitchen. The living room opens up to the lanai with the pool, and with nice weather it was open most of the time. Loved the fresh air and openness. We would serve my grandson breakfast and lunch through the kitchen window to the "bar" out in the lanai, and he loved it. Called it Nana and Papa's kitchen. Great time!"
Date of Stay: November 2016
Review Submitted: November 25, 2016