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The Magic of Marco Island

by Lyle Benjamin
Publisher, Locations, Etc. Inc.

There is no doubt that topographically Florida is as flat as a sandcastle dashed by an ocean wave. But because Florida lives up to its reputation as the sunshine capital of the country, this seemingly unattractive state draws tourists by the millions.

Indeed, by now there is little that hasn't been well-travelled, photographed and documented.

However, tucked away in the Gulf of Mexico just below Ft. Myers is Florida's crown jewel: Marco Island. And it's a wedding destination resort where your wedding will be anything but "flat!"

Marco Island is six miles long and four miles wide with a 19 mile long coastline. It has over 100 miles of man-made salt water canals, a three-and-a-half mile sugar-sand crescent beach and annualair and water temperatures that average in the cool 80s.

The calm blue-green ocean waters are ideal for boating, water-skiing, wind-surfing, sailing and swimming. Adventure under the sea is also available with several complete scuba diving outfitters at your disposal. And if that's not exciting enough, imagine being strapped into a harness and guided by a boat 100 feet into the air over the ocean with a full-sized parachute in tow: welcome to the world of parasailing.

Sand Shells and Beach Shells abound on Marco Island
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For those who wish to keep their feet on more solid footing, Marco Island's beaches offer over two dozen varieties of seashells that are sure to dazzle your friends and family back home. Not only can you pick up a Lion's Paw or a Shark's Eye, but where else can you get Sand Dollars for free?

Sand Dollars may not get you aboard, but Marco Island's many charter boats are well worth the rental. Sightseeing, fishing, shelling, parties and just plain fun are available all year long.

Topping the list is the Marco Island Princess. Over 90 feet long, with both outside decks and climate-controlled salons, this boat can entertain up to 150 passengers. Enjoy delicious food and outstanding services on Marco Island's Most Unique Waterfront Dining Experience. All aboard, ship sails in ten minutes!

Marco Island Princess
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Fishing aficionados will likewise not be disappointed to learn that Marco Island boasts some of the best fishing grounds in North America. From the shore, from the bridges, from the charter boats, fishing on Marco Island all adds up to the same thing: a lot of fish.

Charter fishing on Marco Island
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With the near-perfect temperature on the island, fish such ass nook, redfish, trout, tarpon mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sheepshead, jewfish, grouper, ladyfish, and pompano might be the only thing you'll catch.

Hilton Hotel

Hilton Hotel Aerial View

Beach Wedding

The moment you arrive at The Hilton Beach Resort & Spa you realize you've found a special venue to host your wedding. The hotel and grounds are beautiful, and Hilton's attributes only enhances the views, and the lavish greenery covering the landscape everywhere.

Magnificent Pool area Hilton Hotel

Deluxe rooms at Hilton

Resort recreational activities include a heated pool, hot tub and two Har-Tru tennis courts. On the private beach, enjoy a spectacular 10,000 Islands Guided Waverunner Tour, parasailing and the Dolphin-Eco-Shelling Trip aboard the “Calusa Spirit,” their 49-passenger power catamaran.

World Class Spa

Spend a day luxuriating a full spa menu at The Spa at the Hilton Island Beach Resort. Or invite your bridesmaids to Pamper the Maids of the Bride spa package.

The Paradise Cafe and Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge partially surround the clear blue pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. Walkways lead to the sugar-sand of the crescent beach just a stone's toss from your guest quarters. Or dine al fresco at the poolside Beach Bar & Grill.

Penthouse View

Your privately accessed two-bedroom, and two-bathroom penthouse suite includes unrivalled amenities. Our favorite is the exclusive Suite Dreams mattress which is part of the Serenity Bed collection. A private sunbathing terrace and a roof top balcony both offer spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and Marco Island for miles and miles.

Romantic Four-Poster Deluxe Room with Balcony

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the Master bedroom. Its king-size four-poster bed will give you the dream sleep of your life. Open the doors to your bathroom and discover the magnificent Turkish bath for two, the whirlpool bath, and Peter Thomas Roth amenities. Imagine all this, and you still wouldn't begin to do justice to this incredible luxury. It's a perfect bridal suite for the discerning wedding couple.

Whether you choose to exchange vows barefoot on the beach on a sunset evening, at the stunning Penthouse Rooftop location, or in one of the many reception halls, Hilton Marco Island Weddings knows how to turn your vision into perfect reality.

Terrace Reception
Courtesy Hilton Hotels

Wedding planners will help you plan a wedding weekend for your guests that include the best of Marco Island attractions. And their wedding partners, from florists to bands, to beautiful wedding rentals are the top companies in Marco Island.

From a spectacular wedding reception, to posh guest rooms, and polished service, you will be able to count on Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa for an unrivalled experience.


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