Marco Island refers to a city located on an island in the Gulf of Mexico; the island itself is also called Marco Island. This island has the distinction of being the largest barrier island within the "Ten Thousand Islands" region, an area of ocean that extends across the southwestern coast of Florida. The temperature on Marco Island is warm all year round, with a subtropical climate that includes two distinct seasons: the wet and the dry. The wet season lasts from June through October and provides visitors with frequent rainfall that can make a pleasant change for people from the arid Southwest.
Vacation rentals on Marco Island provide tourists with easy access to the area's white sandy beaches, as well as to recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Land-based diversions include both golf and tennis. Comedy entertainment is available at the Off the Hook Comedy Club, and the city is graced with many small boutiques and shops, catering to the tourists who stroll along the Esplanade during the afternoon and evening.
As of the 2000 census, Marco Island had fewer than 13,000 residents. This allows for a great deal of open space on the island as well as the special brand of small-town charm that visitors have come to associate with many places along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Marco Island, however, offers something not seen in all Florida locations; watching dolphins frolicking in the waters off shore has come to be a favorite activity for tourists.