Expedition IQuest Marco Island

Marco Island_5Expedition IQuest weekend getaway to Marco Island. This is a fantastic day trip or weekend getaway for a Florida resident who wants to explore and have a great time on a budget. Packing up the SUV with supplies, kayaks and beach cruiser Townie Bicycles, bathing suits, flip flops and a beachy fun attitude, it was time for team IQuest to do yet another of their famous expeditions. This time a quick 2 1/2 hour drive to Marco Island from the Palm Beaches.

On the road early and driving over was quite easy. Arriving in time to still catch breakfast we happened to find Susie’s Diner where an excellent breakfast was served. $8 for two eggs, hash browns and toast was a bit high but overall it was very good.

The breakfast was just what was needed to prepare for an afternoon of kayaking at Rookery Bay. We launched from Caxambas Park.

Amazing shelling, great paddle and very family/pet friendly. Definitely a good choice for a very reasonable vessel launch fee of $4 per kayak. Well worth it. 2016-03-26 13.13.15

After some sun, shelling and a great paddle on the kayaks it was time for some lunch and a cold adult beverage. The restaurant that was chosen was the Snook Inn. where Expedition IQuest feasted on smoked fish dip, a grouper sandwich and chose a couple of tropical rum drinks.

From There it was time to find accommodations and a place to watch the famous Marco Island sunsets. After many phone calls and a very unfriendly snubbing attitude from the Marco Island Hilton that wanted $700/night for a room that had and ocean view, we found a very friendly, family owned property right on the water with an amazing view and a very large room spacious enough for a family for $180 (anywhere else this would have been listed as a large suite) at the The Boat House Motel Marco Island which is family owned and quite accommodating plus within walking distance or a very short drive to a very generous variety of restaurants for dinner.

For sunset, the Sunset Bar and Grill was the place to be. The best view was actually on the beach, and the sunset was nothing shy of picture perfect. It was lovely to see so many families and couples on the beach enjoying one of mother nature’s finest creations. Both tourists and locals gathered at the Sunset Grill for a drink and a view. Once the sun set it was off to find dinner. There were very few choices left to have dinner past 9pm. CJ’s on the Bay was one of the choices and it didn’t disappoint.

After a roomy and peaceful night’s sleep it was time to search for a great cup of coffee at the infamous 5th Avenue Coffee. It was Easter Sunday and the marina was a wonderful and quiet place for Team IQuest to do some creative brainstorming. No complaints on the temporary waterfront office.

A quick drive across the bridge to Naples where a walk on the beach followed by a great bike ride through downtown with plenty of cafe’s and shopping to choose from. A fantastic Bloody Mary at Tin City’s Riverwalk Restaurant and more exploring via bicycle led Team IQuest to Bice’s for brunch and live music. No shortage of heaven for their Easter Brunch menu. The bartender was witty and very accommodating.

All in all-Marco Island is a fantastic way to spend a day cation with the option of the ever lovely Naples just across the bridge. Very successful and highly recommended getaway.Marco Island_5