A Guide to Boating on Marco Island

Boat rental in Marco Island

Boating is a staple of life in Marco Island. Whether you are a newcomer to boating or got your sea legs a long time ago, it is something you ought to do while staying in one of the beautiful Marco Island beachfront rentals.

There are some must-see sights that can be accessed by boat. One of the most awe-inspiring things you will see while out on a relaxing cruise is the marine creatures that live here, from dolphins to manatees, shorebirds to sea turtles. Of course, you can also see the stunning beachfront mansions and take in a fabulous Florida sunset. You don’t have to restrict your boating experience to a guided cruise. There are also canoe and kayak tours that can get you up close to some of the area’s most mesmerizing ecological sites.

Boating is a staple of life in Marco Island. Whether you are a newcomer to boating or got your sea legs a long time ago, it is something you ought to do while staying in one of the beautiful Marco Island beachfront rentals.

Types of Boats

You can find all kinds of boat rental shops along the Marco Island beaches, each one has a wide array of boats and other watercraft available. Canoes, kayaks, motorboats, and wave runners are all popular on Marco Island.

Bringing your own boat? Make sure you read up on boat access in Marco Island so that you know whether your boat can clear the city’s 14 bridges, what rules and regulations boaters must follow, and where the city’s four boat launches are located.

Boating Activities

Want to take your kids shelling? How about exploring the remote Thousand Islands to the south? You can even get to some of the local restaurants via a boat! Take your boat out to Marco Island’s Snook Inn and grab some delicious grub before heading back out onto the open waves.

Rent a pontoon or catamaran and sail over to Keewaydin Island. It is often hailed as the best boating beach in Naples. This beach is actually a nature preserve and an undeveloped paradise and therefore has no bridges, cars, or roads. Drop anchor offshore or pull up Riverside and enjoy a day of fishing, swimming, shelling, or just laying out and working on your tan. It is a popular destination but also a beautiful and peaceful one.

Want to rent a boat that doubles as a snack vendor? You can! There are food boats available that sell everything from ice cream to alcohol for the adults.

For the kids, you can rent paddleboards and skim along on the waters of Tigertail Beach. It is an easy-to-learn and fun way for you and your kids to bond. 

Plan Your Visit

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Cost of Renting a Boat in Marco Island

As far as rental costs go, boats can start at about $260 for four hours and increase in price for up to a full week’s rental. Costs depend on how long you will be staying in Marco Island and the type of boat you rent. You can get some good deals if you are planning on renting a boat for a few days to a few weeks. Keep this in mind as you browse the web for Marco Island vacation rentals.

Boat on Marco Island beach

Marco Island Boat Rentals

There are several great boat rental companies throughout Marco Island. One of the most enjoyable rentals for families is The Dolphin Explorer, which sets sail on a three-hour cruise along the most popular waterways for dolphins. The nifty thing about this is that the crew of the Dolphin Explorer know each dolphin by name!

Southwest Florida Boat Club & Rental is located in Marco Island and offers boat and jet ski rentals as well as kayaks and paddleboards (which can be delivered to Caxambas Park or to your rental home). Whether you want a spacious pontoon boat, zippy deck boat, or something without a motor, they have it. Their rental times are flexible, and they have a lot of fun options.

Rose Marina has a lot of reasonably priced rentals. In fact, they’re some of the most competitive prices for Marco Island boating and fishing. The five-mile offshore boat rental is perfect for serious fishermen looking for the big catch. All of their craft have VHF radios and are outfitted with USCG safety equipment.

A few more rental options include Florida Adventures and Rentals, Banyan Charters, and Pure Florida.

You can find all of these incredible boating experiences and more just minutes from our Marco Island vacation rentals. Contact us today for more information!