Historic, off the beaten path, and filled with both outdoor attractions and manmade entertainment to explore, Marco Island is one of the last bastions for Florida visitors looking for something laid back and fun.
The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display at nearby Naples Pier brings plenty of people down south to Marco Island for the holiday. It’s expected to be another thrilling year, and you enjoy every part of it this season.
A Quick Look at the Naples Fireworks
The Naples Fireworks will launch from the Naples Pier (137 12th Avenue S., Naples, FL 34102). The fireworks are expected to kick-off at around 7:30pm and run to about 8pm.
For a good view, consider any spot along Naples Beach. Visitors will begin to accumulate in the area as early as 11am, when many local businesses open up for the holiday.
Admission is entirely free, but that does not speak for parking. All signs related to parking are in effect, including no parking zones and the locking of intersections.
Public parking is in the Third Street South vicinity. Parking by the pier will be extremely limited and potentially blocked off in certain parts due to safety.
You can contact the event holders at 239-213-1000 or 239-213-7120 for more information.
Staying on Marco Island for New Year’s Eve
Many choose to stay in vacation rentals on Marco Island and avoid the bustling traffic and crowds of Naples. The island is about a 35-minute drive to Naples Pier depending on where you start.
If you stay on Marco Island, getting a view of the fireworks at the Naples Pier won’t be easy considering the distance, but you’ll have plenty to do right on the island. Thankfully, several Marco Island restaurants and bars offer a fantastic atmosphere to keep you entertained until the clock strikes midnight.
CJ’s on the Bay:
CJ’s on the Bay offers a fun-filled annual New Year’s Eve party that you won’t want to miss if you are on Marco Island that evening.
You won’t get enough of their seafood selections, including pan-seared diver scallops and dark rum soaked Mahi Mahi with a splash of sweet butter on top. That should seal the deal alone for any aspiring Marco Island visitors. The outdoor deck delivers a panoramic view of the waters.
Location: 740 N Collier Blvd #105, Marco Island, FL 34145
Marco Walk Plaza:
The Marco Walk Plaza actually features a few restaurants that will be open late into the evening. This open-air plaza has a range of small boutiques and incredible restaurants situated in classically designed buildings.
You can find Marco Prime Steaks & Seafood and DaVinci’s Ristorante Italiano for some truly excellent upscale food. They’ll be open late into the evening, and DaVinci’s should be featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu.
Be sure to spend some time walking around this scenic area and take in the sights, sounds and excitement as everyone welcomes in the New Year.
Location: 599 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145
The Esplanade Shoppes:
Enjoy the promenade along the waterfront as you explore a multitude of specialty shops, upscale retailers and dining options.
Location: 760 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145
Experience New Year’s Eve on Marco Island This Year
Whether you choose to watch the fireworks at the Naples Pier or enjoy one of the incredible celebrations right on the island, you won’t go wrong visiting us this year. The fireworks at the Naples Pier and local celebrations on Marco Island wonderfully welcome the New Year for all travelers, locals and visitors.
Stay on the island for plenty of fun well into the evening, venture up north to Naples for the fireworks at 7:30pm, or do both! Either way, you’ll find a delightful holiday getaway here.