Marco Island : Florida

 

What It Is Like to Retire in Marco Island

Marco Island is the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands on the southwest corner of Florida. It is the last community of any size on the southern end of Florida's Gulf side. The population is just under 18,000. It is home to the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort and Hilton Marco Island Resort. Retirees love it here, and just over 50% of the population 65 or over! Development is filling in the area between Naples to the north and Marco. A relatively new town, there is not too much of a central town. Many developments with golf courses and amenities are in the area. The six-mile crescent beach on Marco Island is among the widest in Florida and features bright white, sugar sand and bountiful shelling opportunities.

 

Where to Retire in Marco Island and Home Prices

Marco Island is a popular resort as well as being home to many, many active adult communities and developments. Some of these are golfing communities which are generally not on the Gulf, while many high rise condo communities are on the beach. Many of the area's communities claim to be in Naples or are in between the two towns.
Zillow reported the median home value to be $643,988 in mid 2021. The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price in the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island area to be $659,500 during the 2nd quarter of 2021, a 41.9% increase from a year earlier.

 

What Is Special about Marco Island

Warm winters and lots of waterfront.  Big resorts. Many active communities to choose from, many of them high-end.
 

What Is Not Special about Marco Island

Real estate is expensive. It is fairly isolated since it is the last town on Florida's southern coast. The Everglades stretch to the east and south. There is not much of a town and most everything is new and big box-like.
 

Who Will Like Retirement in Marco Island

Since the average age is 60.1 it is fair to say that retirees make up a sizable part of the population. Boaters, golfers, and beach goers will like it.
 

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and retirement drive the local economy. The cost of living index is 175.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Marco Island is the southernmost community on Florida's west coast.  It is located on the largest of many barrier islands in the area.  The average July high temperature is 91 and the average January high is 75 (the low is 53). The wettest month is June (8").

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Chamber of Commerce website for Marco and Collier County reports that: "From community theater performances to unique art galleries, Marco Island has a variety of choices for cultural activities. While visiting the island, you can visit a world-class art league facility, historic exhibits, and working artists' studio. There are street festivals, outdoor art fairs, performances by dance troupes and concert bands.

 

Crime

Crime in Marco Island is incredibly low.
 

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are plentiful in towns like Naples (the Cleveland Clinic) and Fort Myers.
 

Transportation

I 75 is just to the north, which connects Marco to Miami and Fort Myers. Marco Island Airport serves the community, the much bigger Fort Myers airport is within 50 miles.
 

Valuable Links

City of Marco Island

Florida retirement guide

 

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