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    Marco Island, FL

    Life has been so busy and getting away for a full week is impossible for me right now. We planned a quick escape for the holiday weekend to Marco Island, Florida. I know we have some Marriott timeshare owners in the group and I have to say if you have some points or extra nights to use somewhere, look into Marriott Crystal Shores. We booked a unit from an owner through Redweek. This place gives off Surf Club vibes, minus the adults only pool and lazy river (kind of bummed to not have a lazy river, honestly). The beds are the most comfortable I have ever slept on. The balcony has nice wicker furniture including 2 lounge seats with nice thick cushions. You could sleep out there really. The primary bedroom shower is fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about the rooms. I think they only have 2-3 bedrooms here, no lock offs. We are in a 2 bedroom.
    How I picked this place: I found an airport with a direct flight that we had enough points to book, ended up being Southwest Regional in Fort Myers. Then I went to Redweek and started looking for timeshares anywhere in the area and wala…here we are. It’s been an amazing find and we will come back.
    The beach is nice hard white sand and not too wide in this section so it’s an easy walk in and walk out. The water is beautiful, clear, and warm. I could have floated all day. We both are wearing long sleeve uv protective shirts now and I’m so glad we do because we can stay out there longer. This place has 3 pools, one with a large water slide. We found chairs and shade in the middle of the afternoon on a holiday weekend.
    Our goal is eat and shop at some locally owned businesses and yesterdays breakfast at a place called Stonewalls was good old fashioned southern comfort food, chicken and biscuits with gravy for Jon and crabcake benny for me…so good. There are lots of places to try that are in easy walking distance which is always important to us. We sit in DC traffic every day so being able to just park the car and walk is so much better to us than having to drive or Uber everywhere like we did in Islamorada.
    Today we are off to the Everglades for a private airboat tour. Every time we come to Florida Jon wants to do it so today he finally gets his wish.
    Our friend joked that while others in our age range are taking their kids on college tours, we are on retirement tours trying to find our spot. I think we found it in the southwest, gulf coast area! We will definitely be back.
    Still hoping for Aruba is February, but this is the next best thing.
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    Your trip sounds wonderful. As much as we have missed Aruba, it’s fun to find new places. Enjoy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Your trip sounds wonderful. As much as we have missed Aruba, it’s fun to find new places. Enjoy!!
    Jon said as much as this place reminds him of Aruba, he really misses our evening stops in the casinos and sitting out of pier bars.
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    sounds like a wonderful place!
    we have never been to Marco Island.........we've only been to the SW area 3x and those were to Naples.
    sounds wonderful.


    was air on SWA?
    enjoy.
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    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I have heard that Marco Island is beautiful.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    sounds like a wonderful place!
    we have never been to Marco Island.........we've only been to the SW area 3x and those were to Naples.
    sounds wonderful.


    was air on SWA?
    enjoy.
    I think you would enjoy it. Could be a good family trip if plane tickets stay on the rise.
    not SWA, we have been flying American mostly lately.
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    I live only 45 minutes from Marco Island (Bonita Springs). I’ve only been there maybe 3 times. Sounds like a good place for a staycation.the beaches are very nice there.
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    Our best friends are Marriott Vacation Club members. They went to that resort a few months back and absolutely loved it! They are foodies so they looked up all the great restaurants in advance. You are lucky to have good weather. I am hearing there is a lot of rain in Florida lately. Enjoy!
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    I do consider us very lucky. We did have some afternoon thunderstorms this afternoon so we got in a nice nap between the pool and dinner at The Oyster Society.

    We had a long day today. The Everglades tour was informative and sad to see what the pythons and mangroves are doing to choke out the ecosystem. From there we had some appetizers and a cocktail for lunch then on to the pool. I was disappointed in the activities committee for having balloons everywhere so close to the water. They were popping and trash was everywhere from them.

    They had something I would call shrimp boil skewers for sale near the pool for the holiday. I was 3 shrimp, a small piece of corn on the cob, andouille sausage and a red skin potato. It was a nice change up. Thunderstorms rolled in so we went for nap time.

    we had dinner across the street at The Oyster Society. It had potential. Jon didn’t really like his meal but I think it was just a poor ordering choice more than a bad restaurant.

    We can see the sunset from our balcony but I doubt the clouds will allow it to be spectacular. We have heard there will be lots of fireworks displays around the beach so we will go out to watch I’m sure.
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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    We were victims of the airline industry this week. Our nonstop flight from Ft Myers to Dc was canceled and they gave us an option that included a 5 hour layover in Chicago. No thanks! Instead of spending our last morning relaxing by the pool, we spent it looking for flights and driving almost 3 hours to Tampa only to get delayed for a couple more hours. We made it home in time for me to return to a crazy week at work. I would do it all again, we had an amazing time.
    The best trip is the next trip. Anxiously waiting to book something.
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