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“Must Visit on Marco Island”
Review of Tigertail Beach

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Reviewed 23 July 2013

If you're on Marco Island, you must visit this amazing beach! Once you enter, you'll be staring face to face with a calm lagoon. The water is very brackish, and if you're looking for a place to fish, this is it! Talk to the person who is in the shack who gives rentals in kayaks and paddle boards about the wildlife there, and he should point you to a guy who has fished there for a long time, and has caught many things from Barracuda to very large snook. Don't be afraid to cross, nothing's out to get you, and if you don't want to walk across, walk around! It's a long walk and at night you'll find lots of Fiddler Crabs. If you cross the lagoon, you'll see Sand Dollar spit which even has a Flagged Sea Turtle nest! The beach is magnificent and very long! Depending on how calm the sea is, the water is very clear. At night you'll find many sand bars with sand dollars and- if you look closely sometimes- even stingrays! The most remarkable thing is how little the crowd is there, even when it's the best beach on Marco to me. Plus, if you come at the right time you might see dolphins, which frequently visit there.

Thank Clay L
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

This is only for residents of Marco Island and their guests.
No exceptions. If gives residents the opportunity to enjoy what has now been monopolized by the hotels and timeshares.

Thank AL33076
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

Yes, you arrive to the initial opening from the parking lot and the place looks like a swampy lake. This is the important thing that a lot of reviewers have missed: you must WADE across that water to reach the real beach area. If you walk AROUND the swampy water (I have to admit, it does feel swampy - a little stinky and murky) to get to the beach, you will be walking for a long time. The thing that makes Tigertail so unique is that you can wade right across because the water isn't deep on the north end (ask one of the guys at the stand where exactly you can cross if you don't see anyone doing this already that you can follow). You cannot see the beach from the first clearing, but don't worry, you walk through the well-traveled path in the mangroves and you will come out right onto the white sandy beach with beautiful water. Tigertail also has, I think, the best assortment of shells if you like to collect those. Sand dollars as well.

Great experience, great beach.

1  Thank GRT15
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

This is divided into a few separate areas: parking lot with cafe and kids playground, small lagoon, and across the lagoon and a short walk brings you to a sandy beach. No cover there. Decent shells including sand dollars. Paid parking.

Thank kimCa
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

First visit to the area and I wasn't sure if I wanted to rent a house by the south beach or by Tigertail. I decided for South Marco Beach and although my house rental was great and a few blocks from South Marco Beach, I would have preferred to be by Tigertail. I liked the ample parking, food, restrooms and we did not mind crossing the lagoon although it was challenging when we left at high tide and put things on our head to carry over. That was the only "con" about this beach. We stayed all day and really enjoyed ourselves. Our grandkids were 6 and 10 yrs so I am not sure if I would try to take real young children across to the beach.

Thank DONNA M
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