We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Bring exact change for parking!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of South Marco Beach

South Marco Beach
Book In Advance
More Info
US$79.18*
and up
Marco Island Kayak Tour with Optional Beach Landing
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: One of the two top public access points to Marco Beach. It has great shelling.
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Level Contributor
663 reviews
221 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
“Bring exact change for parking!”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

The beach was beautiful and there are even life jackets available for children to borrow at the beach entrance along with a machine that washes your feet. My difficulty was with the parking lot. First you park and then you pay and put the ticket in your car window. However, the machine would not accept my credit card (the slot was too thin for my card) and then it only took exact change so be sure to have exactly $8. The beach has many shells and the beach itself is wide. The water was beautiful and pleasantly warm. My teens played for hours. Be sure to bring everything you need with you- umbrella, (it's hot!) drinks, etc. as there are not any places to purchase or rent these items.

Visited August 2014
Helpful?
Thank Melaney68
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

729 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    444
    191
    65
    12
    17
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
117 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Our favourite beach in Marco Island”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

I know a lot of reviewers have said they didn't like the coarse shelled beach but we preferred this type of sand, it was coarse but the advantage to this is it didn't stick to every inch of the body like fine sand does. We parked in the South Marco beach car park & walked over the road to the beach. Once there we walked to the left and all the way to the end of the beach (about a 5-6min walk to some rocks that mark the end) we went to this spot twice during our holiday & each time we were practically on our own & felt like we had the beach to ourselves. This part of the beach doesn't have toilet facilities or refreshments etc (you have to walk back to the main part of the for those) but as we only generally stay for a couple of hrs as it is so hot that this doesn't bother us at all. In this part of the beach the kids were able to snorkel round the rocks & play on the beach without getting in anyone's way. We loved this beach

Helpful?
1 Thank lesley33333333
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Longmont, Colorado
Level Contributor
131 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Expected nicer sand, more amenities”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

South Marco is a good beach for getting in the water and body surfing, but it's not a favorite beach by any stretch. The sand is full of broken sea shells, so it's almost impossible to build any kind of sand castle. All you can see in any direction are high rise condos and hotels. The beach does appear to be very clean, but there are no rest rooms or amenities on the beach itself. The short walk from the designated parking lot was no big deal, but I would expect that lot to fill quickly in season.

Visited August 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank 3Magpies
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Miami
Level Contributor
40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Too many shells”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

There were too many shells on the sand, uncomfortable to walk in and no life guards although it is a public beach

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank dargis22
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Aurora, Illinois
Level Contributor
179 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“good place to find shells”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

nice place to find shells of all sorts.

good time to go is in early morning and you will be in the shade.

wear shoes as some of the shall areas are a little rough on bare feet.

Visited July 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Joe R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed South Marco Beach also viewed

Marco Island, Southwest Gulf Coast
Marco Island, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Marco Island, Southwest Gulf Coast
Marco Island, Southwest Gulf Coast
 

Been to South Marco Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing