A gem of beautiful beaches, enchanting nature preserves—and yet more shopping, Marco Beach has long been a playground for the “smart” people, sportsmen (and women) and nature lovers alike. It is the gateway to 10,000 Islands, a truly extraordinary nature preserve—and to a water-based lifestyle that only a Gulf island can claim. SUP—stand-up paddle boarding—takes on a new dimension as you glide by the wildlife of Tigertail Beach. For the more adventurous, kayaking the mangrove tunnels. And sport fishing is only a few minutes offshore or in the backwaters. Or you could while away an afternoon, stretched out on a sugar sand beach while all your worries drift away with the current. On Marco Island, there are no bad choices.