Fish is to Marco Island like pork belly is to gourmands. The best is at Lee Be Fish Company (239-389-0580), a tiny spot that has one of the best fish tacos on the Paradise Coast, as well as other fresh seafood dishes in the utterly charming Shops of Olde Marco on Royal Palm Drive.
Goodland. When exploring this fishing village on the southeast tip of the island, stop in at Stan’s Idle Hour or The Little Bar on Goodland for fresh seafood and chilled cocktails. Both are also accessible by boat.
Hidden Gem. Joe’s Hideout is tucked away in the Shops of Olde Marco just down the path from Lee Be Fish Company and next to its sister store, Sweet Dreams of Marco,where the cupcakes are like little works of art. Cold beer, wine, pizza, burgers and Boston hot dogs are on the menu. It’s packed for happy hour, and the impossibly cute Key West courtyard seating with overhead lights is always happening.
Photo by Kelly Merritt
Island Bike Shop. If you prefer to discover the island on two wheels, come Island Bike Shop to rent and purchase bikes—plus, the shop will share the best routes for the most picturesque views. Serious cyclists are most drawn to the buns-burning Indian Hill area, the highest spot in Southwest Florida.
Jammin' in the Hammock, the annual bluegrass festival at Collier-Seminole State Park (239-394-3397), is going into its seventh year with live music and fun for the entire family. The festival features well-known bluegrass and folk bands, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Mark your calendar for February 8 and 9, 2014.
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