Marco Island #1 Island in the US, #4 in the World
Marco Island was named #1 Island in the United States and #4 Island in the world by the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, in their 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards. We beat out two Hawaiian Islands! The site calls Marco Island "the Jewel of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands" and also ranked Marco #4 in the world's best islands.
This is HUGE! These ratings were votes from our tourists who have visited our "Diamond" in the Everglades over the last year. TripAdvisor states it is the world's largest social travel network with over 100 million travelers having used it. Travelers like you contributed their candid reviews and opinions to this site and one random survey stated that 98% of the participants found TripAdvisor reviews accurately reflected their experience.
These designations are giving our Island worldwide attention and fame! TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards are based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers. One of their polls on their site stated that 72% of U.S. respondents plan on visiting an island in 2014. According to its website, TripAdvisor claims to be "the most popular and largest travel community in the world" with more than 32 million members and over 100 million reviews and opinions.
Last year Marco was featured by CNN travel as being one of the "10 places that can change your child's life!" The editor in Chief of National Geographic's Travel Magazine, Keith Bellows, wrote about our paradise at the edge of the Everglades. In his book he mentioned that "you can introduce them to spectacular nature and wildlife and marine biology by searching for dolphins." He says, "there is a kids' way of seeing the world, when you get them to slow down and experience a place from their perspective, its magic."