Marco Island is Ranked No. 6 on TripAdvisor's List

A Custom Luxury Home on Marco Island Just Completed by Big Island Builders

"Affordable" probably isn't the first word on most people's minds when they think of Marco Island, which is known for its towering luxury resorts and members-only beach, but TripAdvisor crunched the numbers and ranked the island No. 6. on its Summer Savings: 24 Most Affordable Florida West Coast Beaches list.

The list is based on the average cost of a week's stay during the off season. A week’s stay in a two-bedroom property on Marco Island averages $995, according to TripAdvisor. Katie O'Hara, director of sales and marketing for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, said Marco Island won TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice Award for best island in the U.S., and it was No. 4 on the international list. This year it was No. 8 on the U.S. list, which is based on user reviews and ratings.

O'Hara said she's excited that Marco Island is featured on another TripAdvisor list and hopes it will bring more people to the island. "Obviously we're thrilled," she said. "We look forward to continuing to grow as a beach destination."

City Manager Roger Hernstadt agreed.

"As someone who has lived on Florida's east coast and the Keys for many years, I am amazed that many people are just now discovering the unique beauty of Marco Island and our beaches as a first class, affordable family vacation venue," Hernstadt said, "but thanks to TripAdvisor's rankings, the word will definitely spread to many more new potential visitors."

Florida's tropical paradise. Color splashed sunsets mirrored on sparkling Gulf waters. An intimate setting surrounded by sun-washed white beaches. This tiny island suspended off the southern-most tip of Florida awaits your arrival. The allure is tropical. The attitude is easy-paced casual. And, time to explore the stunning beauty of the island and the natural inhabitants is your greatest luxury. Frolicking dolphins welcome you to this sun-kissed sanctuary with more than 200 species of birds, including the American bald eagle, and the endangered West Indian manatee. Warm sunshine, brilliant emerald waters and endless island adventures abound. Begin with a dip in the Gulf. Soak in the sun on ivory shores. Cast into some of the world's finest fishing.

Tour the wild wetlands of the Florida Everglades. Canoe along uninhabited islands. Or, go shelling to fill buckets full of flawless keepsakes from the beach. Land lovers explore by bike or car and discover Marco Island's past as a secluded hideaway for Indians, pirates and famous explorers.

Big Island Builders is building luxury custom homes on Marco Island, and in Naples' most prestigious neighborhoods and communities. A family business passed down from three generations, Big Island Builders is Naples' premier builder of inspired waterfront homes.

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