Marco Island, FL

Vacation rental real estate on Marco Island is considered more expensive than average for Florida, but higher rates and reliable bookings help offset the extra cost.


Located in southwest Florida, two hours west of Miami and three hours south of Tampa, secluded Marco Island boasts six miles of picture-perfect shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. Despite being only 24 square miles, this springtime vacation rental getaway features more than 100 miles of waterways. Close to the renowned Florida Everglades, Marco Island is the largest barrier island and the only developed land in Florida’s spectacular Ten Thousand Islands area. Vacation rental guests visit from around the world to experience the best of the Ten Thousand Islands: white-sand beaches, crystal blue waters, golf, and swamp buggy expeditions through the Everglades.

Insider tip

Marco Island offers a wider variety of vacation rental real estate than one might expect for such a small area. An aging market, older homes are being demolished and replaced with larger, more modern residential structures and condos that rent well, particularly during business conferences. Marco Island doesn’t need conferences to attract guests, though. Its bright blue Gulf waters and warm winter temperatures keep heads in beds. They also contribute to the real estate prices here being higher than average for Florida. Marco Island is still a strong buyer’s market due to Hurricane Irma. Prices for vacation rental homes here are low and demand is soft; however, vacationers are still pouring in. Marco island is being developed at a steady rate, so it’s a good time to pick up a little piece of vacation rental paradise on Marco Island.

Learn more and compare Marco Island with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

Market size

2,500+ rental units

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