Last month, Marco and I took a trip to the beautiful Marco Island in Florida (south of Naples) as a babymoon. A lot of people had puzzled looks on their faces when I referred to it as such, but a babymoon is essentially a trip before the baby comes to just relax.
Marco Island had been on our radar for a while, and it was actually the perfect getaway for such a time–warm weather, a gorgeous beach, and a short three hour flight.
I love to share some photos from our week, if you’d like to see…
AMERICAN EAGLE SWEATER — OLD (SIMILAR)
SUNGLASSES — THAT I LIKE TO BORROW 😉
The entire trip was really relaxing–we booked the week with no plans made, and to just see where the day would take us.
On our first full day there, I booked myself a pre-natal massage in the morning at the hotel, and it was seriously the best massage I’ve ever had! If you stay at the JW Marriott, or just go for the spa (which is stunning), I highly recommend Mackenzie–she had magic hands!
The other days were spent between the beach, our balcony and in bed (to be honest! I need to lie down a lot and resting is the only way I can get up and take advantage of other hours in the day and feel relatively good). Marco Island is a small, older community beach town with tons of amazing local spots. Since we had rented a car, we were able to take advantage of many great places for meals, and even a quick trip to WinnDixie one evening to stock our fridge with a few snacks to have on hand. Marco golfed a couple days too, while I lazed around, and it was overall just a really laid back trip. No cooking, cleaning nor worries–exactly what we were hoping for.
As far as packing, I brought about eight swimsuits and wore three (haha), I wore these sandals everyday, and kept things pretty casual for dinners in the evening. During the day, if I was just hanging out in the room, I wore the kaftan I purchased at the beginning of summer (almost identical to this one); it’s been something I change into almost daily when I get home from work and just need something that isn’t restrictive. I packed a few pairs of heels, but ended up only wearing these & these and my sneakers the rest of the week. Comfort was key!
We split our stay between two resorts: the JW Marriott and the Hilton, which were just down the street from one another. The JW Marriott was absolutely stunning, the property, pools, restaurant options, spa and the beach are all things to write home about. The Hilton’s customer service though was on another level, and we absolutely loved our room there. Another thing to note was their delicious breakfast buffet, which we both loved.
The beach in general in Marco Island is noted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world–and I can see why! With soft white sand as far as the eye can see, shallow and beautiful waters, no seaweed, and so picturesque from every angle. At the JW Marriott, beach towels, chairs and an umbrella were included with your stay. At the Hilton, beach towels and chairs were included, and you could rent an umbrella for $20 for the day.
A few restaurants to note that we really loved:
Verdi’s Bistro, which is an American casual fine dining spot–probably the best meal we had all week. Marco had the lamb and I did the special, we split the lobster mac & cheese, and then the peanut butter cheesecake for dessert (made in-house) was to die for! Plus the service was fantastic and it felt like you were family. Meal highlight!
Possibly the most Instagrammable restaurant on the island, Doreen’s Cup of Joe was so cute for brunch and really delicious.
For cheap & delicious breakfast, Stonewalls was the perfect fit. It’s a restaurant setting, but you order at the counter and they bring you your food. Think classics like bacon and eggs, pancakes, waffles, but they also have a pretty extensive menu. They do an all day breakfast too, so perfect for late risers 😉
Pinchers, a chain crab shack that had great comfort food and amazing service (mashed potatoes 😉 and fish & chips on point!).
DaVinci’s was such an authentic Italian experience, the food and service were incredible and it was packed. Our server was Italian and super knowledgeable on all the dishes, everything we ate was so good and the owner even came by to check on us at one point. Totally recommend if you love pasta.
Overall, if you’re looking for a place within the US that has one of the most gorgeous beaches, great restaurants (lots of Italian food, actually) and a place to unwind, would highly recommend Marco Island. It’s pretty easy to get to from the Fort Meyers airport (about a 50 minute drive) and the weather is absolutely amazing! Definitely a fantastic, slow-paced, getaway.