My wife and I live in Cape Coral and never have been to Marco so we decided to make the 1 1/2 drive to South Marco Beach because we didn't want to go through the hassle of getting to Tigertail Beach. Parking was $8.00 for all day which is ok. At Fort Myers Beach it's $2.00 per hour. The walk from the parking lot to the beach wasn't a problem at all. The restrooms are in the parking lot so if you have to go while on the beach, you have to walk back to the parking lot. The beach wasn't what I was expecting. The sand is compact which is ok but full of shells. I'm glad we brought our aqua shoes. I expected the water to look better than what it was. The clarity of the water wasn't that great either. I was talking to one gentleman from Ohio that said it looked like we were at a lake instead of the gulf. Somebody said that a storm went through there a couple of days ago and made the water that way which is possible. Needless to say, South Marco Beach is not Siesta Key. At Siesta Key, the sand is white and powdery with a very wide beach and the water color and clarity is great. As a matter of fact, Venice Beach is much nicer than South Marco Beach. I guess this beach is good for those that live here and visit here but if I'm going to make a long drive from Cape Coral to go to a beach, it will be Siesta Key, not South Marco Beach.
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