Booked a long weekend on Marco Island this past May with my wife. We were looking for a fun way to check out the Island and also enjoy biking, so this was the best of both worlds. Saw this tour with Susan (formerly with another company at that point) on Tripadvisor and booked the nature tour - we are very happy we did.
Met Susan early Sunday morning and she gave us an overview of the island, its history and what we would be seeing during our tour. A quick spin on the bike to get set up and we were ready to go.
Susan took us around various neighborhoods, one more luxurious than the next, and showed us the native (and not so native) plantlife and fauna. While admittedly not an arborist, I must say the colorful flowers and trees are very appealing. Susan pointed out variously sites and stopped at several points. One of the great things about the tour is that while there are several key points of interest, Susan is also quite flexible and would stop when we saw things or had questions.
Next up, we saw some of the Marco wildlife - eagle's next (unfortunately not occupied), several owls burrowed into protected areas (my wife's favorite), osprey, gopher tortoises, dolphins, and a mother and baby manatee. Was a great day for wildlife!
Biked to another area of the island, with even larger homes - some previously owned by celebrities. Beautiful neighborhoods and architecture, and Susan ensured she brought these to our attention.
The bike ride was leisurely, aided by Marco's flat land and occasional shady spots. There were plenty of stops for pictures as well. Make sure you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and perhaps some water. That said, Susan actually had some extra sunscreen, hand wipes and water - she comes well prepared!!
At end of tour, we biked to a restaurant on the beach and had a bite to eat.. OK, and a Key West brew or two as well! Susan was able to join us and shared her Island experiences further - she was an excellent and personable guide.
Very glad we saw this activity on Tripadvisor and the associated good reviews. This is clearly a testament to Susan's commitment and dedication. Sunshine Bike Tours is one ting you need to do while in the area. Thanks Susan!
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