An Amazing July 4th Holiday Staycation at Marco island, fl

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JW Marriott Marco Island, FL

We stayed at the JW Marriott in Marco, Island for 5 days over the Fourth of July holidays. Marco Island is is a city in Collier County, located in an island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida, which is about a 2 hour drive from Ft Lauderdale, FL, which is where we currently reside. Marco island is the largest barrier island within South Florida.

 The Marriott was a perfect choice for us. This 4 Star hotel has all the amenities required for a perfect vacation. As a Healthy Fit Couple, it is very important that the resorts we check in have an adequate gym, healthy food options and a wellness program. This hotel had all that and more. 


While staying at the Marriott we made an appointment for a 90 minute deep  massage. Not only was the massage amazing, the private pool and Spa area was perfect. We laid basked in the sun while sipping pink mimosas after our amazing massage. 

jw marriott spa

All of the meals we had at several of their restaurants were outstanding. We were actually lucky one night, we sat at the bar at Ario, which happens to be facing the open kitchen. We were able to see the chefs and servers preparing and plating the dishes. This was the highlight for Geo since he loves food photography.

JW Marriott Ario restaurant
JW Marriott Ario restaurant

Our dinner at Ario was fantastic. The steak was cooked to perfection. The cocktails are crafted and original.

Dinner at Ario Marriott Marco Island
Dinner at Ario Marriott Marco Island
Dinner at Ario Marriott Marco Island
Dinner at Ario Marriott Marco Island
Dinner at Ario Marriott Marco Island

Our rate included a free breakfast brunch, which had pretty good options. For us healthy eaters, the omelette station is essential and they did have one available. All of the rest of the meals were amazing at the restaurants in the resort.

meals Marriott Marco Island
meals Marriott Marco Island
brunch at marriott marco island
meals Marriott Marco Island

On one of the days, the boys chartered a boat and when fishing. They caught the most delicious snapper lane. The experience was memorable. As they caught a few fishes, the captain cleaned them and filleted them. We then took them over to Cocomos Grill, where the chef prepared the most amazing fish I have ever tasted. They cooked it crusted with Jalapenos, and pan seared with key lime beurre blanc sauce. If you are in Marco Island please make sure to dine here.

fishing in Marco island, fl
fishing in Marco island, fl
dinning at cocomos grill marco island
dinning at cocomos grill marco island

We spend these 5 days, sailing, working out, photo shooting on the beach, eating well and relaxing. HealthyFitCouple enjoys taking time to make memories, taking time to enjoy each other and disconnecting. 

relaxing at Marriott Marco Island Beach
relaxing at Marriott Marco Island Beach
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Amazing July 4th Holiday Staycation at Marco Island, fl
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Amazing July 4th Holiday Staycation at Marco Island, fl
We spent 5 days in JW Marriott at Marco island beach. We stayed during july 4th weekend and had an amazing time, eating, relaxing, fishing and spending time for us.
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  • Jane

    Posted 2018-08-08 7:37 am

    That looks like a great place to visit. We visited Florida back in April this year and we loved it. The food looks great too!

  • Crystal

    Posted 2018-08-08 7:51 am

    Marriott resorts are the best I worked up under this company for quite some time and I must say everything was great. Love the pictures and thanks for the information Florida is one of the best place to vacation on as well the atmosphere is amazing.

  • agnesstramp

    Posted 2018-08-08 8:40 am

    This is the first time I am hearing about Marco Island and I’ve been obviously missing a lot, Evelyn! I will add this destination to my bucket list immediately as your post whetted my appetite!

  • lacyngo

    Posted 2018-08-09 5:51 am

    Wow, I had never heard of this island. The Marriott sounds amazing!

  • salona

    Posted 2018-08-09 6:47 am

    Whaaaaoooooo This looks like such an amazing holiday destination. Haha here in South Africa, it is winter in July so reading though this post so makes me want to experience a lovely summer again!

  • Keith E Ashwood

    Posted 2018-08-09 8:08 am

    I have heard good things about Marco Island. Friends of mine went there last year and they said it was awesome to.

  • lorisriddle

    Posted 2018-08-09 10:18 am

    We love Marco Island, it’s about an hour from us. Our favorite beach is Tiger Tail Beach, you have to wade through a lagoon to get to it. So beautiful. BTW, I love that white dress!!!!

  • FlySoulmates (@FlySoulMates)

    Posted 2018-08-09 10:31 am

    I see you spend 4th of July in different way :). By the way I published our article about Barcelona. Check it out 🙂

  • Chai

    Posted 2018-08-09 11:57 am

    What a totally pampering 4th of July vacation. now my back wants a spa too.

  • julivaglobal

    Posted 2018-08-09 12:09 pm

    I always look forward to see where you are off to next

  • Charu Sharma

    Posted 2018-08-09 3:13 pm

    Looks like lot of fun! I loved all the pictures.

  • Europe finance blog

    Posted 2018-08-09 6:12 pm

    These pictures are amazing. How do you make them come out this good?

  • Leigh Suznovich

    Posted 2018-08-09 8:17 pm

    Looks fabulous, especially the food!! Great post, makes me want a staycation soon.

  • Jane Davidson | Typically Jane

    Posted 2018-08-09 11:31 pm

    Okay I am SO ready to pack my bags and plan a trip! This looks amazing!!!

  • Jane Davidson | Typically Jane

    Posted 2018-08-09 11:32 pm

    You have me ready to pack my bags and plan a trip! This looks like so much fun!

  • Christa Anne

    Posted 2018-08-10 12:22 am

    I vacationed on Marco Island a few years ago and loved it. Looks like you had a great time, too!

  • Ketki Gadre

    Posted 2018-08-10 1:14 am

    I love staycations – they make you refreshed being in your own city! That reminds me that i need to do one soon 🙂

  • Lia

    Posted 2018-08-10 10:53 am

    Great informative blog !!
    I’ve never been part of a 4th July celebration ..may look into it for next year!!

  • Coleccion De Fotografia

    Posted 2018-08-10 11:37 am

    I have only been to JWM in the Philippines and in Vietnam, I must say their restaurants are really top notch. Food at JWM’s always my all time favorite!

  • beblessed23

    Posted 2018-08-10 1:15 pm

    Amazing!! Superb food, place and people. Thanks for sharing your hotel review. I’m sure you had a wonderful stay.

  • beblessed23

    Posted 2018-08-10 1:23 pm

    Amazing!! Super food, place and people. Thanks for sharing your hotel review I’m sure you had a wonderful stay.

  • Everything On A Plate

    Posted 2018-08-10 3:30 pm

    The food pics have us drooling !

  • Backpacking Series

    Posted 2018-08-10 5:35 pm

    We have experienced JW Marriott properties at some other countries. Last one was in Malaysia. The food looks awesome from the pictures! Hope we get to visit Marco island to try it out.

  • amayszingblogs

    Posted 2018-08-10 10:01 pm

    I love the place! looks perfect for vacation : so AMAZIINGGG I love your photos so sexy!

  • Kara

    Posted 2018-08-10 11:45 pm

    Looks like a great time and place! I always wanted to visit!

  • TheSuperMomLife

    Posted 2018-08-11 11:01 am

    Even though I was born and raised in FL, I’ve never been to Marco Island! It’s on my list of must sees though!

  • Alyssa

    Posted 2018-08-14 10:04 am

    Looks like you had such an amazing time! That dinner looks amazing!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Posted 2018-08-14 11:26 am

    Looks like a fabulous spot with wonderful food, too! Love your dresses!

  • Elisha

    Posted 2018-08-14 6:39 pm

    Wow, this is a beautiful hotel. Looks like you guys had fun.

  • confettiandbliss

    Posted 2018-08-15 12:49 am

    What a fun vacation at Marco Island! I love the food offerings and accommodations at that location. Now I have intense feelings of wanderlust!

  • John Mulindi

    Posted 2018-08-15 7:11 am

    The place looks splendid! Good place to take a vacation.


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