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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  • 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!

  • Blair Villanueva

    Posted 2018-08-12 8:50 pm

    Marriott brand of hotels and spa are always have that topnotch services that I love.

  • Sheryl

    Posted 2018-08-12 10:34 pm

    My husband and I love Florida! Looks like a very nice place to visit. We will add this to our must-see places!

  • wordsofntemid

    Posted 2018-08-13 5:21 am

    Nnnniiiccceeeeeee….looks like a great place to get away and wind away, to the sounds of nature! Thanks for sharing.

    Much love.

  • Melanie

    Posted 2018-08-13 9:44 am

    Looks like a great trip! And those meals – yum!

  • sizlsgirl

    Posted 2018-08-13 10:54 am

    I absolutely love open kitchens. All of the food looks absolutely amazing. The thought of having a chef prepare the fish that you caught almost makes me want to go fishing!

  • Yes Missy

    Posted 2018-08-13 3:56 pm

    Wow! love all your vacation pics! It looks like it was an amazing trip!

  • theeverydaygrace

    Posted 2018-08-13 4:49 pm

    ever since I saw San Marco island on Southern Charm I’ve wanted to go there! It looks like so much fun!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Posted 2018-08-13 6:24 pm

    Looks like it was an absolute blast! The food looks amazing!

  • 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.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Posted 2018-08-17 8:58 am

    Looks like such an awesome trip to me, and the FOOD – ohhhh the food! Ha! THAT is why I travel 😉

  • Lynn

    Posted 2018-08-17 6:20 pm

    I have a new vacation destination. Looking forward to this vacation spot.

  • brianatrev

    Posted 2018-08-18 9:05 pm

    Lucky girl! Looks like so much fun, and amazing food!


  • Olga Zak

    Posted 2018-08-30 12:42 am

    How do you make them come out this good? Looks like a fabulous spot with wonderful food, too!

  • Kam Balitaan

    Posted 2018-08-30 4:28 am

    OMG the steak looks so delish!! Bet you really had a great time for 4th of July.

  • Dalene Ekirapa

    Posted 2018-08-30 5:36 am

    OMG! The grand entrance is just so epic! I’m sure I’d take a million photos of that place! Anyway, that was such a staycation you had and the food just looks amazing!

  • Amber

    Posted 2018-08-30 8:33 am

    I would love to stay here one day! It looks wonderful. That food looks fabulous too. I love being by the water.

  • The Teaching Aunt

    Posted 2018-08-30 9:37 am

    Wow! Looks like you really had a great time! And I admire the both of you because you’re still so disciplined to still workout even on your vacation. 😀

  • Melissa

    Posted 2018-08-30 10:04 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! Those pictures of the food are amazing and make me hungry!!

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    Posted 2018-08-30 10:33 am

    I love to stay at places where there is lots to do. The food looks amazing. I’d definitely give this place a try.

  • lauriegannon1

    Posted 2018-08-30 1:00 pm

    The resort looks absolutely lovely! Especially all of the food. I think my favorite part is that the fish that was caught during an excursion was actually cooked on-site at the hotel. That’s such a nice touch!

  • Scott Gombar

    Posted 2018-08-30 1:27 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip. Beautiful scenery and a great way to spend time together as a family.

  • Corinne ? (@WhatCorinneDid)

    Posted 2018-08-30 2:20 pm

    OMG this place looks amazing! the food, the water, everything! It must have been amazing staying there! it’s putting me back in the holiday mood!

  • Devyani Ray

    Posted 2018-08-30 2:50 pm

    We are planning a trip to Florida in November. I am going to consider this place to stay. Thanks for the information. Everything looks lovely!

  • Arnab Majumdar

    Posted 2018-08-30 3:39 pm

    Never knew about Marco Island before, but sure looks like an awesome place. Would definitely add it to my travel list. Thanks 🙂

  • Deserted_Queen

    Posted 2018-08-30 4:58 pm

    Florida is one of the best place to spend your vacation, the atmosphere is also amazing. The dinbdilooks amazing.

  • kumamonjeng

    Posted 2018-08-30 8:10 pm

    I love your outfit, the sun, the hotel and the beach in Marco Island, Gulf of Mexico. Mexico is in my bucket list and I am a travel blogger so this post is great for me. I know where to relax when I needed some sun tan! And yes, I love workout too and hit to the gym 5 times a week with resistance training. I see you have really pretty nice shoulders!

  • lavieenmay

    Posted 2018-08-30 8:12 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ve been to Florida plenty of times, but I’ve never been to Marco Island – it looks like a blast. The food pics are making me drool.

  • Jessica Taylor

    Posted 2018-08-30 8:52 pm

    This looks lovely! I desperately need a vacation to a place like this!

  • Cristina Pop

    Posted 2018-08-31 3:08 am

    What an amazing place! I would definitely love spending some vacation days there!

  • Sandra Crespo

    Posted 2018-08-31 5:21 pm

    WOW this place looks wonderful! Florida is our home base and the west coast is def our fav part of the state ty for sharing we will check this place out in winter when we are there again!

  • momi berlin

    Posted 2018-08-31 11:44 pm

    I would surely enjoy as well with that kind of place, atmosphere, and great food. Love that they also have the spa and private pool

  • Mommy Sigrid

    Posted 2018-09-01 6:24 am

    5 days!? What an awesome stay. The food there looks good. Last time I stayed at Marriott cebu, the food was like blech. Glad you had a good vacay. 🙂

  • Blair Villanueva

    Posted 2018-09-03 1:21 am

    OMG the foods looks delicious! This is an awesome vacation for you guys!

  • Clint Morgan

    Posted 2018-09-04 12:24 pm

    This looks like an awesome place to visit. My and the wife have been looking for our next destination and this fits the bill

  • Joanna

    Posted 2018-09-04 1:34 pm

    It looks like you’ve had a fabulous vacation this summer. The hotel looks lovely and all the meals you’ve had so delicious. How amazing to catch your own fish and then take it it a cook to prepare it for you!

  • Magic In The Everyday

    Posted 2018-09-04 1:36 pm

    I have always loved JW Marriot, and this looks like no except. And the food at that restaurant looks delicious!

  • Lisa

    Posted 2018-09-04 5:37 pm

    I’m so jealous, this looks like a wonderful resort! I’m so hungry after looking at all the photos of your food too; how do you eat and stay so in shape?!

  • Sydney | A World in Reach

    Posted 2018-09-04 9:34 pm

    Aren’t JW Marriott hotels so nice? I’ve never been to Marco Island but my aunt and uncle go frequently, maybe I can see if I can tag along one day!

  • Dree

    Posted 2018-09-10 4:00 am

    Wow this place is beautiful!! That food looks amazing!

  • michelleonyourside

    Posted 2018-09-27 12:31 pm

    We have a JW Marriott in Las Vegas too. It is also spectacular! Great pictures, it looks like an amazing time!

  • blushblushtomato

    Posted 2018-09-27 1:15 pm

    OMG this place looook gooood! Saving it into my bucket list and visit someday!!

  • GeeMiz Blog (@Geemiz)

    Posted 2018-09-27 10:31 pm

    This looks like a really great place to stay. I am loving the food and also that much needed massage.

  • Marcie

    Posted 2018-09-28 9:34 am

    Oh this looks like such a fun trip! I haven’t been to Florida yet, but this makes me want to book a beach vacay asap!

  • A Side of Crunchy (@asideofcrunchy)

    Posted 2018-09-28 11:20 am

    I love all your pictures. It has been years since I have been.

  • Ellie Plummer

    Posted 2018-09-28 11:54 am

    Wow, looks like you had an insane time. The food looks so nice, I would love to stay at this resort.

  • Sondra Barker

    Posted 2018-09-28 1:16 pm

    Looks like such a nice staycation, I’ve always wanted to go to Florida. These pics are nice and the food looks great.

  • Shelby

    Posted 2018-09-28 2:10 pm

    Wow. That’s looks so relaxing! I need a vacation like that. And that dmfood looks absolutely amazing!

  • itstimefortraveltime

    Posted 2018-09-28 3:06 pm

    You had me at hello with the spa and the delicious food. I quite like Marriott hotels as well and never had a bad time at any of their locations.

  • Erica Ardali (@EricaEverAfter)

    Posted 2018-09-28 8:51 pm

    This is my idea of good time! 🙂

  • Faneshia

    Posted 2018-09-29 1:56 am

    Seems like you had a lovely stay! I always love my stays there! Thanks for sharing!

  • Shaily

    Posted 2018-09-29 5:30 am

    Wow! What an amazing holiday! Pampering spa, fishing trip, great stay and delicious food – everything sounds like a luxury.

  • Preet

    Posted 2018-09-30 9:29 am

    Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to Marco Island. Loving the pictures so much.

  • Lisa Rios

    Posted 2018-10-01 8:06 pm

    Oh my, we used to live in Collier County! A little town called Naples. I miss it. 🙂


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