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Tigertail Beach, Marco Island

(3.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
With 79 acres (32 ha) of unoccupied white sandy beaches, Tigertail Beach sits alongside a tidal lagoon. The beach hosts water sports galore, and you can rent paddleboards and kayaks by the hour. Considered one of the best all-around bird watching spots in southwest Florida, the beach is a critical habitat for migrating and indigenous birds, including herons, pelicans, and egrets. Deck chairs and tiger-striped cabanas are available to rent for the day. Families will appreciate the playground and cafe on site. Take a look at our Marco Island itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Tigertail Beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful natural beach. Great shelling. A real treasure. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach. Watched dolphins from the beach 
  • Definitely worth a stop - it was absolutely lovely and the shells were amazing and abundant! Would most certainly return. 
  • When we first went in and parked and went down to the water we were a bit disappointed as it clearly wasn't right on the gulf, but a gentleman working there explained where we could walk and get to th...  more »
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  • Welcome hut unmanned upon arrival. Went in and planned to pay the $8 later once someone was around to take the money. Instead, the first park official we saw was the one putting a $30 ticket on the window. Don't go here. Entrapment.
  • Not really a beach more like a secluded island. No sand just shells and with the mangroves the place does have a sewer smell. If fishing and wildlife watching is your thing, then this is the place for you.
  • Not sure what all the hype is about?!?? The lagoon smells VERY BAD and the water is mucky and dirty!!! Parking is $8. They have food/drinks/restrooms/small playground. They also have paddle boards/water buggy rentals. Wading across the lagoon to check out the gulf beach was cool and interesting (water was waste high in spots (so this could be challenging with small kids)). With the angle of this beach and the wind/wave the current was very strong the day we went and was easily pulling us down beach quickly.
  • Very disappointing, lack of park information at entry point. Poor signage for parking that made a long walk with chairs and cooler to beach. No information in regards to what birds and wildlife features might be there to see. Very poor communication about park amenities. During our visit there was a foul smell at the beach and construction work. Overall, the only highlight was a brief sighting of dolphins by chance. Will not return to this park.
  • Fantastic shelling. Prepare for a long walk up Marcos Island to find some great shells but it's well worth it. Parking very reasonable. Staff great and multiple lots to park in. Best beach we went to in the Ft Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva area.