Family Fun at Marco Island


Lorena at the beach at Marco Island (Family Fun at Marco Island Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)Picture this… you are sitting by the beach, toes in the smooth, white sand, admiring how the waves roll repeatedly, as you seize the most beautiful sunset. The skies begin to change color; you see hues of orange, red, yellow. Finally, you capture the PERFECT sunset picture. As a family, we travel to Marco Island every summer for our family trip. Those Gulf coast sunsets are simply breathtaking.


Summer after summer, we always agree on staying at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. It is definitely our GO-TO! Its rooms and suites capture awe-inspiring Gulf views, each with a private balcony. This beach resort is located along three miles of private beaches. That is a PLUS! We love the privacy the resort offers to its guests. Along with the amazing beaches, the resort also provides chairs, towels, and umbrellas for its guests to enjoy the beach. You can also request a cabana! 

JW Marriott on Marco Island (Family Fun at Marco Island Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Perfect Day 

We truly take advantage of a perfect beach day at Marco Island. Kids playing in the sand, Mom and Dad ordering food and drinks from the waiter. Yes! You read correctly! We have the convenience of enjoying the beach while being provided with casual dining from the resort’s Quinn’s on the Beach restaurant. Talk about relaxation at its finest! (In the mood for more upscale dining? Do not frazzle! The resort has TWELVE restaurants to dine in, plus room service!)

Lorena and her family at the beach on Marco Island (Family Fun at Marco Island Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Along with delicious food, breathtaking beaches, and sunsets, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort also offers two golf courses, fitness classes, and family activities. Sports and fitness are a must to burn those extra calories gained while eating that mouth-watering burger you just devoured by the beach! Yum!

Lorena enjoying the spa (Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Additionally, let us not forget the hotel’s spa! The spa at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers exquisite services and massages to help you recharge! I am currently picturing myself unwinding, cucumbers on my eyes, feeling tender hands massage my shoulders. How awesome would a spa day be after enjoying some time at the beach? This is paradise! 

Let’s Go: Shop or Dine? Or, Both? 

Right across the resort, at walking distance, you will find Marco Walk Plaza. This plaza has many gift shops filled with Marco Island souvenirs, salons, spas, an ice cream shop, and lovely restaurants. It is tourists’ favorite spot in town! It is definitely ours! Check it out!

Lorena's daughter admiring a fountain at Marco Island Plaza (Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Summertime at Marco Island: Things to Do

-Relax at JW Marriott Beach Resort’s private beach (read a book, tan, simply relax)
-Spend the day in any of JW Marriott Beach Resort’s pools
-Take the kids to JW Marriott Beach Resort’s kiddie water area (family-friendly)
-A spa day (oh la la!)
-Eat at a variety of restaurants in and out of the resort (Bon Appetit!)
-Play golf
-Catch splendid Gulf Coast sunsets (our favorite)
-Visit Marco Walk Plaza (shop and dine)

MMC Contributors Crystal Giraldo and Lorena Lougedo and their kids enjoying the pool (Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Creating Memories: Family Fun at Marco Island 

Every year, we create beautiful memories at Marco Island. We love the Gulf Coast beach. We enjoy staying at a family-friendly, luxurious, and exquisite resort where we can relax, dine, and have fun by its pools. With this said, catching magnificent sunsets is our hobby. We take family photos during sundown to capture the stunning views of the Gulf coast. Our family trip to Marco Island, year after year, summer after summer, is one to remember! ALWAYS! 

A sunset off Florida's Gulf Coast (Lorena Lougedo Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Thinking of planning a road trip to Marco Island? Check out this post for more tips and be sure to read the other posts featured in our Road Trip Series.

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Lorena Lougedo was born/raised in Miami. She embraces her Cuban roots like a true Cuban-American. A game of dominoes and Latin music (she loves to dance) will make her day. Lorena enjoys laughing and spending time with her family/friends; a good time is always welcomed, as she says. As a full-time gifted teacher with her master’s in education, Lorena loves teaching reading/language arts to her students; she has a passion for reading and writing. At the age of 24, Lorena married her best friend. She has been married for 8 years now. Lorena is honored to be the mother of two children, a 4-year-old (daughter) and a 2-year-old (son). Every single day, Lorena strives to be the best momma she can be, while managing a household and working a full-time job. She is strong like a mother. Lorena is excited to be part of the Miami Mom Collective community.