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Address: Marco Island, FL 34145
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Good beach, but long walk from parking

This is a very good beach, but to get to the ocean, it is a very long walk from the parking area. The "beach" location closest to the parking area is a small inlet with limited... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melanie V
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Wisconsin

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Wisconsin
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good beach, but to get to the ocean, it is a very long walk from the parking area. The "beach" location closest to the parking area is a small inlet with limited views of the sea, due to the presque isle that forms the inlet. However, waters here are calm enough for kayaking or paddle boarding,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've come to this beach for 17 years for an annual family reunion. This is a great beach with lots of equipment to rent of every type.

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Brielle, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here with our two boys for the day and had a blast wading to the beach through the lagoon. Once on the beach the shell collecting was amazing.

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Grossenseebach, Germany
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

On the Gulf a beautiful long white sand beach for walking, sunset and shelling. The lagoon side offers a variety of watersports, beach café, bird sanctuary where you can spot a variety of birds (cardinals, osprey, eagles, etc.). You pay $8 a day but you can leave and return as many times during the day. You can head out to... More 

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Cross Lanes, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were staying in Naples, and in the past had driven to Sanibel Island to shell. After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided to try Tigertail Beach. Wise choice! The beach was clean and uncrowded, and the shelling was better than on Sanibel. It takes a little effort to make the walk to the beach but... More 

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U.S.A.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In all fairness I can't rate this beach because of the very expensive parking they demand for entry. Wow!

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wear your aqua socks as there are a ton of shells! Great shelling and gorgeous views! The beach goes on forever and best time to walk up it is at 3:30/4:00. You can walk forever and find the best sand dollars, conchs...

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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice beach for kayaking & paddle boat. If you want waves, you have to cross a small river, quick trail to get to the gulf water. You can rent water sport gear.

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Naples, Florida
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146 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tigertail beach park has a wonderful beach, lagoon, observation tower, playground, restrooms, café, memorial, and nature preserve. First it’s best to look at a map or satellite image of the park. Park in the first or second parking lot if you want to use the playground, café, paddleboards, or cabana & chair rentals. The lagoon is not the real beach,... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nice enough beach and not crowded at all. However if you want to be on the ocean and not just the inlet you have to cross the inlet. Then go across the small "island" to get to the ocean. Nice little food shack with a pleasant staff at the entrance to the beach.

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1 month ago
LaPorte, Indiana

Will be staying on Marco Island in March 21-20. A few questions about Tiger tail beach parking and lagoon crossing.

Are you able to park before 8 am? We will have but would like to have a few all day beach excursion would like to drive in order bring our beach gear( chair, cooler ect..)

The "crossing". I am not a big fan of walking in water above my waist. So I do have a reservation in crossing the lagoon. ( I have watched videos) But at the same time I would like to experience crossing the lagoon in order to get the full unique experience of our visit. So I have a few questions.

Are their any dangers in crossing the lagoon. Is there any risk in crossing at dawn I have seen people say this water is murky with lots of fish therefore I do not know if there would be potential of sharks feeding,. I am not sure of the if the lagoon is open to the gulf. Also I am not not well versed in alligators or crocodiles so is this an area that this can be a concern? I realize that these may be silly questions but non the less I am asking lol...... I could not find any answers to these questions so perhaps these are no issues in the lagoon.

How deep in the deepest part of the crossing my wife is 5' 4" so I would like to have an idea to give her a reference.

What is the depth difference between low tide and high tide. As it appears low tide in in the early morning and high tide is about 2 pm. therefore I am guessing on the way back the water level will be higher.

Any feedback would be appreciated. I realize you can walk around however I would like to overcome my reservation (fear) and cross the lagoon.

2 months ago
10 months ago
Harkers Island, North Carolina

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