We spent the Holiday weekend in Marco Island, FL and really enjoyed it! Visiting the Gulf Coast Islands were a first for us and we were pleasantly surprised by the laid back nature and the the awesome water. Marin could easily swim in the ocean (with a Puddle Jumper) without issue, the waves are minimal and the water is super warm. We stayed at the Marriott Vacation Club and it was a great setup and location. Marin was obsessed with the water slide, we all went down about 100 times and we could walk to several restaurants and the hotel had loads of family and adult activities and handed out complimentary water and pop daily and beer several days as well. Overall we would definitely head back toward that area of FL – minus the sunburn, no complaints!