When most of us from the NY/NJ/PA area think of Florida, we think of the happy madness of the theme parks in Orlando or the colorful bustle of Miami or a Margaritaville-tinged postcard of Key West. But Florida offers many hidden gems not easily accessible from the big airports and thus not as well-known. Places where you can truly escape without sacrificing luxury and convenience.
Marco Island, off Florida’s southwest coast, is one such gem. Sparkling resorts. Wide, white sand beaches. Crystal blue waters. Fishing charters departing for some of the best sportfishing in the world out in the Gulf of Mexico. Golf with a stunning view. Nature tours and birdwatching at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A home base for a day trip to the wildness of the Everglades.
The best way to get to Marco Island, which is more than an hour from the nearest commercial airport and has no ferry service, is not to fly commercial at all. Instead, take a charter flight into Marco Island Executive Airport. Depart from an airport near your home or office. Bring family and friends to stretch out on board. Avoid the long drive to a commercial airport and the lines at security. Bring your luggage without fear of fees or lost baggage. Relax on board and enjoy the flight. Step off the plane and into your rental car for a less than 10-minute drive to Marco Island, where your vacation awaits. Fill your days with sunshine, boating, nature exploration, golfing, biking, and swimming. Then, when you are (reluctantly!) ready to head home, just a quick trip back to the airport, step on the plane, and be home before you know it, full of great stories about your hidden Florida vacation.
Florida, indeed the entire southeast, is full of these hidden gems. Places too far from convenient major airports, waiting to be discovered and treasured by savvy travelers who know that charter flights are the key to unlocking these experiences. And, here’s the best secret of all. You don’t have to spend hours zooming in and panning around a Google Map of Florida or Georgia or South Carolina trying to find them. Charter flight companies like Leading Edge have been introducing clients to hidden gems for years. We know where the amazing spots are, and how to get you there. Just call and ask.