After kicking off our series of Extraordinary Cities in Guinea’s Conakry, we are travelling all the way across the Atlantic. This journey is taking us to the US’s South, to sunny Florida. Today’s travel destination is Marco Island!
In many ways, Conakry and Marco Island could not be any more different. While the African capital is home to several millions, Marco Island is a small American city with a population of about 15,000. Its orderly streets and neat neighbourhoods stand in stark contrast to Conakry’s sprawling suburbs. And while Conakry’s growth and administrative mismanagement are threatening the city’s natural surroundings, Marco Island is a place visited by many just because of the beautiful natural reserves just a few kilometres outside the city.
The stark contrast between the streets of Marco Island (above) and Conakry (below)
However, seen from a different perspective, the two cities also have a lot in common. Both cities are located on islands off the coast of the mainland, are surrounded by mangroves and have experienced explosive population growth in the last few decades.
In addition to its sandy beaches, Marco Island attracts visitors due to its amazing natural surroundings.
Marco Island is situated on the north western edge of the Everglades National Park, the famous national park on the southern tip of Florida. The city – and island – got its name from passing explorers in the 16th century. However, development of the city only began in the late 1800’s.
Marco Island is located at the edge of the famous Everglades National Park.
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The tropical climate provided optimal conditions for clam digging. Indeed, during the first half of the 20th century, the city had two clam canneries, the last of them closing down just after the second World War.
The Southeastern tip of Marco Island, close to the Caxambas Pass, used to house the Burnham Clam Cannery.
And that's it for this trip. We hope you enjoyed our journey to Florida's southern tip. We are looking forward to your company on our next trip! If you liked this blog post, make sure to subscribe to our mailing list, so you will receive a notification as soon as we post our next entry in the series! See you next time round for another trip to an extraordinary city!
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