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Trip Planner: USA / Florida / Southwest Gulf Coast / Marco Island / Cape Romano
Cape Romano is a cape on the Gulf Coast of Florida, United States, below Naples, just beyond the southwestern tip of Marco Island and northwest of the Ten Thousand Islands in Collier County.Take a look at our Marco Island vacation maker app to schedule your visit to Cape Romano and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Calusa Indians founded the settlement and called it Manataca. Juan Ponce de León briefly stopped at Manataca on his first trip from Puerto Rico to Florida, but the Indians tried to fight him off.
There are two competing theories about why the island is called Cape Romano. One theory that Cape Romano got its name from the survivors of a Romanian shipwreck that colonized the island in 1834. Another undocumented theory is Cape Romano was named after it by British surveyor Bernard Roman who sailed by it in 1775.
Cape Romano is also the location of the country's first Romanian Orthodox Church. Completed in 1837, the ruins can still be found on the island just off the beach. It was destroyed in 1897 by a fire after multiple hurricanes forced the inhabitants from the Island.
Cape Romano is where Hurricane Irma made its second U.S. landfall in September 2017 and Hurricane Wilma made its first U.S. landfall in October 2005. Hurricane Wilma made landfall near Cape Romano in Collier County, Florida, bringing its approximately 10-foot storm surge into the Ten Thousand Islands region of Collier County. In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay came ashore near the cape, as had the 1910 Cuba hurricane.
Hammerhead sharks are a known breeding ground along the sandy flats of Cape Romano.
Cape Romano reviews
This WAS excellent, but the Ian Hurricane wiped it out. Dont' let anyone tell you differently. The hurricane completely wipes it out and it collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico.
This WAS excellent, but the Ian Hurricane wiped it out. Dont' let anyone tell you differently. The hurricane completely wipes it out and it collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico. more »
Had a wonderful boat trip by Treasure Seekers, Captain Matt, and Sarah Beth, shell guide. Shelling, a trip and history of the dome houses was a real plus. Lots of interesting stories.
Had a wonderful boat trip by Treasure Seekers, Captain Matt, and Sarah Beth, shell guide. Shelling, a trip and history of the dome houses was a real plus. Lots of interesting stories. more »
We went on a jet ski tour with Capt Ron (by the way he is fabulous and highly recommended him). He took us out to see the Dome houses. It is very fascinating!
Great destination with an interesting history! Outdoor activity, reachable with boat or a ski jet. Lots of birds to watch and/or photograph. it looks like arriving in one of the scenes of a Star Wars movies! A must in 10,000 islands.
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