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Tours, golf & spouse events

GolfNAHAD Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
(transportation begins at 6:30 am)
Price: $249 per person, includes range balls, greens fees, cart, box breakfast and lunch and prizes

Designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, Hammock Bay is a par 72 Championship golf course with 18 individual and distinct holes. Live Oak tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain define the course, while undulating terrain and Gulf of Mexico breezes come together to make Hammock Bay a challenge that’s a favorite of our returning guests.

Hammock Bay is recognized as a “Gold Certified Signature Sanctuary” by Audubon International, one of just 45 designated communities in the world. The gold certification is the highest level of the Audubon Signature Programs, recognizing sustainable communities within the natural environment.

The contours, shape, and orientation of the course greens were designed with the approach shot in mind. The playing experience includes: Strategic and visually appealing bunkering, greens offering a variety of approach shot options and multiple tee options, allowing increased playability for juniors, seniors, and beginners, while offering a challenge to low handicappers and professionals.

The course is located approximately 10 minutes from the JW Marriott. Shuttle transportation will begin at 6:30 am so that golfers can use the range. The last shuttle will leave the hotel at 7:30 am. A continental box breakfast will be available for those taking the bus. The NAHAD Tournament will feature a scramble format. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you would like to be paired with another member. It is usually extremely easy for NAHAD to honor your request for pairings with advance notice, but impossible to do this at the last minute. Pairings will be done on a first noted, first designated basis.


Circle Calusa Calusa Spirit Dolphin Watch And Shelling Tour

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 8:45 am – 11:30 am
Price: $115 per person, includes towels and water


Experience the relaxing and cool Gulf waters aboard the Calusa Spirit! Our 49 passenger Power Catamaran departs directly from the sugar sand beach of your hotel and transports guests to a whole new world – the 10,000 Islands! This ecosystem is comprised of thousands of mangrove estuaries, and is full of beautiful and unique wildlife. The Calusa Spirit calmly navigates the backwaters in search of dolphin, manatee, and bald eagles - and upon arrival at Cape Romano, guests can explore the secluded beach in search of the most ornate seashell treasures!

Please wear items you do not mind getting wet. Swimsuits and water shoes are encouraged as you will step into water above the knee. Sun screen and/or hats are highly recommended.


EvergladesExclusive AAA- Approved Everglades Excursion

Monday, April 30, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Price: $205.00 per person, includes lunch

Journey into Nature's secretly preserved wilderness made up of 1.2 million acres of grasslands and hardwood hammocks aboard one of our Safari airboats. Watch the alligators as they lay in the warm sun, snakes as they quietly slither through the mangroves, or manatees as they raise their elusive heads out of the water for a breath of fresh air. Birds of all kinds feed along the shores. At the conclusion of your Airboat ride you will experience an authentic wildlife sanctuary, situated on 259 lush acres which is surrounded by the Big Cypress National Park. While at the sanctuary you will have the opportunity to see over 100 alligators, some of the largest crocodiles in captivity, as well lions, tigers, a bobcat, and a snake & reptile.

Please wear comfortable, casual clothing. Sun screen and/or hats are highly recommended.


Wave Runner10,000 Islands Wave Runner Excursion

Monday, April 30, 2018 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: $275 per person

South West Florida’s largest fleet of state-of-the art wave runners allows us to offer our attendees Guided Waverunner Eco-Tours through the Ten Thousand Islands, the only sub-tropical mangrove forest in the United States... a truly unique experience. Departing directly from the resort beach there will be no need for you to leave property! See wildlife like dolphin, manatee, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles and so much more, up close in their natural habitat. You will be led by an expert tour guide who will highlight interesting facets about the nature and geography of the region. The brand new Yamaha four stroke Waverunners are very stable, safe machines which make navigating the backwaters a literal breeze, so even a novice can enjoy the tour in comfort and style.

Please wear beach attire as you will get wet on the tour. Sun screen and/or hats are highly recommended. All drivers born after Jan 1, 1988 must complete a 20 minute boater’s safety test prior to driving on the tour.


GardenSpouse Activity:
Naples Botanical Gardens Tour and Lunch

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Price: $130 per person, includes lunch

Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It is a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world. The Garden was first established in 1995 and it is now the second largest developed botanical garden in the State of Florida with 70 developed acres of new gardens including a Children's Garden, Brazilian Garden, Caribbean Garden, Lee Asian Garden & Butterfly House.

Join good friends and meet new ones during a leisurely morning with fellow NAHAD Spouses. An enjoyable lunch will be provided before you return to the JW Marriott.

Please wear comfortable, casual clothing, and walking shoes.


Resort Activities to Enjoy at Your Leisure 

By Land

The JW Marriott Marco Island invites you to relax and enjoy the sunshine. How do you want to experience your time along the Gulf of Mexico?

  • Beach Chickee Hut Rentals (9:00 am - sunset)
    Nothing should come between you and a great day at the beach. For the ultimate in privacy and a break from the sun, our Beach Chickee Hut Rentals include the following:
    • Four cushioned chairs, five bottled waters, tropical fruit tray and Chickee Hut service attendant.
    Reservations are required - contact the JW Marriott Personal Vacation Planning department at 1-800-638-8410 or via e-mail at stella.spera@marriott.com.

  • Beach Umbrella Rentals

  • Tennis
    For those who love to play tennis, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has courts off property at Hammock Bay - easily accessible via our complimentary shuttle service. Please contact the Bell Stand to make arrangements for shuttle service.

  • Quinn’s Pool-Side Cabanas (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
    True luxury isn’t simply spending a day in Marco Island, it’s enjoying one of Quinn’s Poolside Cabanas. Reservations are required to enrich your day at the pool using one of six private pool-side cabana rentals which feature a private ambiance, two inside cabana lounge chairs, TV, telephone, fridge, ceiling fan, complimentary Wi-Fi access, four bottled waters and cabana concierge attendant.
    • Reservations are required contact JW Marriott Personal Vacation Planning department at 1-800-638-8410 or via e-mail at stella.spera@marriott.com.

By Sea

The Gulf of Mexico is calling you to fun in the sun at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Come indulge your desire to dive right in with a variety of fun and exciting water activities, including waverunner rentals.

  • Sailing & Shelling Excursions
    Set sail aboard one of two spacious six-passenger catamarans as a USCG Captain escorts you on an unforgettable journey along the shimmering Gulf of Mexico. This is no ordinary excursion as dolphins, manatees and sea turtles routinely make appearances on your voyage to find some of the world’s finest seashells. Along the way, your captain will regale you with fun tales and interesting information about the amazing ecosystem of Marco Island beach and Gulf of Mexico. These two and one-half hour daily expeditions leave directly from the JW Marriott beach at 9:00 am, noon and 3:00 pm, weather permitting. Unlimited bottled water is included and reservations are requested. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to departure or there will be a half price cancellation fee. Children must be at least five years old to enjoy this trip. Steps from your luxurious beach rental, discover the lure and lore of the sea.

    Reservations are required - contact our Personal Vacation Planning department at 1-800-638-8410 or via e-mail at stella.spera@marriott.com.

  • Waverunner Rentals
    Sometimes the greatest luxury is just getting out on the water and soaking up the sunshine. Let the JW Marriott help you enrich that experience with the thrill of riding one of their Yamaha Waverunners in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Half and full-hour waverunner rentals are available for you to create your own Marco Island adventure.

Kids Activities

Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp
Ages: 5 - 12 years old | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Price: $70.00 Per Child, Includes Lunch

In the eyes of the recreation department of the JW Marriott, if you’re bringing the kids to a Balinese-like nature setting, you should give them the opportunity to become wildlife explorers. Their Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp is a small, nurturing environment in which campers have fun while growing as individuals and as members of a group through participation in a variety of activities focused on the theme of the day. Campers are led by the Marriott-trained activity coordinators where they receive individualized attention while participating in swimming, crafts, sports, nature lessons, video games, and back-of-the-house tours!

For more information, call 1-800-638-8410.

Spa by JW

Experience the new Spa by JW, a sanctuary in Marco Island, Florida, with full spa services. Allow their professional staff to graciously deliver the four hallmarks of their treatment concept: Calm, Renew, Invigorate, and Indulge. Contact the Spa/Book an Appointment by Phone: 1-239-642-2686 or 1-800-638-8410 or Email:  marcoislandreservations@marriott.com

The Spa by JW offers an array of exquisite services, setting the stage to total relaxation during your Marco Island visit. Enjoy:  

  • Access to the private fitness center
  • Fitness classes
  • Private (adult-exclusive) outdoor spa pools
  • Hot and cold soaking tubs
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Locker room
  • Lounge

The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend future events, please visit our Join page.