If you’re looking for a way to relax and enjoy the nice weather we’ve all been waiting for, look no further. A fishing trip to any one of these towns will restore peace and order to any hectic life. Whether you’re seeking some quality family time or complete solitude, any one of these small towns would be perfect for your next trip:
1. Crystal River
Fishing in this little town is a lot of fun, with plenty of grouper, redfish, trout and tarpon in the area, depending on the season. Book a room in the Plantation on Crystal River, a resort that caters to anglers with its own marina.
2. Marco Island
Located 10 miles south of Naples, between the Gulf of Mexico and the 10,000 Islands, Marco Island is one of the best spots for sportfishing any time of year.
Steinhatchee is an authentic Old Florida town, where things move at a slower pace. There are plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing around the fertile grass flats. Summer is scallop season, and Steinhatchee is one of the best places to catch them. If you're looking for an angler-friendly place to stay, try the Shacks at Sea Hag Marina.
4. Port St. Joe
St. Joe Bay is so full of redfish it would be nearly impossible not to catch one. You shouldn't have a hard time finding some flounder or speckled trout, either. This is a good place to look for blue crabs, as well.
5. New Smyrna Beach
This beach sits on a barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing piers at Buena Vista Park are a good place to start.
6. Amelia Island
On this charming island in Northeast Florida, you can choose between many different fishing charters or head out to the fishing pier at Fort Clinch State Park and drop a line. You can also enjoy surf fishing in the Atlantic or St. Mary's Inlet.
7. Pine Island
You won't find beaches here on the largest island on Florida's west coast, but you won't find any skyscrapers or condos, either. The communities of Pine Island treasure the secluded and authentic atmosphere here, and fishing is a way of life. Bring your own boat, choose from a variety of charters or try out the Fishingest Bridge In The World over Matlacha Pass.
8. Cedar Key
The town of Cedar Key in the Big Bend region, is one of Florida's "Other Keys." There are plenty of fishing opportunities here, from the docks, with a charter or your own boat, or even kayak fishing.
This tiny town in the Panhandle has a long history as a fishing village, with shrimping, oystering and game fishing playing an important role. It's easy to find a charter to help navigate tricky oyster beds. The Moorings of Carrabelle is a hotel/marina resort where you get a slip for your boat (up to 26 feet) for free.