Florida Best Beaches Guide to Boating and Fishing Beaches

Reeling in the catch

Florida's fishing and boating has been capturing the imaginations of authors, film makers, TV executives and songwriters for more than half a century. No wonder so many visitors come to The Sunshine State to catch more than rays. If the marina-lined shores and record-braking catches are any indication, boating and fishing will continue to inspire vacationers for years to come.

While boating enthusiasts love Florida's wide open waters and spider-vein canals, fishing fans have their pick of more than 1,000 species of catch - from both fresh and salt waters. With so many oceanic options, your hardest decision will be where to start.

Best Boating Beaches

While any Florida beach provides boating opportunities, the following are exceptional:

  1. Dania Beach: The antiques often overshadow the numerous waterways and canals that make Dania Beach a delight to meander. Boating and fishing go hand-in-hand, with plenty of waves and catch to be had.
  2. Marco Island: No powerboats here, but plenty for those who love to kayak or canoe. The 110,000 acres of uninhabited islands and estuaries attract paddlers and wildlife like manatees and dolphins.
  3. Gulf Islands National Seashore: Miles of open waters, relative seclusion and ample fishing options make this a great beach for a boat launch.
  4. Sebastian Inlet State Park: Another paradise for those who prefer to propel their own craft. Indian River lagoon is lined with mangroves and provides miles of peaceful paddling.

Best Fishing Beaches

Whether you want to angle in fresh waters or land the big catch out on the ocean, these beaches rank top in the fishing world:

  1. John Pennekamp Coral Reef: Home to Key Largo, this region is internationally known for both record catches and literary inspiration.
  2. Crescent Beach: Numerous lakes, bays and rivers bring more than 1,000 species of fish to the coastal waters. All you need is a good rod and a valid fishing license.
  3. Honeymoon Island: Warm Gulf waters and relative seclusion will leave you uninterrupted to pursue trout, redfish, tarpon, flounder and more.
  4. St. Andrew's: Alligators, schm-alligators! Alligator Lake has plenty of fish for those who can get past the name.
  5. Fort Walton: Home to Florida's largest charter fleet, this beach draws fishing fanatics of all kinds.
  6. Panama City Beach: Who cares if Panama City is also a spring break party destination? With some of the best deep sea fishing in the state just off the shores, you'll always find the waters peaceful.
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