Emerald Coast – 10.0 Rating
Florida’s Emerald Coast is home to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. This area is known as an unbelievable fishing vacation destination for a variety of inshore and offshore fish. This area also has some great beaches, plenty of accommodations, restaurants, attractions, shopping and outdoor recreation. Whether you plan to fish inshore, offshore, in the surf or from the pier, there is something here for all anglers.
The Choctawhatchee Bay is very popular and the fishing is good for redfish, sea trout, flounder, sheepshead and many other fish. Offshore, grouper and snapper get the most attention when they are in season, however, cobia, amberjack, wahoo, blackfin tuna, kingfish, dolphin, sailfish, marlin and many other fish are available depending on the season.
Pensacola – 9.5 Rating
Pensacola is a beautiful city that is located along the Florida panhandle. There are a variety of things to do such as shopping, dining, hanging out at the beach and numerous water activities. Fishing is very popular in Pensacola. This area gives you a lot of options with some very good offshore fishing in the Gulf, nearshore fishing along the beaches, some good surf & pier fishing and a huge inshore area that is good for redfish, trout and other species.
Panama City Beach Area – 9.25 Rating
Panama City is a very popular vacation destination. While most people think of Panama City as a wild spring break destination, there is plenty to do here for the whole family and it calms down tremendously after the college students’ spring break. Panama City, covered with 27 miles of beaches, is absolutely beautiful. There are many attractions and outdoor activities available. Inshore fishing is popular with redfish and trout getting the most attention. Other species are here as well. Fish the beaches, nearshore or offshore. You have so many options in the Panama City area.
The Apalachicola area is a nice beach vacation destination without the crowds. The fishing here can be outstanding, especially in the Apalachicola Bay. This area is known for its fantastic inshore fishing for a variety of species such as redfish, trout, pompano, sheepshead and tarpon. You also have the option of fishing for grouper, snapper and many others offshore. For the river anglers, head up the Apalachicola River for striped bass and largemouth bass. You won’t find the high-rise hotels and condos in this area, but there are plenty of vacation home rentals to accommodate you on your vacation. If you are looking for the beaches in this area, take a look at St. George Island or nearby Cape San Blas.
Cape San Blas is located between St. Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. You won’t find tons of fancy resorts and hotels here, but you will find plenty of vacation rental homes and condos on or near the beach. This area does draw many tourists because of the vacation home rentals on the beaches, the miles of white sand beaches, and of course, the pet-friendly beaches.
Carrabelle – 8.5 Rating
Carrabelle is located in the Panhandle of Florida just Southwest of Tallahassee. This area gives you a taste of what Old Florida was all about….enjoying the coastal outdoors without the crowds. Three pristine rivers converge at Carrabelle and connect with the Gulf of Mexico, providing outstanding fishing for a variety of fish such as tarpon, redfish, trout, snapper, grouper, cobia and more.
Mexico Beach – 7.75 Rating
Mexico Beach is a small beach community located in the Florida Panhandle. Situated between Panama City Beach and Port St. Joe, there isn’t anything real close to this small town. You won’t see high rises, crowded beaches, rush hour traffic or even traffic lights through this small town, but you will see a variety of small hotels, vacation home rentals, rv parks, white sand beaches and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. You can experience some good fishing from shore in the surf, in the canal, from the jetty or from the pier. There aren’t any barrier islands outside of Mexico Beach like there are in many of the other popular destinations in Florida.