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Top Five Fishing Islands to Visit on a Florida Vacation

sanibel island fishingWith 87.3 million visitors in a single year, Florida is the top travel destination in the world. While millions may come to visit the attractions and bright lights at Disney, others are looking for a more restful vacation.

The good news is that if you're one of those people looking for a quiet spot with good fishing, you're in luck. Florida has many hidden paradises in its vast, flat expanses, and if you're looking for good fishing, here are five places you need to visit.

Islamorada Island
This small island getaway is about two hours from Miami and is a perfect place for a vacation with family or friends. Filled with little coffee shops and local eateries, it boasts some of the best local atmosphere in small town Florida. Don't leave without going fishing, though! There are charters that will take you out to sea, and plenty of small locations for island fishing.

Anna Maria Island
For those who love the beach bum life, this little island is only an hour from Tampa and filled with beautiful beachfront condos to rent. Perfect for a group of friends getting away from the big city, vacation rentals and pristine beaches provide endless fun. Not only that, but the piers boast amazing fishing, so long as you get to your catch before the pelicans do. Marco Island

Located a short way from the everglades and Naples, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida's Ten Thousand Islands. Collier Seminole State Park, just a few miles from the island, has primitive camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, picnic grounds, and a mile-long nature walk, making this location a great vacation spot for nature lovers and adventurers.

Key Largo
As the self-proclaimed dive capital of the world, Key Largo is a gem among Florida's Keys. Filled with gorgeous oceanfront vacation condos and home to the world's largest artificial reef, Key Largo is where water-sport enthusiasts can thrive. The island boasts both amazing diving and fishing opportunities from beginner to expert.

Sanibel Island
With a permanent population of just over 6,000 residents and a strict building code, Sanibel Island may just feel like Florida's best-kept secret. Sanibel island fishing will take you from small waterways to piers, and the island boasts many other activities. If Sanibel Island fishing doesn't do it for you, over 250 different species of shells can be found and collected on the island.

Whether you're looking for open-ocean fishing or small waterways like Sanibel Island fishing boasts, these five hidden paradises are sure to offer some of the best Florida vacations around.

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