While some travelers find lounging on the beach or indulging in some retail therapy as the perfect way to relax while on vacation, others find the rejuvenation they’re looking for by grabbing a fishing pole and casting the line. If you’re one of these travelers, you’re in luck! St. Augustine is a must-visit destination for any avid anglers thanks to the abundance of fish in our waters and fantastic fishing spots. Just to help you get started on planning your fishing getaway, here are some of the most popular St. Augustine fishing spots that you won’t want to skip.
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4 St. Augustine Fishing Spots That You’ll Love
1. Vilano Beach Pier
This St. Augustine fishing pier is located just north of the historic district. It’s lovely retro look and intricate dolphin archway make it a popular spot to view the sunset, and of course, cast the line! Anglers often come here to fish for the red snapper, flounder, and snook that populate the Intracoastal waterway. The best part? Public access is completely free of charge!
2. St. John’s County Ocean Pier
The St. John’s County Ocean Pier is the perfect place for beginners and families to enjoy fishing together! Since the pier maintains a fishing license with the state, your own separate license isn’t required to cast the line here. All you’ll have to do is pay the small fishing fee of only $3 per person or $1.50 for children. You can also rent gear like fishing poles, bait, and tackle right in the pier’s gift shop. During your fishing trip, you and your family can enjoy other on-site activities like relaxing on the 4-acre beachfront park, cooling off in the splash park, and a variety of community events.
3. Anastasia State Park
For some of the best freshwater fishing opportunities, head over to Anastasia State Park! This beautiful 1,600-acre natural wonderland consists of four miles of pristine beach, marshland, and hammock preserves. The waters near Salt Run are filled with largemouth bass and bluegill for you to catch, and the recreational center provides kayak rentals and a boat ramp for easy access to the water.
4. Offshore Fishing
If you’re a more experienced fisherman, there are plenty of St. Augustine offshore fishing spots that you’ll want to try. Game fish like king mackerel and tarpon are plentiful in deeper waters, making for an exciting and challenging excursion. An offshore fishing charter is highly encouraged if you plan on going out into the ocean. Luckily, there are literally dozens of charters for you to choose from! Some of our area’s most trusted options include Coastal Fish Charters and Drop Down Sport Fishing Charters.
How to Get a Florida Fishing License
If you’re planning on adding angling to your St. Augustine itinerary, a Florida fishing license is mandatory. There are separate licenses required for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, so be sure to plan accordingly! Learn more about acquiring a fishing license online or in-person by visiting the St. John’s County Tax Collector’s website.
Enjoy the Ultimate Fishing Getaway at the Victorian House
After a full day of fishing, we invite you to come back and relax in our elegant and historic bed & breakfast. Nestled between two of the oldest streets in America, the Victorian House creates the perfect setting for a romantic and relaxing escape to St. Augustine. Guests will enjoy highly-appointed and unique guest rooms, homey amenities, and a delicious hot breakfast each morning of their stay. It’s everything you need and more to indulge in a tranquil getaway to St. Augustine and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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