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10 Great Fishing Vacations for Ocean-Loving Couples

10 Great Fishing Vacations for Ocean-Loving Couples

By Debbie Hanson

Jul 05, 2019

List of ten great ideas for fishing vacations ranging from beach, pier, inshore, offshore experiences. Fishing vacation packages for all experience levels

When you share a passion for the outdoors with your favorite person, fishing vacations can be one of the best ways to reconnect while making new memories together. You can find fishing vacation packages that cater to all levels of experience in a number of destinations across the U.S. and beyond. Check out these ten great fishing getaways for couples. 

1. Outer Banks, North Carolina

Stay at a charming oceanside bed and breakfast or quaint beachfront inn on Hatteras Island to see why couples fall in love the romance of the Outer Banks. Try surf and pier fishing together for flounder and speckled trout, or step up the level of adventure by booking a deep-sea trip to catch tuna and kingfish.

2. San Diego, California

Fantastic sport fishing opportunities, highly rated restaurants, and a year-round temperate climate make San Diego a vacation favorite for angling couples. The offshore waters of the Pacific Coast can mean a day of landing species such as yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, yellowtail, mahi mahi, and marlin. Inshore trips generally specialize in calico bass, halibut, rockfish, sheephead, croaker, and corbina.

3. Pine Island, Florida

When it comes to fishing vacations for couples, it's hard to find a better backcountry experience than the waters of Pine Island Sound in Southwest Florida. Stay at a historic waterfront lodge in Bokeelia or vacation rental in Matlacha, and plan a couples light tackle or fly fishing trip for snook, tarpon, or redfish.

4. Islamorada, Florida Keys

From luxury fishing resorts to cozy island inns, this Upper Keys vacation destination is ideal for inshore or deep-sea fishing couples. Mix up your experiences between fishing for snook and tarpon from the flats of Florida Bay or head offshore together in search of mahi and sailfish.

5. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Find a seaside cottage near Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket and plan to spend your couples fishing vacation East Coast style. You can book a private charter to pursue striped bass, bluefish, codfish, haddock, fluke or tautog. Then, after a day on the water, wind down together over a New England lobster dinner.

6. Wilmington Island, Georgia

Plan a couples shore fishing adventure near Wassaw Sound for redfish, flounder, and speckled trout or visit after mid-April when cobia, king mackerel and bluefish migrate through the waters off Wilmington Island. Nearby Skidaway Island State Park, outside of Savannah, is a must-do for couples that love witnessing the local wildlife such as deer, egrets and fiddler crabs.

7. Oahu, Hawaii

In addition to romantic beaches, like Lanikai Beach and Sunset Beach, Oahu is known for some of the finest deep-sea fishing experiences in the world. Look for fishing vacation packages that include blue water trolling for big game such as marlin, wahoo and tuna.

8. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Learn the meaning of "Pura Vida" or the simple life first-hand while visiting the Costa Rica's southernmost peninsula. For couples that are keen on the idea of fishing and eco-adventure, there's no better place to plan a vacation. From inshore fishing for roosterfish, cubera snapper, and African pompano to offshore fly fishing for sailfish, the two of you can take your fishing skills to new heights.

9. Long Island, Bahamas

Known for waters teeming with schools of bonefish, tuna, wahoo, and billfish, Long Island is synonymous with world-class saltwater fishing. Hire a guide to take you and your better half to all the best spots given the timing of your visit.

10. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Known locally as Provo, the largest island in the Turks and Caicos is a perfect setting for paired-up sport fishing. Due to the marine plateau topography, deep-sea fishing is just a short boat ride away, while the shallow and turquoise Caicos Banks are ideal for bonefishing and extensive barrier reefs for bottom fishing.

Which of these fishing vacations sounds the best to you and your better fishing half? Check into fishing license requirements and get the planning started!

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.