There are six locations for the five day event, and each show has a different focus: Miami Beach Convention Center, Progressive Boat Show Experience at Pride Park, Herald Plaza, Venetian Marina, Museum Park Marina, and Superyacht Miami at Yacht Haven Grande Marina. The standard boat show ticket includes access to all these locations, except for the Superyacht Show, which is an additional cost. There is a water taxi to help transport you quickly and safely between all of the shows.
You’ll find us at the Museum Park Marina Show, booth# MPM-12, which will be featuring sailboats, catamarans, and the latest sailing accessories. All the big brand catamarans will be there, Lagoon, Leopard, Fountaine Pajot, Sunreef, Catana, HH Catamarans, Excess.
Jump Aboard the Boats: This might seem like an silly suggestion, but you’re at a boat show, you paid for your ticket, this is the best opportunity you’ll have to compare boats side by side, open up hatches, test the salon’s headroom, and see if you like the helm position. The busiest days at the show are usually Saturday and Sunday, as it’s more of a “looky-loo” kind of crowd. If you’re serious about having the time to really explore the different catamarans, we recommend coming on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, as the crowds are usually smaller.
Make Your Reservations: Miami is an international city, with every type of cuisine you could dream of, and extremely busy. Some of our favorite spots for dinner, brunch, or just grabbing a drink include: Joe’s Stone Crab, Rosie’s The Backyard, The Corner, Mignonette Downtown
Avoid Driving/Parking: Whether you want to use Uber/Lyft or the Brightline Train, not having the hassle of driving in the busy city of Miami and paying for parking, is the smartest choice. The Brightline train runs all the way from West Palm to Miami, and has recently added two more stops along the way: Aventura and Boca Raton. So for those of you who aren’t staying close to the show, the Brightline train is fast, super clean and very easy to use. We, ourselves, will be taking advantage of the Brightline as we commute back and forth from Fort Lauderdale.
Wear Comfortable Clothing: Walking the docks all day in the Miami heat can take a toll on everyone, especially the kiddos. Be sure to wear breathable clothing, lightweight material and shirts that have SPF. When you plan on jumping on/off boats, you’ll be taking your shoes off A LOT: making a slip on shoe your best choice. And keep an eye on the weather, South Florida’s weather can change quickly, from a passing shower to a torrential downpour, make sure you’re prepared.