Cruising Boats, Racing Boats, Sailing Boats, Catamarans, Power Boats, Mega Yachts... all in lovely South Florida weather, no wonder everyone is flocking to the Miami Boat Show, one of the largest of its kind and one you don't want to miss if you are a boating enthusiast.
This is quite an impressive 5-day event which in 2016 moved to its new fantastic dig at the Miami Marine Stadium in Virginia Key just across the Bay from downtown Miami. This iconic and historical site has undergone a major renovation.
StrictlySail, remains at Miamarina in Bayside as in previous years. And like before, free shuttle service and water taxis will be provided between the two venues and major hotels and key sites in Miami, Brickell and Coconut Grove areas, and the Miami Beach Marina (water taxi only)
Here's a floorplan of the main site at the Marine Stadium which will be able to accomodate both "On Land" and "On Water" events and exhibits in grand style.
The closed and open-air tents and pavillions are being set up to house the "trade show" part where you will find the finest in maritime products assorted per categories i.e. boats, engines, marine accessories and electronics, sport fishing, gifts and apparel, services and of course the retail pavillions.
And due to its new location on the water, just beyond the trade show exhibits are the Demo Docks, a great new feature that will house more than 150 vessels in the water for demonstrations and sea trials. Check out and "test drive" before you buy!
Besides all the serious boat eye candy, the Miami Boat Show offers many hands-on activities, open to the public, pros and beginners. There are seminars, boating clinics and sailing lessons, so just get in the water, there's no better way to enjoy the bay!
The On-The-Water Boating and Sailing Workshops are conducted by USCG licensed captains, whether you want to gain more confidence in the water or try and pilot a boat for the first time, they are suitable for all levels of skill.
Literally hundreds of one, two and three-hour seminars on topics from basic docking skills, helmsmanship, anchoring, newcomer powerboaters, etc.
How Much? One and Two Hour Workshops $25, online advance purchase $20
3-hour workshops $125, advance purchase $99
Try It Cove is TBC this year, in conjunction with the Miami Rowing Club, it gives you a chance to get out on the water and try a variety of water sports, from stand up paddle boarding to kayaking, canoeing and more.
This is the venue for everything sailing-related: sailboats, catamarans, sail charters, sailing gear, sailing accessories, etc.
There are also many seminars on topics from Learning to Sail and Introduction to Cruising Catamarans.
One of the highlights is the ON-WATER Learning Experiences and Discover Sailing Introduction.
Three-hour workshops are offered daily at 10:00 am dockside at Miamarina for absolute beginners as well as seasoned skippers!
How Much? Registration is $99, advance purchase $69. (Advance purchase includes your boat show admission)
Workshops are limited to 4 participants!
Even though the show does not coincide with Valentine's Day this year, the couples events and sunset cruises are still being offered. These events sell out quick so you need to pre-register as soon as possible!
Sunset Cruises - Friday, Saturday and Sunday leave the dock at 5:30 pm, followed by Wine and Cheese reception until 7:30 pm
Couples Cruising Seminar - Saturday February 18, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$325 per couple
Parking: Park and Ride at Marlins Park $10, American Airlines Arena $20 and Virginia Key $30-$35, free shuttle and/or water taxi, you can also book your parking space online.
Free Bus Shuttles and Water Taxis will run throughout the show with pick up points at hotels and key sites in Miami, Brickell and Coconut Grove areas and the Miami Beach Marina (water taxi only) More info and map.
How Much? Adults (+16) $25 except Premier Day Thursday February 16 is $40. Children 15 and under are FREE.
One ticket is good for both locations and the
2-Day Pass: $45
5-Day Pass: $100
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