The countdown is officially on for Miami Yacht Week, which revolves around the Miami Yacht Show and the Miami International Boat Show. They’re two of the city’s most glamorous and anticipated events, and each year they draw plenty of celebrities and millionaires in the market for new nautical whips. But guess what? You don’t have to be rich or famous to get in on all the fabulous action. Both events are totally worth attending, and they’re actually surprisingly affordable. Day passes for each event start at just $30, and you can always upgrade your ticket to include VIP access. Besides, when else will you get the chance to tour dozens of multi-million-dollar superyachts for less than the cost of dinner at Juvia?
You’ll also be excited to know that your tickets unlock way more than just boat access. We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate each event and live your best yacht life without breaking the bank.
February 13 – February 17 at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key.
More than 100,000 attendees flock to the Miami International Boat Show each year, and for good reason. You don’t need to be swimming in dough in order to enjoy this world-famous event, though — you just need to love bougee boats. You’ll find it all here: powerboats, sailboats, pleasure cruisers, catamarans and more, plus live music by local performers, incredible food and drinks for every budget, and a VIP lounge if you opted to upgrade your passes. Some of the confirmed culinary offerings at this year’s Boat Show include Havana 1957, La Cerveceria de Barrio, 900 Novecento, and SuViche, just to name a few, so you can fuel up on delicious food in between touring all those amazing vessels.
Sunreef is an iconic name within the yachting community. This year, it tops our list of can’t-miss Boat Show experiences. The Polish brand has truly outdone itself, presenting two mega-yachts that have never been seen before in the United States. The first is the 50′ Paz Catamaran, a work of art that features three spacious cabins and plenty of al fresco spaces for lounging. The crowned jewel, though, is the 80′ Endless Horizon Catamaran — a sleek, contemporary beauty that boasts vast living spaces, a sweeping outer deck, and four suites that will take your breath away. All you need is a Boat Show pass to tour both of these beauties and take as many photos as you like. And here’s a surprise — the Executive Chef of Miami’s swanky new rooftop restaurant MILA will be onboard the Endless Horizon serving delicious sushi rolls and more.
You could be here.
A newcomer to the luxury yacht scene, Serenity Yachts will celebrate its U.S. debut at this year’s show, and it’s bringing a yacht that’s guaranteed to turn heads: the Serenity 64. This solar-powered stunner has four VIP cabins with their own en-suite bathrooms, a crew cabin, and a hydraulic flybridge. Its plush interior was inspired by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing — and you can be among the first to experience it.
Virtual Reality Boating Experience
Whether you’re an avid boater or just interested in giving sailing a whirl, you should pencil in a visit to the Progressive Insurance Booth in Tent A. There, you’ll be able to partake in a virtual reality boating experience presented by the Annapolis School of Seamanship. The experience is totally free.
Center Court Bar
The Center Court will host live performances and a killer happy hour Thursday through Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m., so you can get your drink on without breaking the bank.
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February 13 – February 17 at One Herald Plaza on Biscayne Bay.
Get ready for some seriously jaw-dropping yachts — like, the kind that only royalty and billionaires can afford. But that’s not all — the Miami Yacht Show is also a great opportunity to taste your way around some of South Florida’s hottest food vendors. Wear your boat shoes and your eating pants.
One of the most anticipated vessels at this year’s show is a massive 278-foot beauty designed by Espen Oeino and built by SilverYachts. She sleeps up to 16 guests and accommodates a crew of 21. Passholders will be able to tour each of her four decks during the show.
You’re not going to want to miss a visit aboard Moran’s 112′ Kaleen. This stunning megayacht accommodates up to eight guests in four staterooms and features a beautiful open galley, a deckside jacuzzi, and two wet bars — you know, for all that rose you’re going to be sipping as you island-hop across the Aegean.
Savor all the onsite flavor
The Miami Yacht Show also doubles as a fantastic foodie event. In between touring all those mega yachts, guests can enjoy food from more than 100 vendors serving all kinds of delicious dishes, from gourmet burgers to wok-tossed pad thai, not to mention mouthwatering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. You’ll also have your pick of bars, where mixologists will serve Yacht Week-exclusive specialty cocktails, premium wines and craft beers.
There’s no better place than The Deck at Island Gardens to take a break in between shows. In celebration of Yacht Week, the restaurant and waterfront lounge will serve lunch every day from Thursday, February 13 – Saturday, February 15. The Deck has also partnered with Whispering Angel and Chateau d’Esclans to host a special flower market from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Sunset Sparkling happy hour from 6-8 p.m., where you can lounge like a VIP while enjoying great drink specials. The food will be curated by Executive Chef Alfio Longo, featuring Mediterranean lunch specials that spotlight prime beef tenderloin, mozzarella truffle pizza, oven-roasted Chilean sea bass and more.
Pro-tip: ladies drink free at The Deck from 8-9 p.m. on Thursdays.
If you want to up the glam factor, buy tickets to SuperYacht Miami (they’re $100 each). An offshoot of the Yacht Show, SuperYacht Miami transforms Island Gardens Deep Harbor Marina on Watson Island into an ultra-VIP mega-yacht extravaganza featuring the world’s most luxurious ships. Tickets to SuperYacht also include cocktails aboard yacht tenders between all three show sites, including Island Gardens, Sea Isle Marina, and One Herald Plaza. And you’ll enjoy access to Art Wynwood nearby.
Pro-tip: attend on Valentine’s Day between 4-7 p.m. and you’ll enjoy two SuperYacht or Miami Yacht Show tickets for the price of one, as part of Love On The Docks event.
All photos courtesy of Miami Yacht Week.