Virginia Key Beach

Sail Away Sunday

All hands on deck! February always brings warmer weather and beautiful days on the water. In Miami, 2016 gets even hotter with the Miami International Boat Show coming February 11-15. A huge event, this year promises to be better than ever with a new location and venue for their 75th anniversary. This event is one of the nation’s premier events, drawing visitors from all over the world. This will be a huge party, simulating the newly remodeled bays and boating areas at Virginia Key Beach and Marine Stadium Park & Basin. A mega-sized yacht with additional boats around the “marina” will be the centerpieces of this event, with a “floating” barge where food and drinks will be served, on deck patios for dancing, and national artists to help attendees sail away.

With thousands of exhibitors ready to converge on the new marina and basin, this event is an excellent pre-cursor for displaying the new air-conditioned bays and walk-up boat displays. Attendees will be able to view photos and tour the boats on display via simulated technology for an enhanced experience. Vendors and retailers will be able to sponsor booths where attendees can sit and relax while viewing the items and accessories on display.

An entire children’s area will feature water safety, offer short demonstrations on tying boat knots and certain areas of the boat, and offer games and prizes for participants. Vendors specializing in children’s boating gear and accessories will be featured in this area, with a cartoonish “captain” for photo ops.

Previous vendors include Standard Horizon, Sunbrella, Stingray Boat Company, T-Top Boat covers, Technografic and thousands of other boat manufacturers, companies featuring accessories and upgrades, and retailers for a variety of boats. Tickets for this event and the Miami International Boat Show go on sale in December. Tickets for this event start at $30, with VIP areas at $50. Destined to be a memorable experience for this 75th year of celebration, the boat show has a new venue, new look and new feel. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

The Miami International Boat Show is sponsored by The National Marine Manufacturers Association, Progressive Insurance, Boating Writers International and the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Associate, which is the world’s largest producer of shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry.