From Feb. 11-16, there will be two boat shows in the Miami area, but only one will be showing posh, top of the industry yachts you’ve really been wanting to view up close. Previously known as The Yacht and Brokerage Show, Yachts Miami Beach will continue to line the Indian Creek waterway with gorgeous hulls stocked with stunning interiors. The show will also make use of the new deepwater superyacht facilities at Island Gardens on Watson Island, with spaces that will accommodate yachts up to 500 feet in length.
Friday, Feb. 11, is preview day, with prime time viewing of the yachts and a more leisurely stroll along the docks. The show runs 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm on Monday.
The Miami International Boat Show has moved from its neighboring location at the convention center to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin site on Virginia Key. The show is separate from Yachts Miami Beach, with its own ticketing and VIP options.
Do it Right: VIP Ticket
The show itself is free with no ticket required. The VIP ticket, however, gives you door to dock valet parking, a catered buffet from noon to 7 pm at the VIP Lounge located in the Ritz Carlton Residences, and a dedicated concierge to assist with private tours on yachts and car service for Island Gardens and water shuttle around the show. VIP passes also admit attendees to the tony “Yachts After Dark” yacht hop on Thurs. from 7 to 10 pm, and the Seakeepers event on Saturday from 8 to 11 pm. Go to http://www.showmanagement.com/ to get on the VIP list.
The Main Event: Yachts on Display
Several yachts will be making debuts at the show. Alexander Marine will debut its 112′ Ocean Alexander, along with the 70E PH Motor Yacht. Benetti will debut the Stefano Righini designed Crystal 140, with interiors by Ezequiel Farca.
Some of the standouts that deserve attention include the 252′ Silverfast by Silver Yachts, the Arcadia 85, Couach’s 164′ La Pellegrina, Feretti’s 94′ OOZ, Codecasa’s 213′ Double Down, and a stylish 206′ Benetti. Riva will have three beauties, the 92′ Seasix, the droptop 88′ Florida, and the 76′ Perseo on display. Feadship’s 180′ Huntress will be joined by the 171′ Gravitas and 137′ Centinela IV.
Stunning favorites will also make appearances, including Trinty’s 191′ Carpe Diem and 190′ Skyfall, Benetti’s 180′ Cakewalk, and the 180′ Pendennis Steel Ice Class Expedition Yacht. There are dozens of exceptional mid-size yachts in the water as well, with sharp new designs and innovative performance features.
Around and About
The yachts are the focus, but the perks of being in Miami are limitless. The new Faena District, spanning 32nd to 35th Street, boasts hotel, residential, and retail spaces with emphasis on art and social interaction. The penthouse recently made news with a sales price of $60 million, as well as creating a bevy of posts during soft opening at Art Basel in December, 2015.
The Wynwood District houses an eclectic collection of art galleries, food, shopping, and neighborhood culture worth exploring. Coconut Grove and Coral Gables each offer established neighborhoods embracing unique cuisine, shopping, and cultures. Then, of course, there’s Miami Beach itself, with a fistful of impressive dining and club destinations. Here’s what not to miss:
Miami’s Best Dining:
- Alter — Stretch your palate and your imagination with this seasonal, locally sourced, creative Wynwood food and beverage kitchen in hip, minimalist digs. 223 NW 23 St. Miami FL, (305) 573-5996.
- Ariete — Coconut Grove’s Michael Beltran will woo you with grilled oysters and marrow butter with short rib, and a comfortable, laid back vibe. 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 640-5862.
- Los Fuegos — South American live fire cuisine at La Faena serves up a sophisticated gaucho gourmet. 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140, (844) 798 9712.
- Area 31 — In the Epic Kimpton hotel, with views of Brickell Bay and Key Biscayne, devour Chef Birk’s carefully chosen seafood, dressed in on site herbs and prepared with an artisan’s hand. 16th Floor, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL, 33131, (305) 424-5234.
- db bistro moderne — Chef Daniel Boulud’s divine Miami dining scene is one of Miami’s hot spots. 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, FL 33131, (305) 421-8800.
- NAOE Miami — Sushi. Miami. Eight seats. Period. And it is simply divine. Chef Kevin Cory is one of the best at his craft in the world. 661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131, (305) 947-6263.
Sip, Socialize, and Dance:
- Rockwell — straight up DJ and Hip Hop, 743 Washington Ave., South Beach
- Wall Lounge — Famous for it’s International Art Basel parties, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
- LIV — the Fountainbleau’s Las Vegas style dance and party club, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
- Baoli Miami — Gourmet noshes and high end bubbles equal French Riviera style, 1906 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
- FDR at Delano — Underground and exclusive, and always stocked with flawless style and beauty, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Shoes, Shirts, and Style:
- Bal Harbour Shops — Armani, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Nieman Marcus, and Saks, and dozens more all agree: this gorgeous open air center is where to shop. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL 305-866-0311.
- Miami Design District — Berluti, Cartier, Bvlgari, Christian Louboutin, Hermes, Hublot, Max Mara, Van Cleef & Arpels, with lots of trendy new faces on the scene, shop in this creative mix of upscale boutiques and gorgeous new builds tucked in among fabulous art galleries.
- Lincoln Road and Collins Ave., South Beach — boutiques galore, the Kardashian DASH store, Intermix, Alchemist, BZBG Max Azria, and Armani all live here, just waiting for your arrival and steps from the beach.
Nodding Off: Best Sleeps
- The Sagamore — Classic elegance with a beach and suites. 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (888) 578-2711
- The Delano — Chic, self-contained property boasting old world luxury in a modern format. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, (305) 672-2000.
- The Setai — Adrian Zecha’s fabulous creation on the beach is the perfect perch for the yacht show. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (844) 292-1471.
- The Betsy South Beach — Relaxed classic Florida luxury boutique hotel is a distinguished landmark providing 61 suites and rooms with flawless service and a great bar and restaurant within. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. (305) 531-6100.
For more information on Yachts Miami Beach, go to http://www.showmanagement.com/miami_boat_show/event/. For more information about the boats on display, how to charter, or information on purchasing, contact Steve@thebestofyachting.com.