It’s no secret that Miami has its own vibrant personality. Between the beachfront luxury of Bal Harbour, couture-filled streets of Wynwood and latin flair of Little Havana, the Magic City charms visitors as few others can. The sparkling shores, aquamarine waters and energetic atmosphere of South Beach and Miami Beach have been immortalized in pop culture forever, while whimsical motifs and colorful Art Deco buildings only serve to elevate the outdoor spoils. When you consider all this, it’s no wonder Miami has been the premiere tropical playground for the world’s trendsetters for many decades.

Miami Yacht Show

Miami Yacht Show 2020

Offering a chance to view the latest launches, check out new gear and technology, and get up-close and personal with gorgeous superyachts in a stunning downtown location, the Miami Yacht Show is a key date in Florida’s busy yachting calendar. This year celebrates the 32nd annual edition of the glamorous show and will be held from the 13th to the 17th of February. One big draw for yacht lovers is that the show runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, allowing visitors the rare opportunity to catch two major boat events in one go, which combined constitute the largest marine event in the world.

The Miami Yacht Show and Miami International Boat Show will bring together a total of 2000 display yachts and boats, so choosing where to go and what to see requires a bit of advance planning. One of the best ways to see the show is to take advantage of the VIP Experience which includes access to the VIP lounge, complimentary valet parking, and entry to Super Yacht Miami where the show’s largest yachts will be on display.

Tickets for the Miami Yacht Show cost $28 for adults with free entry for children aged 15 and under. The VIP Experience costs $200 per day. If you plan to hit both shows, buy a combined ticket for just $53 per adult. The show will be open every day from 10 am until 7 pm with the exception of the final day, the 17th of February when the show closes up earlier at 5 pm.

Location

This year’s show is taking place at a brand-new location at One Herald Plaza on Biscayne Bay between the Venetian and MacArthur causeways. Set just to the north of downtown Miami, this handy new location next to Sea Island Marina is well connected to major interstates making access even easier for visitors. The site is also closer to Island Gardens Deep Harbor on Watson Island where the largest yachts attending the show are on display as part of Super Yacht Miami.

New for this year is the addition of 3,500 more parking spaces in close proximity to the main venues. Valet parking will be available at Las Olas Marina to make your visit as easy as possible and can be booked online for $60. The show organizers are also encouraging visitors to take advantage of the Brightline train running from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach by offering 25% off during the show. For those planning to visit both boat shows, there will be shuttle transportation linking each site making it easy to get around.

Marriott Biscayne Bay

Where to Stay

When it comes to staying over, show visitors are spoilt for choice in Miami with a wealth of excellent options available within close proximity of the show venue. Those who want to maximize their time at the show should consider the Marriott Biscayne Bay, which lies right next door to the show with its stunning waterfront location. After a full day spent at the Miami Yacht Show and around the city, you can take advantage of the sparkling outdoor pool and hot tub, or dine at one of three tasty on-site restaurants. Throw in the sleek fitness center and poolside bar, and you have a breathtaking oasis amid the incomparable beauty of downtown Miami.

Take a look at our Miami Hotel Guide for an expanded list of accommodation options.

Amara at Paraiso

Where to Dine

Inspired by its marvelous bayside setting, Amara at Paraiso is the restaurant that brings together the bold flavors of Latin America with the abundance of coastal ingredients and diversity of South Florida’s food culture. The 4,500sqft indoor-outdoor space was designed by Meyer Davis Studio and takes advantage of the natural beauty of Miami’s coastline for the quintessential waterfront restaurant. The warm and welcoming decor makes for a certain level of sophistication, but at the same time, the establishment harbors a dynamic energy that flows through the staff and clientele – the true Miami experience.

Be sure to check out our Miami Restaurant Guide for all the city’s top culinary experiences.

Wynwood Arts District

Other Attractions

If you’re planning to stay in Miami for longer or if you’re bringing the family along, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Art enthusiasts will love the colorful Wynwood Arts District just to the north of downtown and the Pérez Art Museum Miami which was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. If you’d rather indulge in some fine dining and retail therapy, Miami will leave you spoilt for choice. The Bal Harbour shopping district offers a gorgeous tropical garden setting for chic boutiques like Chanel, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, and Prada. Then kick back with sublime cocktails, panoramic sea views and delicious seasonal dishes in Area 31 which is the perfect spot to take in Miami’s dynamic nightlife.