Against a backdrop of swaying palms and golden beaches, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is one of the country’s finest. This year marks the 34th edition of the show which will be held over March 28th to 31st and is set to feature over $1.2 billion worth of boats, maritime gadgets and accessories.
The best way to enjoy the show is to purchase VIP tickets which cost $150 per person per day. These include access to the Windward VIP Club, a luxurious air-conditioned private lounge in the Lakeside Pavilion on Flagler Drive which offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the show. Inside you’ll find complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a premium open bar, an outdoor terrace with views over the show, and a choice of daily events.
When it comes to viewing the exhibitors, though, there’s plenty of reasons to get excited. This year’s lineup features a particularly strong selection of superyachts like the 190 foot Trinity Yachts Skyfall which was just refitted in 2018, the 197 foot Abeking & Rasmussen Excellence V which has just been put up for sale, and the 181 foot Damen Shadow support yacht which is designed to carry every toy, boat and tender you could possibly need.
Another big draw is the stunning setting for the Palm Beach International Boat Show, the West Palm Beach Waterfront along Flagler drive. This handy location offers excellent transportation connections and ample shopping and dining options within a few minutes walking from the show venue.
PARKING & TRANSPORTATION
If you’re planning to drive down to the show, as usual there will be free park and ride arrangements in place to make your journey as easy as possible. Two lines will be operating this year, the Yellow Line running from the Cityplace pick-up and the Pink Line which picks up at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
For visitors who prefer to leave their car at home or want to experience another city during their stay, a great way to arrive is via the Brightline train which connects Miami and Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach. Visitors to the Palm Beach Boat Show can get 20% off their ride using the code BOATWPB when booking Brightline tickets.
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to comfortable show accommodation in Palm Beach. The show organisers have teamed up with onPeak to offer a great range of discounts on selected West Palm Beach hotels like the Hilton West Palm Beach, a AAA Four Diamond hotel which offers a lively poolside atmosphere, alfresco dining, and valet parking.
For those who prefer a little more luxury, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is hard to beat. Located on a tranquil stretch of golden sand beach, the resort offers an oasis of calm after the bustling atmosphere of the show. Finish off your visit to the Palm Beach Show by indulging in a massage in the gorgeous spa and unwind with a gourmet meal before slipping into a wonderfully comfortable king size bed with stunning sea views.
If you’re planning to extend your stay in Palm Beach to make the most of the Florida sunshine, there’s a wealth of local attractions to keep you busy. Indulge in a spot of shopping on elegant Worth Avenue which offers everything from Chanel and Gucci to fine jewellery and chic home furnishings. After that enjoy a pick-me-up at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory in Greenacres where you can take a guided tour with chocolate sampling on Mondays and Wednesdays.
If you’re visiting with kids, take a trip to the Lion Country Safari to view over 600 animals from 6 continents or the nearby Manatee Lagoon for a glimpse into the lives of these stunning creatures. Or for something more adventurous try the Rapids Water Park which boasts 42 rides to keep everyone happy.
TICKETS & TIMETABLES
The Palm Beach International Boat Show runs from March 28th to March 31st. Opening hours are noon until 7pm on Thursday 28th of March, 10am until 7pm on the 29th and 30th, and 10am until 6pm on the 31st of March.
Adult tickets cost $28 for those aged 16 and over and a two day adult ticket is also available for $52. Entry is $18 for children aged between 6 and 15 and free for those under the age of 6.
For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, read our dedicated Palm Beach hotel, restaurant and fashion guides or visit the Palm Beach International Boat Show website.