Set against a dreamy backdrop of Florida sunshine and gently swaying palms, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is one of America’s finest yacht events. First established as an exclusive retreat for the wealthy at the end of the 19th century, today Palm Beach draws a regular crowd of supermodels and socialites thanks to the breathtaking beaches, alluring nightlife and balmy year-round weather. Fantastic shopping opportunities, opulent 5-star hotels and an array of top restaurants complete the package, making a visit to the yacht show an unmissable experience for both veteran yacht owners and those who love the finer things in life.
Palm Beach International Boat Show 2020
Hosted in one of the world’s most affluent zip codes, the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show 2020 edition is set to bring together more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, supercars and water toys from industry-leading boat builders and manufacturers. This year the show celebrates its 35th anniversary in style with a four-day extravaganza from March 26th to 29th.
New for this year is the invitation-only Superyacht Show Palm Beach which runs alongside the regular show from March 26th to 28th. This dedicated superyacht event will feature 10-12 yachts ranging from 180 to 300ft and will take place at the iconic Flagler Museum. Expected to draw potential buyers from across the U.S. and beyond, this brand-new part of the show will include entertainment, superyacht seminars and VIP treatment such as a limousine transfer service from the airport and private evening events.
For the past 25 years, the show has been held in a stunning Downtown West Palm Beach location along Flagler Drive. This central location is ideally-placed with multiple transport options and a plethora of excellent dining and shopping options located just a short stroll or cab ride from the venue. Those who are planning to drive can take advantage of free park-and-ride services and there is also the Brightline train station close by which connects Miami and Fort Lauderdale directly to West Palm Beach.
Where to Stay
Palm Beach’s top destination for shoreside luxury is the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, where guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne and the soft sound of waves lapping the hotel’s private beach. Each of the 310 guest rooms and suites have been tastefully designed by Jonathan Adler to beautifully match the surrounding natural setting with beach essentials are provided as standard. A visit to the opulent spa is recommended to restore energy levels after a busy day at the yacht show, as is a bite to eat at the hotel’s sumptuous Angle restaurant.
Read our guide to Palm Beach’s Top 5 Luxury Hotels for more ideas on where to stay.
Where to Dine
Round off your visit to the show in style with dinner at Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro, a classic family-run French restaurant which has been serving up exquisite Gallic cuisine since 1991. Highlights include scallops sautéed in brown butter, homemade foie gras terrine, duck confit, and their legendary French soup. Thanks to the exceptional attention to detail and genuine talent in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong whatever you order here and there’s even a 350-bottle strong cellar packed with fabulous French wines.
For more ideas on where to dine don’t miss our guide to Palm Beach’s Top 5 Restaurants for discerning travellers.
While the main attraction of Palm Beach has long been its stunning unspoiled beaches and warm waters, the city also has a growing reputation as a cultural destination. Don’t miss the 75-room Flagler Museum which was built by Henry Flagler in 1902 as a wedding present to his new wife and now tells the story of the region and the Flagler family. Enjoy Palm Beach’s balmy weather and natural beauty with a visit to the Botanical Garden at the Society of the Four Arts which showcases the diversity of tropical plants native to the area. Before heading home, why not pick up a few choice mementos of your visit to Palm Beach with a visit to Worth Avenue which combines big international names like Chanel, Max Mara and Gucci with charming local boutiques such as Marley’s Palm Beach Collection.
For more ideas to help you plan your visit, check out our dedicated Palm Beach Destination Guide.