Every February during the Yachts Miami Beach show, an exclusive array of fabulous luxury yachts collects along Collins Avenue in celebration of the yachting lifestyle. Providing buyers, sellers, and dreamers with a peek inside over 500 chic yachts, the show will delight attendees with a new look, new layout, and more than a billion dollars of yachting industry yachts and products. Running from Feb. 16-20 this year, the 29th annual event across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, 2017 will deliver a stunning, in-water show of some of the world’s most desirable superyachts, with lots of nightlife served up at Miami Beach’s most beautiful hotels.

Your going to want to sign up for the VIP Exerience Photo Credit Forest Johnson

The VIP Experience

There will be an entry fee this year to this previously free event, but guests can kick it up a notch with a VIP ticket that offers a nice menu of perks. The VIP lounge is a respite offering private dining, a premium open bar, a gourmet menu, and special showcases daily on luxury, beauty, fashion, and health products. Four decks of upscale displays and special privileges await within the sanctuary of the Grand Floridian, a 128-foot yacht that will be outfitted to accommodate every VIP wish through a concierge, spa treatments, and white glove service. The VIP packages include show attendance, valet parking, and water taxi transport to all show areas in addition to lounge and show access. Tickets are $125 per day for the lounge only and $215 per day for the complete package.

The New Layout

Guests at previous shows strolled the waterway along Collins Avenue using the sidewalk, but this year docks and walkways have been installed between 41st and 54th Streets to facilitate off street access to the yachts. Over 20 superyachts will be on display at the Island Gardens Deep Harbor Marina, able to dock everything up to 500 feet. Brokerage yachts will be positioned at the north end of Collins, with new boats to the south. There will be five entry gates with attractive new wayfinding graphics, all of which will make things easier for guests while assisting with attendance data.

Monte Carlo Yachts Plans to Debut The MCY 80

Debut Taunts

Sirena Yachts out of Turkey will show off the world debut of the Sirena 56, along with the U.S. debut of the Sirena 64. Monte Carlo Yachts plans to debut the MCY 80, a Nuvolari & Lenard design packing a 31-knot top speed and distinctive round portholes. Prestige Yachts will bring good things with the debut of their 460 designed by Garroni Design incorporating a flybridge with overhang, forward helm station, and steeply raked forward glazing.

Dynamiq Jetsetter Bannenberg & Rowell Design

Notable Must See Yachts

The Ferretti 850, a Zuccon International Project design, features four guest cabins, two crew cabins, an eat in galley, dining room, superb sun deck, and a 29-knot top speed. The Dynamiq Jetsetter Bannenberg & Rowell design is 38.6 meters of innovation and luxury. Delta’s Carbon 88 is a lightweight, sculpted fast planing yacht that skips across the water at 37 knots via three IPS 1200 pod drive engines. The 40.16 meter Princess Yachts Anka features a Fendi Casa interior and splashy turquoise hull and trim. Ocean Alexander’s 120 boasts a luxuriously large sky lounge and lovely entertaining space on the flybridge. Horizon’s RP 120 shows off a two-level master suite, a large flybridge with bar, dining, and Jacuzzi, and two helm stations. The Pershing 5X? What more need be said? It is even more stunning than its predecessors.

One Weekend, Two Shows

In addition to Yachts Miami Beach, the Miami International Boat Show and its sidekick, Strictly Sail Miami, will both take place on the same weekend, making it more convenient than ever to see everything that’s new to support the yachting lifestyle. At MIBS, spectacular yachts on display include the chiseled lines of Arcadia’s 85, the sleek Benetti My Paradis, Riva’s ultra-stylish Mythos, and Sunseeker’s legendary Predatory 57.

Yachts Miami Beach, of course, features larger, in water displays, while MIBS and SS embrace exhibitors from every peripheral sphere appropriate to the marine industry. That said, things will get busy in Miami, so plan ahead with a few reservations at the hot dining and club spots to really up the experience.