Every year yacht enthusiasts rejoice for the premier yachting event held in Miami, Florida every February during President’s Day weekend. The 32nd annual Miami Yacht Show takes place this coming year from February 13th through the 17th; held at the newest location at One Herald Plaza between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways. Boaters from around the world gather in South Florida to appreciate some of the world’s most extraordinary designed yachts and superyachts.
Last year was the first time in three decades that the yacht show moved from Miami beach to the new location on Biscayne Bay. Although some had mixed feelings about the move, last year’s show saw improvement in parking spaces, exhibitor space and ultimately more convenience for show attendees.
If you are planning to attend the show this year and are from out of the area, we have created the ultimate Miami Visitors guide for your stay in South Florida. Experience one of Florida’s most popular vacation destinations; from the art culture, best beaches, highly rated dining options, and top attractions. Miami offers something for everyone, check out our guide below for the best places to see and visit while you’re in town for the Miami Yacht Show.
Chances are you won’t be able to make it through the entire show in one day. With that said you’ll most likely need a place to stay for a few nights. Our Miami visitors guide displays the highest rated hotels in the area for you to choose from. The best part of all, they are all within one mile of the yacht show.
Modern apartment hotel in a sleek high-rise with bright studios featuring contemporary decor, kitchens and city views. All rooms provide free Wi-Fi, smart TVs and washer/dryers, plus complimentary local coffee. The airy 1- to 3-bedroom apartments add living rooms with pull-out sofas. Food delivery services are available. Plus, a rooftop terrace with city views, along with an outdoor pool and a sundeck. Other amenities include a casual lounge, a workspace, and a gym, as well as BBQ facilities and parking (fee).
This high-rise hotel is 3.8 miles from the Miami Beach Convention Center and 5 miles from South Beach; overlooking the marina on Biscayne Bay. Classic rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, Wi-Fi (fee) and flat-screen TVs, plus desks and coffeemakers. Executive rooms and suites offer access to a lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi, continental breakfast and snacks. Suites also add living areas with pull-out sofas. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, and an exercise room. There’s also a cafe, a restaurant with Bayfront seating, and a poolside bar.
This upmarket hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Pérez Art Museum and a 13-minute walk from the shops of Bayside Marketplace. Polished rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minifridges, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms feature balconies or terraces, some with bay views. There are 2 restaurants and a bar with terrace and city views. Other amenities include a spa, a rooftop pool and an indoor pool, along with a fitness center and meeting space.
Located beside Biscayne Bay marina, this high-rise hotel complex is a 1-minute drive from Interstate 395 and 12 minutes’ drive from Miami Beach. Minifridges, 47-inch TVs and WiFi (fee) are offered in each room, as well as modern decor and custom-designed beds. Suites add separate living areas and condos have washers and dryers. Some rooms have balconies and ocean or park views. Amenities include four on-site restaurants include Tony Chan’s Waterclub, a steakhouse and upscale seafood joint, plus there’s a deli. There’s also a fitness center and an outdoor pool.
In a contemporary tower overlooking Biscayne Bay, this upscale hotel features modern rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and upscale decor, plus custom-designed beds, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (fee). Suites add sitting areas and pull-out sofas. Not to mention, this hotel is a 4-mile drive from Miami Beach. Amenities include a relaxed bistro serving international cuisine, a laid-back lobby cafe, and a rooftop pool with a breezy bar and skyline views.
Turn your boat show visit into a South Florida experience by visiting top-rated attractions and activities in Downtown Miami. Our Miami Visitors Guide displays the areas most raved about hot spots you don’t want to miss.
Found at the southern end of Miami Beach is a local hot spot better known as South Beach; the most popular beach in Miami and one of the top beaches in Florida. You can’t visit Miami, Florida without making the drive to South Beach to experience the aqua blue waters of the Pacific and nude-colored sand beaches. Although the ocean may be too cold for a dip in February, you can still enjoy amazing sunrises and afternoon walks along the stunning shoreline.
Across the way from South Beach is Ocean Drive, Miami’s most iconic street; mainly due to the many movies filmed here. This stretch of land consists of many renovated hotels, shops, art galleries, plenty of dining options and amazing architecture. Especially in the art deco scene, which consists of uniquely designed buildings with an array of pastel colors and bright neon signs. The Art Deco District in Miami is considered to be an Art Deco capital and is home to the largest concentration of the 1920s and ’30s resort-style architecture. Whether you are looking to grab a bite to eat or spend the day shopping, Ocean Drive is the perfect spot to spend your day exploring.
This 28-acre Italian estate home featuring subtropical landscaping was previously a luxurious winter home of 20th-century businessman James Deering. Built-in 1916, this expansive mansion features 34 rooms organized around a central courtyard containing many original furniture pieces and artwork displayed for your enjoyment year-round.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The flagship art museum of Miami also allows for waterfront dining at their Verde Restaurant with beautiful views of Biscayne Bay; and a gift shop with a unique selection of art, books, furnishings and handmade items.
If you are looking for the ultimate shopping experience while in Miami, Lincoln Road is the spot to be. This road spans for many blocks and features more than 200 national retailers, designer brands, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes.
Bayside Marketplace is a two-story open-air shopping center located in downtown Miami. The banks of Biscayne Bay wrap around the property with the City of Miami marina at its side. It is recognized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau as the number one most visited attraction in Miami. You can also enjoy bay ride tours, bike rentals, fishing charter ventures, and more at Bayside Marketplace.
Little Havana or better known as Miami’s vibrant Cuban Heart, is a cultural neighborhood sharing Latin-inspired cafes, restaurants, venues, and markets that accentuate the many different backgrounds that take root in the neighborhood. Calle Ocho, the center of Little Havana is where all the action is typically found. Enjoy quaint fruit stands, an array of shops and restaurants, and the scent of a newly rolled Cuban cigars in Little Havana. Plus, on the last Friday of each month, Little Havana hosts Viernes Cultures, or Cultural Fridays, a monthly gallery night showcasing the cultural arts scene of the neighborhood.
Located in the heart of Downtown Miami is Jungle Island, a South Florida landmark. Jungle Island is an intimate zoological park featuring some of the world’s rarest and most exotic animals. Enjoy engaging animal shows and informative exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees.
It’s hard to turn a corner in Miami without running into a restaurant or cafe, but don’t settle for just ordinary cuisine or fast food. Our Miami Visitors Guide displays restaurants rated 4.5 stars and higher. Visit these restaurants that prove to be Miami’s best in dining.
Former 1930s gas station turned oyster bar/seafood haven with luxurious and down-home options.
Nine-year award-winning Peruvian eatery with a lively atmosphere, delicious cocktails, and ceviche in a space highlighted with eclectic art, pisco bar, and a vertical garden. Known for their vast selection of creative and unique ceviches, among several other traditional dishes
Rustic outpost enticing foodies with inventive farm-to-table Southern comfort food and bourbon bar. Enjoy farm-fresh ingredients combined with inviting southern hospitality and home-style dishes that will leave you feeling right at home.
Casual, relaxed pizza joint serving up the best in Italian eats and of course pizza. Enjoy thin-crust pies & slices, plus hot sandwiches & pasta dishes.
Rustic cafe and wine bar with a Catalan style menu of authentic & unusual Spanish small plates. This joint showcases an atmosphere that is eclectic and just a little bit eccentric. Mixing local with the exotic and seasonal with sophisticated.
Contemporary Italian menu with pizza served in a warm, wood-filled dining room or on a covered patio offering the best of formal and informal dining options. Choose from a delicious Italian pizza or made-from-scratch pasta dishes.
Now that you have your bucket list full of activities to indulge in while visiting the Miami area, talk to the experts for your VIP Miami Yacht Show experience. Set up an appointment by clicking the button below. We’ll set you up with one of our knowledgeable yacht brokers.
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