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Future Home For Miami Yacht Show To Better Showcase Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels

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Wow, this news couldn’t come at a better time…

After navigating the congested roads and waterways of Miami Beach the past 4 days at the 2018 Miami Yacht Show, we’re thrilled to announce the show will relocate to the mainland – near downtown Miami, for the 2019 installment of the annual event!

Pending state and federal permits, the show will relocate to the Resorts World property (formerly the headquarters of the Miami Herald newspaper), just north of downtown Miami next to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Sea Isle Marina.

Sunset photo of dock of superyachts at Miami Yacht Show



The show is managed and co-owned by Informa and IYBA, the International Yacht Brokers Association (our company President, Jana Sheeder is a member of IYBA). The event runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, which is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

This year, as in years past, our biggest challenge in inspecting the luxury yacht charter vessels participating in the show is the lack of timely access.  Some yachts are docked along the Indian Creek waterway, in front of the iconic Eden Roc and Fontainebleau hotels.  Scenic?  Yes.  Accessible?  Hardly… There’s only one road running north to south (Collins Avenue) and it can easily take 1 hour to traverse the mile-long row of yachts docked along Collins Avenue.

Further adding to the time constraints, the largest yachts (like 213 foot Codecasa superyacht Double Down, and 180 foot Heesen yacht Quite Essential) can’t fit at Indian Creek, so they are moored at the Island Gardens marina on Watson Island – about 5 miles away.   Traffic congestion and a woeful lack of parking near the show locations exacerbates the access problems.

At 1-800 Yacht Charters, President Jana Sheeder and her team mitigates these problems by moving between the locations by boat.  It helps – but still involves a loss of time traveling between locations, as low bridges force us to cruise a long circuit between Collins Avenue and Watson Island.  Yes, it’s faster than traveling by car, but still far from ideal…

Other transportation options:
-Shuttle buses, but their schedules are irregular
-Bicycles for rent, but not ideal when with clients
-Skateboards, but those were used by crewmembers to zip back and forth between nearby hotels (too far to skateboard between marinas)
-Uber and Lyft – a good option, but inconvenient when only going a block or so

^ Resorts World LLC Miami Yacht Show location ^

The new site on the mainland offers ease of access, ample parking, and Miami’s rapid transit Metrorail and Metromover trains.  This is prime waterfront property – located between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways.  Whereas the Collins Avenue location had minimal space for on-land exhibits, the new location will include exhibition space for compatible luxury products such as:

  • Exotic cars and vehicles like Bentley – Bugatti – Rolls Royce – Maserati – Tesla
  • Private aircraft like Gulfstream – Bombardier Global -Dassault Falcon – Embraer Lineage
  • Helicopters like Sikorsky Executive – Bell – Leonardo
  • Fashions like Gucci – Louboutin – Chanel – Hermes – Balenciaga – Louis Vuitton – Prada
  • Sun products like Shiseido – L’Occitane au Bresil – Equitance
  • Art by artists like Britto – Chihuly – Xavier Veilhan

Photograph of Miami Yacht Show future site - green grass with seawall in downtown Miami with highrises in the background



Most importantly for our team, water taxi transportation will connect the primary show site to Islands Gardens superyacht marina on Watson Island, where some of the largest charter yachts in the world will be berthed.  Even cruising at 5 knots in a watertaxi should take no more than 5 minutes to shuttle between these two locations.

The new yacht show venue also has the added benefit of proximity to the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key (Key Biscayne).

Great things to do in Miami when you come to the Miami Yacht Show:

  • Bayside Marketplace – downtown Miami.  Shopping, eating, drinking, listening to music, tapas, cigars, trendy shops, waterside views
  • Miami Design District – Trendy arts district
  • Wynwood Walls – Just 10 minutes from Downtown Miami. Art galleries. Walls of artistic graffiti. Artwalks. Photography studios
  • Multiple brewing companies – Sample craft beers and visit breweries throughout downtown Miami area
  • Foodie Culinary Tour – Take a culinary tour of the various restaurants throughout South Beach and the Miami Arts District.
  • Waterway Tour – Star Island celebrity homes tour by boat, Monument Island, Port of Miami cruiseships

[Side note – did we mention dozens of great international-fare restaurants located in downtown Miami?]

We’re extremely excited about the future of the Miami Yacht Show.  With better parking, greater access to the charter yachts, luxury product vendors and restaurants, the 2019 show is an event not to be missed!

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