The Florida boat shows are a major component of the boating and yachting industry. With some of the biggest boat shows in the world being a part of the Florida boat show calendar, the participation of the yachting industry and boating enthusiasts remains quite high.
While much attention is given to shows such as the Fort Lauderdale and Miami boat shows, there are a number of shows throughout the year that might be better for you depending on your objectives. In this article, we’ll look at the Florida boat shows calendar as well as provide some tips to help you maximize your time should you attend one of these shows.
Tampa Boat Show
September 6 - September 8, 2019
Update: Due to Hurricane Dorian, the Tampa Boat Show has been rescheduled for October 25-27, 2019.
Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
October 30 - November 3, 2019
801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Fort Myers Boat Show
November 21-24, 2019
West First St & Carson St, Fort Myers, FL 33901
St. Petersburg Boat Show
December 5 - December 8, 2019
400 1st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The following Florida boat shows are scheduled for 2020:
Miami Boat Show (Two Shows In One)
February 12 - February 16, 2020
Miami International Boat Show: 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami FL 33149
Miami Yacht Show: One Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132
Palm Beach International Boat Show
March 26 - 29, 2019
101 S Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach FL 33401
Clearwater Boat Show
27001 US Hwy 19 N Ste 1039 Clearwater, FL 33761
Sarasota Boat Show (known as the Suncoast Boat Show)
April 17 - April 19, 2020
Marina Jack, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the Miami Boat Show are two of the biggest boat shows in the world. The Palm Beach International Boat Show is smaller, but still a significant show in terms of attendance and participation. Boaters and yacht enthusiasts from all over the world fly to Florida to attend these shows, and as such, these shows are given the full attention of the yacht industry.
There are thousands of boats on display at these boat shows. Attendees are given the unique opportunity to browse essentially all the offerings from every major manufacturer in the industry. Due to the scale, these shows can be overwhelming especially for a first time attendee not working with a yacht broker. Continue reading below for our tips on how to approach these massive boat shows.
What is often described as the “Miami Boat Show” is essentially two shows occurring simultaneously (the Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show). The Miami International Boat Show takes place on Virginia Key and typically showcases more new model yachts whereas the Miami Yacht Show (just moved to north of Downtown Miami at Sea Isle Marina) showcases a selection of pre-owned and new yachts. Note that shuttles and other transportation are available to assist guests interested in attending both shows, but you will need separate tickets for entry to each show.
The Miami boat show is considered a favorite of yacht and boating enthusiasts who also enjoy the social scene that comes with the actual show. For serious boaters uninterested in the party scene that accompanies the Miami boat show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show might be a better option.
Alternatively, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is smaller than Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but bigger than most shows and is very popular with serious boaters. Potential buyers looking for an opportunity to singularly focus on a yacht purchase may find the Palm Beach show to be quite useful.
The Florida boat shows on the west coast of the state are also popular and very useful for boaters. These shows, compared to the larger, international shows are more localized. People rarely fly in for these shows, and they are typically attended by Florida residents within a few hours drive.
The St. Petersburg Boat Show is considered the largest boat show on the west coast with the Tampa show and the Sarasota show coming in close behind. The Fort Myers show is also well attended, and the Naples boat show will soon be restarting as a result of the renovations that have occurred at the downtown Naples docks. Many in the industry expect the Naples show to grow and become more significant in the years ahead.
Boat shows are incredibly popular and can be instrumental in the purchase process of a boat or yacht. For instance, an individual in the market for a 50 foot yacht can attend one of the major shows such as Miami or Fort Lauderdale and see what every yacht manufacturer offers in this size range. At the same time, the scale and size of the large shows can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate for first-time attendees. Here are some tips for how to maximize your time at Florida boat shows:
If you’ve never attended one of these shows and are considering whether you should attend or not, here are some reasons why you might consider attending:
If you’re considering attending one of the Florida boat shows in the year ahead, we strongly encourage you to contact one of our TGYG yacht brokers. Our team can help point you in the right direction, setup the best appointments and guide you through this important process.
Do boat shows cost money to attend?
Boat shows often involve fees to attend for adults, however be sure to check the website for the specific show to get accurate pricing information.
What is the largest boat show?
The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is typically considered the largest boat show to attend. It's a massive show with a vast selection of boats ranging from small watercraft to superyachts. Boat manufacturers, brokers and attendees fly in from all over the world to attend the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
What is the largest boat show on the west coast of Florida?
The St. Petersburg Boat Show is considered the largest boat show on the west coast with the Tampa show and the Sarasota show coming in close behind.