By: Liz Cepeda
Sail away during February’s Miami International Boat Show
Mark your calendars, the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® has upped its game for this year’s 2018 event taking place February 15-19, 2018 from 10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. daily at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Every year this premier boating event showcases the most advanced and beautiful vessels that have ever been built. This year however, they are going ever further in their quest to bring you the best in boating from around the globe with more boats and yachts in the water as well as sneak peak looks at next-generation boats, products and technologies. For those of you that want to elevate your visit this year, the Miami International Boat Show is offering an all-new VIP experience.
2018 is all about upping audiences’ expectations. Organizers proudly announced Strictly Sail Miami is joining the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show to make the show and all-in-one stop. This year you will be able to experience the best in sailing including next generation sailboats,sailing gear and catamarans. There will be a Sail Pavilion in TENT F with the latest sailing gear, navigational equipment, rigging, accessories and clothing. Travel and charter companies will also be present. Afterwards, you’ll want to set a course to Pier 9 to see and board the newest sailboat models from leading monohull and catamaran builders.
Hands-on Sailing and Motor Boat Training Features
Visitors will want to check out Sailor's Cove where you can get in on hourly seminars for hands-on skills training and Discover Boating's training in powerboating. Learn essential skills every sailor and boater must know like how to sail a monohull, essential cruising and charter skills on catamaran and advanced docking & precision boat control.
Boat Show Food and Food Trucks
You will be spending at least one full day with all the incredible things to do at the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, be sure to make time to grab some tasty grub while you're there. Lucky for you the best Miami restaurants, food trucks and chefs on-site will be there to make sure you are completely satisfied. Enjoy delicious dishes from Latin Café, The Knife Steakhouse, SuViche & Novecento, Sushi Maki, Killer Melts, Mulberry 1965 Pizza, King of Racks BBQ, B.C. Tacos, Ocean Breeze, HipPops, Mr. Bing, The Vintage Ice Cream Guys and Relentless Roasters.
Public Transportation and Parking
Come to the show by land or sea with convenient water taxis, free shuttles and parking that you can conveniently pay for in advance. Bayfront Park and AmericanAirlines Arena will be the primary Water Taxi hubs running from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day with the last departure to Marine Stadium at 4:30pm. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. with final departure for return service from Miami Marine Stadium at 7 p.m.
Spend your time at the boat show like the VIP you deserve to be with a daily VIP Experience ticket. The $125 VIP ticket will not only get you into the boat show and allow access to all its features, but you will also get entry to the luxury VIP Lounge in Tent A. This air-conditioned lounge includes complimentary food, drink, and entertainment and an outdoor deck offering unparalleled views of Miami and the boat show. Step up your game and treat yourself with the VIP pass's complimentary daily hair and makeup services from GLAMSQUAD daily from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Be sure to book your ticket well in advance. Here's the price breakdown:
$25.00 Adults, 13 & up, $40.00 Premier Day, Thursday, February 15 (The first day of the show and your best chance to be the first to see thousands of new products before the weekend crowds.)
$45.00 Two-Day Pass (Friday-Monday, February 16-19)
$100 Five-Day Pass (Thursday-Monday, February 15-19)
All-New VIP EXPERIENCE: $125 includes one-day show admission. Limited availability.
Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Features are free, with the exception of the Discover Boating Hands on Skills Training.
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