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How to navigate the world’s biggest boat and yacht show.
The 2022 Miami International Boat Show® (MIBS) returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center, along with five other venues throughout the city, on February 16-20. This year’s edition merges the original Miami International Boat Show and concurrent Miami Yacht Show under a single banner, creating what show producers are calling, “the largest boat and yacht show in the world.” This event’s footprint is so big that if you are planning to attend, you might want to consider staying in Miami for more than one day. There will be plenty to see and do.
If you are interested in new powerboats 49 feet and under in length, the convention center is the best place to begin. You easily can fill a day there comparing and contrasting center-consoles, runabouts, RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) and other types of boats built by a long list of U.S. and international manufacturers, all conveniently located under the same roof. This venue also showcases marine engines, electronics and accessories. Be sure to stop by the Mercury Marine display at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth #MB1700, to see our newest outboard, inboard and sterndrive engines, along with a full array of innovative SmartCraft® technologies.
Across the street, the show continues in Miami’s 5.8-acre Pride Park. Here, the brand-new Boat Show Experience will showcase the boating lifestyle via hands-on exhibits, live music, food and beverage options, and educational seminars. The Pride Park show venue also features a pavilion with marine accessories on display. And don’t miss the AquaZone – a 60-by-30-foot freshwater pool where you can watch exciting water toy demonstrations or even try one out yourself.
These two MIBS show locations are located near Miami Beach’s world-famous shopping and dining destinations, including the pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road Mall. After a day at the boat show, a memorable South Beach experience is only a short stroll away.
Free shuttle buses connect the show’s Miami Beach locations with three waterfront venues in downtown Miami. Or, if you want to enjoy a relaxing ride from one show location to another, consider taking a water taxi. Special MIBS pricing for the water taxi service is $10 per day or $40 for a five-day pass. Learn more or purchase a water taxi pass.
One Herald Plaza on Biscayne Bay features new yachts from 30 to 125 feet in length, displayed in the water along an interconnected network of floating docks. There is also an upland area with more boats and booths, along with fun food and beverage stands. Show goers will have another opportunity to see the latest Mercury engines and systems at One Herald Plaza, in Booth #HP317.
Adjacent to that venue is Sea Isle Marina, which has many more new and pre-owned yachts on display in the water. What’s more, there will be more than 150 boats available for sea trial at the marina docks. Throughout the boat show, Mercury will be demonstrating engines and technologies in a number of these new boats in the marina, located at Pier 3, Slips 313-328. You can book an appointment for a sea trial at special kiosks located in the Mercury booths in the Miami Beach Convention Center and at One Herald Plaza, as well as at the in-water slips themselves. Simply select the boat, engine and technology you are interested in testing and book your sea trial yourself. But please remember to do this early in the show as we expect the slots to book up quickly.
The sailboat section of MIBS has a new home this year, at Museum Park Marina, in downtown Miami, another stop on the show’s shuttle bus and water taxi route. New sailboats, catamarans and tenders, along with every conceivable sailing accessory, will be on display at this “show-within-a-show.”
While each of these venues will feature an impressive array of boats and gear, nothing beats SuperYacht Miami® for sheer grandeur. Located at IGY® Yacht Haven Grande® at Island Gardens on Watson Island, this venue showcases yachts from 100 feet to in excess of 250 feet in length, displayed against the dazzling backdrop of the Miami skyline. SuperYacht Miami requires a separate admission ticket starting at $125. Learn more.
Regular admission to MIBS is $40 plus tax per day per adult ($70 plus tax for two days), and $15 plus tax per child. This year, the show opens with a Prime Time Preview on Wednesday, February 16, which costs $60 plus tax per adult, but promises to deliver a less crowded show experience. Taking it up a notch, the Windward VIP Experience offers access to private lounges within the show complete with cuisine and beverages, plus complimentary water taxi. Tickets are $375 plus tax per day and include Prime Time Preview and SuperYacht Miami admission. Learn more or purchase admission tickets.
The Miami International Boat Show is organized by international events company Informa Markets. Ever since reopening its boat shows following pandemic-related cancellations in 2020, Informa has been organizing its shows according to its AllSecure health standards, developed in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and local authority guidance, as well as any venue- or location-specific regulations. Learn more about AllSecure.
Mercury Marine is showcasing exciting new technology at 2022 MIBS. Even if you cannot attend the show this year, stay tuned to our social media channels as we will be posting news and updates from our show venues throughout the week.
For complete MIBS details, visit miamiboatshow.com.
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