If you plan to attend the in-water Miami Yacht Show in February, more private, personalized attention awaits. The Miami Yacht Show VIP Experience includes new showcases of fine watches and jewelry. You even get access to a nearby event where some of these luxuries are appearing for the first time. Add in concierge services and other exclusivities, and it’s expected to elevate your enjoyment more than prior years.
Previously known as Yachts Miami Beach (and the Yacht & Brokerage Show before that), the Miami Yacht Show runs from February 15 to 19. It still runs along Collins Avenue, near the famous Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels. It still stretches along a mile of the waterfront there, too, including more than 500 yachts and megayachts in the water. In addition, more megayachts will dock at Island Gardens Deep Harbor. Accessible via special arrangement by your broker or via taxi, the marina should have about a dozen or more yachts too large for the Indian Creek Waterway at Collins Avenue.
As for the Miami Yacht Show VIP Experience, $150 gets you entrance to the docks and access to the private waterfront lounge. Food and an open bar, along with climate-controlled seating areas, are at your disposal. Delmay & Partners, a local travel agent, is on site as well, arranging all concierge services, such as yacht tours.
The other special part of the VIP Experience, the watch and jewelry showcase, is new. It’s in conjunction with Watches & Wonders Miami, an event taking place simultaneously in the Miami Design District. Shuttles can take you over there to see coveted classic cars from Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Rolls Royce, and more. At Watches & Wonders Miami, you’ll also see jewelry and watches, some only just recently revealed at a trade show in Geneva, Switzerland. Some of the same brands will have pieces on hand at the Miami Yacht Show VIP Experience lounge, however.
The Miami Yacht Show website is still being updated as of this writing. Limited additional information is therefore available there about the VIP Experience. However, registration should be accessible after the new year.
On a related note, the Miami Yacht Show is not the same as the Miami International Boat Show. The latter takes place at Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key. It also doesn’t include megayachts.