If you’re looking for a sprawling multi-venue event, you’ll find that the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail is the No. 1 event among North American boat shows—and only part of it’s located out on Miami Beach. The show, which runs from Thursday, Feb. 12 to Monday, Feb. 16, is modestly referred to by its organizer, the NMMA as the "greatest boat show in the world." If you make the trip, you can be the judge of that, but I can promise you that its sheer size, spread across multiple locations and with varied offerings, make it well worth a two or three day visit.
Smaller boats, electronics, and all sorts of boating equipment can be found at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Over on the mainland, off Bayshore Drive, the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center hosts the big powerboats; and in downtown Miami at Bayside, you’ll find Strictly Sail, which consists, naturally, sailboats only, and especially cruising catamarans. You can travel from one to the other easily on shuttle buses provided by the organizers.
There’s a fourth, equally unique event to check out over this long weekend, and it’s a wholly independent show featuring brokerage (used) boats and some of the biggest yachts anywhere. Known as The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, this event stretches 10 blocks and more than two dozen docks along Indian Creek Waterway. The show organizers, Show Management, provide free shuttle service from the Sea Isle and Convention Center venues.