Yachts Miami Beach has a new name for its 30th edition: the Miami Yacht Show at Collins Avenue, with a nod to the well-known street where the show has long been held.
The 272-foot Amels Here Comes the Sun is expected to be the queen of this year’s show, which is scheduled to run February 16-20. The 240-foot Perini Navi Grace E and the 203-foot Benetti Mine Games also are scheduled to tower high above the docks, giving show-goers a chance to gawk at creations from some of the world’s top yacht builders.
Among the midsize motoryachts, big news is expected to include an introduction of the Sirena Yachts 85, the unveiling of the Galeon 640 and the U.S. premiere of the 60-foot Arcadia Sherpa. As always, the show will take place directly across the street from the Eden Roc and Fontainebleu Miami Beach—where hobnobbing of epic proportions takes place from post-show cocktail hour straight through dawn.
The best nights are Wednesday and Thursday to mingle with superyacht shoppers and, usually, a handful of well-known faces from the worlds of sports and entertainment. They sometimes make appearances during happy hour at the Eden Roc’s Aquatica Bar or hang out until 5 a.m. at Liv, inside the Fontainebleu.
Wednesday afternoon is when qualified buyers typically come into town, as they sometimes get a sneak peek at the yachts for sale through private tours with their brokers, ahead of all the $25 ticketholders entering the show gates on opening day. By Wednesday night, those buyers are looking to relax and have some fun at the bars.
Then, the show officially opens on Thursday, which is the day when a lot of the larger-yacht deals tend to get done. The buyers often celebrate their new purchases at the clubs that night, and then leave town on Friday in their private planes—right about the time the big crowds are taxiing down commercial runways to cram into the show all weekend long.
If you’re visiting the show during the weekend and still want to get away from the crowds, then check out the new Miami Yacht Show VIP Experience. It will be hosted aboard the 125-foot, air-conditioned Grand Floridian party yacht with private dining, an open bar and just enough elbowroom for, well, rubbing all the right elbows.
Don't forget to check out our preview of the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, taking place around the same time as the Collins Avenue Show, from February 15-19.