Strictly Sail Miami at Bayside 76th Annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami FEBRUARY 16-20
Miami Boat Show Continues for Second Year at New Location—Strictly Sail Stays at Bayside Last year, the Miami Boat Show—one of the largest boat shows in the world—moved its main location from the Convention Center in Miami Beach to a new location on Virginia Key. The move was prompted by a two-year remodeling of the convention center, but the new location will be its new permanent home. The new location is at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key, which is about two miles east across Biscayne Bay on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The causeway leaves from downtown Miami at a point about two miles south of Miamarina/Bayside Marketplace, the location of the Strictly Sail portion of the show, but driving is not a realistic option (see below). The in-water powerboat show that was always held at Sea Isle Marina will now be at the main show location on Virginia Key. The NMMA is promoting that one of the main benefits of the new location is having the in-water boats located at the same place as the main show. Some wanted the Strictly Sail Show to move to the new location, but the show remains at Bayside. It could move next year to Virginia Key. Getting to the Main Show – Parking , Water Taxis and Shuttles One can drive to the main show on Virginia Key, but there is really no parking at the new location (except limited parking at $35/day can be reserved online in advance only). Those who drove to it last year without advanced parking tickets will never do it again, as the traffic jam was terrible and there was no parking when they got there. Access to the show is via shuttles and water taxis (water taxis were slow and with lines last year, but there will be many more taxis this year and it’s a great ride on the bay). Parking with shuttles is available in the downtown Miami locations. Parking reservations at Virginia Key and in the mainland parking locations can be found at www.MiamiBoatShow.com. For those going to Strictly Sail, some parking is available at Bayside, but no spaces can be reserved at that location (see directions box to the show on this page). Water taxis leave from seven locations. Five are in downtown Miami, one is in South Beach, and another is from Dinner Key in Coconut Grove. One of the Miami water taxis leaves from the Strictly Sail show. You must have a show ticket to get on a water taxi. Tickets available at all pick points. Water taxis and shuttle busses will from 9am7pm on all show days. Last outbound from Miami is 4:30pm. You can also get a water taxi from American Airlines Arena, Hyatt Hotel (Downtown Miami) and W Miami on Brickell Ave. Shuttle buses leave from the same locations but also from Marlins Park and the Yachts Miami Beach show on Collins Ave. 36
Strictly Sail Show Exhibitors Tent Remains at the Waterfront Location The Strictly Sail show is keeping the same waterside location at Miamarina at Bayside. Show visitors can take a shuttle or water taxi to the main show from the sail Show. The ticket you buy for the sail show is good for the main boat show on Virginia Key. Although many monohulls are present, both in the water and on land, the Strictly Sail Miami Show is also the largest catamaran show in the world. Sailboats of all sizes, monohulls and multihulls, are on display along with numerous vendors and exhibitors. Smaller, trailerable sailboats are on display on land. A great variety of boating and sailing seminars are held daily (see the next page). Tickets and Hours Adults: $25/one-day pass; $45/two-day pass (any two days), Friday – Monday; Premier Day, Thursday is $40. $100/five-day pass. Age 15 and under free. Show runs 10-6 daily at the Strictly Sail location. The main show is open 10am to 6pm Thursday, 10am to 8pm, Friday through Monday. Show information and E-tickets available in advance at www.MiamiBoatShow.com, or www.Strictly SailMiami.com. Reduced-price group tickets available for 15 or more. All tickets include entry to all show sites, no matter where you purchase them. Strictly Sail: Discover Boating Center Boating hands-on skills training and on-the-water sailing workshops—online advanced registration available. Go to www.StrictlySailMiami.com for details on courses. Captains Jeff and Jean Levin, who specialize in working with couples, will be holding a one-day “Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar” at the Holiday Inn across from the sailboat show on Saturday, Feb. 13. Cost is $295/couple ($175 single) and includes a one-day ticket to the boat show. Go to www.TwoCanSail.com, email Info@TwoCanSail.com, or call 727-644-7496. Cruising Outpost Party Bob Bitchin’s Cruising Outpost Party will again be held at Strictly Sail on Saturday evening at 7pm. Directions and Parking – Strictly Sail Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami From the North: I-95 South to exit 395/Miami Beach East, exit at Biscayne Blvd. Turn right; follow Biscayne to Port Blvd. (NE 5th Street). Turn left; follow right hand lane into the Bayside Garage. From the South: I-95 North. Exit at Biscayne Blvd. Stay in left-hand lane until the stop sign at Biscayne. Turn left on NE 3rd Street. Follow the left side of the road into the Bayside Garage. Parking is available at Bayside First-come, first-served. Arrive early to get parking at Bayside. You cannot purchase parking reservations at Bayside. Parking if Bayside is Full Shuttle from park-and-ride facility at the American Airlines Arena, two blocks from Bayside, or from one of the other parking locations offered by the boat show; go to www.MiamiBoatShow.com. www.southwindsmagazine.com
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