Need help finding your way to a beautiful life on the water? Let us guide you through the show’s various locations. There’s something for everyone at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
1 - Bahia Mar Yachting Center
Look to the white tower of the Bahia Mar Yachting Center as a beacon for all your boating needs. Seemingly endless in-water displays surround tent after tent of land-based exhibitors, showing off the latest and best ways to make your boat or yacht better, faster, more fun, and more manageable.
Boats, boats, boats--it’s all about the boats, and Bahia Mar has got them. Whether you’re looking for sportfishing boats or center consoles, runabouts or bowriders, stately motoryachts or sleek express cruisers, these docks have it all. And if you think you’ve seen it all, head over to the face dock where you’ll find more of the largest superyachts than nearly any show, anywhere. If you like cruising, you should check out CruiserPort on B and B/C docks, where you can meet likeminded folks and see a wide range of bluewater-ready passagemakers and more. And the free seminars are sure to tempt you into planning your next offshore voyage.
If horsepower is your thing, don’t skip this open-air display space where the biggest, baddest diesels as well as the most ingenious ways of putting power to the props are all there for the drooling over. And the friendly folks there will be ready to answer any of your questions.
Land Area Displays
Here’s where you’ll find lots of center consoles and runabouts, a wide selection of tenders and equipment, and plenty of fishing gear, sunglasses, and more. And of course, the food vendors operate here in the Food Garden, serving the shaded tables with a view of the main stage and the big-screen display.
Located by the main entrance to the Bahia Mar location, these tents are where you can find almost anything you need that has to do with boating. From shoes and clothing to jewelry and maybe even a new pair of shades, it’s all here.
If you’ve adapted to the constant contact of smartphone technology, you probably have learned to rely on what your screens are telling you. Same goes for when you’re on the boat. You have to stay current with developments in marine electronics, and they come fast thesedays. The best way to keep your finger on the pulse of the whole wide world of marine electronics is to take a pass or two through the Electronics Pavilion, where vendors show off their latest developments and may even give you a glimpse of the future.
Everything from paint to deck hardware to safety gear...and much, much more—is on display. Worth a look-see even if you don’t think you need anything—you never know what you’ll find.
Yachting Tent and Yacht Builders Pavilion
Take a tour of the yachting world with a visit to these air-conditioned exhibition tents and meet worldclass boatbuilders and equipment manufacturers who understand the depth of boaters’ needs.
If anywhere has a bit of a different feel at the show, it’s the Superyacht Life area, where the booths offer a little slice of luxury and maybe a frothy cappuccino to clients interested in finding their next large yacht.
2 - Hall of Fame Marina
Be sure to get yourself over to the Hall of Fame Marina, called that because it is located at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. And if you like to look at superyachts available for sale along the docks or head toward land, you’ll be greeted by some of the most exotic automobiles and exciting supercars around. The Windward Club is located at the Hall of Fame, which offers fine amenities and white-glove service to those showgoers who purchase special ticket packages. The AIM Marine Group Pavilion, also at the Hall of Fame, offers boating enthusiasts a place to unwind and meet friends. Speak to your broker about gaining access to this hob-knobbing hub.
3 - Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center
Boats and gear, electronics, attire, art, and much more: The Convention Center has it all, and out of the (sometimes) hot South Florida sun. Check out the latest fishing boats. Get up close with all the outboards and engines you can handle. Climb into, over, under and around bowriders, ski boats, and runabouts. There’s also a full seminar schedule with the IGFA School of Sportfishing, Hook the Future Kids’ Fishing Clinics, and The Blue Wild, which features classes on freediving, underwater photography, and more to help you get more out of your time on the water.
4 - Sailfish Pavilion (outside the Convention Center)
And if the Convention Center isn’t quite large enough for you, then make sure you hit the Sailfish Pavilion outside and enjoy the tents and openair displays, along with some mouth-watering grub. Be sure to check out
the demonstrations at the AquaZone, a huge pool where experts demonstrate kayaks, life rafts, and yoga on standup paddleboards.
5. Las Olas Marina
If you have a hankering to see more of the big production and brokerage boats on display, several specimens will be here as well, along with a wide selection of new and brokerage superyachts. If you don’t know, ask! Have your broker set up an appointment on any boat you’d like to see up close.
6 - Sails Marina and The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
If you’re a fan of superyachts (and who isn’t?), then call your broker and get appointments to see some of the incredible boats on display. Make an appointment with their respective brokers to see these boats and others.
7 - Pier 66 Marina
For brokerage yachts, it’s hard to beat this venue, and not just because some of the top brokerage houses have their finest wares on display here. There’s also a range of dining options, including Pelican Landing Restaurant for casual fare and cocktails or Grille 66 for a fine-dining experience. Get there by shuttle bus or treat yourself to the water taxi. Hey, you’re at a boat show!