The Palm Beach International Boat Show, which was held only virtually last year because of the pandemic, will be held live and in person this year, from Thursday, March 25, through Sunday, March 28.
Informa, the London-based, international event-management company that runs the show, says it will observe the Covid 19 protocols to insure the health and safety of everyone involved. Face masks will be mandatory, and social distancing will be observed.
Now in its 36th year, the Palm Beach show has become increasingly popular, because of its location and its manageable size. The show is centered along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, where downtown meets the IntraCoastal Waterway; parking and restaurants are nearby. Before the pandemic, it gained a reputation as one of the better shows for the display and purchase of cruising powerboats.
Informa says it expects more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories to be on display – everything from eight-foot inflatables to 150-foot megayachts. It also estimates that the show is responsible for more than an additional $682.7 million to the Florida economy.
The show will have new and brokerage boats, tents full of the latest engines and electronics, music from floating cocktail lounges, free fishing clinics for kids from Hook the Future, and seminars from the IGFA School of Sportfishing.
The hours are noon to 7 pm on Thursday; 10 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $28 for adults 16 and over; $18 for ages 6 to 15; and free for kids 5 and under. A Windward VIP lounge, open to people 21 and older, is available for another fee; it is open during show hours with a bar, private restrooms, food, and concierge services.
The Covid 19 safety provisions are provided by AllSecure, and they include temperature scanning at show entrances, avoiding meetings of more than five people, hand-sanitizing dispensers at entrances and common areas, increased cleaning and disinfection of common areas, and the use of pre-packaged food options. Read more: