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Drop Anchor at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

FLIBS is back and better than ever

By JoNell Modys

The 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is dropping anchor in Greater Fort Lauderdale October 27-31, 2021. 

Whether you’re a superyacht connoisseur or you’ve been fantasizing about buying a boat since life became all about seclusion with your bubble of family and friends, FLIBS is the world’s largest in-water boat show and features the largest display of boats and new models on display with hundreds of exhibitors across multiple outdoor sites. 

Informa Markets AllSecure protocol includes adherence to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines as well as local authority guidance. The show is committed to enhanced cleaning and hand sanitizing stations, no-contact registration, physical distancing, food safety service considerations and the recommendation for non-vaccinated attendees to wear facial coverings. 

What to Expect

The outdoor show spans nearly 90 acres over three million square feet of exhibition space featuring more than 1,000 boats and yachts, including multiple cafes and food and beverage garden options for taking breaks.

Soak up our warm weather, balmy breezes and swaying palm trees as you wander waterfront locations including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, International Swimming Hall of Fame MarinaLas Olas Municipal MarinaHilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Superyacht Village as well as the newly expanded exhibit hall at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center

Don Dingman, host of Hook the Future on the Sportsman Channel, returns to host multiple Kids Fishing Clinics.

The Showstoppers

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Superyacht Village is back in 2021, located at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina's Pier South property adjacent to the southeast corner of the 17th Street Causeway, boasting eye-popping superyachts and exhibits. 

“In order to cater to our luxury clientele, we’re once again showcasing the superyacht lifestyle,” says Andrew Doole, President of Informa U.S. Boat Shows. 

Marvel at the ultimate yacht toys on display like helicopters, personal submarines and exotic cars by Ferrari, Audi, and Alfa Romeo.

Where to Stay

Choose from a variety of nearby hotels including those close to the show along Fort Lauderdale beach, along the 17th Street Causeway and downtown on Las Olas Boulevard that provide Water Taxi access. You'll find easy access to booking official FLIBS hotels on the FLIBS website. For more options take a look at hotels throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale

FLIBS Like an Insider

To navigate the five-day event like an insider, you’ll need a solid plan. 

“Don’t try to see it all in one day,” says Phil Purcell, CEO and president of the Marine Industries of South Florida, the owner of the boat show. “Take time to look at the schedule in advance, plan out the “must-see” exhibits over different days, and remember to take advantage of the fishing clinics and special events.”

Elevate your experience with access to the Windward VIP Club sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The club is located on the main dock at Bahia Mar with extended show hours, premium open bar including Whitehaven wine and gourmet food offerings. If you’re seriously shopping, take advantage of the club concierge for booking appointments with manufacturers and yacht brokers.

Transportation options include valet parking available at Las Olas Marina (Birch Road and Las Olas Circle) and Fort Lauderdale South Beach Park (700 Seabreeze Boulevard directly across from Bahia Mar). “I also recommend taking advantage of our shuttle system and Water Taxi to get to and from the various locations,” advises Doole. “The Water Taxi is the best way to see it all while taking in Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful city and water views.”

Remember since everything is contactless, you'll need to purchase Water Taxi tickets online.

Those in-the-know may have access to exhibitors’ private on-site and off-site parties but don’t miss Greater Fort Lauderdale’s many spots to dine on the famous Las Olas Boulevard and our local-favorite waterfront dining spots. “A personal favorite of mine to visit after the show is Coconuts located right at the entrance of the show on the Intracoastal. It’s a great place to enjoy the sunset, while continuing to take in the beautiful boats on display,” suggests Doole, who also praises Boatyard restaurant on the 17th Street Causeway as a popular place for good music, great views and delicious food.

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