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9 Essential tips for surviving Art Basel 2016 in Miami

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Where to berth

Attorney and novelist Kristin Ducote is a queen of the Miami social scene. She and her professional racing driver husband Chapman moved here when he stepped back from the sport. 

An avid contemporary art collector, Kristin has seen Miami’s cultural landscape explode over the past few years and is a huge advocate of Art Basel Miami Beach. When not in town they spend a lot of time on their yachts (the classic 1952 Feadship La Vie Vite and a Delta 54 motor yacht), free diving and going off grid. 

Here she gives her insider tips on navigating the turbocharged Miami Art Basel party season. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

1. Where to Berth

Island Gardens: Miami’s newest marina is also one of the best superyacht marinas in Miami. It has a postcard view of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay and is the only marina capable of accommodating yachts measuring up to 168 metres. Its central location between Miami and Miami Beach makes it an easy starting point if you plan to spend time in both places.

Sunset Harbour Yacht Club: Bordering one of Miami Beach’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods you will find healthy restaurants, small boutiques and gyms just a short walk from your slip. The downside of the marina, which can berth yachts up to 45 metres, is that traffic in the area is dense — so tender to the satellite fairs and restaurants outside this neighbourhood.

Fontainebleau Eden Roc Dock Marina: The annual epicentre of the Miami Boat Show, the marina is ideal if you plan to spend most of your time on Miami Beach as it grants quick access to the beach tents of the Scope and Pulse fairs, as well as the many Faena and Soho Beach House events. However, bridge traffic is difficult during Art Basel so if you want to spend time in the Design District or Wynwood, tender to a site on the mainland and take a car from there.

Fisher Island: If you are lucky enough to be a member of Fisher Island (or know someone who is) book a slip in advance for this exclusive marina. The heady mix of country club and island life is deeply addictive. While the ferry is a bit inconvenient, if you tender to the different areas of the city you wish to visit, Fisher is a great option.

Picture courtesy of Alamy.com / Yanni Georgoulakis

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