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Beyond the boats: How to make the most out of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Beyond the boats: How to make the most out of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will take place from October 31 – November 4, 2018 bringing with it more than 1,500 boats of all shapes and sizes. With a new layout and enhancements across the show, the 59th event promises to bigger and better than ever with a whole host of exciting things to see and do beyond the boats.

Firstly, swap your taxi for the show’s dedicated water taxi which links all seven of the show’s locations - Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier 66 South, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center – and offers a little insight into the surrounding area from the boats’ knowledgeable guides.

Once you’re inside the show, and have had your fill of yachts, be sure to seek out the numerous lifestyle exhibitors who will be showcasing everything from fishing gear and marine art to jewellery, cars and much more. If after all that you’re feeling famished, the show’s culinary offerings have been upgraded for 2018 with a focus on fresh, sustainable produce. Created in partnership with catering group Proof of the Pudding, this year’s food offerings will include ‘Ports of Call’ themed food stations offering the cuisines of Cabo San Lucas (Mexican), Portofino (Italian), the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean), the Greek Isles (Greek), and the French Riviera (Parisian).

In need of a cooling beverage? A number of bars will be stationed around the show offering craft beers, speciality cocktails and fine wines chosen by Proof of the Pudding mixologist Anthony Schuch. Of course, the show’s famous floating cocktail lounges will also provide a celebratory environment with daily live music while those looking for a little more luxury can upgrade their ticket to the Windward VIP Club Experience which includes show entry, water taxi access, open bar and food at the Windward VIP Club.

Those visiting with children should head to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center where the Hook the Future kids’ fishing clinics will see children equipped with a rod and reel to get their first taste of the sport while older enthusiasts can attend a line-up of IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars. Also be sure to seek out Blue Wild who will be hosting a series of scuba, freediving, lobstering and safety sessions as well as exhibiting ocean-themed art. Thrill seekers, meanwhile, will find AquaZone outside the convention centre offering live fly board, hovercraft, Seabob, paddleboard, water bike, kayak and fishing demos.

For tickets and information visit flibs.com

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