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The essential guide for surviving Art Basel 2017 in Miami

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Where to berth

Last year $32.5 billion was spent at Art Basel worldwide. Join the dealers, artists and players heading to Miami 2017, with the ultimate survival tips from Claire Wrathall & Kristin Ducote. Here they share their insider guide to navigating the turbocharged Miami Art Basel party season. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

1. Where to Berth

Island Gardens: Miami’snewest 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.

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.

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.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Felix Mizioznikov

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