Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show say they have upped the capacity of the water taxi fleet to a maximum capacity of 125,000 for the show, which begins next week. Last year, the capacity was less than 80,000 total.
The Progressive Miami International Boat Show runs February 16-20. This is the second year for the show's new location on Virginia Key.
“ This year, water taxi passengers will need to present a show admission ticket, a press badge or an exhibitor badge to board and ride the water taxis,” said Ben Wold, manager of the Miami Boat Show during an exclusive press preview of the event and tour of the grounds on February 8, 2017. Buy Miami Boat Show Tickets In Advance Online
Last year, many people who were not show attendees boarded and rode the water taxis back and forth in order to get, essentially, a, “ free harbor tour.” That cut capacity to and from the show by as much as 20-percent.
At the same event, Miami Mayor, Tomas P Delagado lauded the show’s use of water taxis. “Miami has beautiful waterways and it’s a great way to visit the boat show. Water taxis are a no-brainer.”
I rode a water taxi to Virgina Key as part of the press event. The trip took 28 minutes. In addition, more boats will be added to the fleet. It’s a beautiful ride. Just bear in mind, you can park at Marlins Park ( $10) and take a shuttle bus to the show in about half the time.
Water Taxi Locations
This year there will be four locations to board and ride a water taxi to the Progressive Miami International Boat Show. They are:
This year, show attendees using taxicabs or Uber will be dropped off and picked up at the Miami Seaquarium, where they’ll board a shuttle bus for a five minute ride to the show.
Parking improvements have been made for 2017, both on Virginia Key and in downtown Miami.
Perhaps the best way to get to the boat show, according to show manager, Ben Wold, is to park at Marlins Park, which costs $10, and take the shuttle bus ( an 18 minute ride).
“We had zero complaints about utilizing Marlins Park last year,” declared Wold.
For more information about getting to the Miami Boat Show, visit:http://www.miamiboatshow.com/public-transportation