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.
" 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.
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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: