Five Can’t-Miss International Boat Shows

Five of the top boat shows in the world.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale International Boat ShowBrian Daugherty

Miami International Boat Show
Virginia Key, Miami, Florida
February 15-19, 2018

This highlight of the U.S. boat-show calendar now makes its home at the open-air, waterfront Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. It’s one of the world’s largest shows, with approximately 1,300 boats on land and in the water. This year, Strictly Sail Miami will be on-site as well.

Dubai International Boat Show
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
February 27-March 3, 2018

This five-day event attracts visitors from more than 120 countries to the Dubai International Marine Club. Highlights include the Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), the Super Car Promenade, and opportunities to try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and other popular watersports.

Sydney International Boat Show
Sydney, Australia
July 31-August 4, 2018

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest recreational boat show celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with a return to Darling Harbor. It now makes its home at the International Convention Centre Sydney, with in-water displays at nearby Cockle Bay.

Genoa Boat Show
Genoa, Italy
September 2018 (dates TBD)

This six-day show is the largest in the Mediterranean, featuring more than 1,000 boats. It includes the Big Game Tournament, which allows anglers to compete on world-class sport-fishing boats, and the opportunity to see yachts and crews from the Volvo Ocean Race.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
October 31-November 4, 2018

This will be the 59th FLIBS in the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Visitors can see more than 1,500 boats and yachts, participate in SUP, kayak, hovercraft and life-raft demos, and take advantage of boating-skills courses, free kids fishing clinics, seminars and more.