The world’s largest in-water boat show is back! As we celebrate the beginning of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, just read on as we take a closer look at some of the highlights, including fun ways to enjoy the local area by water. Let’s jump right in.

Explore the “Venice of America”

For much of the country, boat show season is a time for boots, coats, and daydreaming about a return to the water come spring and summer. Here in South Florida, though, you don’t have to dream! Even in late October, Fort Lauderdale is a warm, sunny paradise ready to be explored by boat. You can cruise along the famous Intracoastal Waterway that earned Fort Lauderdale its nickname of “Venice of America.” The Intracoastal is lined with beautiful waterfront homes as well as shopping, dining and cultural opportunities to discover! Plus, even if you don’t yet have your dream ride (or you simply want to enjoy a hands-free afternoon), you can get around by hopping aboard a local water taxi or cruise.

Dig in

With such an abundance of fresh seafood and world-class dining opportunities to discover, you owe it to yourself to dig in during show weekend! Dock and dine at one of the many lux al fresco eateries that line the Intracoastal Waterway, or grill up your own fresh catch on board as you soak in the sea breeze.

There will be plenty of culinary fun at the show itself as well. Foodies will enjoy events such as the show’s 2nd Annual Sunset Soiree & Yacht Chef Competition, where seasoned yacht chefs will put their skills to the test crafting delicious, gourmet meals—and you will have the pleasure of tasting them!

Live the luxury lifestyle

You can’t help but feel luxurious while spending time in Fort Lauderdale. It’s the Yachting Capital of the World, after all, and there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking to savor the luxury experience. You can join the Windward VIP Club to enjoy drinks, special events and a comfortable lounge to cool off in, for example, or simply treat yourself to DIY elegance with a hand-crafted picnic by the beach. There is no shortage of ways to indulge your luxurious side during show weekend.

Discover your dream ride

One of the big reasons why people come to boat shows is, of course, to find their dream ride—and you will certainly have plenty of opportunities to do that at this year’s show! Members of the South Florida Yachts sales team can be found at the Bob Hewes Robalo tent to answer questions about finding your perfect ride for boaters local to our area. You can also check out our beautiful 40’ Schaefer at the Schaefer Yachts tent!

Amplify your on-the-water adventure

Already have a boat to call your own? This year’s show also offers an abundance of ways to amplify your current setup with inflatables, apparel, boat accessories and other must-haves. You can also indulge your artistic side at The BlueWild Watersports and Marine Art Expo, treat the kids to a fishing lesson or learn something new yourself! With so many exhibits, seminars and other exciting opportunities to enjoy, you’ll be able to celebrate your love of boating in a big way.

We hope that these tips help you enjoy the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to the fullest! The fun begins on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 3. It’s just the beginning of a lively South Florida boat show season, so stay tuned to South Florida Yachts as we share news and updates on upcoming events throughout the area—and of course, be sure to browse through our expansive inventory to find the ride of your dreams.

Fall is the festive season, a time for gathering with friends and family over delicious food and meaningful moments! The postcard version of this season often features cold days, falling leaves and firelit dinners—but here in South Florida, we do things a little differently. Where else can you enjoy harvest-season get togethers on the water, with little more than a light sweater to keep you warm?

If you’re looking for ways to entertain on your boat this fall, we’ve got you covered. Just read on as we share a few of our favorite ideas.

Maximize your entertaining space

When you think “on-board entertaining,” your mind might jump to images of big, beautiful yachts with plenty of room above and below deck. These kinds of vessels are, of course, perfect for on-the-water gatherings, but smaller rides can still get in on the fun just as easily! Maximize your on-board entertaining space by stowing away loose items like gear, extra snacks, towels and more. (Build-in storage benches and other “hidden” options, many of which can be found in our inventory of Robalo boats, are perfect for this!)

When you’re entertaining at home, you might extend the party out from your dining room to the patio, or from the kitchen to the family room. You can do the same thing on your boat! Dock by a favorite beach or popular waterfront plaza where you can easily explore beyond your boat; or opt for a lively raft-up, a South Florida tradition in which friends and family bring several boats together (at a convenient meeting spot, like a marina or sandbar hangout) to enjoy quality time together.

Opt for easy, delicious eats

Don’t worry about planning an elaborate menu for your fall gathering! The best on-board eats are both simple and satisfying. If you’re throwing an on-the-water brunch, opt for classics like pastries and fruit salad, which can be enjoyed without requiring a traditional table or chairs. For evening get-togethers, you can’t go wrong with a delicious charcuterie for effortless elegance! Bring together bite-sized meats, cheeses, pretzels and other savory bites for a truly memorable meal that requires hardly any prep-time.

For effortless cleanup…

Reusable plates and cutlery are perfect for effortless cleanup, and they’re also good for the on-the-water environment!

Bring spare clothes and blankets

Even South Florida fall can be a little brisk come nightfall—so if your party extends into the evening hours, or it simply happens to be a cooler day, be sure to bring along spare clothes and blankets so that you’re prepared for a sudden temperature drop or inadvertent splash.

Create a party playlist

Now’s the time to put the finishing touches on your on-the-water gathering. Whether you opt for modern pop, smooth jazz, or Caribbean-infused coastal rhythms, use your phone plus a simple outdoor speaker to create a playlist that will inspire the easygoing mood of your get-together. With the right boat, you already have a ready-made entertaining space perfect for fall and all year long! When you’re in search of that ideal ride, we’ve got you covered—browse our inventory and call or visit us today to learn more.