While you wouldn’t know it by our beautiful palm trees or breezy shorts-and-boat shoes weather, winter is here in West Palm Beach! One of the best ways to mark the beginning of the season is to visit the West Palm Beach Winter Boat Show on Dec. 13-15.

Just read on as we share five easy ways to enjoy the show and the surrounding area!

Find the boat of your dreams

The main attraction at this year’s show is, of course, the boats! Featuring center consoles, bay boats and everything in between, this is the perfect time to check out the boat you’ve been dreaming of in person—or to stumble upon the ideal ride! South Florida Yachts will be attending this year’s show to answer any questions you may have about our selection or the boat-buying process. (Tip: Even if you’re not ready to buy a boat just yet, swing by and enjoy the day with family! Not only is it a great atmosphere filled with water lovers like you, but you may be able to learn more about the style of boat you’re most interested in, or to familiarize yourself with the purchase process so you know what to expect later on.)

Pick out a new water toy or accessory

In addition to the boats themselves, the West Palm Beach Winter Boat Show will feature plenty of personal watercraft and accessories to browse through. Once you have the dream ride, you naturally want to make your on-the-water experience even better with thrilling additions like these! So browse around and pick out something that takes your cruising to the next level.

While you’re in town…

West Palm Beach is filled with fun opportunities to enjoy beyond the boat show, too! Once you’re in the area and have enjoyed some quality time at the show, be sure to stick around for activities such as…

Go fishing

From West Palm Beach, you’re not far from some of South Florida’s very best fishing opportunities. As you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, you can prepare for a seriously fun inshore adventure—and then, as you make your way out to sea, you’re sure to be in for some equally enjoyable offshore action. At this time of year, close-to-shore catches include crevalle jack, sheepshead and mangrove snapper. Venture a bit farther out and you will discover prized catches like sailfish or blackfin tuna, to name just a few.

Visit the West Palm Beach Warehouse District

West Palm Beach is home to a unique shopping experience you won’t find just anywhere in South Florida! The West Palm Beach Warehouse District features shops and casual dining venues (each with a one-of-a-kind character) built into industrial warehouses from the 1920s through the 1960s. Browse around and pick up a beautiful plant or old record, or savor a delicious dessert—there’s no wrong way to spend an afternoon at the Warehouse District!

Grab a bite

If you’re a boater, you might just feel yourself being pulled toward destinations like Clematis Street, a beautiful row of shops and restaurants that runs right up to the Intracoastal Waterway. Before you head back to the water for some boating fun—or perhaps after a long day on the water—grab a bite at one of Clematis’ beloved restaurants, with picks ranging from classical Italian to fresh seafood and everything in between. It’s the perfect place to recap your boat show adventure, or to start planning to purchase your next ride! Now that you’re equipped with a guide to all things West Palm Beach, we can’t wait to see you at this year’s show!