The 35th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) will sail back to West Palm Beach Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28, along Flagler Drive. The show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from 8-foot inflatables to 300-foot-long super yachts. The show will also offer activities, including The AquaZone, an upfront experience with a variety of water sports and innovative products, and a children’s fishing clinics by Hook the Future.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Informa Markets worked closely with the City of West Palm Beach to enhance safety measures, updating the show’s layout so the entire event is open-air. There will also be four entrances and exits to ease the flow of pedestrian traffic and promote social distancing. All attendees will also be required to wear masks.
“The health and safety of our staff, exhibitors, visitors, and community remains our number one priority,” said Andrew Doole, president of Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows. “We also recognize the importance of our boat shows to the local and state economy, and the marine industry at large. We look forward to safely welcoming boating enthusiasts and marine businesses to the Palm Beach show, in a world-famous destination during the most beautiful time of year.”
PBIBS will be organized in accordance with Informa’s newly adopted AllSecure health and safety standards, as well as all government and local authority guidance and regulations. Informa coordinated the AllSecure standards with its association partners, peers, venues, suppliers, contractors, health officials, and federal and local authorities.
For attendees looking to experience the show as a VIP guest, the Windward Club will offer a premium open bar, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, happy hours, and exclusive events in an indoor-outdoor lounge. Guests will enjoy admittance to the show one hour early and will experience an exclusive sanctuary within the Palm Beach International Boat Show to relax, wine and dine, and plan the day. Located inside the Lakeside Pavilion on Flagler Drive, the Windward VIP Club will be open during show hours. The Windward VIP pass costs $250.
A “show within a show,” the AquaZone, presented by Informa U.S. Boat Shows and Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore, will give guests an upfront and personal experience with a variety of water sports and innovative products. The AquaZone’s new location on the Intracoastal Waterway will allow for engaging in-depth product demonstrations. Located on the south end of the show, it will feature in-water demos, hands-on testing, contests, and prizes on all show days during show hours. The area also will serve as a one-stop learning center for water sports and product information.
Kids’ Fishing Clinics by Hook the Future
For aspiring anglers ages 4 to 16 years, Hook the Future’s Kids’ Fishing Clinics will offer interactive instruction in selecting tackle and lures, casting a rod and reel, reeling in a fish, and fishing ethics. Participants are eligible to win special prizes upon completion. Captain Don Dingman will host the clinics on the clinics on Saturday, March 27, at 12 and 2 p.m., and Sunday, March 28, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Meyer Amphitheater.
Reservations are not required and participation is free with show admission. Face coverings must be worn at all times and social distancing will be strongly enforced.
General admission tickets cost $28 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 through 15 years. Admission for children under age six are free. An adult, two-day ticket costs $52. The VIP Experience, which includes access to the show and VIP Lounge, costs $250. Guests must be 21 or older to access the lounge.
The show runs from 12 to 7 p.m. on March 25, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 26 and 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 28.
Social media fans can connect with @PBBoatShow on Instagram and Twitter, @PalmBeachInternationalBoatShow on Facebook, @InformaBoatShows on YouTube, and tag the show with #PBIBS2021 to join the conversation online.
For more information on activities, boats on display, exhibitors, transportation and parking, and more, visit PBboatshow.com.