The 2012 boat show season in Florida includes local, regional and international events; check out the top boat shows scheduled for 2012 in FL

Florida boat shows offer boating enthusiasts some of the top new and used boat exhibits in the world. The 2012 Florida boat show schedule offers boaters exciting local, regional and international boat show events.

As the boating capital of the U.S. (and arguably the world), Florida plays host to some of the biggest boat shows available for manufacturers and boaters. Local and international boaters alike make Florida a must-see destination for boat shows when exploring the latest in boats and boating accessories on the market.

There are many reasons why Florida is such a popular destination for boat shows. For one, Florida is ranked as the top selling state for new boat purchases in the U.S. according to National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). This concentration of boaters is very attractive to boat manufacturers around the world to showcase their latest models and designs at boat shows in Florida.

With many top boat manufacturers headquartered in Florida, and easy access to Florida ports for international boat builders, boating enthusiasts can expect one of the largest selections of boat brands and models at Florida boat shows.

Here are some of the top boat shows in Florida to check out in 2012:

Stuart Boat Show
Date: January 13-15, 2012
Venue: Waterway Marina, Stuart Harbor Marina, Allied Richard Bertram Marina
Location: Stuart, FL

Charlotte County Boat Show
Date: January 19-22, 2012
Venue: Charlotte County Fairgrounds
Location: Port Charlotte, FL

Naples Boat Show
Date: January 26-29, 2012
Venue: 100 Goodlette Road South
Location: Naples, FL

Trawler Fest Ft. Lauderdale
Date: February 2-4, 2012
Venue: Bahia Mar Hotel and Yachting Center
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Central Florida Boat Show
Date: February 24-26, 2012
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Location: Orlando, FL

Miami International Boat Show
Date: February 16-20, 2012
Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center
Location: Miami, FL

The Yacht and Brokerage Show (Miami Boat Show)
Date: February 16-20, 2012
Venue: Collins Ave and Indian Creek Waterway
Location: Miami, FL

Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show
Date: February 16-20, 2012
Venue: Miamarina at Bayside
Location: Miami, FL

Daytona Boat Show
Date: March 2-4, 2012
Venue: Ocean Center
Location: Daytona Beach, FL

Fort Myers Spring Boat Show
Date: March 8-11, 2012
Venue: Lee Civic Center
Location: North Fort Myers, FL

Tampa Bay Boat Show
Date: March 9-11, 2012
Venue: Tropicana Field
Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Palm Beach International Boat Show
Date: March 22-25, 2012
Venue: Flagler Drive and the Intercoastal Waterway
Location: West Palm Beach, FL

Pensacola Boat Show
Date: 2012 TBD (Last year: April 1-3, 2011)
Venue: Pensacola Civic Center
Location: Pensacola, FL

Southeast United States Boat Show
Date: April 20-22, 2012
Venue: Metropolitan Park and Marina
Location: Jacksonville, FL

Orlando Boat Show
Date: September 7-9, 2012
Venue: Orlando County Convention Center
Location: Orlando, FL

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Date: October 25-29, 2012
Venue: Radisson Bahia Mar Yachting Center
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Myers Boat Show
Date: November 8-11, 2012
Venue: Harborside Event Center City Yacht Basin
Location: Ft. Myers, FL

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Diane Seltzer

Founder & Editor at My Boat Life
Diane is the founder of MyBoatLife.com as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids BoaterKids.com. She is also active in the boating industry, serving as the marketing director for a marine sunshade product, SureShade, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also the author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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