The 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is shaping up to be a good show. Although it's not what it once was, it's great to see that manufacturers and vendors are starting to innovate again and we're sailing out of the recession doldrums.
Parking at the Fort Lauderdale boat show is never much fun. The parking near Bahia Mar is extremely limited, and you've gotta be prepared to cough up some cash to find a decent spot in walking distance.
For most, the easiest thing to do is park in the parking garage at the Broward County Convention Center and then walk through the show to the back of the building where a shuttle bus will take you to Bahia Mar.
If you do want to get a bit closer, our Fort Lauderdale fishing captain, Mike Johnson, is selling spots in his lot, which is on A1A just south of the Jungle Queen ticket office. The address 1005 Seabreeze Blvd. Spots in his lot go for $50 a day, but you'll be right next to the show and it'll be easy to exit onto A1A. If Mike's lot fills up, try parking at Bahia Cabana, which is just off of A1A behind the fire station.
A handful of other enterprising parking lot owners are also offering paid parking in Bahia Mar and if you can get a spot for under $50, you're getting a ... dare I say "fair price".