Ultra Music Festival 2023 Guide: Boating Edition
The Ultra Music Festival—a premier electronic music festival featuring world-class DJs—is scheduled for March 24-26 this year in Miami’s Bayfront Park. With back-to-back performances from headliners such as Adam Beyer, Cirez D, Afrojack, Alesso, and Vini Vici, all you need to set this party ablaze is a boat:
Miami is renowned worldwide for being the spot to part-tay, and it just so happens to be smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest waterfront areas in the world (double whammy)! That means the Ultra Music Festival is a terrific opportunity to combine some beats with some boating to make the scene on land and sea.
Biscayne Bay runs the whole length of Miami-Dade County from Aventura to the border of Key Largo, at the top of the Florida Keys. The bay has a chain of islands to its east, which protects boaters from the Atlantic Ocean, and it spans about 430 square miles, which means lots of space to cruise around and have fun.
As you might expect, given its geography, Biscayne Bay has all kinds of boating activity, with quite a few boat ramps for launching, artificial reefs, and lots of fishing. There are marinas and mooring buoys, local marine weather forecasts to help you time your journey to and from the dock, and dock-and-dine restaurant favorites.
Pro Tip: The Rusty Pelican is a stylish seafood restaurant serving calamari, crab cakes, surf and turf, and a three-tier seafood tower. Reservations are not required but are recommended.
With Boatsetter, you have more than 300 boats available for rental in the Miami area. Boat lovers may have trouble picking between their wide range of styles and sizes. There are midrange yachts like this Azimut 68, fishing boats like this Tidewater 24, catamarans like this 60-foot Leopard, express cruisers like this 45-foot Sea Ray, pontoon boats like this Barletta, and a whole lot more.
If you plan to be in Miami for the Ultra Music Festival, there’s no reason you can’t combine the excitement on land with some fun out on the water.
Boatsetter is a unique boat-sharing platform that gives everyone — whether you own a boat or you’re just renting — the chance to experience life on the water. You can list a boat, book a boat, or make money as a captain.
Kim Kavin has been on boats in more than 50 countries and islands, including in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. She grew up learning to steer a ski boat and Hobie Holder at her grandfather’s lake house in New Jersey, and went on to spend time aboard everything from America’s Cup racing sailboats to submarines.
Kim is a PADI-certified scuba diver and animal lover who always enjoys a good, long look around a coral reef. Her award-winning writing and editing regularly appears in national marine magazines and on leading websites. In her early years, she was a Dow Jones editing intern and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. When she’s not writing, Kim can usually be found hiking northwest New Jersey’s beautiful park trails with her adopted shelter mutt, Ginger.