The Columbus Day Regatta on Biscayne Bay is an annual sailboat race and a sand bar party that attracts thousands of spectators and participants from all over the world to South Florida. The sailboat regatta was first held in 1954 and there were only 24 vessels, today the Sailboat Race includes hundreds of sailing yachts in different categories racing over a period of 3 days on Biscayne Bay. While the sailing event is taking place just a few miles west on the shallow banks and white sand bars in front of Elliott Key, the largest gathering of vessels is taking place. In these clear blue waters boats and yachts of all shapes and sizes will raft up and participate in the largest raft up party in South Florida and it only happens once a year. A hedonistic celebration perhaps most accurately describes the none stop music, dancing, drinking in excess, and clothing optional atmosphere that continues on for miles and for days (and at nights too). Water guns, inflatable toys of every category imaginable, flags that have never been seen before, and a general over all attitude of “anything goes” contribute to the sense that "we are not in Kansas anymore".
I recommend that you speak with a boating professional to reserve your boat with a captain. This is definaly a site to be seen just everyone play safe!