FYI’s Ralph Navarro Shares His Guide To Miami With Haute Secrets

Born in Havana Cuba and spending his early years in Puerto Rico, Ralph Navarro moved to Miami in the early eighties putting himself through College; excelling not only on the baseball field but in academics as well.

Upon completing college, Ralph cut his teeth in the corporate world, moving up the ranks and eventually becoming CEO of one of the largest linen distributors in the nation. As an avid boater and fisherman and always up for a challenge, Ralph saw the yachting industry as his next step in success.

After opening and managing a successful marine canvas company, Ralph moved into the brokerage world, joining an established brokerage house at Monty’s in Coconut Grove, quickly building his clientele and making a name for himself in the industry. In 1995 Ralph formed Florida Yachts International with a partner and the rest is history.

Through dedication, innovation and embracing the digital age of sales, Ralph Navarro is ever-evolving in his pursuit to stay ahead of the trends. For over 30 years, Florida Yachts International and Ralph Navarro have established themselves as one of the premier brokerage firms in the US.

Ralph Navarro - FYI Yachts 2Photo Credit: Silvia Mazabel

Q&A

Where were you born: La Habana, Cuba

How long have you been in Miami: 35 Years

Neighborhood: Pinecrest, FL

Occupation: Founder of Florida Yachts International

Favorite Restaurant: Komodo

Best Sushi: Zuma

Best Italian: Abbrachi

Best dessert: Komodo

Best place for a romantic date: My yacht

Best Sunday brunch: Eating House Miami, The Palms, Mandarin Oriental

Best place for a power business meeting: Houstons

 If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?: Mandarin Oriental

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Damiani

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Ernie and the Cat, and El Morito

Best Spa: The Setai

Favorite Charity Event: March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction

Favorite Cultural Event: Art Basel

Favorite Cultural Institution: Miami Hispanic Cultural Art Center

Best Steakhouse: El Rincon Argentino 

Best Pizza: Manhattan Pizza Place

Best Lunch: Farinelli 1937

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: My Home

Best Massage: The Setai

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Padrinos Limousine Service

Best Museum/Exhibit: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Describe your city in three words: Vibrant, Sexy & Electric

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

All-around favorite spot in Miami: Komodo

Best Aspect of Miami: Diversity

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