The weather in Miami fluctuates between hot and hotter. When it's just too warm out for the best rooftop bars in Miami and you're looking for something more exciting than a day at the best Miami beaches, Miami pool parties are where it's at. A needed reprieve from the heat and a solid daytime alternative to the best Miami club nights, a boozy poolside shindig in South Beach (and even downtown!) is where you'll want to escape year-round.
Best Miami pool parties
Each month, when the moon is at its largest, Broken Shaker hosts a full moon night swim. It’s a gorgeous evening full of very hip-looking folks, swimming and some of the best cocktails in Miami. There’s usually a host of pop-up shops to peruse at each month’s event as well. Monthly, 7–11pm; free.
Looking for a classic Miami ambiance? This MiMo District gem boasts one of the prettiest pools on the mainland. It’s perfect for a low-key afternoon date or some me-time with a book and a cocktail. The party of the week, Vagabond Vibes, features a DJ, tasty cocktails and plenty of space to lounge about. Bring a bathing suite. No one will judge you if you jump in. Sat 8pm–midnight; free.
The Atton Miami is an underrated little Brickell hotspot. And on Saturdays, the Atton’s Vista Rooftop Pool and Bar is the place to be if you're looking for a more relaxed alternative the usual pool party scene. The gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay would normally be reason enough to stop by, but when you tack on live music, food and 50 percent off all drinks—it’s hard to understand why you’d go anywhere else. Sat 2–7pm; free.
Every Sunday, the towering and colorful SLS Brickell hosts the Meet Me Upstairs pool party at its Altitude Pool. With some seriously gorgeous views of downtown Miami, this pool party is proof that you don’t need to cross the bridge to get your fun in the sun. If you’re not too burnt and partied out, head down to Bazaar Mar for a drink or two afterward. Sun noon–6pm; free.
"Healthy" sure isn't a word you often hear associated with pool parties, but 1 Hotel Rooftop offers an alternative to the liver-smashing mayhem of certain South Beach bashes. But don’t think this is some straight-edged dweeb-fest. No, you can still get nice and drunk while floating around one of the best rooftop views in Miami Beach. But organic food options and yoga make this a more rejuvenating option. Sun 1–8pm; free.
Forget sneaking in. This hotel pool party is open to locals and features relaxing vibes (the discounted bottles of rosé probably have something to do with that) and two pools in which the water is always the perfect temperature for a good soak. Chill under a cabana, snack on some food from the property's restaurants or just enjoy the sounds of the DJ. Sat noon–6pm; free.
This weekly shindig is as close to a Vegas pool party as it gets, complete with beautiful people, utz-utz beats and frosty bottles of expensive champagne. Getting in is easy but paying for it is another thing—cabanas can get pricey and often buying a table is the only way to slip past the doorman. We promise the view of Biscayne Bay is worth every penny. Sat, Sun 1–7p.
Hyde Beach at the SLS is known for its rambunctious Saturday pool parties—the kind you normally only see in Pitbull videos and beer commercials. But Hyde Beach has recently launched a new monthly pool party called Hyde Night Swim. Unlike Hyde Beach’s usual affairs, the Night Swim will extend into the—you guessed it—night. Going strong until 11pm, the party offers music, performances and shots out of snorkels. Yup, snorkels. Sun 4–11pm; free.
Within the last of couple years, Fontainebleau has been putting on some top-notch concerts at the hotel’s historic pool in a running series known as BleauLive. The shows are scattered, but you’d be smart to set a Google alert because, when they are announced, tickets go fast. The next show on the calendar is iHeartSummer ’17 Weekend, featuring DJ Khaled, Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Noah Cyrus, Tinashe, Luis Fonsi and more. The best part? The concerts happen poolside so you can watch while going for a dip in one of the hotel's numerous pools.