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The coolest swimming pools in Miami to take a dip

From historic hotels to hip hostels, you’ll never want to get out of our favorite swimming pools in Miami

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Infinity Pool at The Standard
Photograph: Courtesy Standard Spa, Miami Beach

April 2019: Our list of the best swimming pools in Miami has been updated with all the best ones you need to hit this summer. Plus, we’ve included the most current day rate for certain hotel pools, so you can play tourist like a pro.

You’ve got no shortage of options in your hunt for the best swimming pools in Miami. But a bit of research will help a whole lot. It’s not like you can just walk into any pool on Miami Beach. Some are only for guests and some offer day passes for anyone who wants to take a dip. And then, of course, there are our trusty public pools—open to all looking for some cool relief. Miami has all of the above. So—absolutely—go explore and appreciate the best Miami beaches and the best parks in Miami (and fuel up at Time Out Market Miami)—but there is nothing like a relaxing pool day. Rosé optional (but highly encouraged). 

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Best swimming pools in Miami

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Miami Beach Edition
Photograph: Courtesy Miami Beach Edition
Hotels, Spa hotels

The Miami Beach EDITION

Miami Beach

What is it? Ian Schrager’s latest Miami Beach masterpiece has two separate pools, but we’re fans of the landmark Sundial Pool, part of the original property. The towering, Art Deco diving board from the 1950s has also been preserved and is now flanked by rows of loungers and the pool’s namesake bar.

Why go? Because you’re staying there. Sadly, only those who stay at the Edition have access to the pool and its amenities.

Open daily sunrise–sunset.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Hotels, Spa hotels

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Miami Beach

What is it? One of Miami Beach’s most historic hotels. Rows upon rows of lounge chairs line the oceanfront poolscape, as do luxury cabanas. Splash around in the signature bow-tie pool or one of the other ten pools, most of which are shallow enough to stand in and sip cocktails.

Why go? Options! With a pool area this big, you can either chill out and tan or party at the adults-only Arkadia Day Club pool.

Open daily sunrise–sunset. $175 “A Day at Fontainebleau” pass.

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The Confidante
Photograph: Courtesy The Confidante
Hotels, Spa hotels

The Confidante

Miami Beach

What is it? A super pretty little Art Deco paradise. Both Confidante pools are heated, located side by side and identical in size. Rent a private cabana if you want to ball out or just grab a day pass for $40.

Why go? All that swimming is going to work up an appetite, and the Confidante’s restaurant, Bird & Bone, serves some of the city’s best-fried chicken.

Open daily sunrise–sunset.

 

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The Standard Spa Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy The Standard Spa Miami Beach
Hotels

The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Belle Isle

What is it? Retro, woven lounge chairs in sunny yellow line this hip pool that overlooks the bay. It’s exclusive: if you’re not a guest or member you have to purchase a day pass, which runs $75–$150. But with an absolutely beautiful view of Biscayne Bay, great music and tasty food and drinks, it’s kind of worth it.

Why go? If you grab a pool pass, you also get access to the Standard’s spa, a serene and beautiful place to kill an afternoon.

Open Mon–Thu, Sun 8am–10pm, Fri–Sat 8am–midnight. $75 day pass Mon–Thu, $150 Fri–Sun.

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East, Miami pool
Photograph: Michael Weber
Hotels, Chain hotels

EAST, Miami

Brickell

What is it? You'll need to be a guest of EAST, Miami to make use of its four swimming pools. Once in, you'll get to lounge beneath brightly colored cabanas and lounge chairs, order poolside snacks and drinks from the property's Uruguayan restaurant Quinto La Huella and soak up some rays high above Downtown.

Why go? One of Miami’s best rooftop bars, Sugar, is just a short elevator ride away.

Open daily sunrise–sunset.

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Biltmore Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Biltmore Hotel
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Biltmore Hotel

Coral Gables

What is it? Guests of the historic Biltmore Hotel won’t find a more relaxing oasis in the city than this. The storied locale was a favorite of “Hollywood Mermaid” Esther Williams, who frequently performed water shows at the hotel, and was where the original Tarzan served as lifeguard.

Why go? Because you like a big pool. It’ll take you, like, 45-minutes to swim from end to end in this 23,000-square-foot monster.

Open daily sunrise–9pm.

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Venetian Pool
Photograph: Shutterstock/Marco Borghini
Things to do

Venetian Pool

Coral Gables

What is it? Coral Gables developer George Merrick built the Venetian Pool out of coral rock quarry back in the 1920s; since then it’s been host to pageants, the Miami Symphony and throngs of people looking to splash around in the country’s largest freshwater pool.

Why go? There’s something for everyone: a sandy area for sunbathers, a waterfall, a grotto and several shallow areas for kids. 

Hours vary by season. Check website for details.

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National Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy National Hotel
Hotels

National Hotel

South Beach

What is it? Though it technically has two pools, the National’s iconic infinity pool is arguably its most famous—namely for its use in everything from fashion shows during Miami Swim Week to Art Basel Miami Beach installations. For $50, nonguests can get access to both pools (the second is a heated leisure pool) and towel service.

Why go? At 205-feet, this is the longest infinity pool in Miami Beach.

Open daily sunrise–sunset.

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Mondrian South Beach
Photograph: Harrison Boyce
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Mondrian South Beach

South Beach

What is it? The Mondrian’s crescent-shaped pool sits on the edge of Biscayne Bay and offers a stunning westward view of downtown Miami. There are no shortage of comfy white lounge chairs from which you can gaze out over the water. Expect a DJ and an Insta-ready, rosé-slurping crowd on Saturday and Sunday, when the pool is open to all. Day passes every other day will cost you $50.

Why go? We’ll take Mondrian’s lovely bay view during sunset over a beach view any day.

Open daily sunrise–sunset.

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Freehand Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Freehand Miami/Ra-Haus Fotografie
Hotels, Boutique hotels

Freehand Miami

Miami Beach

What is it? Perfect for when one day of lounging just isn’t enough, this upscale take on a community pool lures (repeat) visitors with amazing cocktails, a trendy restaurant and an adjacent hostel. The pool is open to all guests of the Freehand, as well as customers of 27 Restaurant and Broken Shaker, which hosts a number of daytime barbecues around the pool.

Why go? When we say “amazing cocktails,” we really mean it. The Broken Shaker serves some of the best drinks in Florida.

Open daily 7am–6pm.

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The Vagabond Hotel
Photograph: Silvia Ros
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Vagabond Hotel

Miami

What is it? The pool at this historic, boutique hotel in MiMo has been restored to its 1950s splendor—complete with arching water streams and iconic dolphin and mermaid mosaic, which was surfaced and restored using tiles found on site. Only guests are permitted to take a dip, but anyone is welcome at the pool bar after 5pm.

Why go? They really did a wonderful job restoring this place. It’s like stepping into a museum that serves booze.

Open daily 7am–8pm.

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