Venetian Pool

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Venetian Pool
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Venetian Pool

Possibly the most beautiful swimming pool in the world, even if it is jammed on hot days. It combines an impossibly idyllic setting (tropical foliage, waterfalls, Italian architectural touches) with freshwater, replenished nightly in summer months from a subterranean aquifer. Once a quarry, it was built in the 1920s as an exotic locale for swimming and entertainment; back in the day, there were gondolas and orchestras; movie stars such as Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller of Tarzan fame serenaded poolside dancers. These days you might catch the filming of aqua aerobics classes for television. Everyone wants a piece of the pool. Luckily for Joe Public, it's open to the masses seven days a week, but it is perhaps best enjoyed when not overrun with toddlers and boom-box blasts (avoid weekends).


Venue name: Venetian Pool
Address: 2701 de Soto Blvd

Cross street: between Almeria and Sevilla Aves
Opening hours: Hours vary with season; phone for details
Transport: Bus 24, 72, Coral Gables Circulator
Price: Admission $12; $5.50 adults 13 and over who are residents of Coral Gables; $7 children 3 to 12; $4.50 children 3 to 12 who are residents of Coral Gables
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Cristyn G

Really beautiful place! Unfortunately, the staff is super rude. Be prepared to pay for chairs that are sold out from the early morning and to pay to go to the bathroom, also you can not bring food in, but food is not sold inside the place. Went once and wouldn't go again. 


Very nice look like a little paradise around the pool just thought it was bigger.