In the Magic City, weekends were made for fun… and sun, especially in the summer. While stretching out on one of Miami's many beaches is always a great option, sometime you want to cool off in a pool. Check out our picks for the best pools from Coral Gables to Miami Beach You’re bound to have a tough time choosing which ones to visit as they each offer distinctive perks, views, and even food and drink options.
This hotel may be almost a century old, but its pool is anything but outdated. Measuring 23,000 square feet (and holding 600,000 gallons of water), the Biltmore Coral Gables' pool,is one of the largest swimming pools in the entire country! If you plan to visit with a group or are celebrating a special occasion, renting a poolside cabana for four to eight people is a smart option. Serviced by pool staff, cabanas are the perfect place to retreat from the scorching sun and indulge in a piña colada or other tropical cocktail. They even include outdoor rain showers, so you can wash off the chlorine between dips.
It’s not often you hear of a swimming pool being called “historic,” but the Venetian Pool is a rare exception. Completed in 1924, the 820,000-gallon Venetian Pool was created from a coral rock quarry and contains spring water from an underwater aquifer. That’s not all; this attraction is complete with two waterfalls, cay-like grottos, loggias, porticos, palm trees and a bridge. It’s a fun place for an impromptu photo shoot and a can’t-miss for anyone who’s visiting Miami for the first time.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
If you want to do as the cool kids do and go where the cool kids go, The Standard is definitely the place to be. In Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour, the pool at The Standard offers up stunning bay views and can be used if you’re a hotel guest or if you buy the Standard Wellness Membership, which grants you access to all amenities on the property, including the hamam, the steam room, the sauna, the hot tub, the gym, and more. Staff at The Standard is usually pretty laid back and if you don’t have a membership or a room, you can often hang by the pool anyway if you’re dining on the property. During holidays and events, you’ll probably want to pick another pool; it tends to get pretty crowded here and it’ll be tricky to find a chair or even a table at the hotel’s Lido Bayside Grille.
This South Beach staple is also a historic landmark; opened in 1940, it was restored just a few years ago and has the longest infinity-edge pool (205 feet) in all of Miami Beach. The hotel serves up major art deco and Old Hollywood vibes; catch some live jazz performances at the Blues Bar when you’ve had enough sun or lounge in the shade with a fruity drink. The National is just steps from the sand so you can switch it up from pool to beach and back here, too. If you plan to stay overnight, book a pool-view cabana room. Balconies are roomy, allow you to people watch, and who’s to say you can’t pop a bottle of champagne from the comfort of your suite before or after going for a swim.
The Freehand Miami
The Freehand Miami is just a five minute walk from the ocean, but feels light years away from South Beach glitz and glamour, in a good way. The pool is located at the hotel’s lush, ultra-green terrace and adjacent to the Broken Shaker, a craft cocktail bar that’s won all kinds of awards for its tasty concoctions. It’s easy to spend a day here, relaxing under the swaying palms, with a cool breeze running through your hair and a creative cocktail in hand.
The Vagabond Hotel Miami
What opened as a restaurant and motel in the 1950s and has hosted guests such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack is now a restored (and even better!) version of the original property. The Vagabond is a mid-century modern dream with a pool to match. The pool at the Vagabond is mere steps from the outdoor bar, has original and restored tile artwork and is even heated, which isn’t really necessary in Miami, but is still a nice perk. This gem is the only one on the list located in Miami’s Upper Eastside neighborhood, so take advantage once you’re here and explore the surroundings — there are lots of fun bars and restaurants in the immediate area.
Open daily from sunrise to sunset, the Pool & Deck at EAST, Miami is located in Brickell and can be accessed via the hotel elevator, which is located inside Brickell City Center. Lounging poolside here is a welcome escape from the city and you’ll still get those concrete jungle views (best of both worlds)! If you’re hungry or thirsty, not to worry -- you can order from the hotel’s signature eatery, Quinto La Huella, which serves Uruguayan cuisine with a focus on sizzling, grilled meats and small bites.
The Miami Beach EDITION
This Miami Beach hotel is one you’ll never want to check out of, but if you don’t have a room you can still take advantage of the restaurants, bars/clubs and the exotic outdoor area, named Tropicale and inspired by the 1950s Havana nightclub, Tropicana. The Miami Beach EDITION is home to two pools, one that’s been fully restored and is named the Sundial. The other pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas, which you’ll never want to leave. A cabana here includes TVs, mini fridges, and even private safes to keep your cash or jewelry secured while you float around without a care in the world.
Faena Miami Beach
This hotel is delightful to look at with beautiful surprises in every nook and cranny, from the full-size carousel when you enter to the outdoor bar decorated from top to bottom with shells. Then there’s the golden mammoth, a Damien Hirst piece, that sits in a glass case and is surrounded by tropical palms. It’s quite the sight — a full-blown dreamworld in South Florida and then there’s the pool. Sunbathe amidst the lush foliage and peppermint-striped red and white umbrellas and lounge chairs. If you’ve ever needed a reason to celebrate with a drink that’s fancy and expensive, this is the place to do it, no questions asked.