Why go through the trouble of finding (and likely sneaking into) a pool when Miami’s got miles and miles of beaches? For starters, there are the cabanas, some of which come fully furnished with TVs and Wi-Fi, and the daytime parties—think cocktails and DJ sets. But what you don’t know is there are actually amazing pools in Miami. That’s why Miami Design Agenda prepared a list of the best swimming pools in Miami.
Retro, woven lounge chairs in sunny yellow line this decidedly hip pool that overlooks the bay. Everyone’s welcome, as nonguests can purchase a day pass that grants them access to the pool and various spa amenities. Expect a chill vibe even on weekends, when locals make their way to the adjacent deck and bar area for happenings such as the Lazy Sunday barbecue.
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 (which explains why the water is almost always cold). It’s got something for everyone: a sandy area for sunbathers, an impressive waterfall, a grotto with water-filled caves and several shallow areas for kids.
Guests of the historic Biltmore Hotel won’t find a more relaxing oasis in the city than the 23,000-square-foot pool. 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. The hotel gym, restaurant and courtyard overlook the pool, as do nine private cabanas shaded by palm trees.
On the 13th floor of Conrad—amid a cluster of skyscrapers in Brickell, downtown Miami’s financial district—is this sanctuary overlooking Biscayne Bay. Beside the heated, three-lane pool, you’ll find tropical cabanas to relax in and a bar to quench your thirst. It’s open to hotel guests and those who book a spa treatment.
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