It’s the question every Miami local struggles with on a hot Saturday: The beach, or the pool?
The beach certainly has its benefits, and while there are plenty of amazing sea-side spots to enjoy sun on the sand in Miami Beach (watch for future blog article on the best beach spots), there are also some truly jaw-dropping venues where South Florida locals can sit poolside and enjoy the sun, sights, and a quick dip, no beach towel necessary.
Below are some of the hottest pool scenes to check out along Collins Avenue.
The perfect spot to sip a Miami Vice at sunset, this rooftop pool is a favorite among locals. Dip your toes in the water and enjoy the stunning view, or casually mingle at the bar – whatever fits your mood at the moment. With top-notch service, ceviche that is simply to die for, and the upscale ambiance you’d only expect at one of Miami’s finest establishments, this poolside hangout is a true hidden gem.
2. The Shelborne
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For those who prefer a slightly livelier scene, the pool parties at the upscale hotel Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach are must-experience soirees. Though the rowdy RX pool parties that used to occur are no longer regularly scheduled events, you can still find a solid scene jiving to music and cocktails during the weekends. The venue also often plays host to pool parties during Miami Music Week, offering world-renowned DJs, bottle service and more.
Swim Club Saturdays aren’t to be missed at this local hot spot. The champagne is flowing and Miami’s sexiest patrons sport their hottest swimwear at this oceanfront hotel pool. Don’t let the Vegas-inspired atmosphere deter you: This venue is the perfect mixture of Miami class and anything-goes attitude.
4. The Raleigh Miami Beach
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A palm-lined pool exudes ultimate relaxation at one of Miami’s most raved-about high-end hotels, complete with art-deco funk and phenomenal people watching. If you simply can’t decide between beach and pool, the good news is that you don’t have to: The hotel offers private beach access, and a daily resort fee will cover WiFi and two beach chairs.
We would be remiss not to mention one of South Beach’s most iconic hot spots, with a pool set-up that is nothing short of breathtaking. For non-guests, a spa day pass will let you enjoy the amenities of the resort’s multiple pools, as well as the sauna if the pool isn’t quite steamy enough for your tastes.
Which Collins Avenue pools are your go-to spots for fun in the sun? Tell us in the comments.