The 5 Best Pools In Miami...That We Can ALL Visit

The Delano, The Shore Club, The Fountainebleau – all hotels whose pools have defined their SoBe dominance. And while we must admit they are fine aquatic institutions on the Collins Avenue riviera, Miami plays hosts to a number of other dipping spots that are totally as refreshing, but without the lines that send you, dripping wet, towards the bar in relief. Whether you’re craving a day of glamour and poolside pampering or you’re into some no frills downtime splashing around, here are five so-cool pools that are worthy of a summer dip.
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The Perry

Neighborhood: South Beach
What to Know: Located 18 stories above Miami’s sandy shores, The Perry South Beach boasts jaw-dropping views, 26,000-square-feet of pool-deck, and a host of private cabanas to make for a perfect day in sunshine city.
How to Visit: For the 21-and-over crowd, access is complimentary. VIP cabanas, however, are not.

The Perry South Beach, 2377 Collins Avenue; 305-604-1000.

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C.B. Smith

Neighborhood: Pembroke Pines
What to Know: What Miami pools lack in activities (let's face it: tanning and sipping Miami Vices isn't active enough), Broward’s C.B. Smith’s Paradise Cove Water Park makes up for it with monstrous waterslides, tube rides, and that kind of fun that makes childhood fantasies come to life.
How to Visit: Pony up the $9.50, and get slidin'.

C.B. Smith Park, 900 Flamingo Road; 954-357-5170

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Venetian Pool
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
What to Know: Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, Venetian Pool can easily be considered the matriarch of all Miamian pools. Boasting some serious natural beauty seldom found in our tropical metropolis, this might be the place most likely to find kid pee, but the spot is totally worth it.
How to Visit: Cough up $11 for a day pass.

The Venetian Pool, 2701 de Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables; 305-460-5306.

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The Raleigh

Neighborhood: South Beach
What to Know: With an iconic (not to mention, undetermined) pool shape, service fit for royalty, and an ambiance that would have captivated The Rat Pack, it’s no wonder The Raleigh’s pool was dubbed Best Pool in Miami this year by the Miami New Times. Whether you want to channel your inner Rita Hayworth or try to do some celeb-spotting, this is the pool on Miami Beach.
How to Visit: $25 for a day pass.

The Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Avenue; 305-534-6300.

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The Mondrian

Neighborhood: South Beach
What to Know: For that alone time you’ve been craving with a special summer fling, there’s no better pool to test the waters out than The Mondrian, where the view is utterly entrancing and “kissing corners” can be stumbled upon anywhere.
How to Visit: Complimentary access, as long as you make a purchase at the poolside restaurant

The Mondrian Miami, 1100 West Avenue; 305-514-1500.

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