Your Guide to Miami's Best Pool Parties

Vianessa Castaños


Miami is known the world over for its white, sandy beaches, tropical climate and non-stop nightlife. But it’s the one-of-a-kind pool parties that will make your visit to the Magic City something to remember. Luckily for you, this guide offers an inside look at the hottest poolside events happening this summer, so you’ll know where to go to enjoy the best music while sipping some of the finest cocktails in the city.

The Largest Rooftop Pool in Miami Beach

Open to the public after 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the 1 Hotel South Beach rooftop pool offers the largest rooftop pool in Miami Beach. With what’s probably the most stunning view of any hotel on South Beach, this pool has a 110-foot-long ocean view so you can enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand and then continue dancing and partying through the night.

1 Hotel South Beach - $

The Best Pool Cocktail Bar in Town

The Freehand Hotel is one of Miami’s most popular hostels, attracting savvy travelers from around the globe. A stroll through the lobby of this art deco building opens up to a palm tree lined courtyard that houses the pool and The Broken Shaker, one of the best cocktail bars in town. It’s free to party here on Sundays from 2-7 pm, and the bar is absolutely worth putting on your itinerary no matter which other area hotel you may be staying in.

The Freehand Miami - $

The Best Pool Party Not on South Beach

Sometimes you need to get off of South Beach in order to really be able to enjoy the best of Miami. The SLS is an urban oasis in the heart of one of the most bustling and diverse areas in town: Brickell. This alternative to the infamous and often crowded pool parties of South Beach is where you can find both tourists and locals out to have a good time. The party overlooks Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, and Key Biscayne, plus, you’ll have a choice of pools to splash around in, including hot and cold plunge pools options.

SLS Brickell - $

The Best DJs All Weekend

The Mondrian was named Miami’s best hotel in 2014 and it still remains one of your best options for a stylish poolside soiree. While there isn’t a cover fee to crash the Mondrian, there is a minimum required spend if you want to enjoy the pool. Spend just $50 on food and drinks (easy to do in this town) and you'll get access to the hottest House DJ's spinning on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1pm.

Mondrian South Beach - $$

The Most Instagram-Worthy Pool Party

Instagram is a way of life, and no trip to Miami is complete without a few Instagrammable uploades. This is where The Confidante comes in! The Confidante Miami Beach has palm trees, pastels and two gorgeous pools with themed floaties - they even have a floatie-on-demand menu so you can pick the perfect accessory for your impromptu photo session. You can even experience your very own popsicle and cocktail pairing. A DayPass gives you pool access and your own cushioned chaise lounge -- because you’ll need a place to relax when you’re not dancing the day away.

The Confidante Miami Beach - $$

For Pool Parties Every Day of the Week

If you’re the type to want to party all day long, 7 days a week, then Hyde Beach is the place to go! They offer a Hollywood style poolside party completed with renowned DJs every weekend. The pool is open to the public Monday through Friday, free of charge, as long as you purchase a few cocktails or lunch. During the weekend though, cover charges may vary on events taking place.

Hyde Beach - $

The Pool Party with the Poshest Crowd

Known for being one of the most stylish hotels on South Beach, and one of the best pools in the USA according to USA Today, Delano Beach Club features designated areas for floating and meditating, underwater music, and poolside cabanas that come with a personal butler. The fun starts at 7pm on any day of the week. This is definitely one of the sexiest pool parties in Miami.

Delano Beach Club $

The Pool Party Alternative

At some point while pool party hopping with your friends you’re going to decide that you want to experience Miami in truly unique way. Enter Tidal Cove, a new five-acre poolscape with a lazy river, surf simulator, water slides and luxury cabanas -- this alternative pool party features a live DJ spinning tunes and an adults-only pool and bar. A day pass gives you access to all of the fun, or if you stay at the resort, will be included in the cost of your room.

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa - $$$

The Budget-friendly Pool Party

Not to be overlooked is the Atton Miami which has a sunset party every Saturday at their Vista Rooftop Bar from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Vibe to live music and a specialty ‘Sunset Cocktail’ which changes weekly and stay long enough to catch the sun as it begins to set against the beautiful Brickell Miami skyline.

Atton Brickell $

$ - Up to $25

$$ - Up to $50

$$$ - Over $50

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