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The Ten Best Pool Party Spots in Miami

It's always pool party season in Miami.
It's always pool party season in Miami. Photo courtesy of the Standard Spa
The heat is on, and we're all melting.

Sure, we could find a quiet nook on the beach and take a relaxing dip in the ocean. But let's be real here — sometimes we all want to get a little turnt and conduct our shenanigans poolside.

Fortunately, Miami has plenty of options on the pool party front. From elegant rooftops with curated beats to all-out ragers with an ocean view, there is a perfect setting for you and your crew.

Here are the ten best pool party spots in Miami for soaking it all in.
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The Clevelander’s pool is the epicenter of wild times on Ocean Drive.
Photo courtesy of Clevelander South Beach

Clevelander South Beach

1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
877-532-4006
clevelander.com
You’ve seen it on The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation and as the backdrop for oodles upon oodles of big-time parties through the years. The Clevelander’s pool may be the epicenter of wild times on Ocean Drive and, for passersby, is always a raucous spectacle. On Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1 p.m., the spot hosts its Play Pool Party, often complete with dancers, beer pong, and, yes, probably oodles of people twerking up a storm in between. When things get too hot, a liquor-loaded Famous Frozens slushie from its sprawling bar does the trick.
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The Confidante's pool is a midcentury oasis.
Photo by Chris Carter

The Confidante Miami Beach

4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-424-1234
hyatt.com
The Confidante is a midcentury oasis, and its pools are no exception. The spot has two heated swimming pools, one of which is adults only. Rounding out its cozy-yet-party-ready vibe are tastefully striped cabanas, pops of palms, lounge chairs aplenty, and its culinary outpost, the Backyard. Pro-tip: Your best bet and deal if you’re not staying at the Confidante is to book a day pass on ResortPass, which starts at $35. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also book a cabana or bungalow.
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It's totally worth the trip north of the county line to Daer Dayclub.
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Daer Dayclub at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
954-779-4750
hardrocknightlife.com
Yes, this spot is 20 miles north of downtown Miami, and, yes, it is totally worth the trip for your poolside outings. Since opening in 2019 with a wild performance by the Chainsmokers, Daer Dayclub has hosted the likes of DJ royalty like Tiësto, Zedd, and Steve Aoki. Tucked under the shadow of the iconic — or garish, depending on your aesthetic — guitar hotel, the spot includes more than 21,000 square feet of wiggle room, two dipping pools, one large central pool, daybeds, and cabanas.
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The Fontainebleau's Arkadia Day Club allows guests to splurge poolside.
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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
800-548-8886
fontainebleau.com
The Fontainebleau exudes the beachside elegance that Miami dreams are made of, but the property also knows how to have a damn good time too. Case and point: Arkadia Day Club, the hotel's 21-and-over pool party affair that goes down every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. In addition to daybed and chair options aplenty, the "Ultra Cabana" option here is a must if you’re looking to splurge, complete with a 46-inch HDTV, personal attendants, and more. If you somehow have energy left and a change of clothes after your Arkadia adventure, you can walk over to LIV nightclub afterward.
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Freehand Miami is a hotspot for backpackers and chill locals alike.
Photo by Chris Carter

Freehand Miami

2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach
305-531-2727
freehandhotels.com
With a hostel-gone-upscale vibe, Freehand Miami’s pool is a good vibe itself. Quaint in size and dotted with vibrant umbrellas and lounge chairs, this is a hotspot for backpackers and chill locals alike year-round. A distinguisher for Freehand is the Broken Shaker, the bar and street food setup that has become a Miami cocktail institution. Where other pools may serve up a sad daiquiri, Broken Shaker has an incredible handcrafted cocktail menu. Cheers!
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You can't beat the view at Baia Beach Club at the Mondrian South Beach.
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Mondrian South Beach

1100 West Ave., Miami Beach
305-514-1500
sbe.com
There are plenty of options for poolside fun with ocean vistas in the city, but the best option with a stunning panoramic view of Miami's skyline is perhaps the Mondrian South Beach. The Mondrian's pool, Baia Beach Club, has a Mediterranean vibe, with green turf, mega-sized potted plants, white daybeds, and frequent visits from local DJs adding to the already stellar vibe. Once you've dried off, the on-property restaurant has memorable Mediterranean fare and prime outdoor seating for watching the sunset over the city.
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Nautilus by Arlo has a nearly 1,900-square-foot heated saltwater pool.
Photo by Andrew Sokolow for Nautilus by Arlo

Nautilus by Arlo

1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-503-5700
arlohotels.com
Nautilus by Arlo's outdoor spaces are equally enticing as its art deco confines. Anchoring its backyard — just steps from the Atlantic Ocean — is a nearly 1,900-square-foot heated saltwater pool, a smaller pool, and daybeds and cabanas aplenty. In addition to regular pool parties with some of the city's best DJs, keep an eye out for special events, especially during Miami Music Week, the Fourth of July, and Miami Art Week.
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Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach is more than your average poolside experience.
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SLS South Beach

1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-674-1701
sbe.com
Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach is much more than just a pool. There's a giant painted rubber ducky statue. There are random mirrors dotted about. And there is a beautiful tree canopy. In total, there are more than 8,000 square feet of wonder to explore at this indoor-outdoor entertainment hotspot. Recently, the likes of 2 Chainz, Sofi Tukker, Kaskade, and Fatboy Slim have graced its stage, adding much more to the experience.
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The Standard Spa delivers the ultimate in relaxation.
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The Standard Spa

40 Island Ave., Miami Beach
305-673-1717
standardhotels.com
There is nothing standard about the Standard. Tucked away on Belle Isle, the property is a tropical paradise, complete with lush gardens and a vast infinity pool with bay and city views. A cool feature of the pool is the underwater sound system that allows you to rock out while taking a dip. Start your pool adventure with a trip to the spa, which has a Turkish-style hammam, steam room, sauna, Roman waterfall hot tub, and more. If you don't leave the Standard refreshed, well, that's on you.
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Photo by Alice Gao for the Goodtime Hotel

Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel

601 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
786-687-0234
strawberrymoonmiami.com
Since landing in Miami Beach in 2021, the Goodtime Hotel has quickly become a place to be. Pharrell Williams and David Grutman are the masterminds behind it, after all. Part of the well-deserved buzz has been its poolside offering, Strawberry Moon. Tucked on the third-floor deck of the hotel, pinstripe awnings, pastel tiling, and art deco accents complete the ambiance. While hoppin' nearly every day of the week, its Wavy pool parties with guest DJs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are the pinnacle of Miami pool-itude.
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Jesse Scott is a Fort Lauderdale-based contributor for Miami New Times covering culture, food, travel, and entertainment in South Florida and beyond. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and his hometown newspaper, the Free Lance-Star, among others.