Best Pools in South Beach

Where the water is cool but the action is hot


On Miami’s South Beach, pool culture isn’t just about getting wet. From private cabanas and chair side concierge services to DJs and afternoon-into-the-night parties, the best pools are places where the beautiful people mingle and indulge. Favorites come and go, but for the moment, these are the places to be.

Delano South Beach

Just steps from the sand, this classic infinity-edged beauty continues to hold a prime position on the A List of SoBe’s pool decks. Chaise lounges set under white market umbrellas provide a cool, breezy venue for relaxation or taking in the scene, while a flanking row of canopies provide private couches and day beds where one can order up libations, spa services and noshes from Chef Brian Massie’s award-winning kitchen.

Delano Pool Miami

The classic rectangular pool at the Delano has long been a favorite gathering place of the glamorous crowd, as well as the site of South Beach’s longest running Sunday pool party. Photo: Delano

At night, the scene takes a sensuous turn as subtle lighting transforms the Philippe Starck-designed landscape, and cabanas become settings for tete-a-tete meetups. Not to be missed are Privileged Sundays, which are the hottest ticket on the beach, with resident DJs, dancers and body-painted models setting the scene from mid day through sunset. Visit:

Nautilus South Beach, A Sixty Hotel

Following a sweeping renovation and update, this Collins Avenue classic quickly became a local’s favorite. Within the lavish landscaping of an expansive private garden, teak decks lead from beach to the Nautilus pool. This chic oasis enhances warm saltwater immersions with an in-water sound system. In addition to the requisite collection of poolside daybeds and lounges, there are eight private cabanas offering dining tables, minibars and entertainment system.

Nautilus Pool Miami

The saltwater pool at the Nautilus lures a mix of sophisticated locals and international travelers, offering an underwater sound system and lavish private cabanas. Photo: Nautilus South Beach

A lively waterside bar serves signature cocktails and tempting bites, and just steps away is the Nautilus Cabana Club. This signature venue features both indoor and outdoor dining experiences based on locally sourced ingredients. The pool deck is a favorite setting for special events, and a regular weekly highlight is Rosé Sundays Brunch, which is followed by a pool party with cabana rentals and DJ sounds. Visit:

1 Hotel South Beach

Guests at 1 Hotel have four pools and more than 50 daybeds and cabanas to choose from. But it is the newly reopened rooftop option that draws Miami’s in crowd. Perched atop this 17-story landmark property is a 110-foot-long pool that is Miami Beach’s largest rooftop water feature. Delivering stunning views of island and ocean, this adults-only setting features a quarter-acre deck served by a rooftop restaurant and lounge.

1 Hotel Rooftop

Set on the 17th story rooftop, the adults-only pool at 1 Hotel delivers sweeping views of Miami Beach. On Sundays, it is a popular party scene. Photo: 1 Hotel South Beach

There are intimate two-person daybeds and cozy cabanas, plus a lavish rooftop living room cabana that can accommodate parties of up to 20. Show up for Organic Sundays to sample gourmet offerings and launch a day of sun and fun with a brunch that morphs into an all-day pool party. This event can draw a crowd, so it’s best to reserve a table or VIP cabana to ensure admission. Visit:

The Miami Beach Edition

More than a pool, the decks and lushly landscaped outdoor spaces of Tropicale at the Miami Beach Edition were inspired by the classic beach clubs of Havana. The beachfront setting includes expansive lawn with games, outdoor movie nights and more. The property’s iconic 1950s-era swimming pool is now restored and includes a period diving board, while a second pool is surrounded by custom teak lounges and custom private cabanas with oversize daybeds, mini refrigerators, private safes and televisions.

Miami Beach Edition Pool

The original 1950s-era pool at the Miami Beach Edition has been meticulously restored and updated, but still includes a classic high dive platform. Photo: Miami Beach Edition

The Matador Bar sits in the shade, surrounded by beautiful greenery, while the landmarked Sundial restaurant and bar offers a palate of fresh and light menu selections with the option of poolside or beachfront dining. For a refreshing change after the heat of the day, you can head downstairs to Basement, an entertainment complex that includes a nightclub, bowling alley and an indoor ice skating rink. Visit: