Pools are not exactly in short supply in Miami, but if you like your water leisure with a side of scene, check out the open-to-the-public pool days at a (South Beach) hotel near you.
One of the most magical spots on the beach thanks to its views of the Biscayne Bay, the pool deck at The Standard is Miami summer incarnate. Purchase a day pass (Mon.-Thur., $75; Sunday, $125), arrive early to get a good lounge chaise and indulge in all the outdoor splendor as well as a handful of spa amenities. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.1717, standardhotels.com
Very few things in this life are a sure thing. For a guaranteed Sunday Funday, an afternoon spent at the Shore Club is a sure bet. On the agenda? A DJ spinning house, girls in bikinis dancing, ab-blessed guys watching them, and Grey Goose and Moët Ice cocktail specials. 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.3100, shoreclub.com
At the Dream South Beach, the party staff takes its Sundays very seriously. DJs Stefano Ravasini and Amalia Leandro spin the tunes as mojitos and martinis flow endlessly. 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.4747, dreamshotels.com
Entry to the SLS’ Saturday pool party is not guaranteed, but once you get past the velvet rope, it’s oh-so-worth the effort. Here’s our advice: Arrive early to delight the doorman... or, better yet, rent a lounge chair ($200), daybed ($500) or private cabana for the day ($1,000) and you’ll be splashing and mingling in no time. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.1701, slshotels.com
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The Fontainebleau normally reserves its vast pool for its guests, but there is a loophole: the Saturday soiree by Arkadia, which is everything you imagine it to be. We’re talking models, bottles and non-stop music. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.4690, fontainebleau.com