It’s summer in Miami. You know it, we know it, and FPL knows it because the air conditioning is working overtime.
People in Miami like to complain about the heat, but we also know how to survive it. And one of those ways is to pool crash at luxury hotels where you don’t have to book a room.
Many hotel pools are reserved for guests, but we know a few loopholes to get you into the cabana (or at least walking around the pool with a drink in your hand).
Here are a few things you need to know before you set out on your pool crashing adventure.
Tidal Cove Waterpark at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
The new Tidal Cove Waterpark has seven water slides, a giant kiddie pool with an aquatic play structure plus a VIP pool for adults only. There’s also a FlowRider Triple surf simulation pool.
Price: It’s not cheap. A day membership is $75 Monday-Thursday; $105 Friday-Sunday
Where to find deals on day passes
A good first step: Check out ResortPass, the online booking website for pool passes, spa access and cabana reservation. You’ll find luxury hotels like SLS Brickell, The Confidante Miami Beach and The St. Regis Bal Harbour (day passes start at $40 at each of them). You can also find rates for Fort Lauderdale hotels.
Another online booking site to check out is DayAxe, where you can find day pass rates for hotels like The Conrad Miami and the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club ($25 per guest).
The hot spots
The Mondrian South Beach
At the Sundance Pool Series, which runs noon-7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer, guests and locals alike can bask in the sun, listen to music and - most importantly, some would say - enjoy rosé specials. Getting into the party is free, but there’s a $50 minimum food and beverage requirement. Find out about cabana and daybed reservations by emailing email@example.com
The Mondrian South Beach: 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach
Delano South Beach
The pool is for guests during the day, but wait until 7 p.m. and then you can hang out by the pool once Delano Beach Club opens. Less chance of a sunburn. It’s open 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Delano South Beach: 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach: 4441 Collins Ave.
1 Hotel South Beach
During the day, the pool is open to hotel guests only. It closes at 6, but the rooftop area is open to nonguests for the rest of the evening. Want to put in a few hours during the day? Rent a cabana by emailing VIProoftop@1hotels.com
1 Hotel South Beach: 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
You forgot about this place didn’t you? Well, don’t. Every day is a party. The pool is open to the public from 11 a.m. until sunset, and everybody’s invited for free.
Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar: 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
The Freehand Miami
Customers of The Broken Shaker - and who doesn’t want to be one of those? - are able to use the pool from sunrise to sunset every day. Sounds like time for a drink.
The Gates South Beach
With waterfront views of the Collins Waterway, sip piña coladas poolside or enjoy premiere beach access to famous South Beach. Day passes include access to the outdoor pool and hot tub with options to dine at OLA Restaurant, towels and complimentary wifi. For an additional fee, lounge via cabana.
Pool crashing 101
Still want to forgo the fee or slip into a pool not on this guide? You didn’t hear it from us, but here are a few tips to get you through the gate and into the cool, blue water:
Walk in like you own the place. Don’t stop to talk to the man guarding the back gate by the beach or the woman checking room keys past the lobby, breeze past them with confidence like you belong there and know where you’re going
Have lunch or drinks at the poolside restaurant. Then casually make your way to the pool and take a dip
Snag towels and set up your chair when the pool attendant isn’t looking
Have an exit strategy. If you get busted, know how you’re going to handle it ahead of time. Playing dumb works. “Oh, I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to be here.” Then, calmly and quietly collect your things.
Don’t bother during a holiday weekend when hotels are sold out and security is on high alert.