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Miami Pool Bars & Cabana Hot Spots

October 5, 2012 8:59 AM

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The Raleigh has the kind of opulent pool you might see in one of those old black-and-white movies featuring synchronized swimmers. (Credit: raleighhotel.com)

The Raleigh has the kind of opulent pool you might see in one of those old black-and-white movies featuring synchronized swimmers. (Credit: raleighhotel.com)

Miami is the pool bar capital of the United States. Hotels in Miami, particularly Miami Beach, compete mightily to put their own unique stamps on pool bar designs. Here are some of the best pool bars and cabana hot spots in Miami.
gansevort Miami Pool Bars & Cabana Hot Spots

Sibling to the Gansevoort in New York, this trendy property takes a page from its Meat District relative with its renowned Plunge rooftop pool. (Credit: gansevoortmiamibeach.com)

Gansevoort Miami Beach

2377 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
(786) 472-1153
gansevoortmiamibeach.com

The Gansevoort’s 18th-floor rooftop pool bar is quintessentially Miami Nice. The pool bar is named Plunge, but most people don’t. Instead, they chill and mingle at the canopied bar. They recline on comfy sofas. They take in awesome views of Miami and the Atlantic Ocean. Or they hang out in white tepee-shaped cabanas. Breezes blow here even on the steamiest of days. Insiders know that this is one of the best pool bars and cabana hot spots in Miami.

hotelssouthbeach Miami Pool Bars & Cabana Hot Spots

The Hotel is an art deco property located a short walk from that scandalous stretch of tanning beach at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive. (Credit: thehotelofsouthbeach.com)

The Hotel

801 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
(305) 674-9474
www.thehotelofsouthbeach.com

The Hotel is an art deco property located a short walk from that scandalous stretch of tanning beach at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive. Kick back at The Hotel’s rooftop pool bar after hanging with the barhopping throng below. You can take in hypnotic views of sunrises and relish private moments in multicolored cabanas with sofas. The scene is so exquisite that fashion photographers shoot models here regularly.

theraleigh Miami Pool Bars & Cabana Hot Spots

The Raleigh has the kind of opulent pool you might see in one of those old black-and-white movies featuring synchronized swimmers. (Credit: raleighhotel.com)

The Raleigh

1775 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
(305) 534-6300
www.raleighhotel.com

The Raleigh has the kind of opulent pool you might see in one of those old black-and-white movies featuring synchronized swimmers. Located at ground level, the pool is shaped like the body of an upright classical bass. Waterfalls, gardens and cabanas dot the pool area. The bar serves up yummy, yet potent Mojitos and other delicious concoctions.

delano Miami Pool Bars & Cabana Hot Spots

At the Delano, tall palms flank a ground-level pool with a section of water reserved for floating peacefully. (Credit: delano-hotel.com)

Delano Hotel

1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Fla. 33139
(305) 672-2000
www.delano-hotel.com

If you desire a truly laid-back pool bar scene, check out the Delano Hotel. Tall palms flank a ground-level pool with a section of water reserved for floating peacefully. Underwater swimmers listen to piped-in music. You can dine in a poolside cabana with butler service and stroll through a perfectly manicured lawn decked out with artwork. Security staffers keep revelry low-key and protect the privacy of poolside celebs.

viceroy Miami Pool Bars & Cabana Hot Spots

The Viceroy could be described as a boutique business hotel. (Credit: viceroymiami.com)

The Viceroy Hotel

485 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Fla. 33131
(305) 503-4400
www.viceroymiami.com

A Miami pool bar doesn’t have to be located on Miami Beach to be Miami Beach-chic. Witness the pool bar atop the 15-story Viceroy Hotel, located near the downtown financial district. You’ll find Japanese blueberry trees, classy chaise lounges and dozens of elegant cabanas on the two-acre deck of this lengthy pool. There are also beds. Yes, beds. Feel free to socialize in a hot tub that fits 80 people.

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