Though Miami’s heat lingers all year long, summer is prime time to see and be seen in this sunny metropolis.Dip your feet in and join the trend at these top hotel pools.
You may even get that Miami bronze we all long for over the summer.
Drawing families and low-key couples, the cross-shaped pool at the Ritz-Carlton is large enough to swim a proper lap -- a fairly rare thing in South Beach.
Plus, it comes with an excellent view of the ocean.
One of South Beach's most infamous party hotels, the Shore Club packs the pool with 20-somethings pounding beers at Rumbar.
DJs spin insider tunes from up-and-coming musicians like French MC Yelle and Robyn (Sweden's answer to Gwen Stefani).
Try these three pools, each at a different temperature (75, 85, and 90 degrees Fahrenheit), for a warm plunge with the Setai's hot clientele.
The pools are surrounded by what may be the most beautifully manicured grounds in all of South Beach.
The Raleigh's free-form saltwater pool is where Esther Williams cavorted in The Million Dollar Mermaid and models strutted in 2008 for the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swimsuit extravaganza.
But on most days, this laid-back pool is better for basking in the classic, black rubber inner tubes or chowing down some mini-burgers at the nearby restaurant.
Located off the beach, the Mondrian -- just opened in 2009 -- comes with a beautiful, bow-shaped infinity pool overlooking the Biscayne Bay.
Guests can step into one of the fantastic outdoor living rooms for some shade or pay a fee for a large, souped-up cabana.
An enormous lagoon-shaped pool, surrounded by smaller dipping pools and Jacuzzis, beckons from the lobby.
Many families are drawn to the sunbeds, but guests can splurge on the posh VIP cabanas, which sport 32-inch flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
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