Have time to kill between a cruise and your flight home? Simply looking to relax by a pool without spending the night at a resort? With a purchase of a day pass, you can do so at many Miami hotels and resorts. We only found one resort in Fort Lauderdale that offered a pass, which we've detailed below.
The least expensive day pass we could find gets you into the 16th floor pool terrace of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami. For only $20 per person, receive access to two swimming pools overlooking Biscayne Bay.
As mentioned, only one Fort Lauderdale property offers anything resembling a day pass. At The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, non-overnight guests may reserve cabanas from $300 per couple. Additional party members cost $50 each. Cabanas are available throughout the year, except on holidays, and come with complimentary fruit, water, waiter service, and a private TV and speakers.
Surround yourself with quintessential Miami Art Deco at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. To relax by the pool for the day, guests must meet a food and beverage minimum: $30 per person Monday - Thursday and $60 per person Friday - Saturday. Or, upgrade your day with a cabana reservation. Rates vary by party size and day. Inquire with the hotel.
Off the beaten tourist path on Belle Isle, the Standard Spa’s lush spa grounds treat guests to a large saltwater pool, hot tub, and cold plunge. Full poolside service includes brunch and lunch menus offering up healthy organic fare, fresh-pressed juices, and cocktails (food and beverages cost extra). Spend a weekday at the Standard for $75 per person. Weekends cost $150 per person. Admission provides you with a chair, towel, umbrella, locker, and bath robe.
Ranked the second best hotel in Miami on TripAdvisor, the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Downtown can easily cost more than $500 per night. Why not stay elsewhere for less and enjoy the luxe hotel’s pool for $50? You'll also have access to a shallower pool where you can swing on a hammock over water. Call ahead of time — the hotel limits the number of non-overnight guests during high occupancy periods.
Hammocks and lounge areas surrounded by tropical vegetation and a bay-front pool await at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. Pool guests without overnight reservations must meet a $50 food and beverage minimum.
For $65 per person, a day pass at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach covers the expansive ground-floor pool, beach chairs on the hotel’s the gym, locker room, a hydro therapy pool, and spa. Day pass holders receive 15 percent off spa treatments. Parking costs an additional $20.
Situated in South Beach’s Art Deco neighborhood, the National Hotel is home of one of the area’s largest pools. Take dip and soak up the sun for $30 per person. Note the property often has raucous pool parties -- if you prefer a calmer atmosphere, call ahead to see what the day has in store.