By Kyle Teal
Relaxing at a resort pool doesn't have to be a covert operation involving fake names and room numbers or unfriendly interrogations by hotel staff. Some of the more laidback establishments turn a blind eye to locals chilling out poolside, as long as they start a tab or order an appetizer.
South Florida's pools paint a picturesque scene of a summer crowd enjoying what a genuine tropical weekend is all about: sun and sex appeal. Sure, there are miles of beaches all over, but pools mean no sand in your car, a quick trek to the bar or poolside service, and when it's time for a swim, no irrational paranoia derived from watching too much Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.
While a few establishments welcome all, others only open their doors on specific days or after you've purchased a pass or rented a cabana. To avoid the embarrassment of getting kicked out, we've provided the scoop on some of the friendliest pool decks in the area.
Check out the links to the left to read more on each pool.
Dario Bazzi lounges at the Sagamore Hotel pool during the RX Pool and Beach Lounge party. Photo: Patrick Farrell.