Where to Pool Party in Miami

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Best Pool Party Miami is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report.

After running on the beach, I returned to the Confidante confident to go to the pool. The hotel said there would be a DJ that day. Visions of old school Vegas pool parties popped in my head (see Vegas Knockout: Fading to Blackout at the Hard Rock). It ended up being much more tame than that. The music was more for ambiance and less for getting the guests hype. In fact, there were a few people reading books in the pool. That doesn’t scream party. It does give me some hope that people still read.

Confidante zzz party
Instead of opting for calm, I decided on chaos. An Uber ride later, I arrived at the SLS Hotel. Within the hotel, there’s Hyde Beach.

Getting In 
If you’re not a guest of the hotel and you happen to be male, you’ll have to wait in line. When you get in, there’s a $100 spend. If you are a quick talker, you may be able to skip the line and receive two comped drinks (valued at $42) if you give the right person a $50 note. Then there’s no minimum spend. This blogger still hit it meaning the only value I received was fast tracking the queue. I was regretting that expenditure both monetarily and physically the next day.

SLS, not the pool party
Music

The music was good. It was not heavy trance, and it wasn’t all top 40.

SLS, the pool party
People
If people behaved in real life like they do at pool parties, the world would live in harmony. By the time the sun went down, it was a community of happy drunkards.
Overall
If you’re in Miami, it’s hard to opt for the chill pool when there’s a party on South Beach.

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