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Tampa is not only home to beautiful beaches, it’s full of refreshing pools as well. Whether you’re looking to party at a resort, lounge near nature or swim laps to get ready for your triathlon, we’ve rounded up the best pools in Tampa and beyond.
This pool overlooks 35ac (14ha) of preserve and stunning Tampa Bay all the way to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Relax, order a drink and enjoy the big, blue water view. Pool bars also serve food, and there are umbrellas, palm trees and a whirlpool bath.
Saddlebrook Resort is located 20 minutes north of Tampa and offers one of the best resort-style lagoon pools in the area. This huge pool is large enough for swimmers and people looking to get lost in the sun for a few hours. There are cabanas for rent, a poolside cafe and hot tubs nearby. There is also a swim shop in the hotel if you’ve forgotten any items.
Affectionately called the pink castle or pink palace, the stylish Don Cesar hotel has been pleasing guests since 1928 with its Spanish and Moorish architecture. Its large pool overlooking the white-sugar sand of St Pete Beach is an oasis of refreshment. If you’re looking for beach-level calm and the sound of crashing waves, this pool is here for you.
Surrounded by palms on the corner of Harbor Island, this pool overlooks downtown, the Seddon Channel and Davis Island. It includes a poolside bar and lounge chairs and is steps from the Riverfront District in downtown. It is very convenient to events downtown and the cruise terminal.
This pool is set among palms and cooling umbrellas, overlooking 13ac (5ha) of spectacular white-sand beach and blue ocean. There is a 12-person hot tub and a kiddie pool. Food and drinks are available from a poolside cafe or Slo Joe’s Turtle Bar.
The Tahitian Inn offers a downtown tropical oasis, with its walled pool decorated with palm trees, cabanas, tiki torches and tiki umbrellas. The Tahitian Cafe and the Torch Tiki Bar offer soothing waterfront dining and tropical drinks in this boutique hotel setting.
This rooftop pool, bar and cafe setting is near the city but still offers beautiful views of the marina and water. Because it is set above the action it offers a bird’s-eye view below. The hotel is close to Ybor City, the Riverwalk, the cruise terminal and Amalie Arena.
Sam Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.