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The Best Spots for Outdoor Swimming in Tampa, FL

Woman by a pool.
Woman by a pool. | © danielsampaioneto / Pixabay
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 for your triathlon, we’ve got what you need to find the best pools in Tampa and beyond.

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Pool

Hotel
Woman in pool
Woman in pool. | Woman in pool.

This pool overlooks 35 acres 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, there are umbrellas, palm trees and a whirlpool bath.

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Saddlebrook Resort and Spa

Resort, Hotel
Saddlebrook Resort Pool, Wesley Chapel, Florida
Saddlebrook Resort Pool, Wesley Chapel, Florida | Saddlebrook Resort Pool, Wesley Chapel, Florida

Saddlebrook Resort is located 20 minutes north of Tampa and offers one of the best resort-style lagoon pools in the area. At 500,000 galloons, this “super 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.

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Cuscaden Pool

Swimming Pool
Woman doing laps in the pool
Woman doing laps in the pool. | Woman doing laps in the pool.

This is a historic pool set in Ybor City – a gigantic aquatic center with four lap lanes. It was renovated then reopened in 2016. It’s 5.5 feet deep and offers chairs, flotation devices and a spray park for kids. It has an affordable entry fee or a card may be purchased to use all Tampa public pools for the year. This one is great for working out.

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The Don Cesar

Spa Hotel, Hotel
Pool at the Don Cesar Hotel, St Pete
Pool at the Don Cesar Hotel, St Pete | Pool at the Don Cesar Hotel, St Pete

Affectionately called the pink castle or pink palace, the stylish Don Cesar hotel has been entertaining 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 for you.

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Beach, Business, Fine Dining, Family Friendly, Historic, Relaxed, Stylish, Romantic

The Westin Tampa Waterside

Hotel
Lounging by the Pool
Lounging by the Pool. | Lounging by the Pool.

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.

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Resort, Hotel
Taking a dip in the pool
Taking a dip in the pool | Taking a dip in the pool

This pool is set among palms and cooling umbrellas, overlooking 13 acres 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 café or Slo Joe’s Turtle Bar.

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Tahitian Inn

Boutique Hotel
Tiki torches at sunset
Tiki torches at sunset. | Tiki torches at sunset.

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.

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Hotel
Boats morning in the water
Boats morning in the water. | Boats morning in the water.

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.

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