8 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat in Miami

On those hot days, nothing feels better than finding a few chilly spots.

Each year, visitors plan their escape from winter for summer getaways to feel the sunshine on the skin. This perfect recipe for bliss does have its drawbacks. Miami's soaring summertime temperatures, with average temperatures in the 90s with 100 percent humidity, can quickly turn that dreamy vacation into a hot mess. But don't despair, here, at your fingertips are fun, cool ways to beat the unbearable heat.

Cold Therapy: Take the cold plunge or a cold sauna to recover from intense workouts or a much-needed break from the heat at Anatomy at 1220. Besides feeling oh-so-good, the treatment has been regarded by elite athletes as the best way to reduce pain and swelling by tightening blood vessels which reduces inflammation and rids the body of lactic acid. 

Plunge pool, Anatomy at 1220
(Courtesy Anatomy at 1220)

Ice Skating: It may not be New York City's Rockefeller Center, but Kendall Ice Arena and Basement are a piece of the northern pie.

The 2,000-square-foot public, indoor ice-skating rink in the suburb of Kendall serves as a figure skating training center. The coaching staff are all members of the Public Skating Association.

Not able to trek south to Kendall Ice? Miami Beach has a swanky rink to call its own at Basement at The Edition hotel. It offers colored lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system that rivals any Miami Beach nightlife venue. 

Kendall Ice Arena
(Courtesy Kendall Ice Arena)

Public Pools: What could be better than chilling poolside with an ice cold drink and misting fans? Nothing. And it's definitely pool time at Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach. The Los Angeles and Las Vegas hotspot is legendary for its Saturday parties, over-the-top drinks and bacchanalia. Bring your wallet, this pool is not cheap and needs your best "Miami chic" fashion sense to get through the door.

For a low-key pool scene, head to Normandy Isle public pool in Miami Beach or Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. 

Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach
(Courtesy South Beach Nightclub Promotions)


Ice Bar: If being hot is a state of mind, the sub-zero, icey caverns of Drinkhouse Fire & Ice will have you thinking twice. Spend as much as you can withstand in Miami's first ice bar set at 23 degrees and made from 100,000 pounds of glacial ice. The Ice Bar Experience lasts 30-45 minutes and guests are provided with faux fur coats and gloves to keep warm. 

(Courtesy Drinkhouse Fire & Ice)

Winter-themed Libations: When fantasizing about colder climes to keep you refreshed doesn't work, the mixologists at Beaker & Gray are at the ready with fun and inventive drinks. Grab your coats for the chilly lineup of libations that include Cobb's Robler—Glenlivet founder's reserve, walnut, cinnamon, cream sherry and bitters—and the B&G&G&T—Bombay saffphire, house tonic, ramazotti and raspberry.

Beaker & Gray
Beaker & Gray bar (©Courtney Cates)