Best Places to Swim in San Francisco


Summer is here in San Francisco and, while we may not be known for having the toastiest summers in California, the occasional hot day calls for a good cool off swim. For the abundance of triathletes and fitness conscious San Franciscans here in the City, any day is a good day for a swim.  Here is a list of some of San Fransisco’s best pools to help you beat the heat or just get your swim on, courtesy of 7×7.

Phoenix Hotel

The iconic rock-n-roll hotel offers the closest you’ll come to a genuine pool party in San Francisco. Plus, you can eat brunch poolside courtesy of neighboring Chambers Eat + Drink – seriously it just doesn’t get any better than that. // 601 Eddy Street

Palace Hotel 

The large indoor swimming pool at the Palace Hotel is just about as serene an experience as you can imagine, perfect for swimming laps or just a peaceful float. Sneak in, or book a room for this one, though. // 2 New Montgomery Street

Nob Hill Spa 

Want sweeping views of SF while you swim? No problem, just head to Nob Hill Spa. Located inside the The Scarlet Huntington, this sleek swimming pool also offers poolside catering and a patio perfect for sunning. Bonus points if you also get one of their amazing massages while you’re there. // 1075 California Street 

Hotel Nikko

Regardless of the weather outside, the atrium at Hotel Nikko is the perfect aquatic escape. Bask in the warmth of the indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, while sunlight trickles down from the atrium above. // 222 Mason Street 

Mission Pool

Head over to the Mission Park’s outdoor pool for a quick dip before or after your standard weekend picnic at the park. And don’t miss the iconic “New World Tree of Life” mural. // 19th Street. 

North Beach Pool

The North Beach pool boasts two pools (warm and cool) plus a sauna to relax in after. // 661 Lombard St.

Hamilton Pool

The Lower Pac Heights pool was recently revamped with a brand new indoor pool, but there’s only one reason anyone wants to come here: water slides, two of them. // 1900 Geary Blvd.

UCSF Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center

With sweeping views of the city, you can sunbathe to your heart’s content at UCSF’s outdoor pool. $20 for a day pass, or $149 for 10 visits over three months – that’s a pretty good deal. // 1675 Owens St.