There’s a reason South Beach has a diet named after it; Miami is known for the buffed and bronzed bodies strutting along its beaches. But even the tiniest of bathing suits is too restricting for some, so we’ve compiled a list of the best hotels to bare it all in — places where the tops come off poolside or where everything comes off in the steamy, coed spas.
Hotel Victor’s spa features a coed steam room and a clothing-optional Turkish hammam. For vacationers who prefer to show off their bronzed, buff bods outside the hotel, South Beach, where topless sunbathing is not only legal but socially acceptable, is right across the street.
The famous Lido Spa is the Standard's main draw, with a Turkish hammam and playful treatments like body painting with mud (where they encourage a friend to blast you clean with a hose). Considering the weekly party nights (with promotions like ladies and "bottoms" drink free), the rather raunchy pool scene (especially once the body paint gets flying), and the coed sauna (no need to explain), it's probably for the best that kids under 14 are not allowed on the property.
Topless sunbathing is allowed at Gansevoort South's hip rooftop pool, part of the largest rooftop lounge in the country and used more for flaunting than swimming. When we asked a staff member if poolside toplessness was common, he replied "Yeah, it' South Beach." Hats off -- or rather, tops off -- to that.