Yes, it’s hot in the desert in the summer. No one ever pretends it’s not, even if we frequently joke about it being a “dry heat.” But as we all know, one of the best—and most fun—ways to stay cool in the heat of the day or night is to immerse oneself in the wonderful world of water. Aside from home, resort, and hotel pools, there are plenty of places to go to hang out with the public and cool your jets.
Like most resorts in the Palm Springs Valley, the three in my hometown of Rancho Mirage all have great pools available to their guests! Rancho Las Palmas is well-known for its private pool available to spa customers, its adults-only “quiet” pool, and its fun and very family-friendly Splashtopia—complete with slides, sprinklers, and a meandering rafting river. www.rancholaspalmas.com
And the amoeba-shaped pool at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, with great poolside food and beverage services, offers something for all ages. www.westinmissionhills.com
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa has a great facility as well. And for those who want to combine a bit of pool frolicking with a sultry nightlife scene, its Friday night Caliente Pool Party runs from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and offers a festive time to the 21+ crowd. And for you ladies who happen to have a penchant for showing off your buff bodies, consider entering the weekly bikini contest that culminates in a $2500 first prize on August 30, 2013! www.hotwatercasino.com
Nearby in Rancho Mirage, the pristine Palm Desert Aquatic Center—open daily to the public—has amenities suited to every member of the family, including an Olympic-size pool for lap-swimmers, one- and 3-meter diving boards, and a shallow, 25-meter recreational pool with a wade-in entrance and two super-fun slides for younger swimmers.
In Palm Springs, Knott’s Soak City is open for the season with all kinds of fun, like the 800,000-gallon wave pool, a dizzying array of slides (including two with a seven-story descent), and pint-sized slides and splash pools for the tiny tots. And for Friday night fun, check out the Dive-In Movie Nights offering family-oriented films to be enjoyed while swimming!
Close by is the Palm Springs Swim Center, with a wonderful 50-meter pool that’s available year round for lap and recreational swimming. www.palmsprings-ca.gov/index.aspx?page=786
There are plenty of ways to stay wet and beat the heat in the Palm Springs Valley!