When the fog recedes and the sun comes out, San Francisco has a great selection of pools to let your imagination run wild in.  Don your goggles and imagine you are swimming to freedom from Alcatraz, or dream about hopping out of the pool and into a Ford Mustang with Steve McQueen for a car chase around this most iconic of cities.

Phoenix Hotel

This funky egg shaped pool in the notorious Tenderloin neighborhood oozes a swanky poolside vibe that is well known all around San Francisco. Most popular for it’s hip party scene that fully comes to life in the summertime.


Kabuki Springs & Spa

The combination of Eastern and Western design makes this bathhouse a cozy disconnect from the hustle and bustle of every day city life. Located in the heart of Japantown, the main attractions are the communal hot and cold pools where tranquility and relaxation will greet you at the door.


Bay Club at the Gateway

Get your downtown detox on at the Bay Club’s heated pool, where you can cross off some highlights on your San Francisco sightseeing tour by simply swimming laps. Not only will you have a great view of some of the most iconic buildings in the city, but the ocean is also just a street away!


Mission Community Pool

Welcome to the only city-operated outdoor pool in San Francisco, where patrons come to partake in some recreational swimming. With one of the cheapest entrance fees in the city, if you’re on a budget and looking to clock in some laps, Mission Community Pool is the place for you!


Sava Pool

After it’s multimillion-dollar renovation, this beautiful eight-lane, 25-yard indoor lap pool has become a popular swimming destination for locals and visitors alike. The lanes are divided into slow, medium and fast paced swimming, so swimmers of all speeds can enjoy.


Palace Hotel

Surrounded by a giant arched glass dome with exquisite views of the San Francisco skyline, this majestic indoor pool is made for swimmers looking for some leisurely paddling. Even if you try to speed up your stroke, the pool is so calm, you’re going to want to take a moment to bask in it’s beauty.


Hotel Nikko

This bright and beautiful indoor swimming pool is the perfect place to visit when you want a splash of summer on a classic gloomy San Francisco day. Probably the most attractive pool in the city, the interior creates one of the more enjoyable indoor atmospheres with massive slanted sunroofs for optimal natural light.


Hamilton Recreational Center
Another great place to swim laps in the city, however, there’s one thing that sets this pool apart from all the others. The water slides of course!  Once you pay a visit to this pool, you can officially say you’ve experienced the only water slides in all of San Francisco.


The St. Regis SF
A very simple and peaceful spot that feels more like you’re in the privacy of your own room than at a communal hotel pool. With it’s homey accents and low ceilings, this slice of heaven definitely caters to the loungers!


Nob Hill Spa
For a serene swimming experience, this clean and sleek indoor infinity pool will undeniably provide you with some solid moments of relaxation. This pool is for the people who want to treat themselves to a day of wading around the water, all while taking in some amazing views of San Francisco.


San Francisco has a magical quality of light, and a magical quality of water.  Let your imagination take flight in this city of dreams and action. Pace the streets and swim lanes of iconic San Francisco, with Shwimmer.

Shwimmer: The Pools of the World in the Palm of Your Hand

About the Author

Jen is a travel writer and founder of the adventure blog, Bronze&Briny, connecting you to the world’s best beaches, and every country in between. Living between South Florida, Brisbane, LA & Berlin, she’s visited quite the number of pools, as summer chasing is her #1 hobby.