This New App Lets You Rent Your Neighbor’s Pool, Starting at $30/Hour
Ah, August. For many, it’s the hottest month of the year. For others, it’s still pretty darn hot. If you’re over the heat, you may be swiping through Instagram, figuring out just which of your distant friends have access to water. But before you slide into your ex’s DMs for access to their parents’ Hamptons house, I urge you to check out Swimply, a recent addition to the “Uber but for X” scene that lets you rent out private pools by the hour.
Rates and availability vary by location, but even in New York City, there are pools available starting at $50 an hour. I was able to find multiple spots near Miami Beach, Florida, starting at just $30, too! Like with Airbnb, pool owners set their own rules around music, the number of guests, and more. Some “hosts” also offer amenities like towels, picnic tables, and loungers. Select locations even allow a maximum of 50 guests, meaning you could book a pool for your own private party! (Invite me, maybe?)
Alternately, if you have a pool you’re finding is a little pricier to maintain than you planned, you can list it on Swimply and recoup some of those costs! Of course, like with Airbnbs, hosts on Swimply should research their rights, liabilities, and associated risks.
No listings on Swimply in your areas? You don’t have to give up your dreams of cannonballing into cool, cool H20. There are plenty of other options for people seeking poolside relaxation. Of course, many communities offer pools and rec centers, but if you want something that emphasizes luxury over Marco Polo tournaments, ResortPass offers day passes to hotels and resorts, allowing you to enjoy their pools and spas without having to sneak in. While day rates can get pricey for shoot up in places like NYC (starting at $700 for a cabana), you can find passes in other cities starting at just $15 a day.
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