Scottsdale’s sand isn’t only found in the desert. In fact, right in the middle of our urban areas, you’ll find pools with sandy beaches and waterborne activities perfect for unplugging from the daily hustle and bustle. Let a little sand between your toes take away your woes at these local Scottsdale beach resorts (plus one offsite activity for experiencing sandy beaches in the great outdoors).
If you thought there was no such thing as a Scottsdale beach resort, think again. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, one of the resort’s six pools features 9,000 square feet (800 tons) of white sand, allowing plenty of room for building sand castles on the shore or kicking up your heels and enjoying a cocktail. With lounge chairs, cabanas and a splash pad, Sunset Beach Pool is pure fun for the whole family.
The 2.5-acre water wonderland at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has all the right ingredients for a summer cool-off, including 10 swimming pools, a sand beach and two poolside bars. Plus – if hitting the links shore-side is your thing – you can take a swing at the beachside putting green.
Just minutes from Old Town Scottsdale, you’ll find another one of the best sand pools in AZ. The Scott Resort & Spa offers a beachy escape that feels a little like Havana – especially with The Canal Club’s Poolside Menu at arm’s length. Get your fix of sunshine and build a sandcastle at the sandy hideaway known as La Playa Pool.
Delight in a relaxing float of a different kind on a guided kayak tour of the Lower Salt River with REI Co-op Experiences. On a calm, Class 1 river with lush green riverbanks and opportunity for a dip in the fresh waters – plus a chance to spot wild horses – it’s a great way to chill out on a warm desert day.
A surf lesson under the Sonoran Desert sun? Why not. At The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, FlowRider is a must-do. Give bodyboarding or flowboarding a whirl to become a wave rider in no time. Kiddos and adults are all welcome at this adventurous beach resort!