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Welcome to the (Collins Ave) jungle

One of the original hotels built during the crazy '40s "Boom over Miami" period (3k hotel rooms in two years, son!), The Raleigh combines pre-war decor with a buttload of tropical foliage right on the beach.Their world-famous pool (thank Esther Williams for filming half-naked there) is completely enclosed by hedges, and equipped with giant rubber tubes that're really easy to flip people in ideal for cocktail-in-hand floating. Said cocktails can be picked up at a pool bar conveniently positioned right behind the waterfall diving board, presumably so you can perform a screwdriver after downing a few. The standard guestrooms are just shy of 300 sq-ft and come with either a city, ocean, garden, or pool view, which you'll see none off when face-planted on 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets. Or you can opt for the double-size suites including this beach-view one with a private terrace, not including the floral dress-clad chick clearly shooting daggers at other floral dress-clad chicksFor eats, hit The Royal, which aside from being engulfed in candle-adorned trees, also plates lobster mac, FL middleneck clams, and slow-roasted short rib that's been doused in a ranch seasoning, sure to start your "Balloon over Miami" period.