About Miami Beach: With an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees, Miami Beach has an unrivaled reputation for culinary offerings, nightlife, culture, fashion, luxurious hotels and, of course, its world famous Art Deco architecture. Miami Beach was recently ranked by TripAdvisor as number one on its Top Winter Sun Destinations and was included on the list of the 25 Best Beaches in the World. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach has also just been named one of the best cities in the world for its 'walkability'. Miami Beach is a destination for all seasons. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world!
About Us: Marty and Paula are two of the very best tour guides in Miami Beach - and they are a lot of fun! TripAdvisor lists 410 five-star reviews for them from clients all over North America, Europe and Down Under! Reviewers regularly describe them as 'engaging', 'passionate', and ' incredibly knowledgable'. Unlike other walking tour or large group tour companies, Marty and Paula own the company and personally lead all the tours with the exception of tours in German or Spanish when they call on the services of their European guide, Franzi Medina - so you know exactly who and what you are getting when you book your tour with Art Deco Walks.
Click on the "Testimonials" tab above to read recent, detailed client comments posted on Trip Advisor under "Art Deco Walks with Marty and Paula". They believe strongly in "letting the buildings do the talking" and, to that end, their tours are about South Beach's wonderful urban environments, green spaces, Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and 21st century architectural styles, and the back stories that produced these buildings. Their tours are built around the buildings themselves -- they make South Beach come alive for their clients!
About Marty Mueller: originally from Washington DC, Marty is the former Peace Corps Director in Ivory Coast and Haiti, a resident of Miami Beach for more t han a decade, and the co-owner of Art Deco Walks. Marty is President of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and devotes time as a tour guide/docent for the the Miami Design Preservation League and the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony. Marty also serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit group Health Through Walls, which provides medical services to prisoners in Haiti. He leads a variety of architectural walking, coach and bicycle tours throughout the Art Deco historic district. Marty speaks fluent French and leads art deco tours in French for French and Canadian visitors to South Beach. He is a 2007 graduate of the Design Preservation League's Tour Academy, Treasurer of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Florida (PTGAF) and member of the Florida Association of Meeting and Events Professionals (FAME).
About Paula Fletcher: As co-owner of Art Deco Walks, Paula is the resident expert on the colorful and exciting street art district of Wynwood; the Art Deco Historic District of Miami Beach; the Historic Districts of the City of Miami and boat tours of Biscayne Bay. Paula is a retired CEO of a UK company who has divided her time between the UK and the USA for the last 40 years. Paula serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and additionally donates time as a volunteer guide for the Miami Design Preservation League; the Frank Gehry New World Symphony and History Miami. Paula's lifetime love of architecture and art combined with a delight in storytelling give her audiences a strong sense of the exciting history, exuberance of style and the glamour associated with the Art Deco period in Miami and Miami Beach. She is a 2009 graduate of the Miami Design Preservation League Tour Guide Academy and a member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Florida (PTGAF).