About Us: Marty and Paula, who were awarded both Trip Advisor's 2012 AND 2013 Certificates of Excellence, are two of South Beach's best tour guides - and they are a lot of fun! Trip Advisor lists 100 five-star reviews for them from clients all over North America and Europe! Reviewers regularly describe them as 'engaging', 'passionate', and ' incredibly knowledgable'. 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 since 2005, and the co-owner of Art Deco Walks. Marty is Vice President of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and volunteers his time as a tour guide at the Miami Design Preservation League and the New World Symphony. Marty also serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit group Health Through Walls, which provides medical services to men, women, and child prisoners in Haiti. He leads a variety of architectural walking and bicycle tours throughout the art deco historic district. Marty speaks fluent French, spends part of each summer in France, and leads art deco tours in French. He is a 2007 graduate of the Design Preservation League's Tour Academy, a member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Florida (PTGAF) and the Florida Association of Meeting and Events Professionals (FAME).
About Paula Fletcher: from the UK, Paula is a retired senior business executive with national UK awards for public speaking who has worked in Australia, Sri Lanka and the USA. For the last 14 years she has divided her time between the UK where she gives walking tours of historic gardens, towns and villages for visiting Americans from her company www.warwickwalks.com and the USA where she is co-owner of Art Deco Walks giving walking tours within the South Beach Art Deco Historic District of Miami Beach, Florida. Paula additionally donates time as a volunteer guide for the Miami Design Preservation League; the Raymond Jungles re-designed Miami Beach Botanical Garden; the Frank Gehry designed New World Symphony and History Miami leading tours through the tropical cocktail of architectural styles within the Downtown Miami business district. 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).