We booked Paula for a tour of Miami's Art Deco area in South Beach. Paula provided us with so much history about the area and was knowledgeable and entertaining. She took us in and around the main hotels on Ocean Drive. You don't want to miss this tour, it is worth your time.
Janet Goldstein, Orlando FL - March 10, 2014
We are thrilled to have had Marty as our guide to South Beach. We did three tours during a five day visit: Art Deco Ocean Drive, urban green spaces, and Lincoln Road Reinvented. He took special care to personalize our experience to the extent that each of the tours took off where the last one ended, and nothing was repeated
Rosalie & David, Washington DC - March 2-6, 2014
Had a great day with Marty. Learned about both the region and the Art Deco architecture. Really brings alive the city, its beginning, and the influences that make it the city that we love. Great recommendation for dinner. Appreciate the follow up notes
Connie & Jack Weed, Fargo, No. Dakota - January 29, 2014
A tourist can be awestruck by the contemporary glitz and glamour and body beautiful of South Beach-but the history, architecture, and economics reveal a much more interesting story. I had heard from colleagues that Marty and Paula's tour was so informative and indeed it was. I love hearing stories that make buildings, landmarks, and regions come alive. Paula certainly delivered that. She was very knowledgeable and patient, as it was Art Basel week therefore very busy and loud as we navigated Ocean Drive. Well worth the fee and well worth supporting preservationists who don't just want to watch a wrecking ball!
L. Spittal, Calgary, Alberta, Canada - December 6, 2013
We booked this walk at the last minute as we only had one night in Miami Beach and wanted to get the best experience of the Art Deco culture. From the first contact by email with Marty, he was really helpful and arranged a tour around our limited time. We did the Lincoln road walk at 6pm and Marty met us at our hotel. The 90 minute walk just flew by as we were taken to so many Art Deco buildings where Marty explained their history bringing the area to life. It wasn't just the external architecture we looked at, as Marty took us into many hotels and shops to show us interior design as well. The finale is well worth waiting for.... But we won't spoil it for anybody.
Martin Kent, Manchester UK - August 31, 2013
Although there were plenty of tour companies we chose this one because Marty was to easy to work with and willing to tailor our walk to our family which includes two children 3 and 7.
Marc E. Tomlinson, Troy, Michigan - April 26, 2013
I was fortunate to join Marty's tour and learn the concise history of an uninhabited mangrove swamp turned into the renowned "Art Deco Capital of the World", as it is known today. We were introduced to the exterior and interior of the hotels in SOBE, where the architectural style was explained in detail, the locations where movies had been made and the residences of some very famous people. Thank you Marty, I will be recommending your tour to my fellow Australians.
Narelle Lambert, Art Deco Society of Sydney, Australia - April 10, 2013
After many winter visits to South Beach and several South Beach tours accompanying friends, our tour with Marty brought my appreciation of this unique area to a whole new level. He has the facts, the humor and the intelligence that make for a great tour guide...He's tops!
Nikki Zapol, Boston - March 1, 2013
Paula was very knowledgeable, intelligent, and well-spoken, with a nice sense of humor. My wife and I love to get the info and history behind what you see around you, it makes it much more interesting. Time and money well spent!
Greg McKinney, Reston, Virginia - February 6, 2013
Even if you only have a passing interest in the area and art & architecture, this is an excellent way to be introduced to the past and present of a really interesting place. Thanks Paula, we had a great time!
Steve & Julie Simpson, Norwich, United Kingdom - February 4, 2013
I am a long time Miami resident and have visited the South of Fifth Street (SoFi) neighborhood many times, but I saw it with new eyes with the help of Marty and Paula. They shared a bit of South Florida's colorful history and helped me appreciate the architecture. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
Helene Dudley, Miami, Florida - January 12, 2013
Davvero un tour interessante! Io e mia madre siamo state durante le vacanze natalizie a Miami e abbiamo scelto di prenotare questo tour per conoscere meglio l'architettura art deco.
Anna Vighetti & Alice Feyles, Turin, Italy - January 2, 2013
La visite des batiments Art deco de Miami avec Marty a été pour mon épouse et moi-mème un rayon de soleil durant notre séjour en Floride. Grace à Marty le soleil n'a plus été sur notre tète mais dans notre coeur. Si vous allez un jour en Floride,oubliez le golf et allez visité ce beau quartier d'Art Déco qui vaut toute la Floride.
Jean-Louis Lauzanne, Normandy, France - 2 Tours/December 19 & 20, 2012
There are wavy, parallel lines running just below the roof of the stately, white Congress Hotel building on Ocean Dr. Large, black, art-deco letters spill down the front of the building, which is designed to resemble a movie marquee.South Beach tour guide Paula Fletcher, a colourful and conversational sort with a fabulous British accent, turns to my tour group. “Isn’t this stunning,” she says, as if taking her first-look at the property. “I call it Aztec meets Egypt meets Hollywood.”
Jim Byer, Travel Editor, Toronto Star - November 8, 2012