Marty is a fascinating historian for Miami Beach. We saw things and went places we would never have known existed. Marty made the tour relevant to our lives as well. We shared the tour with another couple from Holland. Marty related stores and content that met all of our learning objectives. He arranged timing and destinations to coincide with the heat of the sun and the shadows of dusk. Loved anecdotal stores about society in this historic setting. HIGHLY recommend this tour!!
Andy & Jennifer Prive, Richmond, Virginia - August 27, 2014
We had a very good experience with the walking tour led by Paula through the Art Deco district of South Beach and beyond, visiting the entire downtown area of Miami Beach in 90 minutes. Best time and money we spent in Florida. She is very pleasant and shares her extensive knowledge of art, architecture, history. geography and current events. She will also point you the right direction for shopping, eating, entertainment and your next stay in the area. Paula's tour is interesting, extensive but not exhausting at all.
Daniella & Anna, Chicago, IL - May 29, 2014
Our tour guide, Marty Mueller is so passionate and informed, it makes the walking tour a total delight!! We learned about Art Deco as being angular and symmetrical, the rebuild of Miami Beach Ocean Drive after the 1926 hurricane and how Miami and Miami Beach are the capitals of Art Deco with the largest selection of Art Deco buildings. What a total delight! You must take this tour!
CL Conroy, Conroy-Martinez Public Relations, Coral Gables, FL - April 27, 2014
Wir sind zu zweit mit Marti zunächst am Strand entlang gelaufen, er erzählte uns sehr eindrucksvoll über die Historie des Stadtteils und gab viel Anregungen zu den architektonischen Merkmalen des Art Deco. Erklärte Unterschiede zu Bauhaus und Art Nouveau. Was ich besonders gut fand war, dass wir in die Gebäude hineingegangen sind und so auch die Hotellobbies und Dachterassen sehen konnten.
Dr. Christian Wiens, Cologne, Germany - March 18, 2014
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.
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.
Martin Kent, Manchester UK - August 31, 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
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
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