miami art deco beach tours

Testimonials

If you like to walk and you enjoy learning about architecture and culture, this tour is for you. On our first evening in South Beach, Marty met us in our hotel lobby and took us on a 90-minute walking tour of many classic Art Deco buildings on Collins Ave and up Lincoln Road. We couldn't have asked for more. Marty brought us inside some of the most gorgeous hotels from the Art Deco period. We would never have ventured in on our own, but the doormen at each hotel knew Marty and welcomed us in. What a treat!

Elizabeth Kotowski, Nottingham, New Hampshire - April 23, 2017

After enjoying the Miami Design Preservation League’s standard art deco walking tour several times over the past few years, my husband and I wanted to learn more about the grand hotels just north and east of Lincoln Road. Happily, we found Art Deco Walks and Paula Fletcher. Paula took the two of us on a custom tour of the historic district "Divas,” such as the Raleigh, the National and the Albion. She was entertaining and extremely knowledgeable, and before we knew it the 90 minutes had flown by. Highly recommended and an excellent value. We're looking forward to trying Paula and Marty's other walks on our next visit.

Anne Diamo, Boston, Mass - February 15, 2017

I went on the Art Deco Walking Tour with Marty. He has both a passion and expertise in this style of design. His knowledgeable presentation has obviously been expertly cultivated over time and conveyed a wealth information. I would repeat this tour again in the future.

Oliver Trojak, Stroudsburg PA- January 4, 2017

We were in town for an Adele concert and our small group of 4 had an interest in learning more about the architecture and history of Miami Beach. Enter Paula Fletcher. She shared excellent information, selected a great route and provided a very well-paced tour. She was able to gain access to several small hotels and show us some very interesting aspects/design features of these historic buildings that one couldn't do in a much larger group. She is knowledgeable, interesting and charming which made the tour a delight. So thoroughly did we enjoy this tour that we hope to participate in her Warwick tours on our next trip to England

Carla M. Narrett, Punta Gorda, FL - November 1, 2016

What a fabulously different tour of Warwick with guide Paula Fletcher. Obviously a very experienced guide with lots of little extra and unusual pieces of information along the way. We visited 3 pubs along the way with a cocktail in each one and more of the fascinating history of how pubs came about in each one. Would thoroughly recommend and look forward to the next one. Well done Paula and thank you for a fascinating tour.

Di Sollis, Royal Leamington Spa, UK - August 20, 2016

Marty was our wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide for our bike ride through South Beach. We were a little hesitant to book the bike tour, since it's been 15+ years since we've ridden bikes. However, we were lucky enough to roll with Marty. His well-paced and informative tour was exactly what we were looking for in order to familiarize ourselves with the layout of South Beach. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of Art Deco in South Beach. Do yourself a favor and book a bike tour with Marty!

Susan Ramirez, Napa Valley, California - June 22, 2016

We met Paula at 10am on Ocean Drive for a 90 min tour of the Historic Art Deco area of Miami Beach. In this short time we learned some of the history of the town as well as becoming familiar with the Art Deco styles and themes. Paula is a knowledgeable and engaging guide and her love of the style, the period and the area is palpable. This is a great way to spend time before heading off and exploring more on your own. Such fun!

Steven T., Philadelphia - May 15, 2016

My mum & I met Paula Fletcher at our hotel, the Surfcomber, for an Art Deco tour. Paula greeted us with such a warm welcome, on our first morning in Miami. We both loved our tour. Paula was so knowledgeable and brought the buildings to life. It has been the highlight of our visit & i couldn't recommend this more highly to anyone trying to choose a tour. You cannot beat this. My mum cant walk fast and Marty & Paula were so accommodating to arrange us our own private tour at no extra cost.

Fiona Watts, London, England - April 15, 2016

We started with a mild interest in Art Deco but mostly a need to kill time before we could check into our hotel after an early flight arrival. We ended up informed and deeply interested in South Beach Art Deco -- what it is, how it came about, what happened to it, how it was renewed, what the preservation rules are doing to protect it and prevent cheapening imitations, and more. All this with none of the didactic drone that often sends me fleeing from tours. Marty does a terrific job of making the walk interactive and not just a lecture. And, of course, he knows everything there is to know. Not only was the tour terrific, it greatly enriched the rest of our stay in South Beach.

Bill & Susan Iverson, Washington DC - March 11, 2016

Me, my husband and a friend went on Paula's Wynwood art walk after taking her Art Deco tour and really enjoying it. The tour was great, Paula is very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about individual pieces and the artists involved, as well as the area itself. She also took us to some of her favourite galleries. It really put everything into context for us. The Wynwood tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Miami and I can't recommend it enough for anyone interested in art and cool places.

Christine H., London, England - February 5, 2016

My husband and I had the pleasure of going on an Art Deco Tour with Marty. We thoroughly enjoyed all the knowledge and expertise Marty shared with us. Even though the day was rainy and gray, Marty knew how to work with it. He tailor made the tour for us and the other couple that went on the tour. We appreciated the follow-up highlights and the link showing Art Deco architecture in our own city. Don't miss this tour if you are in the Miami Beach area.

Mary & David Chavetz, Milwaukee, WI - January 17, 2016