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
From beginning to end, the walking tour was outstanding! It included the history of Miami and Miami Beach, elements of Art Deco Architecture, and viewing the interiors and exteriors of several buildings! Marty's sense of humor is superb!! Don't miss this tour!!
Dr. Deb Hubbard, Hartford CT - March 21, 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
I had the opportunity to do the tour in French with Marty that is great. His French is excellent, he's really passionate about design and told us about some interesting details about the buildings you'll never forget.
Ludivic & Franck, Paris, France - February 20, 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 had the pleasure of a Lincoln Road tour with Marty yesterday - which was quite a treat. I really appreciated his attention to detail and not wanting to repeat anything that I had seen on another tour last year (no repeats here!). Marty is easy to be with and incredibly knowledgeable about architecture.
Suzanne Manlove, Arlington Home Interiors, Arlington, Virginia - January 28, 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
I've been to South Beach on 3 prior occasions, but I learned a lot on this tour AND I had a wonderful time. Marty is passionate and engaging. You won't be bored. My in-laws weren't that excited about doing this tour before it started, but they've been raving about it ever since. You will learn about the history and architecture of the area. Even if you don't have much interest in either topic, you will enjoy this tour!
Todd & Family, Hoover, Alabama - January 5, 2013
Marty, we all thoroughly enjoyed our walk with you last week in Miami. You let us see things we couldn't see and know things we couldn't know. It seems a long time ago from a very grey and cold London.
Keith Priest, FletcherPriest Architects, London - January 3, 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
We are discriminating travelers [Top Contributors on Trip Advisor with 158 reviews in 63 cities!] and researched thoroughly before hiring Marty and Paula. My husband and I both had childhood memories of winters in Miami Beach and wanted an educational understanding of the history and architecture. There are many tours companies to choose from but it is rare to tour with the owners. They were invested in our experience and took the time to determine our interests in order to personalize parts of our tour.
Arlene & Alan Karpel, Los Angeles, California - December 8, 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