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Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

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Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

See the gorgeous Art Deco architecture in South Beach on a guided walking tour that explores landmark buildings and out-of-the-way gems. You’ll learn the history of South Beach as you walk through the ocean-side neighborhood, with fascinating stories about mob life, Hollywood glamour, and modern design, and you'll hear about the area's outrageous characters and scandals. Since this tour begins and ends in the heart of South Beach, it’s a great way to get oriented in one of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with a local guide to lead the way.
  • Walking tour through South Beach's Art Deco highlights
  • See Versace's over-the-top mansion
  • Learn about the distinctive, local take on Art Deco
  • Take in the neighborhood from street level
  • Find out how South Beach was created from a tropical swamp
  • Includes stops at beloved film sites
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Essex House Hotel , 1001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

You will meet your tour guide at the lobby of the Essex House Hotel at 1001 Collins Avenue, Miami, Beach FL 33139 Tour guide, James normally wears all black and wears either a fedora hat or baseball cap.

1450 Collins Ave , 1450 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

Tour may end near Senor Frogs.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for child aged 5 and under
  • Please know traffic is heavy and parking is limited after 12pm on Fridays, weekends and holidays. If you are driving into South Beach please allot additional 45 minutes to enter South Beach and locate parking as some garages may be full and you will need to drive around to locate street parking. ALSO please check traffic advisory on Internet for any traffic delays.
  • Tour continues in rain or shine (except for Hurricanes Watches or Warnings). In the event of rain, we keep you indoors most of the time. Be sure to carry an umbrella or rain poncho to walk in between buildings. Statistically, rain showers do not last more than 20 minutes.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Art Deco & Little Havana Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.

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star-5
Fascinating tour of art deco district
Christina_M
, Aug 2022
Fascinating tour, highly recommended. James was an engaging tour guide who covered the area’s history, the principles of art deco design and the preservation movement of South Beach. James took us inside many beautiful art deco lobbies as well as admiring building exteriors and we even visited a fabulous hotel rooftop. We loved the tour, so many interesting stories and anecdotes.
star-5
So interesting!!
Martin_L
, Jul 2022
I loved learning about the history of Miami and discovering the world of Art Deco. James was a great storyteller.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Martin! Thank you for sharing your experience of the Art Deco Walking Tour. James is a longtime resident since 1993 and has been sharing the history and art of South Beach as a writer and tour guide. He, like all of us love our job, in sharing a slice of Miami art and architecture with guests both local and visitors. Enjoy the rest of your summer! ART DECO TOURS
star-5
Tour guide novelist + Art Deco = Amazing!
Phillip_A
, Jul 2022
Inexpensive and fun informing tour! James, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and patient with our group. It was like a private tour with only our family. James made an effort to find out about us, what we do, what we are interested and more importantly shared a lot of personal information as well. James gets you excited about the Art Deco buildings and it’s history via his passion and knowledge. The tour was really fun and James did a great job showing us truly unique details and facts about Art Deco. We did a lot of the lobbies, he spaced it out so that we weren’t always outdoors but could cool down and take a seat in some of the hotels. I would highly recommend this fun and quick tour.
star-5
Wonderful Miami Art Deco tour!
Vic_F
, Jul 2022
Our guide Janinha Piazetta was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a lot about Miami history and Art Deco architecture. Thank you!
star-5
Wonder Art Deco tour
Holly_W
, Jun 2022
James is a terrific tour guide! Great education on Miami Beach and everything Art Deco. Highly recommend.
star-5
James made the tour fantastic!
Gretchen_L
, May 2022
I so enjoyed the Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour and would definitely recommend it to visitors of South Beach! This tour was great because it’s not just about checking out the beautiful Art Deco architecture, but the history of the city too. There’s so much more history to the area than meets the eye. James was THE BEST guide you could ask for! He knows his history and passionately shared it with the group! The walking was very reasonable for participation (even in the heat!) and we stopped in plenty of shaded areas. Plus, we saw some beautiful hotel lobbies that have maintained the Art Deco vibe. I plan on taking family and friends on this tour and hopefully with James as the tour guide!
star-5
Great tour!
alice_y
, May 2022
James was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable and informative. His was humorous and very accommodating for the weather. He made sure we were in the shade out of the sun when he spoke to us.
star-5
Great experience with a wonderful Janina Piazette, our tour guide.
Gerd_M
, May 2022
Deep knowledge about Art Deco in Miami Beach and many lively stories about people, architects and history. You see interestings things you didn’t see before. Thx to Janina. Gerd
star-5
James is the BOMB DOT COM.
Shari_T
, Apr 2022
It was amazing!! James is the best tour guide of all time. It was so beautiful, the weather was perfect and the tour was flawless. James taught us so much and we went to so many sites, but he didn’t walk too fast. It was the perfect tour. Love history and pop culture combined! Flawless.
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star-5
South Beach Art Deco tour.
Kathleen_L
, Apr 2022
Loved hearing the history of South Beach. I also enjoyed learning about the history of Art Deco! James was a great guide!
star-5
Perfect tour to experience unique Art Deco style
JODY_D
, Apr 2022
Excellent tour with James. He shared many details of the rich history of Miami Beach and the style and preservation of the Art Deco architecture. As first time visitors to Miami, this was a perfect way to immerse our family in the local culture and discover a newfound admiration for Art Deco.
star-5
Excellent tour, don't pass it up
Brian_N
, Apr 2022
James was an excellent tour guide. I learned a lot and laughed a lot. He was very knowledgeable about South Beach history. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
James is the best!
magda_t
, Apr 2022
Had such a great morning exploring the historic district. James shared such great local insights, and provided a wonderful historic back drop to the tour which really allowed me to appreciate everything we explored.
star-5
Fun and fact-filled journey across the Art Deco landscape
Ellen_K
, Apr 2022
Love the history provided and context leading up to the Art Deco design period. James was a fun, knowledgable, and engaging guide. Couldn't have asked for a better tour guide!
star-5
Great insight into Art Deco and Miami
JEFFREY_C
, Apr 2022
Very good 2 hour tour. Fascinating art deco buildings and interiors. James made it enjoyable with all his knowledge of art deco, history and celebrities. He took us into several hotel foyers, each with different art deco features, which we would not have seen if we hadn’t been on his tour.
star-5
Great tour!
Christie_Z
, Mar 2022
The history behind South Beach. The art deco explanations. How the area was formed and who was the historian that did that
star-5
Art Deco tour
Joy_S
, Mar 2022
Our guide, James, was amazing! He was very knowledgeable, and shared some great personal stories that brought the tour to life.
star-5
Worth the time!
Shirley_U
, Mar 2022
So much history in Miami - James our guide was excellent. The walking tour was full of so much information delivered in an engaging way. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great
Stephen_L
, Mar 2022
Had a few spare hours to wait for a flight and took this tour. James was a great guide. Really interesting and insightful. Thanks.
star-5
Great tour
Catherine_D
, Mar 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable . We took this tour 4 years ago with another guide and both were a little different but very good.

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