Sunday, July 5, 2015



#1 Walking Tour & Cocktail Tour in Miami Beach  

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Enrich your visit to South Beach with a fun, cultural walking tour of the famed Art Deco district. Popular tour guides will transport you to the 20's, 30's...80's and beyond and regale you with fascinating stories. Uncover the action-packed history, learn about Art Deco architecture and admire stunning design and decor on the inside; hear fascinating accounts about pioneers, heroes and criminal elements that developed this magic city. Get exclusive access to buildings and rooftops not permitted to other groups. Feel like a VIP in our small group setting (no more than 6-7 people). Private and foreign language tours also available for that personal experience.

Your guide will keep you engaged with lively conversation and trivia! Kids and teenagers love the tour. Tours are offered several times a day. (We also offer tours for large group requests and we provide more than one tour guide to split up the group for ease of moving along).

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Many movies are filmed in South Beach


Miami Art Deco Walking Deco District
Daily 10am and 5pm*

Quieter- 10am recommended for families with children

*The 5pm tour on weekends/holidays will have more traffic, crowds outside, louder music streaming from bars on Ocean Drive but MUCH cooler than 10am/1pm tours.

DURATION: 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes
PRICE*: $30 per person

AVAILABILITY OF Miami Cocktail Tour 3 hours
Thursdays through Sundays 5:00pm
Please email us with request for other dates or if you have a party of 3 or more.

DURATION: 3 hours
PRICE*:  $60 per person

ONLY Available in winter season Dec-March
Art Deco Walking Tour on Lincoln Road
Daily 10:15am

DURATION: 2 hours
PRICE*: $30 per person

+This tour not yet for sale on Zerve. You must contact us directly
for reservations at or 305-814-4058
AVAILABILITY OF The Miami Little Havana Walking Tour
Daily at 10:00 (during winter, Nov- March we start the tour at 10:30am) --includes samples/light lunch of delicious Cuban food for that authentic experience!. 
IMPORTANT: a preplanned menu is selected. Coffee, sodas, juices are not included but may be purchased by client on their own.

DURATION: 3 hours
Price:  $42* per person;

 *An admin fee applies to total price. Please click here for more information.

*** Feel free to email/text/call us directly to inquire for availability any other day ***

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For expedited reservations, 
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   Non ENGLISH Language TOUR (French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German)
   GROUP TOURS (large group, corporate, special activity)

...Please contact us directly. Email or text is best. or 305-814-4058.  Be sure to state the number of people (adults and if any children) and a contact phone number if you are in the U.S. or Canada. Also this tour is NOT recommended for toddlers. Please advise if you have an infant/toddler, a baby stroller or wheelchair as these require a private tour for separate route and other access.

*** Please know we do NOT begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center. We have several starting points within the Art Deco District around 10th street. The meeting point (an Art Deco Hotel) is provided at the time of reservation***

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Anticipate heavy traffic after 12pm on Fridays-Sundays. Also many city parking garages are full after 3pm so allot additional 45 minutes to your drive time and to locate other parking (ie. street parking, private lots)
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Have you ever traveled to a city and taken a large group tour or small private tour? Which was better? Sure, everyone loves the VIP Treatment--personal, undivided attention, catering to your interest, pace and questions and a memorable visit.  Tours available in English,  Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Dutch.  We're open 7 days a week including most holidays!

This two-hour tour is available for just $30/person  ($35/person for tours in non -English language) (For group tours of 20 or more people, please contact Art Deco Tours for special rates starting at $22). 

For a PRIVATE TOUR, to focus on your specific interests or combination (history, architecture, design, etc) the rate is minimum $40/person or more depending on the day of the week and season. Please contact us for private tour rates.

To inquire about reservations, please contact us at or text at 305-814-4058. Email or text work best as we're often giving tours.

To learn more about the Miami Art Deco Walking Tours, click here

Art Deco Walking Tours

Miami Beach aka "America's Riviera" boasts a colorful past and present. More than neon or pastel colors and Miami Vice stories, Miami Beach offers an eclectic history and a  melting pot of founders, pioneers and residents. For a city known for Cuban food, Salsa dancing and rhythms, and other Caribbean influences, did you know the name "Miami" is a native American Indian word for "Big Water"? Learn about the city's origins ...

Take a Walking Tour of the South Beach Art Deco District--the first 20th century buildings to receive historic designation. Hear the story and learn about a frail, widow's fight to protect these 1930's treasures against deep-pocket developers with political ties.

Return home with more than a sun burn and sand in your shoes. Impress your friends and neighbors with an entertaining history of Miami Beach--the architecture, the role of the Miami Vice series and the influence of the fashion industry and the mafia. Or don't tell them and beat them at Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit. Did you know Miami Beach was the only city to prosper during Prohibition and the Depression? Miami vices actually galvanized the young city.

Come as a family, group of friends or on a tour. If children enjoy history and stories and are attentive, they will enjoy this tour. (Note: this tour is NOT recommended for toddlers. If you are bringing a toddler or stroller, a private tour is required. You must contact our office directly for a Private tour, by email or phone 305-814-4058.)

We primarily walk outside throughout South Beach  between 10th and 15th streets. The tour steps inside a few buildings to point out Art Deco and modern design and decor and other highlights. For private group tours, we can begin and end anywhere within the Art Deco district.

Tour stops include the Versace mansion (the outside only), and Art Deco classics such as The Carlyle Hotel, The Tudor hotel, the 11th Street Diner and the Wolfsonian. Find out which of these buildings were backdrops for the Miami Vice scenes, and movies like the Birdcage with Robin Williams. Legend has it Capone ran his gambling syndicate from the 2nd floor of a small hotel also used in a film with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.


In the winter beginning November 3, times are 10am and 4pm (1pm tours become available starting November 30). From March 10  (when Daylight Savings ends in U.S.), the times are 10am, 1pm and 5pm. 

During the summer, tours for the most part are offered at 10am and 6:00pm. We are flexible with times and if you have a special request, please send  an email. 

The Art Deco Walking and Cocktail tour begin at different locations in the heart of the Art Deco district between 5th and 14th streets in South Beach. The exact starting point will be stated on the confirmation.

*** Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and drink or bring cold bottled water! ***

Christine and company are passionate about a little known cause and working hard to give back and make a difference! Click here to learn more.

Looking forward to meeting you in Miami!

ABOUT the Founder & President, Christine Michaels
A native Floridian and a resident of Miami for 17 years, Christine holds an MBA and is a former public relations manager and spokesperson for local icon company. She is also a certified tour guide through the Miami Design Preservation League. Christine enjoys highlighting the best of Miami. From Salsa dance lessons, to eating black beans and rice and fried plantains, to bike riding to the beach in the middle of winter (a cool 75 degrees), Christine savors every sight, sound and aroma of exotic, tropical Miami!

Why Take the Miami Art Deco Walking Tour?

It's your trip, and this is your tour! There are many benefits to having your own personal tour guide:

1. Value. ADT offers the best value for a two hour plus tour with many value-added features.

      - More access to buildings and locations than any other tour
      - Exclusivity
      - Memorable souvenir
      - A tour guide/concierge/personal friend all in one

2.  VIP TREATMENT! This is a small group tour with personal attention (maximum 6 people) where you can freely talk with the guide and ask any questions and get exclusive access to select Art Deco buildings not permitted to other groups. (Private tours also available, please contact us directly).

3. Options. You're not limited to one time frame as offered by large group tours. Miami Art Deco tours is  a boutique tour service that offers the walking tours more than once a day. 10am, 1pm and 5pm.

4. Something for everyone. Whether you enjoy history, architecture and design or have kids with short attention spans, ADT guides are versatile, engaging and keep your attention throughout the duration. Teenagers and young adults love the tour. 

5. Be in all the photos! No matter the size of your group, ADT is ready to act as photographer so everyone is in the picture!

6. Memorable souvenir. A popular benefit is the "tour after the tour". ADT will email you the highlights of the tour with photos so you don't forget those fascinating details and all the stops with dates, years and more! 

7. Your own concierge! Book a tour and your guide will go beyond and answer any questions about restaurants, other activities and so much more.

8. Feel good to support a small business and philanthropists! ADT is proud to provide jobs during the recession and survive against bigger competitors.  We love our job and want to continue highlighting our backyard beyond the beaches. In addition our team is fully engaged in the community and gives back by volunteering our time and talent from mentoring children, to helping the homeless and animal welfare.

By the end of the tour, you'll enjoy the full flavor of Miami Beach, it's colorful history and beautiful architecture. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lincoln Road Art Deco Tour

Its here!  The much anticipated Art Deco Walking Tour on Lincoln Road!!

Lincoln Road predates the Art Deco district. In celebration of the birthday of Carl Fisher, the Father of South Beach and the visionary behind the now famous Lincoln Road, we are launching this tour on his birthday, January 12.

Carl Fisher, 1909

Whether you are a first time guest, or have participated in our walking tour of the Art Deco district, learn first hand or round out your knowledge of other elements of Art Deco.  While Ocean Drive and the Deco district are dominated by a nautical theme, uncover the automobile and bank influence of the late 20s a time of frivolty and prosperity. Discover which store was once a Cadillac dealership, the building a erected by Carl to pacify his agitated wife for dragging her to this swampland, the site of a three story theater backdrop that is now the checkout area for local shop, and the dressing room of famous clothing line that was once a bank vault.

James Cubby is the lead tour guide for this new specialty tour. James will impart Fisher's vision, the original scenery, the decline and current transformation of the shopping promenade led by late architect, Morris Lapidus.

Lincoln Road is continually evolving. See it now, take photographs and record your slice of history before the next wave of change attracting both locals and visitors worldwide for its bustling energy, specialty shops, varied restaurants, and fascinating history.

Today Lincoln Road is bustling with both chain stores, and boutique shops, cafes and specialty restaurants.

THIS TOUR IS NOT YET AVAILABLE ON ZERVE, our online ticket vendor.
Please contact us directly via email, text or phone.  305-814-4058 or

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Leslie Hotel Reopens In South Beach

One of the smallest boutique hotels on Ocean Drive, the quaint Leslie Hotel catches your eye with its rectilinear Deco angles and columns and songbird yellow paint.

Our team had the privilege to meet with the managing director, Juan Pablo and learn about their four year journey to renovate and reopen this darling hotel.

The process is arduous as owners must follow guidelines, procedures from the Historic Preservation Board and city laws. At times there were no laws to dictate new additions such as music and rooftop pools.

The hotel was purposefully repainted in bright yellow. The sun fades it quickly.

Leslie Hotel front facade

Architects Rodrigo Carrion and Julien Bergier from DN'A handled both architectural revisions and designing the interiors. Rodrigo was also the lead architect for renovations at Hotel Victor a couple of hotels south on Ocean Drive.

Julien Bergier , Juan Pablo D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Carrion 
 John E. Stevens and Christine Michaels from Miami's Art Deco Walking Tours attended the Lively Libations at the Leslie Hotel and enjoyed a private tour of the property.
John E. Stevens and Christine Michaels
Normally a pool is dropped in with a helicopter but there was no landing strip for the helicopter. The closest landing site would be too far. So a crane was alternative solution. Ocean Drive, in front of the hotel, had to be closed for the day as the skeletal foundation was dropped in. 

The introduction of a rooftop pool brought weight and structural issues.  The structure had to be reinforced  by attaching two set of columns to the existing columns and braced with steel.  Contrary to concrete pools for in the ground the pool is made of stainless steel. The hotel followed cruiselines in their innovative approach to include pools at lighter weights. 

Below are photos depicting the loading of the pool with a crane from Ocean drive, above the air and onto the rooftop.