History, Architecture, Food, Fashion and Fun in Sun!
This tour explores the Art Deco District of South Beach, just across Biscayne Bay from the city of Miami. The history, archtecture, and climate created explosive growth, creating a community where everyone wants to go, and no-one wants to leave!
This tour is for 1 or 2 guests. I can take up to 14 guests by customizing your tour. However, the vehicle used for the tour depends on the number of guests in your group. If there are more than 2 guests, please email for a customized quote.
Step back into the 1890's, and see how three coconut trees inspired an investment opportunity. Hear about a fishing trip that led to a hotel, and how John Collins, Eddy Rickenbacker and Carl Fischer got involved. Soldiers rented rooms for twenty cents, but 1960's renovations led to the preservation efforts of five architectural styles, collectively called "Art Deco". However, the future faces a cultural challenge!
This tour departs from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, with a drive to Miami.
We will start the tour at the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat Basketball Team, and the Freedom Tower, an icon to thousands of Cuban immigrants. We will take the MacArthur Causeway, past homes of many famous celebrities, like Al Capone, Madonna, Barry Gibb, Emerson Fitapaldi, Arthur Ashe, and many others. We will see the filming spots of Miami Vice, and stop for a brief history talk. We will explore the Art Deco architectural styles, starting on Ocean Drive. Next, we'll visit the hotel structures which have been converted into exclusive shops along Collins Avenue. Then, see where the famous TV show, "Miami Ink" was filmed, sprouting into a huge tattoo business, up and down the street. You'll have time to enjoy a meal, cocktails, and stroll along Ocean Drive, or the shops of Lincoln Road. There are many optional sights to see, all based on your particular interests.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can pick you up at Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades, just outside the terminal building, when you disembark.
End location: We can drop you off at the port, the Miami or Fort Lauderdale Airport, or any address in Broward or Miami-Dade Counties. Please let us know the destination location when you book your tour.
Duration: 5 hours
Traffic is always an issue for South Beach. We will adjust the tour for traffic, so you can reach your destination on time.
Your tour will be by private car. Cost is based on the number of passengers and luggage requirements. For more than 2 people, please contact me for a quote.
Your transportation is included, driven by your professional guide. No food or drinks are included, but we can stop as you desire to purchase anything you want.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 USD - Please be prepared for any meals, drinks, snacks, sundries, or shopping that may entice you!
You may want to buy drinks, snacks, sundries or souvenirs along the way. No particular expenses are anticipated.
Pick up at airports or cruise ports require special licensing and fees. Please include your pick-up information, especially regarding any airport or port .
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My sister and I took two tours with Steve - Greater Miami and Miami Art Deco. Fantastic! Steve is very knowledgeable and brings the history and locale to life with his commentary. He personalized the tour for our interests. Will definitely seek other tour opportunities with Steve. Two fun days!