Miami Beach Art Deco & History Non-Touristy Walking Tour

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Explore the heart of Miami Beach with a local expert and learn about the area's history, architecture, crime and scandals, the cocaine cowboys era, the influence of Miami Vice, and much more.


  • Hosted by a passionate local historian involved in Art Deco preservation
  • Explore picturesque spots of Miami Beach
  • Learn about city's history, which is stranger than fiction
  • Get familiar with local architecture of Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and MiMo
  • True crime and scandals stories/locations hit the dark side of history


Did you know that Miami Beach is mostly man-made? And that Biscayne Bay used to be a shallow swamp? And that Muhammad Ali became world boxing champion for the first time right here in Miami Beach? As an avid member of the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) and a devoted local historian, I'm excited to offer a captivating guided walking tour through the heart of Miami Beach, where we will delve into its checkered past and relive its history over time, which is truly stranger than fiction. Our journey will take us along iconic streets of South Beach leading us through lobbies and rooftops of exquisite Art Deco hotels. You'll gain insights into early days evolution, The Great Depression, city's unique architecture, adverse segregation, Back history, Jewish history, Cuban migration, the notorious cocaine cowboys' era, the influence of 'Miami Vice,' the infamous murder of Gianni Versace, plenty of hidden gems, and much more. You’ll discover the true spirit of Miami Beach beyond the typical tourist routes and simplified clichés so many visitors get trapped in. You'll walk away with a newfound appreciation for this remarkable city and its intriguing story.


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