James was the best tour guide we could have had! His in depth knowledge of Miami Beach history as well as Art Deco made the tour a delight. We didn't have a lot of knowledge of either the area or the architecture and we learned a lot as well as enjoying the beautiful morning walk.
We arrived late, darn Miami buses, but James and the group had stayed at the start point so thankfully we didn't miss any of the tour, only the history of South Beach and Art Deco. The tour itself was extremely interesting and James obviously knows his subject and is very passionate about it. I would recommend this tour to anybody, the walking isn't that far and is necessary to see the various buildings.
Our guide was fabulous and gave us an entire history of Miamis development and how and why these buildings were constructed, neglected, and had a renaissance! He was so informative, and shared colorful tales of the area.
Before the tour: two teenagers 16 and 17 are so annoyed. Really Mom? Another walking tour?
Start of the tour: the two teenagers are sitting at the table with Mom, Dad and James, the tour guide, at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach. Within seconds they are completely captivated by James's beautiful narrative about the history of Miami/ Miami Beach. What a wonderful setting and atmosphere to start the tour... or should I say tale?
During the tour: eagerly we follow James through the Art Déco Historic District. One of the teenagers whispers into Mom's ear, I would love to have James as my history teacher. It is really fun, informative and interactive.
After the tour: now we know that it all started with the oranges. The name Julia Tuttle is branded in our brains forever. We understand that Miami is unlike other US cities and Miami Beach has managed throughout the past century to transform the many discontinuities into an unbelievable energy and individual effort to keep this setting alive. Thank you, James, for telling us this story along the lines of the Art Déco movement. The two teenagers acknowledge that this was not just another walking tour.
I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour. My guide was James Cubby and he kept the tour interesting the entire time. If you have even a slight interest in architecture and design, I would not pass this up. It was probably the best part of my trip to Miami.
This walking tour of the art deco area of Miami Beach was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of the area from our tour guide. We now know how to identify true Art Deco architecture. We did have a little confusion at the beginning about where to meet as our confirmation indicated one place, but no one was there. A quick call to their office got us to the correct location which was just a block away.