Miami Beach History, Art Deco, Crime & Scandals Walking Tour

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Miami, USA

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Did you know that Miami Beach is mostly man-made? And that Biscayne Bay used to be a swamp 2 inches deep? And that Al Capone had an illegal Casino here in South Beach? And that Muhammad Ali became boxing world champion for the first time right here in Miami Beach?

We'll start a tour by heading to the beach where I'll demonstrate you how far the beach has been expanded since late 1970s. The tour is accompanied by hundreds of photos which are displayed on a tablet screen as we go along. Almost every story has photographs, which makes the experience more visceral.

As we walk along I will introduce fascinating history and culture facts about the area, such as Art Deco architecture, the beginnings of Miami Beach and its quick growth in the 1950s and early 60s, the downward spiral of the 70s and early 80s, Mariel Boatlift, cocaine cowboys days, the renaissance influenced by Miami Vice, Gianni Versace mansion and the infamous events surrounding his murder, on top of many other stories.



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33 reviews

Average 5.00 out of 5 stars based on 33 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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372lydiav, Feb 2023 Verified
Damian’s passion for Miami beauty and history shows in this tour. We explored beautiful hotels and learned of little known access to the public, interesting tidbits about architecture, history, ecology etc everything that has made Miami into the beautiful place it is today. Damian is so knowledgeable and delivers the tour in an engaging, humorous and interesting way that feels genuine and natural. You won’t regret trying it!!
571natalliak, Feb 2023 Verified
I travel a lot and like to learn about places I visit. Damian was the best tour guide I ever had, very knowledgeable, and his tour was informative and interesting. The tour took over 2 hours and I was impressed how well history of Miami was explained. I learned a lot about architecture of Art Deco South Beach buildings. Highly recommend it!
John_N, Jan 2023 Verified
Damian was presented a wealth of information. His talks on history and architecture were comprehensive and very interesting. I recommend the tour to all who visit Miami Beach.
E710HXkatarzynaw, Jan 2023 Verified
Not an average tour guide: detail oriented, fun and entertaining. Definitely check his tours out in Miami. It’s hard to find people that are truly passionate and willing to research all the details to give you the best experience.
Danielle_B, Jan 2023 Verified
We loved hearing about the architecture and how it developed over time. Our guide was super knowledgeable, and a delight to spend a couple hours with. We go on a tour in every city we visit, and this was definitely one of the best.
dereksJ4200QB, Nov 2022 Verified
Best local walking tour if you want to get to know South Beach's rich history. Trust me this is the best one if you're trying to decide.
T9922AEandreyt, Sep 2022 Verified
Brilliant introduction into the history and architecture of Miami Beach. Not to mention passionate and knowledgeable tour guide in Damian.
Kaitlyn_B, Aug 2022 Verified
Informative, interesting, and a fun way to see the sights and take in the history of Miami Beach on foot!
A7365BDericac, Aug 2022 Verified
Our Guide was knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable and interactive. Due to discussions, the tour ran over time but this wasn't an issue for our Guide. I would highly recommend this walking tour and *especially* at the beginning of your holiday in South Beach so you can learn the essentials.
jdw1990a, Apr 2022 Verified
Very enlightening checkered history of Miami Beach, which is now my home. Host Damian is a master storyteller and delivers amazing experience.

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