Art Deco Tour
We arrived at the Art Deco headquarters only to find out they were in the process of moving to a different location so they could remodel their current building. Fortunately the temporary headquarters was only two blocks away. We finally found the place only to discover that their temporary souvenir shop was not yet open because they had not finished moving everything. We were disappointed about that and we started to get a little worried about what the walking tour was going to be like. Also, it started raining a bit while we were waiting so our apprehensions grew, but we decided to tough it out anyway. We were very glad that we did. Our group included a lady from Austria, two ladies for Minneapolis, a man from Israel, myself and my wife (from texas) and our volunteer tour guide who was originally from Mexico. We had a great time interacting with all these folks from different cultures. The tour was fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Architecture in general and especially that of the Art Deco style. The history of Miami Beach and these wonderful buildings is extremely interesting. For example, we saw the Versaci Mansion (where he was murdered). We saw buildings that had been used in movies and TV shows. And we learned about how the Mafia played a part in the history of South Beach. We saw a hotel that Al Capone frequented and we saw the building that housed his Miami Beach headquarters (It's now a Super Cuts). :) I know I would not have fully appreciated South Beach without the historical perspective I received on this tour. I think this is a must see if you go to SOBE.