Welcome!

Welcome to the site we call the South Florida Travel Writers Group.

Our publishing base is South Florida, specifically the Miami and Coral Gables areas. We are a travel writing and travel journalism course — mostly juniors and seniors — at the University of Miami. We’re posting our work here in hopes that you will take a look at it. If you’re an editor looking for travel writing about South Florida and other locations around the nation, let us know of your interests.

Miami's landmark Vizcaya is located on Biscayne Bay (Staff photo).

Miami’s landmark Vizcaya is located on Biscayne Bay (Staff photo).

You will find different types of travel features ranging from destination and attraction features to news and features that enhance traveling to personal experiences during traveling.

In addition to this site, some of our projects have been posted on a companion site devoted to the American national parks system, Our National Parks. We hope you will visit this site to see our work also.

The South Florida Travel Writers Group Web site is developed for JMM 446 and JMM 646, “Travel Writing,” as part of the programs of the Journalism and Media Management Department of the School of Communication. Header images are courtesy of the Web site staff and Travel Writer’s Group writer-photographer Donatela Vacca.

Our South Florida Attractions Photo Gallery

Below, on this page, are some of our images of South Florida. We hope you enjoy what you read.

The view of the bay from Kennedy Park.

The view of Biscayne Bay from Miami’s Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove (Photo by Melissa Soto).

Beans displayed behind the counter at Pasion del Cielo. Photo by Maria Hernandez

Beans displayed behind the counter at Miami’s Pasion del Cielo (Photo by Maria Hernandez).

Gorilla King making funny face. Photo by Siouan Tong.

Monkey Jungle’s Gorilla King makes a funny face. (Photo by Sharry Tong).

Fredo Latte at Crema. Photo by Maria Hernandez

Fredo Latte at Miami’s Crema (Photo by Maria Hernandez).

Bayside Marketplace entrance is marked with large blue letters that light up at night (Photo by Maleana Davis).

Bayside Marketplace entrance is marked with large blue letters that light up at night (Photo by Maleana Davis).

The beach at Matheson Hammock County Park has a tidal swimming pool on Biscayne Bay in Coral Gables (Staff photo).

The beach at Matheson Hammock County Park has a tidal swimming pool on Biscayne Bay in Coral Gables (Staff photo).

Dusk sets on Brickell Avenue in Miami (Photo by Katherine Guest).

Dusk sets on Brickell Avenue in Miami (Photo by Katherine Guest).

The Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Tournament on Key Biscayne near Miami (Photo by Brandon Lumish).

The Sony Ericsson Open Tennis Tournament on Key Biscayne near Miami (Photo by Brandon Lumish).

View of the Venetian Pool (Photo by Rachel Janosec).

View of the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables (Photo by Rachel Janosec).

A tiger rests in the sun at one of the Zoo Miami exhibits (Staff photo).

A tiger rests in the sun at one of the Zoo Miami exhibits (Staff photo).

The Deering Estate main house in Palmetto Bay in South Miami-Dade, build by Charles Deering (Staff photo).

The Deering Estate main house in Palmetto Bay in South Miami-Dade, build by Charles Deering (Staff photo).

Cubans playing dominoes in Maximo Gomez Domino Park (Photo by Mikayla Vielot).

Cubans playing dominoes in Maximo Gomez Domino Park (Photo by Mikayla Vielot).

Black Point Park and Marina is a popular spot for residents in nearby Homestead and Cutler Bay (Photo by Laura Yepes).

Black Point Park and Marina is a popular South Miami-Dade spot for residents in nearby Homestead and Cutler Bay (Photo by Laura Yepes).

Shepard Fairey's mural greets art lovers as they enter The Wynwood Walls just north of downtown Miami (Photo by Laurie Charles)

Shepard Fairey’s mural greets art lovers as they enter The Wynwood Walls just north of downtown Miami (Photo by Laurie Charles)

The Fascell Visitor Center at Biscayne National Park near Homestead (Staff photo).

The Fascell Visitor Center at Biscayne National Park near Homestead (Staff photo).

The entrance to the bakery at Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana in Miami (Staff photo).

The entrance to the bakery at Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana in Miami (Staff photo).

A park ranger talks to visitors at Royal Palm's Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park (Staff photo).

A park ranger talks to visitors at Royal Palm’s Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park (Staff photo).

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An entrance to Higgs Beach in Key West (Photo by Lauren Zimmerman).

View of the coast from the Key Biscayne Beach Club. Photo by: Donatela Vacca

View of the coast from the Key Biscayne Beach Club (Photo by Donatela Vacca).

Outdoor patio of Schnebly Redlands Winery (staff photo).

Outdoor patio of Schnebly Redlands Winery near Homestead (Photo by Roxana Maza).

An almost panoramic view shows how psychedelic the castle looks from the distance, including the solar system and the top of the thirty ton stone arch. Photo by: Donatela Vacca

An almost panoramic view shows how psychedelic Homestead’s Coral Castle looks from the distance, including the solar system and the top of the thirty ton stone arch (Photo by Donatela Vacca).

Ralph M Munroe's home is the oldest home in its original location in Miami-Dade county

The Barnacle, Ralph M. Munroe’s home, is the oldest home in its original location in Coconut Grove in Miami-Dade County (Photo by Gabriel Ibrahim).

The entrance to Vizcaya is the first step into a different time that James Deering created in making his winter home.

The grand front entrance to Miami’s Vizcaya is the first step into a different time that industrialist James Deering created in making his winter home (Photo by Gabriel Ibrahim).

The Biltmore in Coral Gables offers a 23,000 square foot pool that was once used as a venue for aquatic shows (Photo by Patrick Riley).

The Biltmore in Coral Gables offers a 23,000 square foot pool that was once used as a venue for aquatic shows (Photo by Patrick Riley).

The ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach draws thousands each year for weddings, tours and events (Photo by Rianna Hidalgo).

The ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach draws thousands each year for weddings, tours and events (Photo by Rianna Hidalgo).

Cypress trees in the Big Cypress National Preserve west of Miami (Staff photo).

Cypress trees in the Big Cypress National Preserve west of Miami (Staff photo).

The new Visitor Center of the Big Cypress National Preserve near Ochopee, Fla. (Staff photo).

A ranger discusses wildlife during a swamp buggy tour of the Big Cypress National Preserve (Staff photo).

Venetian mooring post

Venetian mooring post at the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables (Photo by Melissa Soto).

Viscaya Museum in Coconut Grove

Vizcaya Museum in Coconut Grove (Photo by Vivian Braga).