Alachua FL hotels. Find rooms / hotels in Alachua Florida United States of America. Alerts, anecdotes and tips for vacationers and business travellers. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Alachua Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi and Claridge's in London. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Nature Reserves, State Parks, National Forests, National Parks, State Forests and Refuges in Florida
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; the 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches; and the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Legends, Scary Stories, Monsters, Ghosts, Myths and Folklore in Florida
The thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; and the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; and the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
America is one country that nearly everyone wants to visit at some time in their lives. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Santa Fe, Sitka, Kansas City, Dallas, Washington DC, Fairbanks, Boston, Indianapolis, Juneau, Skagway, Sacramento, San Diego, Minneapolis, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St Louis, Albuquerque, Honolulu, San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Corpus Christi, Fort Lauderdale, Anchorage, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Savannah, Seattle, Detroit and Lake Tahoe you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the California coastline, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Adirondacks, the Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park, the Ozarks, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Niagara Falls, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount Rushmore, Route 66, the Okefenokee Swamp, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Yosemite National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Disney resorts, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Appalachians, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon and rodeos. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. Come back soon for another helpful Camelopard tip.
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