Daytona Beach Area FL hotels. Reserve accommodation in hotels in Daytona Beach Area Florida USA. Hints and tips for holidaymakers or business travellers. Florida national parks, state parks, state forests, national forests, wildlife, sightseeing and/or attractions. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Daytona Beach Area Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara and the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Monsters, Scary Stories, Folklore, Ghosts, Myths and Legends in Florida
Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; 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); mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
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; 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); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; and hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and 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", are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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); the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; 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); the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and 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!), are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
State Parks, Nature Reserves, State Forests, National Forests, National Parks and Refuges in Florida
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; 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; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; and Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
The United States of America has been the most culturally influential country in the world for generations. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Salt Lake City, Anchorage, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Houston, Fairbanks, Corpus Christi, Juneau, Atlanta, San Diego, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Boston, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Dallas, St Louis, New Orleans, Detroit, Miami, Savannah, Kansas City, Sitka, Washington DC, Honolulu, Skagway, Atlantic City, Chicago, Santa Fe, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, New York, Albuquerque and Seattle you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include The Appalachians, the Disney resorts, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Bryce Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Ozarks, rodeos, Mount Rushmore, Glacier Bay National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Okefenokee Swamp, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Florida Keys, Route 66, the Adirondacks, Yellowstone National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, the California coastline and Niagara Falls. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.
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