Destin FL hotels. Reserve accommodation in hotels in Destin Florida United States of America. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Florida. Funny stories, warnings and travel hints.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Destin Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau, the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi and the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
State Parks, Nature Reserves, State Forests, National Parks, National Forests and Refuges in Florida
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; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Ghosts, Legends, Scary Stories, Monsters, Folklore and Myths in Florida
Spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; 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 Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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 Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; 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); the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; and strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; 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"; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; 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); and the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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 pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; 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 pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
America is one of the largest, most most varied and most interesting countries in the world. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Skagway, Washington DC, Minneapolis, St Louis, Detroit, Dallas, Anchorage, Phoenix, Miami, Sitka, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Savannah, Corpus Christi, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Seattle, Honolulu, Kansas City, San Diego, Juneau, Sacramento, Chicago, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Lake Tahoe, New York, Philadelphia, Fairbanks, New Orleans, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta and Indianapolis. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Glacier Bay National Park, Niagara Falls, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Adirondacks, the Ozarks, the Grand Canyon, the Disney resorts, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, the wild west town of Tombstone, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Yellowstone National Park, rodeos, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Florida Keys, Route 66, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rushmore, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Appalachians are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Good luck on your travels.
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