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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Gulf Stream Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa and the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa. are internationally renowned hotels.
National Forests, Nature Reserves, State Forests, State Parks, National Parks and Refuges in Florida
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; 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 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; 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; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Scary Stories, Ghosts, Monsters, Legends, Myths and Folklore in Florida
The spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; 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); strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; 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); and 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), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; and the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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!); Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; and the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; 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); the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; 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 yet more strange folktales of Florida.
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