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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Homestead Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the Renaissance Suzhou Hotel in Suzhou China, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune) and the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.

    Nature Reserves, National Parks, State Forests, National Forests, State Parks and Refuges in Florida

    The large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; 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; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; 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 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; and Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.

    Scary Stories, Folklore, Monsters, Legends, Myths and Ghosts in Florida

    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); the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.

    Mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; 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); Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; 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 other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.

    The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; 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); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; 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 Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; and the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.

    The Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; 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.



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