Key West FL hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in Key West Florida USA. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Camelopard suggests hints and tips for your journey. Florida scary or weird stories, monsters, myths, legends, folklore, hauntings and ghosts.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Key West Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, the Savoy Hotel in London, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Monsters, Folklore, Legends, Ghosts, Myths and Scary Stories in Florida
The Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; 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 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 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; and ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
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 Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; 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 Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; 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 more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; 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 phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; 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 yet more strange folktales of Florida.
National Forests, State Parks, State Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves 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; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; 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; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; 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; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; and Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
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