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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Maitland Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. are internationally renowned hotels.
State Parks, National Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves, State Forests and Refuges in Florida
Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the 938 square mile Apalachicola 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; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; 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; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; and the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Myths, Folklore, Scary Stories, Legends, Monsters and Ghosts in Florida
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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; and spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; 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; and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
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 Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; 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!); 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 smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
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; 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); mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; 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; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; 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"; and strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
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