Mary Esther FL hotels. Find accommodation / hotels in Mary Esther Florida USA. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard. Florida scary or weird stories, monsters, myths, legends, folklore, hauntings and ghosts.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Mary Esther Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Florida
Wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; St Petersburg; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; Sanibel Island; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Pensacola; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Gatorland; and Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum, are among the attractions of Florida.
Scary Stories, Folklore, Legends, Myths, Ghosts and Monsters in Florida
Strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; 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; 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 White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
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 pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; and spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; 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 ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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 smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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.
The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over 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 Savannah, San Diego, Dallas, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, New York, Chicago, Skagway, Corpus Christi, Phoenix, Fairbanks, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Santa Fe, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Anchorage, San Francisco, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale, St Louis, Juneau, Houston, Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Detroit, Las Vegas, Sitka, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Atlantic City and Honolulu. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Glacier Bay National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount Rainier National Park, Niagara Falls, the Appalachians, the Adirondacks, the Grand Canyon, the Okefenokee Swamp, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Everglades, the wild west town of Tombstone, Bryce Canyon, Route 66, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Disney resorts, Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, the California coastline, Yellowstone National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Florida Keys, rodeos and Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. From camelopard.com, a heartfelt Bon Voyage!
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