Northern Panhandle FL hotels. Reserve accommodation in hotels in Northern Panhandle Florida USA. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida. Camelopard presents advice, anecdotes and warnings for travellers.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Northern Panhandle Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau. are internationally renowned hotels.
Nature Reserves, National Forests, State Parks, National Parks, State Forests and Refuges in Florida
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; 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 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 large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; and Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Scary Stories, Ghosts, Folklore, Legends, Monsters and Myths in Florida
The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; 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; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
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 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); 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 Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; and 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), 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 smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; and the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; 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 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); and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
America has some of the best facilities for travellers in 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 Fort Lauderdale, New York, Minneapolis, Dallas, Savannah, Indianapolis, San Diego, Sitka, Skagway, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Boston, Anchorage, Chicago, Phoenix, Lake Tahoe, Kansas City, New Orleans, Miami, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, St Louis, Albuquerque, Seattle, Juneau, Detroit, Washington DC, San Francisco, Atlantic City, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Sacramento. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, the California coastline, Yellowstone National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Grand Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, the Okefenokee Swamp, rodeos, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Adirondacks, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the wild west town of Tombstone, Mount Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Everglades, Route 66, Bryce Canyon and Niagara Falls are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Happy travelling!
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