Port Orange FL hotels. Search for hotels in Port Orange Florida United States of America. Warnings, anecdotes and travel advice from Camelopard.com. Florida myths, folklore, hauntings, monsters, legends and ghosts. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Port Orange Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Renaissance Suzhou Hotel in Suzhou China, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, the Grand Hyatt Macau and the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Feral Burmese pythons, manatees, loggerhead turtles, feral parakeets, rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers), feral nine-banded armadillos, marsh rabbits, opossums, green turtles, dolphins, American flamingos, pelicans, raccoons, rare American crocodiles, muskrats, feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise, white-tailed deer, endangered North Atlantic right whales, Florida softshell turtles, roseate spoonbills, hawksbill turtles, bobcats, alligators, river otters, bald eagles, leatherback turtles, gopher tortoises and black bears are among the wild animals of Florida.
Myths, Monsters, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Folklore and Legends in Florida
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; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; and 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", are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of 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 phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; 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 White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; 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 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 toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
Mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; 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 pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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); and 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), are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Boston, St Louis, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Indianapolis, Juneau, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Fairbanks, Dallas, Sacramento, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Anchorage, San Diego, New York, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Corpus Christi, Santa Fe, Sitka, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Chicago, Las Vegas, Savannah and Skagway are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include Route 66, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Everglades, the Okefenokee Swamp, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Appalachians, Glacier Bay National Park, the California coastline, Bryce Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Adirondacks, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, the Disney resorts, rodeos, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Niagara Falls, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Ozarks, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the Florida Keys.
The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. Camelopard suggests using well-known companies for your hotel reservations.
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