Rotonda West FL hotels. Find hotels in Rotonda West Florida USA. Ghosts, hauntings, monsters, folklore, cryptozoology, myths and legends of Florida. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Camelopard presents advice, anecdotes and warnings for travellers.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Rotonda West Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Savoy Hotel in London, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau, the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Ghosts, Scary Stories, Monsters, Legends, Myths and Folklore in Florida
The ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; 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 ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel, 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!); strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; 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"; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; 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 the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; 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 phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; 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); Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; and the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; 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 pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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); spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; and the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Endangered North Atlantic right whales, raccoons, manatees, opossums, loggerhead turtles, feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise, American flamingos, pelicans, feral parakeets, gopher tortoises, green turtles, Florida softshell turtles, feral Burmese pythons, dolphins, muskrats, black bears, feral nine-banded armadillos, white-tailed deer, alligators, leatherback turtles, marsh rabbits, hawksbill turtles, rare American crocodiles, bobcats, bald eagles, roseate spoonbills, river otters and rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers) are among the wild animals of Florida.
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