South Tampa FL hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in South Tampa Florida USA. Weird tales, monsters, ghosts, hauntings, scary stories, legends, folklore and myths of Florida. Alerts, anecdotes and tips for vacationers and business travellers. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen South Tampa 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 Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro and the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. are internationally renowned hotels.
National Parks, Nature Reserves, National Forests, State Forests, State Parks and Refuges in Florida
Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; 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; and the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Myths, Monsters, Ghosts, Legends, Scary Stories and Folklore in Florida
The ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; 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 mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
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 Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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); hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; and 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), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; 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 Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; 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 ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; 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; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; 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 phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
America welcomes careful drivers; also pilots and passengers, for that matter. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Corpus Christi, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Miami, Seattle, Sitka, Santa Fe, Lake Tahoe, Houston, Boston, Los Angeles, Juneau, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Skagway, Detroit, Fairbanks, Savannah, San Diego, New Orleans, Phoenix, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Honolulu, Dallas, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, St Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as The Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Appalachians, the Grand Canyon, the California coastline, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Ozarks, the Disney resorts, Mount Rainier National Park, Yosemite National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Adirondacks, Bryce Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rushmore, the wild west town of Tombstone, rodeos, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. Happy travelling!
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