St. Marks FL hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in St. Marks Florida USA. Camelopard travel tips and hints. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of Florida.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen St. Marks Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, Claridge's in London, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau and the Savoy Hotel in London. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
Ghosts, Myths, Monsters, Legends, Folklore and Scary Stories in Florida
The Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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 spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; 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 phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; 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 phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; and the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; 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 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 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 ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
Hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; 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 White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; 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; and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Raccoons, loggerhead turtles, black bears, gopher tortoises, pelicans, endangered North Atlantic right whales, muskrats, feral nine-banded armadillos, American flamingos, white-tailed deer, alligators, rare American crocodiles, feral Burmese pythons, hawksbill turtles, feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise, Florida softshell turtles, marsh rabbits, dolphins, bobcats, river otters, opossums, rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers), leatherback turtles, bald eagles, green turtles, feral parakeets, roseate spoonbills and manatees are among the wild animals of Florida.
America is one of the largest, most most varied and most interesting countries in the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Indianapolis, Phoenix, Dallas, Washington DC, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Lake Tahoe, Kansas City, Seattle, Atlantic City, Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Honolulu, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Sacramento, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Sitka, St Louis, Fairbanks, Las Vegas, Corpus Christi, Salt Lake City, Anchorage, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Skagway, Savannah, Miami, Juneau, Minneapolis, San Diego and San Francisco 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 Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Disney resorts, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, the Okefenokee Swamp, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Grand Canyon, rodeos, the Ozarks, Glacier Bay National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Yosemite National Park, Route 66, the Appalachians, Mount Rainier National Park, Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Adirondacks, the California coastline, the wild west town of Tombstone, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and Yellowstone National Park.
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. Good luck on your travels.
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