West Palm Beach FL hotels. Look for your hotels in West Palm Beach Florida United States of America. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Advice for travellers from Camelopard.com.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen West Palm Beach Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai and the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise, raccoons, bobcats, marsh rabbits, black bears, loggerhead turtles, American flamingos, hawksbill turtles, leatherback turtles, rare American crocodiles, muskrats, river otters, feral parakeets, manatees, bald eagles, rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers), feral Burmese pythons, pelicans, feral nine-banded armadillos, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, opossums, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoises, endangered North Atlantic right whales, alligators, Florida softshell turtles and green turtles are among the wild animals of Florida.
Ghosts, Folklore, Scary Stories, Monsters, Legends and Myths in Florida
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; 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 smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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; 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 Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and 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!), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; 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); and sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; 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 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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; and Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
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