Orlando FL hotels. Find inns, motels or hotels in Orlando Florida USA. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida. Advice for keeping safe on your journey. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida.
Ghostsafari wishes you a comfortable stay in your Orlando Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Dolphins, marsh rabbits, raccoons, feral Burmese pythons, opossums, bobcats, rare American crocodiles, endangered North Atlantic right whales, alligators, white-tailed deer, feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise, muskrats, leatherback turtles, feral parakeets, black bears, pelicans, river otters, gopher tortoises, hawksbill turtles, roseate spoonbills, Florida softshell turtles, American flamingos, green turtles, rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers), loggerhead turtles, bald eagles, feral nine-banded armadillos and manatees are among the wild animals of Florida.
Folklore, Monsters, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Legends and Myths in Florida
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; 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 among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; 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 ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; 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); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; 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 more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; 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!); 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"; 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 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.
Welcome to the United States. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see San Diego, Sitka, St Louis, Houston, Sacramento, Chicago, Atlanta, Honolulu, San Francisco, Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Skagway, New York, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Corpus Christi, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Albuquerque, Juneau, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kansas City, Miami, Savannah, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The Ozarks, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Florida Keys, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount Rushmore, the California coastline, the Everglades, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Glacier Bay National Park, rodeos, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Disney resorts, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, Route 66, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Appalachians and Yosemite National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Travel safely and happily.
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