South Florida is an area that has more than its fair share of oddities and curiosities including more than a few chilling ghost stories!
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most haunted places in South Florida.
9 - Ocean Key House Resort, Key Weststay at the ocean key house resort
The Ocean Key House Resort in Key West is a very popular spot with those in search of some much needed rest and relaxation. However, this hotel is also one of the most haunted places in South Florida! According to reports from some of the hotel’s previous guests there is a great deal of paranormal activity here with the most common reports claiming that items on the dresser have moved all by themselves. It is not unusual for guests to hear jangling keys and breathy sighs and they often say that they just do not feel as though they are really alone.
8 - Florida Atlantic University, Boca
It seems that there are a growing number of college campuses that are considered to be haunted and when you think about it, it is probably no surprise considering the fact that the college years are often fraught with broken hearts and shattered dreams. That could be the perfect recipe for a haunting! The Humanities building of Florida Atlantic University is the home of a female spirit who students and security staff have reported seeing crying and sometimes slamming doors up on the third floor. Apparently she was an underachieving thespian at the college who apparently grew weary of constantly being pipped to the post when it came to landing the plum roles in college productions. Now she hangs around the building and takes pleasure in suddenly appearing and then disappearing whenever anyone tries to approach. She is keen to put on a show and is seemingly craving the spotlight she could never capture in life.
7 - Coral Castle, Miami
Coral Castle sits in the Southern part of Miami-Dade County and it is a well known landmark in the area. This is partly due to the immense coral structures and partly thanks to the mystery that surrounds the stunning sculpture garden. The huge pieces of stone were quarried, cut, transported and constructed by Edward Leedskalnin in 1923 and has drawn comparisons with the great pyramids in Egypt. How exactly did one man do all of this on his own? There are over 1000 tons of coral rock here and Leedskalnin was a 100 pound Latvian emigrant! Some have suggested that he possessed magical powers while others say that he had the help of aliens or supernatural forces. We will never know exactly how he built his castle and everything in it – including the furniture, art, doors and so on. However, what we do know is that he was incredibly proud of his castle and his apparition is often spotted observing his handiwork during tours!
6 - City of Miami Cemetery, Miami
The City of Miami Cemetery is the oldest burial ground in Miami and it is home to the Earthly remains of several well known names including the likes of Julia Tuttle, The Burdine Family and Carrie Miller – the woman who was buried in her bed rather than in a casket! The cemetery is split into 3 different sections in order to keep jews, blacks and military personnel separate. The military section is home to 66 confederate soldiers and 27 union soldiers and it is these Civil War soldiers who are said to be responsible for haunting the cemetery.
5 - Deering Estate, Palmetto Bay
Nobody has lived in the Deering Estate since the 1980s, but that certainly does not mean that this beautiful mansion is completely uninhabited! In fact, Deering Estate is often considered to be one of the most haunted places in South Florida, and not without very good reason. The history of this estate actually stretches back 50,000 years thanks to the variety of prehistoric burial mounds and fossils that have been uncovered on the grounds over the years. Tours and paranormal investigations of the property are now offered regularly.
One of the most common reports of paranormal activity that is reported at the Deering Estate is that the spirits will whisper in your ear. Paranormal groups have also collected evidence of disembodied voices, EVP, phantom footsteps and doors that move by themselves. There have also been sightings of apparitions and unexplained shadows.
4 - Villa Paula, Little Haiti
Villa Paula is not only one of the most haunted places in South Florida, but it also has a reputation for being among the most beautiful and most historic buildings in the area. Villa Paula was built in 1925 to serve as the first Cuban Consulate in Miami. It also served as the main residence for Consul Domingo Milord and his wife Paula for whom the house is named. Unfortunately, around 6 years after moving in, Paula passed away following complications with a leg amputation. It was soon after her passing that the ghost stories first started to emerge. Witnesses have described hearing phantom footsteps around the property, seeing doors and windows open and close by themselves and smelling both Cuban coffee and roses in the air. There are also reports of people seeing a full apparition of a one legged woman in a full length gown.
3 - Blue Anchor, Delray Beach
The Blue Anchor pub is located in Delray Beach, an area of South Florida that has come to be popular for retirees looking for a place to relax. However, the property is considered to be one of the most haunted places in South Florida thanks to the presence of a ghost named Bertha Starkey. It is said that Ms Starkey met her untimely end over 100 years ago when her husband sliced her up in a fit of jealous rage. However, this did not happen in Florida! The Blue Anchor was originally founded in Britain in 1864 and the entire place was relocated to Delray Bay in South Florida at a later date. It seems that Bertha’s spirit made the trip right alongside the building! Her footsteps are often heard across the ceiling at night and activity seems to peak around the anniversary of her murder each year.
2 - Hollywood Beach Resort Hotel, Hollywoodbook a room at hollywood beach
The Hollywood Beach Resort dominates the east end of Hollywood Boulevard where it connects with Ocean Drive and the 1920s hotel has long been considered one of the most haunted places in South Florida. Over the years, the building has been used not only as a hotel, but also a bible college! It was once the favourite hangout of famous gangster Al Capone! The property underwent substantial renovation work in the 1990s which is when it was reopened as a hotel and it was then that the tales of paranormal activity began to surface. The seventh floor is apparently a hotspot for the unexplained activity with witnesses claiming to see strange lights there. There have also been multiple EVP recordings captured on the seventh floor.
1 - Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gablesstay at the bitlmore
The Biltmore Hotel is one of the most iconic landmarks in South Florida. The beautiful, sprawling hotel has hosted royalty and in the 1920s it was the hippest place to be! It was a bustling hotspot which hosted luxurious parties attended by gangsters and A listers alike. However, for all its history and grandeur, the Biltmore Hotel is also one of the most haunted places in South Florida.
The most active spot in The Biltmore Hotel in terms of paranormal activity is the thirteenth floor. There is said to be a spirit residing there who enjoys playing with the lights and who also opens and closes doors. In fact, the spirit has on occasion been known to open doors for waitresses carrying room service trays! It also has a mischievous side and has been known to steal lampshades from the rooms on the thirteenth floor and also stopping the elevator on the wrong floor whenever anyone tries to come up to 13. According to some, the spirit is in fact the ghost of legendary outlaw Fatty Walsh who is rumoured to have shot and killed notorious gambler Ed Wilson right here on the 13th floor. It is not clear why it would be Fatty and not his victim Ed who haunts the hotel, but some have suggested that perhaps Fatty is in search of some hidden loot he left at the hotel.
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