Haunted Locations   by Tami Beckel

Formally known as the Isle of Bones, the Old Town section of Key West has everything from graveyards that give up their dead during the hurricanes to the original Elvira, but these are just some of the creepier tales from America's southern most city. Key West is also home to many haunted hotels, restaurants, and bars which add to the local flavor. These ghostly residents are embraced by the local population like any other resident on the island.

Key West has long been the vacation destination for people of all ages largely due to its laid-back lifestyle, vibrant characters, saltwater fishing, and fresh seafood all in a city complete with a rich and colorful history. Located just 150 miles south of Miami and 90 miles north of Havana, this southernmost city in the United States is one of the top tourist destinations in this country.

At a glance Key West appears to be the ultimate picture of paradise, but looks can be deceiving as every little town harbors its own little secrets and Key West is no different. This little town is a mere 2 mile by 4 mile island with a very sordid past rich with tales of island pirate lore, voodoo curses, and black magic rituals and comes complete with its own notorious hauntings. Key West residents embrace their supernatural entities like any other resident on the island. You can take a "ghost tour" and learn about these spirits, or even better stay at a haunted hotel and experience their ghostly presence first hand!

Some say Key West is one of the most haunted locations in the United States where visitors can go on nightly tours looking for ghosts throughout historic Old Town. Local tour companies will guide visitors around after dark when the restless spirits from beyond begin to awaken, all in search of orbs, apparitions, and ghostly sightings near the haunted hotels, 19th-century Victorian mansions, and cemeteries. You will hear stories of famous writers, pirates, rum-runners, and refugees, and as Florida's second oldest city, the ghost stories in Key West are endless, creepy, and often frightening.

As you stroll along the shadowy streets and narrow alleyways listening to the island's most colorful stories and legends, you will learn of the Count who lived with the corpse of his beloved, hear numerous accounts of hangings, murder, disease, misfortune and many other bizarre yet true stories which took place right here on these very streets. You will hear tales so tragic and chilling it is easy to see why Haunted America Tours has ranked Key West as fourth on their top ten list of most haunted cities in this country!


About the Author

My name is Tami Beckel and I was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio, however I relocated to Florida in 1991. I currently reside in Boca Raton with my two small dogs. I have been a real estate broker for the past 20 years, however, I am also a website designer and affiliate marketer running an online business called Seashells by the Seashore, LLC, and I am a paranormal investigator and the Founder/Director of the Key West Paranormal Society. We are headquartered in Boca Raton, however, we have divisions located throughout the entire state of Florida. We have also implemented a Demonic Division for those in need of assistance with negative or dark hauntings. Our paranormal team has had the privilege of performing an investigation on national television at a hotel in South Beach so for this reason we are now expanding due to popular demand. For additional information please visit us on the web at http://www.KeyWestParanormal.com.


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