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St. Augustine’s Top 10 Haunted Spots

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

Hey there, fellow adventurers! 👋 It's your girl Natalija, and today, I'm thrilled to take you on a bone-chilling journey through the historic streets of St. Augustine. We're about to explore top 10 haunted places, complete with ghostly tales and a sprinkle of our own adventure! 💀💫


Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos

1. Castillo de San Marcos: 🏰


Our first stop is the iconic Castillo de San Marcos, a timeless fort with a dark past. The stone walls echo with tales of phantom soldiers and the Lady in Blue, who surprises visitors with unexpected appearances. It's a captivating place to begin our ghostly adventure of haunted St. Augustine!



Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos

In the heart of historic St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos stands as a sentinel of centuries past. Its ancient walls have witnessed countless tales of valor, strife, and suffering, leading many to believe that the old fortress is haunted.


Legend has it that the haunting began with the tragic love story of Isabella and Carlos, two young Spanish soldiers stationed at the Castillo during the 17th century. Isabella was the daughter of the fort’s commanding officer, while Carlos was a lowly infantryman. Forbidden to be together, they met in secret, using the labyrinthine passages of the fortress as their refuge.


Their love affair was discovered, and Isabella’s father ordered Carlos to be executed. As Carlos stood on the walls of Castillo de San Marcos, his final gaze met Isabella’s tearful eyes. It is said that as the firing squad aimed, a sudden, inexplicable fog enveloped the fort, obscuring Carlos from view. When the mist lifted, Carlos had vanished, leaving no trace.

Isabella, heartbroken and bereft, is said to have wandered the dark corridors and ramparts of the Castillo for years, searching for her lost love. Her anguished sobs and melancholic whispers echoed through the stone halls, chilling the hearts of those who dared to explore the fortress after dark.

Today, visitors to Castillo de San Marcos claim to have encountered Isabella’s ghostly presence. Some describe feeling a cold, phantom hand caress their cheek or hearing the faint strains of a Spanish serenade in the still night. The legend of Isabella and Carlos endures, and it is believed that their love, betrayal, and eternal separation have left an indelible mark on the Castillo, making it one of the most haunted places in St. Augustine, forever echoing with the tormented spirits of the past.


2. Casa Monica Hotel: 🏨


Casa Monica in St. Augustine has long been associated with ghostly tales and paranormal legends. Many believe it's haunted due to its rich history and the events that unfolded within its walls.


 Casa Monica Hotel
Casa Monica Hotel

Constructed in the late 1800s, this historic hotel witnessed tragedies, including fires and even a supposed love affair gone wrong, which adds to the eerie atmosphere. Guests have reported hearing inexplicable footsteps and whispers in empty corridors, and some claim to have seen shadowy figures in antique attire. Whether it's residual energy or restless spirits, Casa Monica's past seems to linger, making it a popular destination for those seeking a supernatural experience in the nation's oldest city.


 Casa Monica Hotel
Casa Monica Hotel

3. The St. Augustine Lighthouse: 🕯️


No haunted adventure is complete without a visit to the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Legend has it that a young girl named Eliza still roams here, her giggles and footsteps echoing through time. It's the perfect place to capture a ghostly surprise in your photos!


4. Huguenot Cemetery: 🌿


For an experience that's part spooky, part historical, explore the Huguenot Cemetery, a resting place with roots dating back to the 16th century. Some say the spirits of the departed wander here, adding to the eerie atmosphere. Keep your eyes peeled for shadowy figures and unexplained lights.


5. The Old Jail: 🔐

Venture into the Old Jail of St. Augustine for a truly spine-tingling experience. Ghostly moans, cries, and sightings of restless inmates have made this place famous for its paranormal activity. It's like stepping back in time to a darker chapter of the city's history.


6. The Old St. Augustine Village: 🏘️

The Old St. Augustine Village is a collection of historic homes and buildings brimming with ghostly energy. As you explore, be ready to capture shadowy figures in period attire and inexplicable sounds. It's a unique journey through time with a supernatural twist!


7. Casa de Suenos: 🏡

Casa de Suenos, the House of Dreams, is a beautifully restored inn rumored to host friendly spirits. Guests have encountered a lady in white and a mysterious gentleman during their stays. If you're looking for a night in a haunted yet charming abode, this is a must!


8. Spanish Military Hospital Museum: 🏥

The Spanish Military Hospital Museum isn't just a history lesson; it's also known for its eerie occurrences. Unexplained sounds and shadowy figures add to the mystique of this place. Get ready for a journey through the past with a dash of the supernatural.


9. Tolomato Cemetery: ☠️

Tolomato Cemetery is where history and hauntings intertwine. As you wander through this serene yet eerie burial ground, you might witness spectral lights and hear whispers in the breeze. It's a place to connect with the afterlife in a unique and unforgettable way.


10. St. Francis Inn: 🛏️


St. Francis Inn
St. Francis Inn

Our final stop is the St. Francis Inn, a cozy place to rest your head and perhaps make a spectral friend named Lily. Guests have felt her presence and even encountered her in the hallways. A night at this inn may lead to a heartwarming ghost story!


St. Francis Inn
St. Francis Inn

As you embark on this ghostly journey, always be respectful and considerate of the spirits that may linger in these haunted places. You never know – you might just make a spectral friend along the way. Don't forget to tag me (@natalijaugrina) in your chilling captures – I'd love to see your supernatural encounters!


So, my fearless fellow thrill-seekers, pack your bags, gather your courage, and embark on an unforgettable quest through the mystical and haunted side of St. Augustine. Stay curious, keep those spirits high, and until next time, happy ghost hunting! 👻✨ #StAugustineHaunts #SpookyAdventures #GhostHunting



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Jan 29

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cawilliams2021
Nov 17, 2023

Love St. Augustine - and that red dress is amazing on you. ❤️

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ojojopeter33
Oct 29, 2023

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