South Beach, Miami is a place of glitz and glamour with a blood-soaked past and a sketchy heritage. South Beach might be new, it is less than 150 years since railroad tycoons established it, but it somehow managed to more than make up for the lost time. It has racked up staggering homicide rates, becoming a haven for criminals on the lamb (with over 35% of the nation’s fugitives apprehended in Miami!). It makes for a bizarre but irresistible personality and has hosted just about every cutthroat and knave out there at some point in its amazing past.
South Beach and Miami have always had a sway over the nation’s subconscious, as a renowned historian once said:
“Miami should have its own CNN substation.”
Florida is an eccentric region, a melting pot of religions and ethnicities. All this makes South Beach one of the nation’s most haunted places. At Miami Haunts, we provide every guest not only with a spook filled walk but a fun and entertaining take on one of Florida’s most iconic hotspots.
On your Miami Haunts tour, you will get the inside scoop on the fascinating stories from the history books that have been conveniently edited out by Tourist Boards. Each building, each tourist-filled hotel, and bar, harboring its dark deep secrets; (in many cases quite literally), a closet full of skeletons.
Like the Tides hotel, which was mostly occupied by CIA agents at one point in the late sixties, flexing their practically unlimited budget to try and win the war of intelligence with the Russians via the proxy of Cuba. It was said that stray cats and pigeons in Lummus Park, the starting point of the Miami Haunts tour, would chase only the Russian agents because they fed them better scraps than the US agents!
We’ll give you a new understanding of Miami’s history by presenting you with thoroughly researched facts and stories of Miami’s hauntings and ghostly events. Miami Haunts is full of the nuances and creepy tidbits that worm their way into your memories.
Miami Haunts aims to inform and delight, to make you do double takes and appreciate the madness that this region brought to life. This off-the-beaten-track adventure is a unique experience few in Miami ever get a chance to partake in. Your tour will be populated by CIA spooks, sea monsters, Colombian Cartels, hitmen, and serial killers.
Everyone is welcome… We encourage discussion and challenge our assumptions, face our fear, and put our skepticism to the test.
After you leave, you’ll take away with you a wealth of information on perhaps one of the most decadent spots in the Nation. You’ll be gifted with a slew of information regarding Miami lore, history, and its urban legends… Plus, incentives to visit more of the State’s various haunted sites.
Do you have the guts?
“Welcome to Miami, hope you survive the experience.”…
During a dark time in our nation’s history, Miami managed to score the biggest homicide rates in the world. In the US alone, 25% of gun-related deaths were in Miami. A relatively young city, it’s still a place steeped in tragedy and crime since its inception. That’s how the nickname “The Magic City” was adopted through its rapid growth, which was then observed by winter-time visitors who saw that the city grew so much from year to year that it was like magic.
Because of this growth, the amazing weather, the relaxed pace of life, and let’s face it, a very generous tax regime, many people across the United States migrated south to Miami. This migration led to an abundance of human stories, and the inevitable specters, ghouls, and demons that follow where we lead.
A frontier town that was partly domesticated by Henry Flagler and his pioneering railroad is now one of South Florida’s premier vacation destinations, with beaches, sunny weather, a rich history, and a lot of culture, sport, and entertainment. To some, Miami was also a town that was nothing more than a place crooks and outlaws flooded to when the law was hot on their trail. A place that even the likes of President Lincoln and President Grant didn’t want to touch. Florida as a whole was a no man’s land of depravity and mayhem at that time, and, to this day, over 35% of the Nation’s fugitives are caught in Florida. However, that shouldn’t discourage you from a visit and a guided ghost tour of the city. We’ll try and keep you safe – we promise. But we can’t protect you from seeing one of the many apparitions that haunt the city.
With all of its charm, this southern city has also been the staging ground for various wars.
Many US soldiers rested here before going off to fight Spain in Cuba. Brave US soldiers also trained here to take on Nazis in Europe, overrunning the Betsy Ross Hotel. Let’s not forget the brave, outnumbered cops of the now-legendary Cocaine Cowboys street wars – Where Miami had more banks per capita than any other town in the Country. Miami is very haunted indeed. As a former FBI agent once told the President on live TV: “Miami is the most dangerous place on Earth.” However, the only danger you will find on your haunted tour of Miami is the chance of seeing one of the many ghosts and whether or not you can handle it!
Keep cool, even if it’s hot. Ghosts here are pretty relaxed, try to be the same.
Act like your grandparents are on the tour. If they are here, welcome!
Ghosts of South Beach are notoriously fickle, sometimes we have close encounters, often we don’t see anything, if we do, just be nice to the ghosts and they will be nice to you.
Like all of Miami, the water here is lovely but full of sharks! Keep dry and stay together and we will all make it through.
Being a ghost may sound pretty good, but we’d much rather keep all our guests in the land of the living. Buddy up to keep it safe.