It's that time of year when most of us daydream about warm beaches, sunshine, and cool drinks with little paper umbrellas floating in them. But, for para geeks, why not kill two birds with one stone and go to a beach with an infamous history, a haunted lighthouse, massive UFO sightings and the like? Well, let me show you some good candidates for this para-adventure-
GO SEE GLOW
If you want to see something gorgeous and magical but aren't looking for spooky necessarily, the Go See Glow category is ideal for your needs. Some beaches have bioluminescence. This occurs where there is plankton that evolved to glow to scare off harmful fish.
Three great places to see this phenomenon are in the Maldives, Puerto Rico, and San Diego (LINK).
WALK A HAUNTED BEACH
Teach's Hole: This delicious legend says that when Blackbeard (Edward Teach) was beheaded, and his head and body tossed overboard, the head was still screaming and the body still swimming. People report that his ghost is seen in a cove on Ocracoke Island, NC, a headless body swimming or walking the beach in search of his head by lantern light.
SIGHT A UFO
Ocean Sands Beach Inn, Vilano Beach area, Florida: People staying there see so many UFOs, they keep a log. (LINK) Lots of photos have been taken and it's such a regular thing that folks are figuring there's something of interest there to some unknown pilots of unknown sky vessels.
AWAIT A PIRATE GHOST SHIP
Haven Beach, VA: Haven Beach is my favorite in Mobjack Bay area. It's in a beautiful quiet community, and a hidden jewel. But, it also has an interesting pirate history. Supposedly, a ghost pirate ship has been seen riding through the water, lights ablaze, going up onto the shore and into the Old House Woods. Those woods have become the talk of the region with legends of pirate ghosts digging for treasure, a conquistador in armor, a woman in white floating around in warning of coming storms....
VISIT A BEACH GHOST TOWN
Kaupoa, Molokai, Hawaii: This is what is considered a haunted ghost town on the beach. This beach village closed down and nature took over. (LINK). Some see it as simply cursed land.
CLIMB A HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE
Seguin Island Lighthouse, Maine: The Seguin Island Lighthouse was commissioned in 1795. The haunting here is a deliciously gothic tale of a lighthouse keeper with a bored and lonely wife who got her a piano, but she only had music for one song all winter long and played it over and over again until he went mad. He ended up axing his wife and then killing himself.
How brave are you? How about a glass-bottomed boat ride through the infamous Bermuda Triangle? LINK
Bigfoot has been reported on beaches from Northern California all the way up to Canada, and it makes sense. Seafood is a tasty, fatty, calorie-laden choice for a big bunch of hairy people. One area in particular in Northern California has had its share between Crescent City and Klamath.
I hope this inspired folks to consider haunted towns by the sea such as Charleston, SC or locations that report paranormal happenings on or by the sea.
*Tomorrow's post is "Ghosts in the Bedroom"*
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