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Get Your Bikini Bottoms Scared Off At These Miami Haunts

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For a "city with no history" as Miami is so often, and so wrongly, called, the last century or so has been plenty of time for people to die - often in horrid ways - and to haunt our fair, sunny town. Yep, haunting stories abound, making Miami a pretty gosh darn haunted place, if you buy that sort of thing. Just in time for Halloween, here's a Map of Haunted Miami.

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1. Deering Estate

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16701 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33157

Back in 2009, NPR's 'All Things Considered' took a tour of the Deering Estate in Cutler with a modern-day ghostbuster. Apparently the place is as haunted as they come, but whether its Charles Deering himself, brother of the more famous builder of Vizcaya James Deering, or someone else (maybe the help, decapitated?), they don't say. Of course the place was allegedly built on a tribal burial ground in 1915, and four construction workers died in an explosion during construction.

2. Biltmore Hotel

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1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-1926
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The Biltmore, originally a grand hotel, then a WWII war hospital, and now a grand hotel again, is surrounded by spooky stories, and mysterious hauntings. Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, who was murdered there, is said to have stuck around, people hear noises from parties that never happened, an elevator often goes to the 13th floor unprovoked, and the spirits of wounded soldiers roam the halls.

3. Villa Paula

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5811 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Miami's first Cuban Consulate, built in 1925. Villa Paula is said to be haunted by Paula, the namesake of the magnificent house and the wife of Senior Don Domingo Milord, the first Consul. The strong smell of cuban coffee emanates from the kitchen, the bedroom door will often slam shut, and three of the last occupants cats were killed by a slamming gate.

4. Miami River Inn

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118 SW South River Dr
Miami, FL 33130

The Miami River Inn - one of the oldest hotels in South Florida - has its share of spooky goings on. Apparently noises are common, along with slamming doors, and fierce shaking of door knobs, according to Critical Miami.

5. Miami City Cemetery

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1800 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132
(305) 579-6938
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Miami's oldest cemetery - where city founders like Julia Tuttle and the Burdine family rest in peace - might also be a hotbed of Santeria sacrifice, that Caribbean religion melding christian and pagan beliefs. It might even be a Santeria cemetery of sorts. In 1996 dead chickens, and a headless goat were found in the cemetery, along with human poop smeared on graves in the cemetery's segregated black and Jewish sections. A month before that 57 graves had been smashed, and earlier that year the dead body of a girl was found at the base of the Burdine mausoleum.

6. Pinewood Cemetery

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The oldest cemetery in the county (not including Native American burial grounds), Pinewood Cemetery is overgrown, almost forgotten, and due to a serious shortage in funding, not getting the restoration it needs. Neighbors have reported seeing late night burials, and paranormal investigators have heard strange things in audio recordings, detected a white mist, and found a circle in which nothing will grow.

7. Curtiss Mansion

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The Curtiss Mansion, home of aviation pioneer and important Miami developer Glenn Curtiss is said to be haunted by Glenn himself. Things are looking up for ghost Glenn however, since the house's extensive renovation and reopening as a museum. Apparently he's a happy ghost.

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1. Deering Estate

16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157

Back in 2009, NPR's 'All Things Considered' took a tour of the Deering Estate in Cutler with a modern-day ghostbuster. Apparently the place is as haunted as they come, but whether its Charles Deering himself, brother of the more famous builder of Vizcaya James Deering, or someone else (maybe the help, decapitated?), they don't say. Of course the place was allegedly built on a tribal burial ground in 1915, and four construction workers died in an explosion during construction.

16701 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33157

2. Biltmore Hotel

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Biltmore, originally a grand hotel, then a WWII war hospital, and now a grand hotel again, is surrounded by spooky stories, and mysterious hauntings. Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, who was murdered there, is said to have stuck around, people hear noises from parties that never happened, an elevator often goes to the 13th floor unprovoked, and the spirits of wounded soldiers roam the halls.

1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

3. Villa Paula

5811 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Miami's first Cuban Consulate, built in 1925. Villa Paula is said to be haunted by Paula, the namesake of the magnificent house and the wife of Senior Don Domingo Milord, the first Consul. The strong smell of cuban coffee emanates from the kitchen, the bedroom door will often slam shut, and three of the last occupants cats were killed by a slamming gate.

5811 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

4. Miami River Inn

118 SW South River Dr, Miami, FL 33130

The Miami River Inn - one of the oldest hotels in South Florida - has its share of spooky goings on. Apparently noises are common, along with slamming doors, and fierce shaking of door knobs, according to Critical Miami.

118 SW South River Dr
Miami, FL 33130

5. Miami City Cemetery

1800 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132

Miami's oldest cemetery - where city founders like Julia Tuttle and the Burdine family rest in peace - might also be a hotbed of Santeria sacrifice, that Caribbean religion melding christian and pagan beliefs. It might even be a Santeria cemetery of sorts. In 1996 dead chickens, and a headless goat were found in the cemetery, along with human poop smeared on graves in the cemetery's segregated black and Jewish sections. A month before that 57 graves had been smashed, and earlier that year the dead body of a girl was found at the base of the Burdine mausoleum.

1800 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132

6. Pinewood Cemetery

Coral Gables, FL 33143

The oldest cemetery in the county (not including Native American burial grounds), Pinewood Cemetery is overgrown, almost forgotten, and due to a serious shortage in funding, not getting the restoration it needs. Neighbors have reported seeing late night burials, and paranormal investigators have heard strange things in audio recordings, detected a white mist, and found a circle in which nothing will grow.

7. Curtiss Mansion

Miami, FL 33166

The Curtiss Mansion, home of aviation pioneer and important Miami developer Glenn Curtiss is said to be haunted by Glenn himself. Things are looking up for ghost Glenn however, since the house's extensive renovation and reopening as a museum. Apparently he's a happy ghost.