Casa de la Paz

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Although this spot no longer operates as a bed-and-breakfast, the Queen Isabella was its most haunted room. Here, the ghost of Miss Mabel resides. Miss Mabel, who was given this nickname because the owners did not know her real name, was a visitor at the inn around the 1920s. When Mabel’s new husband decided to go fishing, she begged him not to go. She had a feeling something bad would happen, and sure enough, a storm capsized his boat and he drowned. Mabel stayed in the hotel until her death shortly thereafter, and apparently, even then she didn’t leave. Her ghost has been seen by many, often with suitcase in hand and sometimes asking guests “When are we leaving?” She also moves the crystal wine decanter top and other items, and ghost hunters have determined that she has company: the spirits of a young boy and a man with a handlebar mustache also have been detected.

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22 Avenida Menendez
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
United States

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29.894901, -81.31147490000001
St. Johns County, Florida
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Saint Augustine, FL (0.2 mi.)
Villano Beach, FL (3.1 mi.)
Saint Augustine South, FL (3.6 mi.)
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Butler Beach, FL (7.2 mi.)
Crescent Beach, FL (9.4 mi.)
Marineland, FL (16.7 mi.)
Hastings, FL (17.0 mi.)
Palm Valley, FL (20.0 mi.)


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  1. Ms. Wren Johnson  |  

    In 2003, while we were house-hunting to buy in Palm Coast, my daughter and I spent a weekend here.

    In all the bustle, and with my daughter studying for a big college exam on Monday, neither of us had done our full research on this B&B. I booked knowing it was top-rated, and our room had a jacuzzi bathtub…

    Being a life-long insomniac, it wasn’t unusual that the first night, I couldn’t sleep well…

    Sunday, we had a busy day with our realtor, and we hadn’t found our perfect house yet–it was rainy–I had fought headaches for days–the atmosphere fairly sizzled with some tension of our own…

    Not wanting to spook my daughter, I kept my thoughts to myself, until she was ready to leave Monday morning to drive back to UM (GO GATORS!) and her exam.

    We had a great laugh over how we had protected each other…Saturday, alone at breakfast, she had asked the owners if perhaps our room was haunted and got the full scoop! There was even a room journal to log experiences, which I had never looked through.

    So now fully briefed, and with a glorious, sunny harbor view, I had no trouble going back up to talk with the spirit. I told her that I felt her grief deeply and I was sorry she chose to stay here…why wouldn’t she want to move on from her tragic life? I said I really needed some sleep…so please don’t be offended if I ignored her for awhile!

    A few minutes later, I heard the House Cat at my door, so I called downstairs and asked if I could keep him for awhile–that I needed to sleep off a headache. The owner said kitty would wake me to be let out, but sure…he chose the guests he visited!

    Kitty cuddled right up with me and he woke me 4 hours later!

    I spent hours reading through the room journal, then adding our own story.

    I was so sad to find out years later that the B&B had closed…and I wonder if the spirit we felt finally moved on.

  2. My dad says many years ago he was unloading the car at night out back and he saw a woman out of the corner of his eye. He turned to say good evening to her and there was nothing there. He’s sure he saw her.

  3. We had stayed there when it was a B & B – the owners had a wedding that weekend, and it was just my husband and I, until later that evening, when the other guests returned from another wedding.
    We thought it was funny when the TV turned on – debunked….timer was set… then a light went on…debunked….another timer but…there is no explanation for the footsteps we heard..we thought the guests for the upstairs returned… one else “well alive anyway” was there. just the sound of footsteps on the steps and hallway outside our room…the guests for upstairs did wind up coming several hours later 🙂 so…yes, the place is haunted. just wish i knew what was happening over there, been vacant for so long, it is a beautiful home 🙂

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