Looking for things to do in the Tampa Bay area recently, I came across the Ybor City Ghost Tour. Reviewers mentioned the tour guide, Joe Howden, doing such a wonderful job with the tour it piqued my interest. When Living Social offered half-price admission to the tour, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience it for myself.
Joe is a natural born storyteller and a long-time resident of Ybor City. He accepts the presence of supernatural activity without hesitation and he knows the history of the city well. He brought the past to life in his stories, firing my imagination with visions of Dr. Jorge Trelles and his beautiful wife Conchita who haunts the Ybor City Resort and Spa, as well as Dr. Avellanal, Jr. who haunts the Don Vicente Inn.
We were fortunate to enter the Don Vicente Inn on the night of our tour, as well as the Cuban Club - Ybor City's most haunted building. Joe passed out flashlights and ghost meters to measure the magnetic energy in both spaces. It was positively spooky!!
Clearly, this is a labor of love as Joe noted on several occasions he wished he had far more than the 90 minutes allotted to the tour to tell many more of the ghost stories he's accumulated over the years.
I enjoyed the history lesson which was so artfully woven into the ghostly tales, and I felt privileged to enter into these beautiful old buildings, so lovingly restored and maintained preserving the history of times past...
This was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it.
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