If you believe the stories, many ghosts are inhabiting Ybor City’s Historic Cuban Club, and it has a reputation as being one of the most haunted places in Florida.
One of the earliest stories told was of a failing actor who, unhappy with his career, committed suicide on the club’s theater stage. Many sighting of this actor, who the locals have come to call Vincent, have been reported. One report states that Vincent walked out of a mirror, begging a man to give him a reason not to commit suicide.
The Grieving Mother
In the 1930s, during a meeting, an argument broke out regarding how the club was being run. Ultimately gunshots rang out, hitting a man named Bellarmino Vallejo in the face. By the time Bellarmino’s mother arrived at the hospital where her son was taken, he had already been pronounced dead.
Since that fatal night, many credible witnesses have reported sightings of a woman wailing in grief. It is assumed that the grieving woman is Bellarmino’s grief-stricken mother, still mourning her beloved son’s passing.
The Boy and the Bouncing Ball
There was once a pool in the area that is now the club’s Cantina, and there have been numerous reports of seeing an apparition of a young boy bouncing a ball. It is believed that these sightings are that of the ghost of a young boy who drowned in the pool there.
There have been plenty of other reports of mysterious happenings too. Like Pianos that have played on their own and men in early twentieth century dress randomly appearing in the club’s elevators. Those same elevators have been known to take on a life of their own, moving up and down between floors between the hours of 4:00 and 5:00 am.
John and I took the Ybor City Ghost tour back in March of this year. Here is a link to it if you would like to read about our experience.