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Hauntings and History: Discovering the Cuban Club in Ybor City


Hey there, ghost enthusiasts! If you’re a fan of haunted history and spine-tingling tales, you’re in for a treat. Nestled in the heart of Ybor City, the legendary Cuban Club is  one of the most haunted spots in the greater Tampa area. With its rich history and eerie reputation, this place is sure to give you chills and thrills.


A Glimpse into the Past


Let’s travel back in time to 1917, when the Cuban Club, or “Club Cubano,” first opened its doors. This vibrant social hub was created by Cuban immigrants who came to Ybor City for its booming cigar industry. The club was the place to be, filled with music, dancing, and lively celebrations that kept spirits high.


Through the years, the Cuban Club saw Ybor City rise and fall, from its golden age as the cigar capital of the world to tougher times and eventual revitalization. Despite all the changes, the Cuban Club has always been a cultural landmark, holding on to the memories and traditions of its community.


Ghostly Whispers


But here’s where it gets spooky. Many believe that the Cuban Club is home to more than just memories. Visitors and staff have reported all sorts of eerie occurrences: footsteps echoing in empty hallways, lights flickering on their own, and sudden chills that make the hair on your neck stand up.


Some say the spirits of former members still hang around, not ready to leave their beloved club. From shadowy figures to ghostly whispers, the Cuban Club is packed with paranormal activity.


Haunted Legends


Among the most famous legends surrounding the Cuban Club is the tragic tale of an actor who, in 1919, took his own life in the theatre after forgetting his lines. Some stories say there was an audience present, while others suggest he was alone, but one thing is certain: his spirit still lingers.


Another spine-chilling story is that of an 8-year-old boy who tragically drowned in the club’s swimming pool. Then, there’s the eerie account of a woman who was pushed off a balcony to her death after refusing a dance with a man. Let’s not forget the notorious murder of board member Bellarmino Vallejo within the club’s walls.


Paranormal investigations at the Cuban Club have been plentiful, with ghost hunters trying to make contact with these restless spirits. They’ve reported hearing unexplained voices, feeling sudden cold spots, and even noticing objects mysteriously disappearing.


Despite its haunted reputation, the Cuban Club thrives as a vibrant cultural landmark. It hosts events, weddings, and performances that celebrate its rich heritage. For many, the ghostly tales only enhance the charm of this iconic venue, serving as a haunting reminder of the enduring spirit of Ybor City.


Investigate the Paranormal


Has this tale piqued your interest for investigating? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We offer a variety of ghost tours and paranormal investigations for the whole family- from our famous Haunted Pub Tour, to our eerie Shadow Ride, to our haunting Para4ce Investigation, we have something for everyone! Book today!

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Hop on our electrically powered Shadow Ride for a 60 min ride through the dark history of the entire historic downtown! You’ll get to explore deep into the south ends narrow streets and hear the trues stories of the hauntings, pirate attacks, and blood soaked crimes and then venture on to hear about the most active spirits on the north side of America’s oldest city.