Florida Panhandle Bridal Expo

We've rounded up the top beaches, spas, golf courses and city attractions in the fabulous Sunshine State.

By:

Chelle Koster Walton

best of florida Don't let the squeaky-clean image fool you: Florida can be as naughty as it is nice. It's got everything from sun-toasted sands to ever-green golf courses and night spots that rage until the morning hours. Between the moment you start your day with glasses of fresh Florida citrus juice and that just-before-bed moonlit walk on the beach, there are plenty of romantic ways to celebrate your union in this beautiful and diverse state. Here, our top-of-the-list picks for what to do in the sun and after it sets.

Stunning Strands

Surprise—the best beaches are hidden far away from the spotlight, in Florida's quiet Panhandle, located in the northwestern part of the state. They're long and wide and sugar-white, but it's the high dunes and lack of crowds that really make them stand out from the more popular shores along the southeastern coast. The loveliest stretch extends south along Walton County, where the old-fashioned Seaside Resort is the best check-in choice for sun-worshipping lovers. Book one of the 12 oceanfront cottages, and spin around the brick streets on one of the bikes available to guests. You'll pass plenty of picket fences, Victorian homes painted in Easter egg hues, and seafood restaurants. Note: Some of the bungalows have whirlpool tubs and wood-burning stoves. For more information call 888-732-7433 or visit seasidefl.com.

Between Sanibel Island and Boca Grande, in the southwestern part of the state, you'll find some of Florida's most rugged, natural-looking beaches. These white-sand stretches are lightly developed and decorated with an unusual bounty of shells. Where should you stay? The 160-room Palm Island Resort, on a private island just off the coast, stands out as the ultimate romantic retreat. As you ferry in on the resort's boat, you'll see that the villas are planted right on an empty sweep of sand, making it feel like a getaway in the true sense of the word. Not that you'll be bored. For more information call 800-824-5412 or visit palmisland.com.

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One thing you might want to consider about Sofia Bridal is that their web site is new this year (August 21, 2007) so it might be tough to find a history on them.
Note: I obtained this information by going to You type in the web address in the "Wayback Machine" and it not only tells you when the site was opened, but also shows you changes the site has experienced along the way.
I also did a quick search in the State of Illinois to see if they are even licensed to do business ( It appears not.

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