In an online readers' poll, you told us about your favorite seaside retreats.

May 19, 2009

"At the St. James Club, we took one of the Hobie Cats and cruised around quiet Mamora Bay." 800/858-4618;; doubles from $350.—MANDI BAILEY, GULF BREEZE, FLA.

The Bahamas
"We set out from Marsh Harbour on a chartered sailboat and meandered: we sipped rum punch at the Abaco Inn, collected seashells off Tilloo Bank, and built sand castles on stunning Treasure Cay." 888/952-8420;; five-day cruise from $2,270. —STEPHANIE MCNAMARA, JENKS, OKLA.

Dominican Republic
"At Meliá Caribe Tropical, we loved the miles of white-sand beaches, the tree-shaded pools, the flamingos and peacocks strutting through the garden—and the total sense of escape." 888/956-3542;; doubles from $600, all-inclusive.—SUSIE BOECKMANN, GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN.

St. Bart's
"Mornings began at La Petite Colombe, a pâtisserie up the road from our villa in Lorient. Then we'd follow our fancy—like a guided Jet Ski tour from Grand Cul de Sac to explore the harbors and coves." 800/449-1553;; villas from $2,600 per week. —LIA SILKWORTH, CHICAGO

Turks and Caicos
"The food at Grace Bay's Anacaona restaurant is fantastic—especially the ceviche—and the resort's open-air palapas, flickering candlelight, and lapping waves are divine." 800/946-5757;; dinner for two $120. —JOY MCPETERS, BALTIMORE

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