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

"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