Although most readers are likely to be dazzled by the models, some look beyond the bikini'd babes to the scenic settings where they posed -- and find inspiration for their own travels.
Below find the sunny spots where the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue team of models, photographers, and stylists enhanced the natural beauty of their surroundings in 2008.
All of St. John provides a beautiful getaway for honeymoon couples and other romantics, so much so that it’s earned the nickname “Love City.”
There are a a few particularly outstanding spots, and Caneel Bay Resort is among them.
A Rosewood Resort originally built by Laurance Rockefeller, the luxurious, 170-acre seaside Caneel Bay [check hotel rates] is set within Virgin Islands National Park, providing Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models ample stretches to strut on the sand.
Sports Illustrated models and others who maintain their figure through yoga, massage, and beach runs find ample opportunity to achieve a higher state of wellness here.
On Grand Cayman, largest of the country's three islands, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models and their handlers lodged at the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa [check hotel rates], a Starwood property with an on-site dive shop and full-service spa.
An exclusive water wonderland in Orlando, Discovery Cove limits the number of guests it allows daily and accepts reservations.
Those who enter can swim with dolphins, scuba on the coral reef, swim in a tropical river, play in the manta lagoon, and laze in the freshwater pool.
The Sports Illustrated team and others who shot there could only stay for the day; the property does not have its own resort hotel.
Couples who want to continue a stay in Orlando that can keep them at a slight remove from the family groups this destination typically draws may want to look into reservations at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort [check hotel rates] nearby. It's the only Disney resort that has a restaurant barring children age 10 and younger.
Singer Island, FloridaAnother Starwood property, the all-suite Resort at Singer Island [check hotel rates] is a 20-story tower north of Palm Beach that overlooks a wide stretch of sand and the Atlantic beyond.
Unlike many of Florida's Gold Coast hotels, it is not squeezed in between other behemoth buildings and offers visitors such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models an opportunity to frolic among the palm trees.
One of several beach resorts on Kaanapali, the family-friendly Sheraton Maui [check hotel rates] is distinguished by its location atop the Black Rock, a promontory that juts into the Pacific Ocean.
For the 2008 issue shoot, the Sports Illustrated gang lodged at Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge [check hotel rates] in the same town.
Combining the exotic and the luxurious, Morgan's Rock boards guests in stunning private bungalows that adhere to strict ecological guidelines.
On their visit to Russia's most beautiful city, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue contingent stayed at the classic Grand Hotel Europe, an historical landmark (Tchaikovsky honeymooned here) located on the world-renowned Nevsky Prospekt.