5 Tropical Escapes That Don’t Require a U.S Passport

Manua islands, American Samoa photo: Michael Anderson Gallery

Manua islands, American Samoa                                        photo: Michael Anderson Gallery

Need an exotic getaway but don’t have a passport? No worries! According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, these five destinations allow U.S citizens to travel without a passport.

Puerto Rico
The island of Puerto Rico (officially an unincorporated territory of the United States) has been a long time favorite for U.S travelers. Relatively inexpensive airfare makes Puerto Rico a great economical option, particularly for East Coasters. It was awarded TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2013 winner for best island in the Caribbean. With miles of unspoiled beaches, perfect kayaking and endless sunshine, what’s not to love?

United States Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands are only a quick plan ride away from Puerto Rico. Made up of three main islands—St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John—plus a scattering of smaller isles, this popular destination welcomes more than 2.6 million visitors each year. Each island has its own unique appeal. St. John, with its national parks and incredible scuba diving, will charm even the most adventurous of travelers. St. Thomas is a shopper’s paradise, with charming boutiques, jewelry stores and bustling cruise terminals that offer all sorts of diverse souvenirs. And St. Croix is a favorite of luxury-seeking honeymooners and spa seekers. There really is something for everyone here!

Note: Travelers will need to have a passport to visit the neighboring British Virgin Islands.

Northern Mariana Islands
These Micronesian islands have been governed by the United States since the Battle of Saipan in 1944. They rely heavily on tourism from their northern neighbors Japan and Korea, as well as the United States. History buffs will find much to see in Saipan, the largest island of the Marianas, which is home to several war memorials and museums. Nature enthusiasts can dive with sea turtles and reef sharks in the Grotto, a limestone cave with 70-foot-deep waters. Although the Mariana Islands are relatively undeveloped, several major hotels, including Hyatt, run four and five-star properties on Saipan. This one is a real off-the-beaten-path adventure!

If you haven’t been to Guam it’s time! Tumon’s beaches are known for its legendary snorkeling, and the crystal-clear seas are famous among divers for visibilities up to 150 feet. Two Lovers Point, a cliff-side lookout offers some pristine panoramas from 400 feet above the Philippine Sea . And while flights to Guam don’t come cheap, accommodations can; resorts in Tumon and Tamuning average around $200 per night.

American Samoa
A collection of five volcanic islands and two atolls between Fiji and the Cook Islands. With only a handful of hotels on Tutuila and the neighboring islands, there are very few commercial distractions to remind you of home. In American Samoa you’ll find coral-filled waters, lava sculpted  coastlines and untouched beaches whose only other sunbathers are the sea crabs and ocean birds.

Plan ahead and escape the winter blues with a trip to one of these tropical havens! Call us for more information! Our travel specialists are here to answer all of your questions, create an unforgettable itinerary and find you the best deal for your dollar!

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