Tropical Island Getaways That Don't Require a US Passport

Hankering for a warm island getaway but don't own a US passport? No problem. These sun-drenched destinations are all located in the USA or US territories, so you can travel there with your regular state-issued ID. (Be sure to bone up on REAL ID, the new required identification for travel within the US.)

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Puerto Rico

Crash Boat Beach, Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico is an American territory so its sunny beaches are accessible to US citizens who don't own passports. Don't let its small size fool you. This island delivers a huge array of cultural and outdoor activities that families will love.

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Hawaii beach
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The 50th State is arguably America's most stunning tropical paradise. While travel from the East Coast is pricey and time-consuming, an Aloha-style getaway can be attainable if you live on the West Coast. Here's advice on booking your flight to Hawaii from our Hawaii Travel Expert.

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US Virgin Islands

Family Getaway on St. John, USVI
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St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John offer fabulous beaches, charming historic towns, some of the Caribbean's best snorkeling and diving spots, pristine white beaches, and the region's primary duty-free shopping hub. West Indian and Danish cultures mix seamlessly here but expect plenty of American influences.

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Florida: Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sanibel seashell
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Jewels off of Florida's Gulf Coast, Sanibel, and Captiva islands will make you think you are in the Caribbean. You'll find shell-strewn beaches, a laid-back vibe, terrific restaurants, and a diverse array of wildlife. What you won't find here are traffic lights, billboards, and high-rise condos. Amen.

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Micronesia: Guam

Tumon Bay, Guam
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America acquired this tiny island in Micronesia during WWII, and now this destination is mainly appreciated by US military families and Asian tourists. (US Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force bases make up about a third of the isle's area.) Snorkelers and scuba devotees will love Guam's famously crystalline seas, which offer visibility up to 150 feet.

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Florida Keys

Key West Beach, Florida Keys
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The Florida Keys are a 113-mile archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida, forming the southernmost land in the continental United States. It's a fabulous road trip from Key Largo to Key West, which takes you along U.S. 1 (a.k.a. the Overseas Highway) and over 42 bridges, including the famous Seven Mile Bridge. 

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