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4 Tropical Islands You Can Visit Without A US Passport

These are some Exotic Islands you can visit, even if you don’t have a US Passport.

Living in the United States, there are often a lot of places you can visit for a fun vacation even on the mainland. The country already has thousands of miles of beaches, lots of tall mountains, rivers and lakes, you name it. Even with all that, ¬†you can’t help but realize how small the world can really feel sometimes. The yearning for a tropical getaway can nag at you, but perhaps you haven’t yet gotten a US Passport. Don’t worry, there are still some great places you can visit!


1. Hawaii

America’s own Polynesian paradise, the Hawaiian islands, are hard to forget but many people sometimes forget that they are actually a part of the United States. In fact, they ARE a state….the 50th to be exact. This also happens to be the only US State on this list.

You can book an exotic vacation to lush jungles, golden shores, black sand beaches and more without the need for a passport. The flights are sometimes a little tiring, and jet lag can set in quite easy, but don’t let that deter you from visiting this beautiful destination. This chain of islands has many climates to explore, from sandy beaches to tropical waterfalls. You can even take a tour to visit active lava flows straight from the volcanoes. You can literally watch the islands grow as molten lava spews into the ocean to cool off, creating new land.

puerto rico

2. Puerto Rico

If you paid attention to geography class in high school, you probably recall that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. What this means to you is that you are not required to have a passport to go here, even if you fly. This small island is located in the Caribbean, and is a short flight from almost anywhere in the Southeastern US.

Being in Puerto Rico might feel more like being in a foreign country to some visitors, because the locals mostly speak the Spanish language. English is often commonly spoken, with many of the locals being bilingual. If you fancy a short boat ride from here, you could also skip over to the US Virgin Islands that lie just to the East.


3. Bahamas

The Bahamas are NOT a part of the United States, so you might be wondering how they made this list. Afterall, this list isn’t just about places you can go that are still in the US. Getting to the Bahamas without a passport will require a little understanding about how Customs works. The trick here is that you will need to bring your drivers license (or government-issued identification card), as well as your original birth certificate. Also, you will need to depart and return to the same US port from which you left, and you cannot fly there without a passport.

So how do you do it? The easiest way to get there legally is to book a cruise! Cruises depart for the Bahamas every single day, and you can get there from all over the Eastern US. Even ports as far away as New York and New Jersey have ships that can take you to and from the Bahamas.


4. Saipan

Perhaps you have never heard of this one, or maybe you never knew it was a US territory. Saipan is a US island territory all the way out in the Western Pacific Ocean. It also happens to be close to another US Territory out in the Pacific, Guam. Located almost directly South of Japan, and East of the Philippines, Saipan is often regarded as one of the best kept secrets in the US.

Tourists from around the world travel here to this tiny destination with a population of less than 50,000 people. The island was once used by the Japanese during WW2 as a stalwart fortress to protect their mainland against attacks from Allied countries. In 1944 the US Marines liberated Saipan from the Japanese, defeating more than 30,000 soldiers in the process.

Today this island is known for being a peaceful destination for those looking to honeymoon, or enjoy a romantic tropical getaway. And of course, you don’t even need a passport to fly here.