Beautiful, Tropical Destinations You Don’t Need A Passport To Visit

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While disembarking from an international flight can feel lovely, realizing you have to spend an hour waiting in line at customs can be a real let down. Since nothing beats waltzing right through the airport terminal and into tropical escape, here are a few stunning tropical destinations that U.S. citizens can visit without a passport:

As written for Refinery29:

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (pictured above)
Year-round summer, clear skies, and emerald waters await, just a short flight away (three hours from Miami). Go horseback riding near 18th-century sugar mills (and into the ocean), head to the Danish-styled Christiansted for local charm and shopping (be sure to check out the handmade jewelry), or just hit the laid-back beaches to relax and enjoy the island’s natural wonders. Adventure-seekers can explore the rainforest and hike to the Annaly Bay tide pools. More St. Croix here.

Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is an obvious choice for a tropical, no-passport-required getaway — but Maui, with its never-ending supply of immaculate white-sand beaches, beautiful waterfalls, and lush greens, feels wildly exotic. The Hawaiian “It” island offers top-notch water sports and activities, a volcanic landscape, a rich culture, and a range of fantastic lodging options with prime seaside locations. A sunset will never look the same once you’ve experienced it in Maui.

Key West, Florida
The Florida island city — which is connected to the U.S. by a railway and highway — is famed for its conch-style houses, laid-back lifestyle, and diving and snorkeling in the Florida Reef coral reef system (the only living coral barrier reef in the country). Loaded with quirky charm and a range of cultural offerings (don’t miss the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum), you’ll find Caribbean vibes in Old Town, and a variety of festivals ranging from fishing tourneys to art events to the wild 10-day party week of Fantasy Fest. It’s also a historically LGBTQ-friendly escape.

Vieques, Puerto Rico
While it’s just a few miles away from the mainland of Puerto Rico, Vieques feels like another world. Renowned for (surprise!) its beaches, wild horses, and eerily awesome bioluminescent bay, 70% of the island is a U.S. wildlife refuge, protecting coastal lagoons, mangrove wetlands, subtropical dry forest, and smaller islands.

See the full list over on Refinery29!🙂


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Andrew Villagomez is a lifestyle journalist, style photographer and owner of VeeTravels.com. He contributes to publications such as Details.com, Out Magazine, Logo TV's NewNowNext.com, Passport Magazine, Latina.com, Thrillist.com and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @VeeTravels

Posted on September 11, 2016, in Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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