Did you know that there are exotic places you can visit without a U.S. Passport?  Not having a passport can really put a damper on your vacation plans, especially if you are dreaming about exploring a far off, exotic island.  While it is advisable that you get a US Passport (it’s easier than you think), there are some incredible places that you can technically visit without having a that little blue book.  Here’s the rundown of exotic places you can visit without a US Passport!

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Exotic Places You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

U.S. Virgin Islands

Where is it?

111 miles east of Puerto Rico – a short flight from the Southeast USA

 

Why Should You Go? 

You can check off your entire “Tropical Vacation” bucket list on three islands. Deep Sea fishing, swimming / snorkeling, relaxing while listening to reggae music while sipping on a cocktail and laying on the beautiful beach.

Must See or Must Do?

With 3 different islands to explore, there is plenty to do.  While there is some cool history (including some good ol’ pirate history) and some ruins, most activities involve fun in the sun and the water.  It would be a shame not to play in these crystal clear waters! Must-do’s include doing a bit of boating around the islands and snorkeling or diving.  Take a private boat and snorkel adventure with St. Thomas Private Boat & Snorkel Tour.

Puerto Rico

Where is it?

The northeastern Carribbean — between the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

 

Why Should You Go?

While many people know that Puerto Rico is a US territory, they don’t realize that you don’t need a passport to visit Puerto Rico!  Puerto Rico has all the warm weather appeal of its neighbor the Dominican Republic, but none of the international hassle. Check out the nearby island of Vieques, popular for its beaches and bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (yeah – it glows at night!).

Must See & Must Do?

This is a hard one because  Puerto Rico offers so much for all types of travelers.  Old San Juan is filled with some amazing history, and it’s a great way to get introduced to the island and local culture.  Once you have a sense of the history, then explore the natural side of Puerto Rico in the El Yunque Rainforest.  If you have family not interested in the history or the nature that Puerto Rico has to offer, then they can go shopping at Plaza Las Americas Shopping Mall with over 300 shops.

Guam

Where is it?

The western Pacific Ocean — 1,548 miles east of the Philippines

 

Why You Should Go?

The coast line is filled with gorgeous scenic overlooks and waterfalls, but the island is small enough to see it all in one day. Even better, the temperature never dips below 75.

Must See & Must Do?

The entire southern tip of the island is full of scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and swimming holes.  It is perfect for hiking, or as they say “Boonie Stomping.” For $2 you can let the crew from Guam Boonie Stompers take you all along the island — pointing out the sights along the way.

American Samoa

Where is that?  

The South Pacific — 2,031 miles from New Zealand

 

Why Should You Go?  

American Samoa National Park is the must see. 8,000 acre of gorgeous terrain with 2,300 acres of beautiful coral reef to explore as well.  The park is also considered to be one of the world’s greatest spots for cliff-diving.

Must See & Must Do?

If you are a nature lover then this is the place for you.  No time to go shopping here when there is so much to see and do…all provided by mother nature.  If you enjoy the view from the water, then the American Samoa Association of Paddlers can give you guided tours of the harbor.  Always wanted to try paddle boarding?  Why not try it in a remote island in the South Pacific!

Northern Mariana Islands

Where is that?

The Western Pacific — 1,613 Miles from the Philippines

 

Why Should You Go?

The main island of Saipan’s where all the action (and 90% of the population) is. Besides white sandy beaches, there’s some great snorkeling. Check out The Grotto — of the region’s most popular dive spots.

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Must See & Do?

There are many islands making up the North Mariana Islands, but the island of Saipan is the more popular of the islands.  You can tee off on the 18th hole along a shear cliffside, or you can also enjoy the many types of wildlife around the islands.  One of the more popular attractions would have to be diving or snorkeling with the turtles living off the island.  Along with turtles you can see several WWII wrecks that litter the coast of this chain of islands.

Don’t Let the Lack of a Passport Keep You down!

So even if you don’t have a passport, you can still have a great time exploring these exotic destinations.  By why not open a larger world to explore?  It’s easier to get a passport than you may think!  Check out these 5 steps to getting a passport.

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