There’s nothing like getting away to a tropical beach destination.  I know I can never get enough to waking up to warm sun, white sandy beaches and clear water.  Unfortunately, most of these places require a passport, which can be a bummer if you or someone in your group doesn’t have one or has let theirs expire.  But don’t fret!  Here are 5 beautiful beach destinations that you can visit that don’t require a passport.

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St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands

St. Croix is such a beautiful, lush island.  Every view is picture perfect, and they have something for everyone!  You can go on a rainforest hike, sit down at one of many gourmet restaurants, or just hang out and be a beach bum all day (thats what I did, 75% of the time).  I stayed at the St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, which was wonderful.

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques is one of the off shore islands of Puerto Rico.  It is largely undeveloped, with lots of wild chickens, horses and iguana roaming freely.  You’ll likely have to take either a short flight from San Juan, or a ferry to get there.  viequesBecause the island is so undeveloped, it is there that you will find some of the most pristine beaches you’ve ever seen.  You should also be sure to check out the bioluminescent bay.  Make sure to hire a licensed tour operator!  Stay at the W Retreat & Spa, which starts at about $323/night.  Or, for a lower cost option, try this Airbnb (Use my code if you don’t have an account already)!

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii is the oldest of the islands in Hawaii and has a plethora of geographical landscapes.  You can visit waterfalls, mountains, rainforests, and sandy beaches.  You would have an awesome time hiking, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach.   Note:  The easiest way to get there is by flying into Lihue airport.

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St. John, US Virgin Islands at Trunk Bay.

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

60% of this island is protected as a National Park, so it is naturally unspoiled.   Because of this, they are big on eco-tourism.   Do not expect large mega resorts or lots of clubs and nightlife.  This island is mostly for relaxing and enjoying nature.  Note:  St. John doesn’t have an airport, so visitors must fly into the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and then continue to St. John by ferry.

Destin, Florida

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Nautilus Condominiums — Destin, FL

White sand beaches, tropical weather, nightlife and shopping? What’s not to love?  Destin, Florida can be a quick beach getaway without even leaving the continental United States.  Try Nautilus Condominiums for modern beachfront accommodations (most of the hotels seem a little dated).