You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on passports for a tropical getaway with the kids. Consider one of these exotic no passport vacation destinations for your next family trip.

Written by Amanda Geronikos

U.S. Virgin Islands

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Yes, you can go to the Caribbean without a passport! In the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can go to three Caribbean destinations without a passport, in fact. On St. Croix, you’ll find culture; on St. Thomas (a major cruise port), shopping; and on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, which comprises most of the island. All three destinations feature fantastic beach resorts, though you’ll find most of them on St. Croix. Our suggestion? Stay on St. Croix and plan day trips to St. Thomas and St. John. All are easily accessible by boat.

Recommended Hotel: The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer is St. Croix’s largest resort, with a wide variety of accommodations, onsite dining options, swimming pools, water sports, kids’ activities and day trips to nearby Buck Island National Reef Monument.

Puerto Rico

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Another beautiful island in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a no passport vacation destination. Vacation destinations in Puerto Rico include Fijardo, where you’ll find El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village – two Waldorf Astoria resorts in one. Both offer an all-inclusive package, too! Families can also vacation in or plan a day trip to San Juan to enjoy its history, beauty, culture and fantastic eats. If you have time, take a day trip to the beautiful island of Culebra, only accessible by boat.

Recommended Hotel: El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
The perks of a stay at El Conquistador Resort include access to Coqui Water Park, located right onsite, and Palomino Island, a private island for guests of the resort.

Hawaii

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In the continental U.S., there’s nothing more tropical than Hawaii. Plan a trip to Oahu to see the North Shore and Pearl Harbor, or plan to spend your time on the shores of Maui, traveling the Road to Hana while there. The kids will also get a kick out Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where they’ll be able to see a real lava field. You can easily visit a few islands during one visit to Hawaii, though we wouldn’t recommend more than two.

Recommended Hotel: Turtle Bay Resort
A secluded resort on Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort offers luxurious accommodations, horseback riding on the beach, kids’ activities and surf lessons on the North Shore.

Related: All Inclusive Hawaii Resorts for Families

Key West

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Key West is as close to the Caribbean as you can get without leaving the continental U.S.; in fact, you can actually visit the Southernmost Point in the U.S.! Your family will enjoy the history of Key West, which includes the Ernest Hemingway House, along with the colorful homes and delicious restaurants along and around Duval Street. And while the beach isn’t the main attraction (head to Islamorada or Marathon for that), full-service resorts beckon families to relax with private stretches of sand and surf, sparking pools, children’s activities, onsite dining and more.

Recommended Hotel: Southernmost on the Beach
This resort provides a little bit of everything – access to the beach, bike rentals, organized activities and a swimming pool. Best of all, it offers a quiet location at the end of Duval Street – close enough for convenience, yet far enough to avoid the nightlife noise.

American Samoa

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Unless you live in Hawaii, the American Samoa is a long trip – it’s about a five-hour flight from the islands. But it’s a fantastic no passport vacation destination for families that are up for the adventure. Popular activities include exploring the National Park of American Samoa and visiting the island’s many beaches, such as Ofu Beach, famous for its coral reefs.

Recommended Hotel: Tradewinds Hotel
There aren’t any major resorts on the American Samoa, but Tradewinds Hotel is a nice home base for families. The beachfront hotel offers modern guestrooms and suites, a swimming pool, internet café and laundry facility.

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El Conquistador Resort Reviews
robin.m - Sep 15th, 2014

We loved our family vacation stay at the El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico! The resort is very spread out and all guests have plenty of space. Our favorite activity was spending our days on the resort's private island, Palomino ... read more
cesaryolga - Jun 24th, 2013

The landscaping, pools, lobby, restaurants and all facilities are beautiful and clean. Staff was average (they can work on hospitality). The guy at the casino would not let us in because they close at midnight, yet it was 11:40pm. We asked if they ... read more
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Turtle Bay Resort Reviews
rtferg - Jun 4th, 2013

Best vacation i ever had. hotel was wonderful lots to do. golfing horse back riding and the beach.loved watching the surfers. rooms were big and very clean. staff was wonderful we did not need for anything. Location close to everything. Would love ... read more
Cyndihaig - Apr 7th, 2013

I am submitting this review for the simple reason that I wish I could have read true reports before choosing this resort. Do not stay at Turtle Bay Resort. It is not worth the dollar you are spending up front. It is not worth the daily $25.00 ... read more
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Southernmost on the Beach Reviews
rcbaird - Apr 27th, 2011

My daughter, age 12, and I recently returned from our first trip to Key West and a four-night stay at Southernmost on the Beach. This hotel is every bit as nice--and even better--than all the rave reviews indicate. From the moment of our arrival to ... read more
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