Traveling outside of the country can expose you to different cultures, delicious cuisine, and exciting, new activities you’ve never tried before. However, planning a trip abroad can be costly and require a passport if you’re venturing overseas. Situated just south of the Eastern United States, the Caribbean boasts two destinations teeming with beauty and adventure, both accessible without a passport.
Puerto Rico is an archipelago composed of a main island and three smaller islands: Culebra, Mona, and Vieques. The main island of Puerto Rico is known for its historical landmarks, cultural communities, and beautiful beaches. Located in San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a fort built in 1540 that overlooks the entrance to the San Juan Bay. If you’re looking for the perfect place to explore one of Puerto Rico’s natural wonders, venture to the bioluminescent bay of Vieques. Bio Bay boasts an impressive, underwater light show caused by a micro-organism that glows whenever the water is disturbed.
US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands are composed of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, and Water Island, along with multiple smaller islands. Home to the capital of the US Virgin Islands, Saint Thomas features rich colonial history, beautiful views of Magen’s Bay, and a bustling port filled with local shops and vendors. Saint Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands and is a tropical, romantic destination for honeymooners and couples. Perfect for adventurers and nature lovers, 60% of Saint John is comprised of a beautiful national park with miles of lush land to explore.
Where to stay
On the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, we recommend:
Grand Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan
La Concha Renaissance Resort
In the stunning US Virgin Islands, we recommend:
The Westin St. John Resort
Caneel Bay Resort
Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
Windward Passage Hotel – St. Thomas
Whether you choose to explore Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands, you won’t need a passport to enjoy these beautiful Caribbean destinations. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and escape to warmer temperatures!