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Caribbean Island Getaways: No Passports Required

Caribbean Island Getaways: No Passports Required

by Kevin Patterson

The best island vacations don't happen by accident. It does take research and planning. And since 2004, it also takes a passport to re-enter the US from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. If you're dreaming of a family vacation on a tropical isle, but you're not enthused about the advance planning (10 weeks or more) and the cost per person ($105-$207) for passports, we know two Caribbean destinations that don't require a passport for US citizens. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are waiting for you.

How do duty free shopping, an international regatta and spectacular golf sound? Do you think your kids would like a dedicated kids' pool and splash zone? Do a white sand beach and an adult pool with a swim-up bar appeal to you? How about a freshly renovated resort that offers stylish guest rooms with LCD TVs and exquisite dining with picture-perfect views of the Charlotte Amalie harbor and St. Thomas in the USVI? These are just a few of the reasons why Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort is where you'll enjoy the best island vacations. From the new infinity pools to the state-of-the-art fitness center and a 4,000-sq-ft luxury spa, this resort has something for everyone in your family. Best of all, no passports are needed to travel to this island paradise.

The best island getaways start with no-hassle travel, and getting to Puerto Rico is a snap. For more than half of the US, it's a four-hour flight or less to San Juan, and Caribe Hilton San Juan is only 15 minutes from the international airport. This snazzy resort wins rave reviews from the NY Times and Travel + Leisure, as well as AAA's Four Diamonds for luxurious accommodations overlooking a pristine beach, exotic lagoon and a tropical garden that double as a bird sanctuary. Spend the day at the oceanfront, multi-level pool complex, schedule a session or two in the world-class Olas Spa or hang out at the beach where you can rent a cabana, floats, tubes and rafts. Why not explore the nearby reef and its vivid inhabitants or race the kids in a kayak? Before you call it a day, stop by Oasis Bar, where they invented the pina colada. Dinner is easy when there are nine restaurants, including Morton's The Steakhouse.

Caribbean island getaways need not just be a daydream. The best island vacations offer a lifetime of memories, and they don't require a passport!


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Caribe Hilton

Puerto Rico
4 Nights w/Air from $829 Meals not included