Spring break is a popular time to melt any lingering winter blues with a tropical vacation. However, for those who don’t have passports, the window for getting one in time for a spring getaway is quickly closing.
Passports take four-six weeks to process (or two-three weeks with a fee for expediting). But vacation planners without time on their side can still pick from plenty of sunny spring-break destinations.
On the Mainland
- Florida: Many of Florida’s top cities are synonymous with spring break – Miami, Daytona Beach, the Florida Keys and Panama City. For the young and young at heart, Orlando draws visitors with year-round deals.
- California: For a laid-back spring break with still plenty of sunshine, stroll the palm tree-lined beaches of Southern California. Hotel deals abound in Palm Springs, San Diego and LA.
Passport-Free Island Escapes
- Hawaii: Hawaii’s many islands offer a tropical style to suit all tastes – from Kauai’s dramatic natural beauty to vibrant Oahu, home to the modern city of Honolulu and big-wave surf competitions.
- Puerto Rico: Recently our featured Destination of the Week, Puerto Rico offers a vibrant culture and rich history just a short hop from the mainland – no passport necessary.
- U.S. Virgin Islands: Explore rugged landscapes and white-sand beaches in the U.S.-owned islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
Cruises: On many cruises departing and arriving at the same U.S. port, passengers can use both a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate (for destinations in Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, Bahamas or Bermuda). However, passengers are strongly recommended to use a passport instead, in case of an emergency requiring a flight back to the U.S. during the cruise.