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Passport-Free Spring Breaks

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.

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Deal Expert, New York
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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