10 Pristine Beaches to Visit Without a Passport

Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S Virgin Islands

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Trunk Bay, U.S Virgin Islands

This breathtaking bay is situated in the Virgin Islands National Park and has been rated number 2 for viewing wildlife. In fact, there is an underwater snorkeling trail that has information signs to identify different coral, sea urchins, and other sea life. Trunk Bay is a world-class stretch of white sand and does come with a small entrance fee of $5 to ensure the facilities on site are properly maintained.

Playa Negra Vieques, Puerto Rico

This black sand beach is often considered one of the most dramatic, beautiful, and romantic beach in Puerto Rico. Playa Negra is proving that you don’t have to fly all the way to Hawaii to experience the coveted black sand. Not only will you see black sand but traces of it are let to intertwine with the deep golden sand being kissed by the water.

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

This beach is definitely the most popular beach on the small island of Culebra. Considered the second most beautiful beach in the world by the Discovery Channel, Flamenco Beach features iconic white sand and crystal clear water. The snorkeling here is world class and with campgrounds on site, this can definitely be a budget destination.

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Tanguisson Beach, Guam

Tanguisson Beach, Guam

This treasured, white sand hot spot is loved for its natural beauty and rugged terrain. The reef here is colorful and perfect for snorkeling and seaside hikes. At this beach, you will also find picnic tables and delicious BBQ pits. This is a great spot for the entire family to enjoy.

Hapuna Beach, Big Island of Hawaii

Hapuna Beach is a crescent-shaped half-mile beach that is in one of Hawaii’s most visited parks. The water here is calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling during low tide. But be cautious as dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks occur during periods of high surf.

Magens Bay Beach, St Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands

Every year, Magens Bay Beach tops the list of fabulous beaches in all of the Virgin Islands. The waters here are clear and calm making it the perfect spot for a family getaway. there are beach chairs for rent on site but being the budget traveler I am, I would suggest bringing your own or large beach towels to lounge in. On this beach, you will encounter people from all walks of life including locals,

Salt Pond Beach Park, Hanapepe, Kaua’i Hawaii

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Salt Pond Beach Park, Hawaii

This beach made the list due to its appeal to families. There is a lifeguard on duty during daylight hours which can be reassuring for families with small children or pets. There are tons of places for eating and lounging. In the summer the water is relatively calm and the sun is always eager to kiss those faces. Once again, I am a sucker for blue hues and this beach does not disappoint.

Ofu Beach, American Samoa

This secluded beach encompasses the deserted-island fantasy we all saw on Gilligan’s Island growing up. But this seclusion does come at a price. This beach does not contain all the family-friendly facilities like other beaches on this list. I would say this beach is more for the adventurer inside. With all that aside, the turquoise waters are perfect for swimming.

Gulfside City Park, Sanibel Island

This pristine white sand beach is not to be missed. With public restrooms,  handicap parking, picnic tables and bike racks, all free to the public, this beach has something for the entire family. Although you may encounter some crowds at this beach point let that keep you from taking a troll to the eastern end of it to admire the lighthouse. There are also walking/biking trails along the beach for all you fitness people.

Vaptiva Beach, Captiva Island

We end our list at a beach that has been nominated for the best-restored beach in multiple categories. This is a perfect beach to lay out on and watch the sunset. Unfortunately, there are no permanent restroom facilities and parking is very limited, but don’t let that deter you. There is a $10 parking fee but that allows you to enjoy the beach all day.

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Ofu Beach, American Samoa

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