How would you like to work from a tropical island, enjoying the view of the beach, mountains, and jungle? That dream scenario could now be a reality! With more companies embracing the work-from-home trend, many people are taking their home offices on the road. In fact, 74% of Americans said that they’re thinking about taking a workcation, according to a Harris Poll last month.
Now, Discover Puerto Rico — the island’s tourism board — is giving six Americans the chance to do just that for two weeks — for free. The “Work in Full Color” initiative, which encourages WFH employees to trade their desks for one that’s closer to Puerto Rico’s turquoise waves, aims to show just how easy it is to work from the U.S. territory. After all, no passports are required, and the island is in the same time zone as the East Coast for half the year (and just one hour ahead for the rest of the year). Plus, U.S. visitors won’t have to worry about converting currency, and can expect familiar conveniences, including Uber Eats, Walgreens, CVS, and Airbnb (which has its own Puerto Rico microsite).
To showcase all those advantages, the six winners will be treated to work locations around the island, including a floating villa off Fajardo, an Old San Juan apartment, a luxury oceanfront suite at Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa, and a three-bedroom Palmas del Mar condo. “We hope travelers will learn how simple and convenient it is to work remotely from Puerto Rico as they won’t need visas, passports, or proof of insurance to work on the island for an extended time,” Discover Puerto Rico’s CMO, Leah Chandler, tells Travel + Leisure. “Additionally, we’re eager to expose visitors to the diversity of activities and experiences available throughout Puerto Rico [to enjoy] once the workday ends.”
She adds that her favorite parts of working on the island are being “surrounded by friendly locals and exploring the diverse culture, particularly the amazing gastronomy.” Some local highlights include eating at the chic outdoor food court, Lote 23, or taking a sustainable tour through Local Guest, which hosts everything from caving adventures and pottery classes to volunteer tours that help build homes damaged by Hurricane Maria or work in a community garden.
To enter, visit discoverpuertorico.com/deskover and describe what you could accomplish by working on the island for two weeks. Winners will receive round-trip economy airfare, accommodations for 14 nights, and Wi-Fi throughout their stay. All entries must be received by May 13, 2021.