SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Discover Puerto Rico, the Island's non-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), announced that it is offering remote workers a desk makeover as part of its Deskover Puerto Rico program. Six two-week workations to the Island will be awarded, and to enter, all applicants need to do is visit discoverpuertorico.com/deskoverand share what they would accomplish if they had two weeks to work in full color from paradise. From turquoise waves, emerald hills, and electric-orange sunsets, to its unique music, art, food, and history, Puerto Rico has a color palette like nowhere else.
Many workers have been remote for over a year, with the trend likely to continue. To fend off the work from home fatigue, “workations” are helping break up the monotony of the routine and benefit physical and mental health. In fact, 74% of Americans who are working from home said they would consider taking a workcation, per Harris Poll data reported by Axios.
Those looking for an escape with a mix of the exotic and the familiar, need look no further than Puerto Rico. The Island offers the appeal of a Caribbean destination married with the convenience of being a U.S. territory. A change in scenery from one’s normal desk view can change perspective and positively affect wellbeing and creativity.
Deskover winners will spend two weeks working (and playing) from a variety of locations across the Island, such as a floating villaoff the northeast coast of Fajardo, an historic apartment among the brightly colored houses and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, a luxury oceanfront suite, and a three-bedroom condo in the popular Palmas del Mar resort on the Island’s east central coast, among others.
"Puerto Rico is a great option for travelers looking to work remotely from unique accommodations, seeking warm temperatures, rich history, a plethora of outdoor attractions, delectable cuisine, and an international flair," said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. "Puerto Rico is committed to providing a safe travel experience, given the prioritization of health and safety measures and entry requirements."
Unlike many other destinations touting their compatibility for remote work, Puerto Rico requires no work visas, passports, or insurance requirements for U.S. citizens. The U.S. Dollar is the only currency and English is widely spoken. The Island currently has 31 internet providers and three 5G networks, which are critical for video conferencing. The Island is in Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which shares the same time for half the year with Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), causing minimal to no disruption to work schedules.
To apply to win a two-week “workcation”, including round-trip airfare, applicants should briefly explain what they would accomplish if they had a chance to Deskover Puerto Rico by May 13.