It’s Closer Than You Think
No matter where you currently live in the U.S., Puerto Rico is quicker and easier to get to than almost any other tropical spot you might be considering. A nonstop flight from Miami to San Juan takes less than three hours, and the flight from New York is right around four hours. Traveling here is just like visiting any other U.S. state; all you need is a valid driver’s license or state ID.
Close proximity also means that it’s no problem to stay connected to mainland coworkers throughout the day, i.e., you likely won’t need to take conference calls in the middle of the night! For half of the year, Puerto Rico’s time zone is the same as Eastern Time, and you’re just an hour ahead during the other half (the Island doesn’t observe Daylight Savings).
The Weather is Better
Dreading the endless chilly months ahead? In Puerto Rico, the temperature generally stays between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, so you can ditch the parkas and snow boots for shorts and flip-flops. The Island climate doesn’t just feel great; extra sunshine can reduce stress, lift your mood, and help with restful sleep, all of which is great for your productivity and mental health.
You might feel like you’re worlds away as you gaze out at the crystal-clear Caribbean, but there’s also a strong familiarity factor in Puerto Rico that makes for an easy adjustment. Spanish is the primary language, but English is also spoken widely. You don’t need a permit or visa to live here, the currency is the U.S. dollar, the electrical plugs are the same and you’ll come across well-known brands like Walgreens and Starbucks in metro areas.
Another reason you’ll feel right at home on the Island is the charm of Puerto Rico’s people, who are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Being open, polite, and respectful, following the local safety regulations, and taking the time to learn about your new neighbors will all go a long way toward making new friends.