Aruba’s New “Workation” Program Means You Can Take Meetings from the Beach

published Sep 17, 2020
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As more and more people around the world began working remotely this past spring due to the growing coronavirus pandemic, most people’s travel plans were put on pause indefinitely. But as travel restrictions slowly begin to ease up in some places, several countries, including Barbados, Bermuda, Estonia, and Georgia started offering remote work abroad options, enticing travelers to come stay for a while and enjoy a change in scenery.

The latest locale to hop on the bandwagon is Aruba, whose government is now offering “One Happy Workation” package deals, which allows visitors to stay from a week up to 90 days and includes discounted rates at local accommodations, activities, experiences, and excursions, so you can save money on a place to rest your head, as well as leisure time activities for when you clock out for the day.

Though travelers need a work permit to take a job with an Aruban company, they’re free to continue working through their home country during the three-month visitor period—or not work at all, if you’re taking an extended vacation from work. There are no limitations or required visas other than a valid U.S. passport prior to arrival in Aruba, provided that visitors adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines, including mask usage and social distancing measures.

As for your prospective digs, well, there’s plenty here that will have you packing your bags ASAP. Travelers can snag deals on accommodations to fit their needs and preferences, with discounts available at several hotels, hotels with kitchens, villas, condos, and more. Program amenities not only include the special rates, but complimentary WiFi, breakfast, and all-inclusive food and beverage options, too, with plenty of suggested itineraries available to help you map out your time on the Caribbean island.

It’s worth noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still notes that travel during COVID-19 is risky, suggesting that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus and potentially spreading it to others. Aruba is also listed as a high-risk location, so you’ll want to keep your eyes on case numbers both locally and in Aruba before booking that flight, along with checking Aruba’s traveler health requirements.

Still, there’s something understandably tempting about having that board meeting on an actual surfboard. Check all the details on Aruba’s “One Happy Workation” program to see if your dream of crystal blue waters and a beach lounger as your desk chair might be in your future.