Digital Nomad Guide to Puerto Rico
Where to stay, coliving spaces and what to do in Puerto Rico as a digital nomad.
Where to stay in Puerto Rico
Old San Juan
For the perfect mix of charming European architecture and Latin flair, head to Viejo San Juan, AKA Old San Juan. With cute coffee shops and cafes with reliable wifi, Old San Juan is a great spot for Puerto Rico digital nomads. Not to mention, there are endless bars and restaurants for nightlife lovers and foodies. Plus, two of San Juan’s biggest attractions–Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro–are located in the neighborhood.
Ocean Park is a beachfront neighborhood in the municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is a safe, local neighborhood with small markets, cafes and restaurants. The beach here is calm, perfect for kayaking, SUP and swimming. This is also where you can find Outsite Puerto Rico.
Santurce is another neighborhood in San Juan, not too far from Old San Juan. The neighborhood has been coined “The Brooklyn” of San Juan due to its plentiful street art and hipster vibes. On and around Calle Loiza you can find a variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping spots (and of course plenty of street art). La Placita, a favorite of locals and tourists alike, is also located in Santurce. It’s a little plaza with multiple bars. On weekend nights, the bars are crowded, and people are always dancing and hanging out on the streets making it easy to bar hop.
Rincon is a popular beach town on the west coast of the island. The vibe is more laid back than in bustling San Juan, and the waves here are arguably the best on the island. If you’re big on surfing, head to Rincon in the winter when the waves are much bigger. The water tends to get a little flat in the summer. Rincon is also a good spot for Puerto Rico digital nomads who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving.
If you want to balance your hard work with a lot of beach bumming and water sports, Luquillo is perfect for you. At Luquillo beach, you will find some of the calmest waters on the island, and no shortage of shade under palm trees. You can sunbathe, kayak, paddleboard, jet ski, and more in the perfect water. Plus, there are loads of kiosks, known as kioskos de Luquillo. Here you will find tons of beachside (and roadside) restaurants and bars. Staying in Luquillo, you’ll also be close to El Yunque national forest, a must see for Puerto Rico digital nomads.
Ponce is the second biggest city after San Juan, but it has a very different vibe. Stay in this city if you want to feel like you’ve stepped back in time, strolling around and checking out the Spanish colonial architecture. Some of Puerto Rico’s best museums are in Ponce, including Museo de Arte de Ponce, which is considered one of the best art museums in the Caribbean! Ponce is also a great place to stay if you want to venture inland to check out coffee plantations like Hacienda Buena Vista. It’s also the closest city to the beautiful nature reserve island Isla de Caja de Muertos.
Cabo Rojo is a bit of a hidden gem and perfect for Puerto Rico digital nomads who want to get away from the hustle and bustle. Here, it's easy to find remote beaches and get away from tourists. Playa Sucia is a must visit usually quiet beach great for swimming. Cabo Rojo is also home to unique salt flats that are worth visiting. Another bonus of Cabo Rojo is its relative proximity to Isla de la Mona, which is known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean.
Digital Nomad Communities in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's huge tax incentives are one of the main factors in many digital nomads relocating here. This has led to the growth and development of the tech and start up community here. There are many remote workers that now call Puerto Rico home, leading to new incubators and cowork spaces opening up all over the island.
Coworking Spaces in Puerto Rico
Pilot 151 was the very first coworking space in Puerto Rico. They have virtual offices, flexible workspaces, and private offices available. Its original space is situated in Old San Juan, and they now have four other locations in San Juan.
This luxurious workspace features a view of the ocean along with other amenities (free coffee, snacks, beer, parking, conference rooms, and IT support.
co.co.haus boasts a robust community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, founders, and more. They offer hot desks, dedicated desks, & private offices, conference rooms, unlimited espresso, and community events.
The Workplace at District View Office Center
Located in the Miramar district, they offer fully furnished and virtual office spaces, co-working areas, an events space, and meeting rooms. Day Passes are available for $18.95.
Oceana Hub Center (Caguas)
Located in Caguas, Ocean Hub Center is hared by entrepreneurs, freelancers, and new and small businesses alike. This is a great space to host meetings. There are conference rooms available as well as private and semi-private spaces.
This is the largest coworking space in Puerto Rico, with over 24,000 square feet of multi-use facilities available. Find it in downtown Bayamón.
Coliving Spaces in Puerto Rico
Outsite Puerto Rico - Ocean Park is one of the few coliving spaces on the island. Outsite is an oceanfront property with fast WiFi, comfortable, private rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, space to work from home and weekly events organised by the community manager.
Remote Companies with Hubs in Puerto Rico
They employ 1,800 remote and onsite employees and serve to improve the quality of care and assess risk through analytics, working with healthcare providers.
This is an insurance broker that aims to connect customers with companies within the telehealth industry, e-Telequote.
This is one of the largest healthcare companies in the US, ranking 56th on the Fortune 500. They have about 46,000 employees, many of which are remote.
Mutual of Omaha
This Fortune 500 company's headquarters are in Nebraska, but they have operations and remote workers all throughout the Caribbean.
This customer service and business process outsourcing company, nicknamed TTEC, works with businesses to provide customer service strategy, automation, and software.
Best cafes with Wifi in Puerto Rico
Café con Cé
This is a small and trendy espresso bar tucked behind a food truck park in Santurce. They feature a local artist vending machine, great coffee, and outdoor seating on their patio out back.
Tazón Coffee Shop
Located in the center of Bayamón, this Caribbean cafe serves coffee, breakfast & brunch, and pastries. There's fast WiFi, a meeting area, and conference room to work from.
Best beaches in Puerto Rico
Nestled among high rise hotels and resorts, this beach is especially good for water sports. Take note that the tide can often be too strong for novice swimmers.
Also known as "Punta Las Marias Beach”, this beach is one of the most popular in Puerto Rico's metropolitan area. You'll find sun bathers and water sports lovers alike.
This tropical beach is situated right in the heard of San Juan. It's divided into three smaller beaches: Pine Grove (great for surfing), Alambique, and Balneario de Carolina. lined with palm trees, hotels, restaurants, and shops.
A beautiful beach with extremely calm and blue water. Nearby, you'll find a strip of bars and restaurants.
a small island off the east coast with plenty of pristine beaches. One of its claims to fame is its bioluminescent bay, Mosquito Bay. You can take a short flight there or a few hour long ferry ride.
Also an island off the coast, Culebra is home to Flamenco Beach, named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Yoga studios and gyms in Puerto Rico
Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico
Open every day of the week, they offer a wide variety of classes suitable for all levels.
Centro La Paz Yoga & Pilates
Located in downtown Rincon, this studio offers private and group classes, massage therapy, cupping therapy and more. They also have their own Wellness Shop and pop-up vegan station Wednesdays through Sundays.
This is a welcoming functional fitness gym in San Juan offering CrossFit style classes and personal training sessions.
Shopping and groceries in Puerto Rico
As the name implies, this is a great place to find clean and healthy food items, as well as natural products, and supplements. There are multiple locations throughout the island.
You'll find SuperMax located throughout Puerto Rico, with many of their locations open 24 hours. Shop in store or order groceries off the app to pickup in store.
Getting Around Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's two main airports are San Juan International Airport (SJU) and Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN), in Aguadilla. If you’re flying internationally, you'll most likely be flying into one of these two airports.
If you're staying in San Juan, you'll find getting around fairly simple. With taxis and Ubers readily available, a car won't be necessary. Públicos, or public buses are also available and very affordable.
For extensive travel around Puerto Rico, a rental car is suggested as público service isn't as reliable outside of the city.