Where Will You Go? National Plan a Vacation Day Puerto Rico Sweepstakes


In honor of National Plan Vacation Day (Jan. 25)Discover Puerto Rico, in partnership with JetBlue andHyatt Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, is giving travelers the chance to ditch the wintertime blues and experience the Puerto Rican sunshine for themselves. 

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25 and running through Feb. 8, enter the “Sunshine to Spare Sweepstakes”  to win a trip for two to Puerto Rico complete with roundtrip airfare courtesy of JetBlue and a 3-night stay at the beautiful Hyatt Grand Reserve Puerto Rico. The trip can be redeemed for travel to plan a vacation within the next year. 

“Take National Plan Vacation Day as a friendly reminder to not leave vacation days on the table this year. When you’re ready to take your next vacation, keep in mind that Puerto Rico is the perfect destination to trade-in the cold winter months and lack of sunlight for a warm getaway with plenty of vibrant sunshine,” said Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Puerto Rico. “We encourage travelers to get outside and explore the Island’s unique offerings under the Puerto Rican sun, whether that’s a day at the beach, walking through the streets of historic Old San Juan, or hiking in El Yunque, the only rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service.”

The sweepstakes comes on the heels of the Island’s Sunshine to Spare partnership with the Pantone Color Institute to create a first-of-its-kind color inspired by the hue of Puerto Rican sunlight. The resulting color, “Puerto Rico Sunshine,” created by Pantone, was developed based on the findings of Puerto Rican physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico Hector J. Jimenez, Ph.D. Conducting scientific calculations that used the sun’s temperature and modeled atmospheric filters at four select points on the island, as well as factoring in the known sensitivities of the human eye, Dr. Jimenez was able to calculate the RGB values of both the sunrise and sunset on a typical January day in Puerto Rico.

The color celebrates the spirited, open-hearted, and passionate character of the Island through its exuberant and exotic vibrant red-orange hue, infused with energizing warmth and a gregarious presence, which radiates excitement, to convey a message of enthusiasm and spontaneous adventure. Puerto Rico’s prime location in the Caribbean means that travelers can take advantage of the Island’s warm weather and sunshine no matter the time of year. For those not able to make it just yet, they’ll be able to purchase the limited edition Puerto Rico Sunshine paint from ECOS Paints, an eco-friendly water-based paint that uses sustainable ingredients.

Sunshine in a Can

Experience this warm and energizing color with limited-edition Puerto Rico Sunshine from ECOS Paints, a leading manufacturer of non-toxic, VOC-free paint made with sustainable ingredients. The paints are handcrafted in small batches and tinted to order by their manufacturing and production team based in South Carolina, and available to order from every state in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Sunshine has been proven to increase the release of the “happy hormone,” serotonin. Brightly painted walls have also been shown to boost energy levels and spark creativity.

About Discover Puerto Rico:

Discover Puerto Rico is a newly established private, not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO brings prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively promoting the Island’s diversity and uniqueness for leisure and business travel, and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales, and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico’s visitor economy and the community at large, to empower economic growth. To discover all the beauty the Island has to offer, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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