Work from Home, in a Home-away-from-Home, with Vacasa

by Carolee Chanona

Take your zoom call with coffee swathed in the birdsong of San Ignacio. Stay focused outside amid the sea-salt air of San Pedro. Stretch your legs during your lunch break and get some air on a spacious deck overlooking the Placencia Lagoon. Do any of these sound like your ideal work base? Vacasa, a vacation rental management company based in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday released a list of great work-from-home-away-from-home options for those who work for upwards of 88% of U.S. companies that have offered telework as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“With the summer months underway and travel restrictions still in place, one of the perks of working from home is that you can do it from just about anywhere,” Vacasa said in its statement. “We’ve rounded up some of our favorite vacation homes where settling in with your laptop and a cup of coffee will make working remotely not only easy, but memorable. These homes feature spectacular views, reliable WiFi, and activities to keep your family busy until quitting time. Isn’t that half the battle?”

The sheer diversity of the short-term rental market, in terms of rental type and location, is proving to be its competitive advantage during the pandemic. Simply put, vacation rentals allow you a bit more control over the environment you’re in: your own little plot of space.

Vacasa in Belize

Vacasa manages over 200 rental properties in Belize, like this one.

As the first international venture for the Portland-based company in 2015, Belize now hosts over 200 properties in an impressive portfolio; including San Pedro, Placencia, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Belize City, and now, Hopkins. Each unit is independently owned, with both local and international owners, with all the amenities to feel right at home – the main concept behind Vacasa.

From the onset of COVID-19 in the Western Hemisphere, Vacasa was one of the first in Belize to launch an enhanced protocol for vacation rental cleanliness: Vacasa Premium Clean. Besides meeting or exceeding CDC recommendations and aligning with guidance from hospitality industry experts, such as the Vacation Rental Management Association’s SafeHome guidelines, guests can expect the same level of care in every Vacasa home. Currently, Vacasa homes are open to the domestic market as they await clearance from the Belize Tourism Board to accept International Travelers after Belize’s airport reopens

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