Written By:

Melissa Corey

Current Rock of Residence:

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Island Girl Since:

July 2017

Originally Hails From:


“I have to move here,” she’d say every time she stepped foot on a tropical island. Four years of college and two consulting firms later, she realized it was time to leave corporate America and make that dream a reality. So in 2017, Melissa left her job, apartment, and everything she knew behind to move to Vieques, Puerto Rico to work in a hostel.

When the first day consisted of scrubbing dirt off the floor of a bar bathroom, she quickly wondered what the hell she was doing here in the first place. But now, a month in, she couldn’t be happier with her decision to live here and start a brand new life, completely opposite from her old self. Blowouts and heels to the office have been replaced with salted beach hair and flip-flops. When she’s not working at the hostel, you can find her visiting her favorite beaches, drinking at the pier, or partaking in whatever other plans come her way. Life on this rock has been an amazing adventure so far and she can’t wait to see what the future here has in store for her!

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