Win a Free Vacation- But Only If You Promise to Bartend Jamaica’s Most Notorious Floating Bar

floyds pelican bar bartender contest free vacation beach virgin holidays
Virgin Holidays

If “tending an island bar in paradise” is still unchecked on your bucket list, one of the Caribbean’s strangest and most iconic bars might be able to help out. Virgin Holidays wants to send one lucky candidate on a seven-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Negril, Jamaica. The catch? They’ll need to run the bar for the entire week.

The sole grand prize winner of the Pull Pints in Paradise contest will score roundtrip economy flights to Jamaica aboard Virgin Atlantic, plus seven nights in a 4-star hotel and £1000 (approximately USD $1,300) in spending money. They’ll spend their days working one of Negril’s most notorious dive bars, Floyd’s Pelican Bar. Floyd’s is a “floating” ramshackle structure situated on stilts a mile offshore from the famed Jamaican tourist destination. It looks a bit like an overwater bungalow hobbled together out of little more than driftwood, duct tape, and bubblegum.

Like all good dive bars, the “decor” inside consists of random license plates, curious flags, and past patron’s names carved into the wooden stilts. There is no bathroom, and patrons must find their own way to the bar. Thanks to a wide sandbar surrounding the bar in every direction, it’s possible — though strongly discouraged — for brave bar-goers to walk or swim from shore. Local fishermen are also happy to usher visitors out for a few dollars, although there’s no guarantee of a ride back.

floyds pelican bar bartender contest free vacation beach from above
Floyd's Pelican Bar

Floyd Forbes built Floyd’s Pelican Bar from scratch, one plank at a time back in 2001. He’s been tending bar and single-handedly keeping all the gears turning for nearly 20 years straight. It’s clear he deserves a break. The successful applicant will need to fill Floyd’s shoes for a week while he enjoys that much-needed vacation.

While the bar is situated in an impossibly beautiful slice of paradise, running the iconic watering hole is no easy feat. Job requirements include commuting to work by paddleboard or boat each day. Once there, the bartender needs to keep the good vibes humming, including chatting up tourists and local patrons, keeping the rum flowing, ensuring the resident pelicans are well-fed, socializing with local fishermen, and managing the bar’s playlist to, in their words, “ensure chilled beats are playing at all times.” Above all else, it requires multitasking with the efficiency of an air traffic controller without getting too distracted by the postcard views in every direction.

Wanna-be Floyds can apply online from now through May 28, 2019, on the official Virgin Holidays website.

Food & Drink

Beers, Shots, and Friends: Why Everyone Needs a Dive Bar in Their Life

Dive bars attend to every type of consumer and bring people together in weird ways. Are they perfect? Sweet Jesus, no, but that is also part of their charm.
Fashion & Style

The Best Wallets for Men, from Leather Billfolds to Minimalist Card Holders

Some of us prefer the minimalist approach, carrying around as little as possible, while others treat their wallets like miniature filing cabinets. We've got you both covered.

The Best Things to Do in Tokyo if You’re Traveling Solo

From top-notch sushi to some of the best shopping in the world, these are all the best ways to treat yourself during a weekend in Tokyo

Find a Laid-Back Retreat for a Surfing Adventure in the Heart of Portugal

To catch some of the best waves in the world, head to Portugal’s central coast and make Noah Surf House your base camp.

The Curtain London is Shoreditch and the East End’s Hottest Hotel

With a great location, spacious and comfortable rooms, and a rooftop pool to die for, The Curtain London is the perfect London base for singles or couples.

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet?

Why Vancouver and Tofino Should Be Your Introduction to Exploring British Columbia

For an easy introduction to B.C., consider starting in the major city of Vancouver and heading over to the tiny, yet wildly impressive surf town of Tofino.

Is 11 Cadogan Gardens the Most British Hotel in London? Indubitably, Old Chap

Located within four separate Victorian townhouses, 11 Cadogan Gardens offers ideal British hospitality.

10 Father’s Day Gifts for Your Travel-Loving Pops

For the sophisticated, traveling dads in your life, your Father's Day shopping begins here.

Bose’s New Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Will be Great for Travel

Tune out screaming babies and chatty seatmates with the world's best noise-canceling tech.

Compete for $1 Million in National Geographic’s Gritty, Nonstop Race to the Center of the Earth

Four teams will race to a buoy in the center of the ocean with $1 million inside. Applications are open now.

Let a Local Expert Plan Your Next Trip with a Personalized Travel Guide from ViaHero

Leave your trip planning to someone who knows your destination better than anyone: An actual local.

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bowling Green, Kentucky

Here are a few activities, eateries, drinkeries (not a word but just go with it), and spots you've just gotta see if you're in Bowling Green.

Graduate Hotels’ $400 Hall Pass Promises a Month of Unlimited Stays this Summer

If you’ve been daydreaming about the vanlife this summer, why not upgrade with an entire month of legit hotel stays?