With a new year comes new opportunities and inspirations for digital nomad travelers.
This could be the year you discover one of your favorite new places, and the location of that place has a pretty good chance of being in Mexico.
The country is easy to get to for Americans, has a simple and flexible visa, and above all is else, is a pretty affordable place to live.
Naturally, there’s variation in costs depending on where you decide to visit, so we’ve put together a list of four destinations that you could live in for less than $1,750 per month as a digital nomad.
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
With a reputation as one of Mexico’s best budget towns, it makes sense that San Cristobal de las Casas is a perfect hideout for digital nomads.
Located in Chiapas state, this pretty place is one of Mexico’s most-visited ‘Magical Towns’.
It offers impressive and colorful colonial architecture and a climate that is a little cooler and more bearable than some other Mexican cities, with an average temperature of 60-65F for most of the year.
San Cristobal de las Casas is also famous for its authentic markets, such as Santo Domingo and Mercado de Dulces y Artesanias, where you can find an explosion of wonderful smells, tastes, and colors waiting to be sampled.
According to the latest data from Nomad List, this lesser-known city is one of the cheapest places to be a digital nomad in Mexico, with the average monthly cost coming in at around $1,500 or less if you are frugal.
The cost of accommodation is usually under $900 per month, whether you choose a hotel, apartment, or Airbnb.
The state of Chiapas is generally safe, with the Department of State rating it as Level 2 (exercise increased caution).
The stunning colonial city of Merida is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Mexico.
And it shouldn’t really be a surprise – the city is picturesque, has great weather most of the year-round, and is well connected to some of Mexico’s best beaches in nearby Quintana Roo.
Merida is also regarded as a safe place to visit as it’s located in Yucatan, one of only two Mexican states rated Level 1 by the U.S. Department of State.
Digital nomads can live in Merida for around $1,700 or less, with the average Airbnb rental coming in at roughly $1,100 per month, and low costs for food and local transport too.
Another thing that will make Merida cheap is the fact you can take advantage of a huge number of flights into nearby Cancun to get there – more flights usually mean cheaper flights due to competition.
Or you can fly directly into Merida with connections in 5 U.S. cities: Miami, Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, and Dallas.
La Paz, Baja California Sur
We’ve covered two in-land destinations; now it’s time to head to the beach.
La Paz has been surging in popularity among American travelers over the past year, and it’s perhaps no wonder when you consider its idyllic location on the eastern coast of the stunning Baja California Peninsula.
The city sits in a beautiful and tranquil bay with amazing beaches such as Balandra, El Saltito, and La Ventana, which are all very close by.
Accommodation costs are a little more here at around $1,400 per month – you can save a bit of money by choosing a hotel over an apartment or Airbnb in some instances.
Food and groceries are cheap in La Paz, and it also has something that money really can’t buy – beautiful weather most of the year round, hardly any rain, and some of the perfect blue oceans you will ever lay eyes on.
Voted one of the best destinations in the world by travelers, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s real hidden gems.
The city is situated in the state of the same name, which is generally considered a safe part of the country and also one of its best foodie destinations.
Oaxaca is home to many of Mexico’s famous mezcal distilleries as well as the perfect place to sample unique delicacies such as tlayudas, moles, and Oaxacan cheese.
Oaxaca is probably the most expensive place on this list for digital nomads, but with some smart planning, you can still make it work in the city for less than $1,750 per month.
What it may lack in being super-affordable, it makes up for in fascinating culture, a packed calendar of events, a generally warm all year round climate, and a very friendly atmosphere.
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