For those who are chasing the digital nomad dream, it can be difficult to know where to start. According to the thousands of remote workers who emigrated this year, Mexico might just be the answer. Accepting tourists from all around the world, Mexico offers a 180-day tourist visa and a digital nomad visa. Living expenses are relatively cheap, ranging from a modest $500/month for those on a budget to $1,200/month for those who want to live a life of luxury. If you are looking for an affordable temporary home with amazing cuisine and breathtaking sites, try one of these magical Mexican locations.
Playa del Carmen
Just North of the bohemian town of Tulum, you can find the popular Playa del Carmen. With faster internet and cheaper apartments than its Southern counterpart, this city is a great choice. Adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the surrounding cenotes, soak up the sun on the beach, or experience a whale shark tour. For accommodation, try to stick to the center where you can easily find the beach, local bars, and restaurants within a ten-minute walk.
Best Coworking Space: Nest.
On the other side of Yucatan, the sleepy peaceful city of Merida offers a tranquil escape from the mad crowds of tourists. The beautiful historic city has been named one of the safest places in Mexico and the cost of living is nearly half of that in the capital. The city is well-known for its scorching hot summers, so it’s best not to commit unless you are ready for some serious heat.
One of Mexico’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Oaxaca city is surrounded by luscious mezcal farms and mountains. This area produces coffee beans and almost every street corner has a shop featuring fresh local coffee. Oaxaca is also known to have some of the best and most diverse food in the country. As with all Mexican cities, the city center is much more expensive than the surrounding neighborhoods but also has more reliable internet service. Some neighborhoods have temperamental wi-fi so be sure to check before you move in, or prepare to spend your day working in the coffee shop or coworking space.
Best Coworking Space: Convivo
If you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of the big city, you will feel at home in the capital – Mexico City. Although you will have to battle the traffic and pollution, the endless possibility for fun more than makes up for it. The city is surrounded by amazing sites like the Teotihuacan ancient pyramids, the Aztec canals of Xochimilco, and Templo Mayor, the main Aztec temple. Although the cost of living is higher here, you can enjoy all of the perks of modern city life such as reliable public transport, high-speed internet, and interesting museums. To connect with other expats, Roma and Condesa neighborhoods are the most popular places to stay.
If the capital is too much for you but you still want the big city vibe, try Guadalajara. It offers a range of museums, sites, and nightlife to match Mexico City but without the stressful traffic. The city is a short drive from the tourist paradise Puerto Vallarta and is surrounded by beautiful nature such as Lake Chapala and Ajijic, and the circular pyramids of Guachimontones. Not to mention, the City Council keeps a list of nineteen free wifi zones scattered around the city to make remote work a breeze.
Best Coworking Space: WeWork
Nature lovers will love Puebla for the great hiking and rock climbing in the nearby Malinche National Park. Puebla has cheap prices compared to many of the larger cities in the country and has affordable accommodation in the peaceful neighborhood of La Paz. The laid-back vibes make it easy to stay focused and get work done in one of the many coffee shops or coworking spaces. On your break, make time to see the world’s largest pyramid – Cholula Pyramid in the neighboring small town San Andreas Cholula.
Best CoworkingSpace: Workosfera
San Cristóbal de las Casas
If you need to beat the heat, try heading down to San Cristobal de las Casas in the highlands of Chiapas. The area stays at a consistent “spring-time” temperature all year round, giving relief from the Mexican summer heat. Although the cobblestone roads are not conducive for cycling, the city center is easy to navigate on foot and taxis here are much cheaper than in other places in Mexico. The city is very inexpensive but the wi-fi can be erratic so make sure to invest in a Mexican SIM card in case you need an emergency hotspot to finish your work on time.
Best Coworking Space: co.404 Co-living Space
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