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These 5 Lesser Known Latin American Cities Are Ideal For Digital Nomads

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Digital nomads are constantly on the move, and most are always looking for the next best place to set up shop.

Some prefer beaches, and some cities, but there are always certain criteria that remote workers need to make a place work for them. 

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Latin America is full of amazing places for digital nomads, and the underrated cities of Panama City, Santo Domingo, Granada, Antigua, and San Salvador all make great choices for a variety of reasons. 

All offer great amenities and Wi-Fi, a growing digital nomad community, cheap cost of living, accommodation for every budget, convenient transportation to other destinations, and a relatively safe daily life. 

While many skip these underrated Latin American cities and head to the region's amazing beaches, there are loads of reasons why digital nomads should add them to their radar. 

View of Cathedral Granada, Nicaragua

Here’s Why These 5 Lesser Known Latin American Cities Are Ideal For Digital Nomads:

Panama City, Panama 

Panama’s seriously cool capital city is great for digital nomads for many reasons. Not only is it super connected to all other major cities in Latin America and the U.S., but the big city amenities and modern facilities will win you over. 

The charming historic district of Casco Viejo is a great place to spend your days wandering the alleys, not to mention hitting up all the rooftop pools, cafes, and bars while getting your work done. Of course, you can visit the Panama Canal and impress your friends when they come to visit you here with a trip to this marvel. 

Panama City is multi-cultural and vibrant. English is commonly spoken, and they use the U.S. dollar as their currency, meaning there is no need to convert in your head all the time. 

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San Salvador, El Salvador

This sprawling and chaotic capital city is not for everyone, and there are many areas you must avoid, but the city does have its’ charms and would make a great digital nomad base for a while. 

You can snag a posh apartment in a modern and very secure building with a rooftop pool for a shockingly low price, and other amenities such as groceries and wifi are also quite cheap. 

The view of the surrounding countryside is pretty great, and loads of expat-friendly bars, cafes, and restaurants are all around. Getting around by rideshare apps is easy here, and the sheer size of this city means there is always something new to discover. 

Another reason to come to San Salvador is the people. El Salvadorians are some of the warmest you will meet, and they welcome people's interest in their country. Day trips to nearby villages and sites such as Suchitoto or Lake Coatepeque are always an option when you get some downtime as well. 

Beautiful aerial view of the City of San Salvador, capital of El Salvador - Its cathedrals and buildings

Granada, Nicaragua 

Nicaragua is one of the most underrated countries in Latin America, and ask anyone who has been there, and they will likely tell you that it’s the charming and color-packed city of Granada that sticks out in their minds the most for a digital nomad base. 

While it’s not the capital (that's Managua), Granada sits on the shores of the imposing Lake Nicaragua and offers loads of day trips to Ometepe Island, or Volcanos and lakes cut as the polar Laguna Apoyo. 

The city itself is stunning and colonial, and apartments are cheap and amenities very affordable. While this city is overall very safe, there are of course things to be aware of and places to avoid. Just ask any seasoned expat or helpful local, and they won’t steer you in the wrong direction. 

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Antigua, Guatemala 

Guatemala is full of great places to visit, and most make good places for digital nomads to base themselves as well. Many people love the stunning Lake Atitlan, and some prefer the nice areas in Guatemala City, but my pick is the absolutely charming city of Antigua. 

Antigua is a well-preserved colonial city, and the cobblestone streets are lined with every type of restaurant, guesthouse, shop, and cafe that you can imagine. There are loads of American dining options here in case that’s what you are looking for (including the most beautiful Wendy’s and Starbucks you will ever see). 

The city sits in the shadow of the imposing Acatenango Volcano, and the surrounding countryside is a view that doesn’t get old. 

Santa Catalina Street, The Cobblestone Laden High Street In Antigua Guatemala, A Colonial Era Town In Guatemala, Central America, Latin America

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Many come to the trending Dominican Republic and head straight to the beaches, and for good reason. This country is known for its sandy beaches and while these coastal towns can make for some great digital nomad options, it’s the vibrant capital city of Santo Domingo that makes this list. 

While this city can be a bit overwhelming and there are many areas that you want to avoid, the colorful and culture-packed historic district is a must-see. There is enough to enjoy here that setting up here as a digital nomad would make sense. 

With restaurants and cafes lining all the streets and modern supermarkets and accommodations around every turn, the city could make a great place to call home for a bit and offers enough day trips to nature and beaches to keep you busy. 

Historical Street In Colonial Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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