Travelers often overlook this vibrant cultural city in the heart of Mexico. Cancun, Los Cabos, and Mexico City may steal all the attention but Guadalajara should be on your radar.
Even places such as Oaxaca tend to steal the spotlight when Guadalajara is one of the most cultural cities in the country.
All types of travelers would have a great time coming here, but this city is a seamless fit for digital nomads.
Mexico has seen an influx of remote workers pouring in from other countries to take advantage of how awesome it is to live there.
Guadalajara may not be one of the first places you think of to call your next home away from home, but it should be.
There’s nothing wrong with digital nomads flocking to Cancun or any other top destination in Mexico, but let’s take a look at why Guadalajara should be high on your list too.
To many remote workers, the cost of living tends to lead the list of concerns before jumping into digital nomadism.
Guadalajara makes a perfect gateway into this popular travel trend but is also a perfect fit for the seasoned digital nomad looking for a change of scenery and culture.
Let’s be real; everybody loves to save money! Guadalajara is just the place to do that while immersing yourself in this immensely fun city.
A quick search on Airbnb shows centrally located apartments (with dedicated work desks) under $700 per month.
Not to mention cheap, delicious food just about anywhere. The tortas ahogados are to die for and you won’t break the bank by making this your daily lunch.
Plentiful Co-working Spaces
Digital nomads obviously need a comfortable place to work. Sure, you can score an Airbnb for days you feel unsocial.
And yes, we all have those days. But after a while, some interaction with like-minded people is quite nice.
They even have a Selina – where you can “stay, eat, work, surf and explore”. The surfing might be a stretch here in Guadalaraja, but this is a super popular place in beach spots like Cancun.
Of course, you can always opt for one of the city’s trendy cafes too.
Great Weather Year-Round
Unlike some digital nomad hotspots in Europe, Mexico is one of the best for reliably nice weather all year. It’s no different in Guadalajara.
This region’s weather typically stays in the Goldilocks zone – not too hot, not too cold. According to WeatherSpark, temps rarely touch the 90s and never see freezing temperatures.
Spending time outside is almost always enjoyable except for the rain in late summer. So, now may be the perfect time to go!
Charming Small Towns Nearby
Guadalajara is a large city, the second biggest in Mexico, in fact. Yet, sometimes it’s the small towns that can be more enticing.
There is plenty to do and see in Guadalajara, but some of the small towns nearby are a must-visit as well.
Digital nomads will always find something fun to do or see in their spare time. All of the small towns combined give life to the city’s already bustling energy.
Take Tlaquepaque, for example. Just outside the cityscape, this town has a personality of its own and it’s very easy to reach.
Although technically not a small town with a population of over 500,000 people, it has a small-town feel and is one of Mexico’s pueblo magicos.
Here, visitors will love the mariachi performances in the main square and endless artisan shops. For others, a trip to the town of Tequila may be more your style.
But let’s face it, with a name like Tequila, the name says it all doesn’t it? You’re not getting any work done!
The journey there it is one of the most scenic places in central Mexico. You will pass through never-ending agave fields and end up where Mexico’s finest tequila is produced.
Tours are offered at agave farms and distilleries with familiar names, such as Jose Cuervo and Sauza.
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