Mexico is currently one of the most popular digital nomad hotspots along with Thailand and Bali. The reason why is not so strange. Good Mexican food every day while you can work in the sun. Life is Mexico is also relatively cheap, this in combination with the nice weather ensures that many digital nomads go here to settle for a little while. There are 5 beach towns in Mexico that should be high on the list of every digital nomad
If you aspire to be a bit more off-grid and remote, Tulum is your place to be. Tulum is smaller than Playa del Carmen and dazzlingly beautiful with the Mayan ruins located on the Caribbean sea. Perfect for the Digital Nomad that wants to escape the super touristy streets.
Unfortunately, there is no co-working office in Tulum and most places have very bad wifi. The only place that is reliable is Babel café. The staff is used to people coming with their laptops, the food is good and cheap and they have not one but two wifi networks.
I travel with a SkyRoam portable Wifi Hotspot, so I will always have great internet wherever I go. Can recommend!
One of the lesser-known beach towns in Mexico for digital nomads, but there are so many fun things to do in Puerto Escondido! This beach town is known as Mexico’s surf mecca. The beach is one of the best surf spots in the world and is hidden behind the mountains of the state of Oaxaca. The beach is especially popular with backpackers, surfers, and locals. One of the busiest surfing beaches in Puerto Escondido is Zicatela Beach, where surf competitions take place regularly.
In Zicatela you find a co-working office Selina, but there are a few restaurants and hotels out there that have good wifi as well (think about the next-door hotel Las Fincas). Most digital nomads stay in the area of La Punta, the more hippy part of Puerto Escondido.
Read more about the pros and cons of the Life as a Digital Noman in Puerto Escondido.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is way more touristy then the two beach towns I mentioned before. Some say that you don’t even see the real Mexico here. The upside of this is that you will find the amenities you need as a digital nomad.
For example, there are a few coworking offices to go to, like NEST. If you want to work from cafes you can go to Cafe Chou-Chou (my favorite because of the nice vibe), AH Cocoa (the place to be for good coffee and chocolate) on the Quinta (5th Avenue) at Calle 38 or Cafe Bendito (air conditioning is always on, so bring something that keeps you warm. Of course, there are also a few Starbucks’.
The Internet is also better around Playa del Carmen, although I still recommend having a hotspot with you, or tether from your phone if you have a Mexican SIM card.
Cancun is still a big city, with an overload of mainly American tourists, but it can be a convenient base for trips to, for example, the popular Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. For good internet, however, you are better off in the center than on the islands. Café Rooster is a well-known coffee chain and also a cool work spot. But you can also go to one of the many Starbucks or co-working spaces. Cancun is a great Mexican beach town for digital nomads!
A beautiful lively city on the coast, with a few great coworking spaces, like Vallarta Cowork. The internet is great and there are many things to do in this beach town! Just like the other Mexican beach towns, Puerto Vallarta is ideal for adventurous digital nomads. Besides surf and other watersports, think about rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, and ATV adventures!