Viva Mexico! We love digital nomad life here, for all the right reasons; tacos, surf, kind people, interesting culture, and chingón of things to do and places to go.
Of course, Mexico City (one of the biggest cities in the world!) and Guadalajara usually top out the list as a digital nomad hubs, but there are many other wonderful pockets of Mexico to get your grind on as a DN.
Like any country, costs, WiFi speeds and the general standard of living vary from place to place—it all depends on what kind of vibe and access you’re after. We put together a few up-and-coming hotspots for Mexico Digital Nomads to keep an eye on.
Santiago de Querétero Recently touted as one of Mexico’s next DN destinations, you might want to head to Querétero before everyone else. Three hours north of Mexico City in the mountains, it offers stunning views, colonial architecture, and a deep sense of Mexican culture. If you don’t want to go get lost in surrounding vineyards and cheese makers, we will…
-It’s safe. Known as the safest city in Mexico, crime is not big here, so although you always should be careful when traveling, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
-It’s cheap. Lodging here is VERY cheap—an average Airbnb costs only $20/night, so it’s pretty ideal for someone looking to hole up in colonial-era paradise.
-Far away from the sea. No surfing here, folks, but the weather is very mild and enjoyable year-round.
-Not a lot of English speakers. Not a ton of people speak English—your perfect opportunity to practice!
Sayulita Ok, we might be a bit biased—one of the UU members is based in Sayulita—but this beach town is a pretty fabulous place to DN, especially if you want to surf. For one, it’s a pretty small with everything you need at your fingertips. Food? Drinks? Beachside margaritas? Check, check, check.
-Highly walkable. You can walk just about anywhere in this town to get groceries, buy coffee, run random errands, etc.
-Surf. If waking up for a surf sesh is your thing, choose from the left or right breaks at Punta Sayulita, Punta Mita, Burros, or La Lancha (all within a 30 min drive!).
-Affordable. Although it’s somewhat more expensive compared to places like Oaxaca, you can still get away with paying less than $200/month for your own room in Sayulita (price varies depending on where you find it, of course). We recommend staying in hostels or Airbnbs for a bit before you nail down a place of your own.
-WiFi can be a challenge here. Even at the town coworking space, WiFi can still be spotty. For some reason, Mondays are when the whole town loses Internet at once (and you’ll know—people start acting differently!).
-It’s a bubble. Read: you’ll have to drive or take the bus to Vallarta to get to a Home Depot, or any larger grocery/specialty store.
Mérida The capital of Yucatan, Mérida is known for its safety, accessibility, and fantastic food and culture. There’s also a strong community of DNs, so making connections is a breeze.
-Location. Flights from Miami, Atlanta or Panama City are affordable, and access to nearby cenotes and the beach are a swift drive from Mérida.
-Culture. Brimming with incredible architecture, museums, art, and delicious, DELICIOUS food options, Mérida is an ideal place to experience everything Mexico has to offer.
-Strong DN Community. Since it’s a larger city, you’ll find plenty of places to work, play, and make friends here.
-It’s hot. The closer to the equator, the closer to the god or goddess of heat. But seriously, it’s warm here—in the summer it can hit nearly 104 F (40 degrees Celsius).
-Not a lot of English speakers. Shrug. If you don’t know Spanish, here’s your chance to learn!
Todos Santos, Baja California
Shhh… the pueblo mágico Todos Santos has been hailed as one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets, but not for long. Located about 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas, it’s got all the laid-back charm of a hot, beachy surf village, along with plenty of art.
Outdoor mecca. Pick your poison: surfing, mountain biking, yoga, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, SUPing… you name it, you can find it here.
Amazing weather. Averaging 70 degrees F in the winter and 85 in the summer, it’s generally always comfortable here—even during rainy season.
Fresh food. Right next to the sea, you can imagine the amount of delicious seafood at your disposal.
-Isolated. With only about 7,000 people, you’ll definitely be living the Mexican beach life, and have to make a drive or journey to Cabo or La Paz for access to more “exotic” grocery and clothing items.
-Not much nightlife. There aren’t that many bumpin’ clubs in Todos Santos, to say the least—you’ll find a brewery and a few bars, but don’t come here to party.
Oaxaca City Maybe it’s not so unexpected, but definitely worth touting—Oaxaca City is a fabulous base for digital nomads. Nestled in the desert mountains a few hours from the coastal beaches, there’s tons to do and see here, as well as a strong sense of culture thanks to the 16 different indigenous tribes that call Oaxaca home.
-Cheap, cheap, cheap. Oaxaca City, and Oaxaca, in general, is known for its affordability. A 1br studio in the center of the city, for instance, will run you about $204. Yep.
-Incredible food and culture. Oaxaca is known for its native community, art, and incredible food—you’ll find no shortage of things to do here.
-Political instability. There are many demonstrations in Oaxaca City which sometimes makes it difficult to get anything done. And it can be loud.
-Poverty. There’s a lot less opportunity here than other parts of Mexico, which is not necessarily bad in itself, but you’ll see a lot more beggars in the streets and perhaps on your doorstep.
Our CDMX location is coming soon—make it your base as you jump around these fabulous cities! Get first dibs here.