From beautiful beach towns (like Puerto Escondido and Tulum) to bustling cities (like Oaxaca City and Mexico City), there are so many amazing digital nomad destinations in Mexico to choose from! Looking for beautiful beaches? Rich cultural experiences? Incredible food, world-class waves, the great outdoors, or a thriving community of digital nomads? You can find it all in Mexico.
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Whether you need a break from your regular 9-5 routine or you’re taking the plunge and going full remote (#digitalnomadlife), there’s no better country to be a digital nomad in than Mexico! With great weather year-round, a relatively low cost of living, and a generous (and free) 6-month tourist visa on arrival, digital nomad life in Mexico is the good life!
If you’re looking for the best digital nomad destinations in Mexico, I’ve got you covered. Here are 10 of the best places to live and work online in Mexico! (Plus a few bonus suggestions.)
Best Places in Mexico for Digital Nomads:
Where to Live & Work Remotely in Mexico
In my book, what qualifies these 10 destinations as the best places to work online in Mexico?
They all offer…
- Access to stable, high-speed wifi.
- Plenty of fun, interesting things to do before + after the work day.
- Communities of fellow digital nomads and ex-pats.
- Abundant short-term and long-term accommodation options.
- Relatively low costs of living. (If you’re earning USD or EUR, bring on the savings!)
- Co-working spaces and cafés.
- A good mix of traditional culture and creature comforts.
If you’re looking for the best digital nomad destinations in Mexico, here are 10 of the best places to live and work online! (Plus a few bonus suggestions.)
10 Best Mexico Digital Nomad Destinations
This guide is split into two sections. The first one is all about the best cities for digital nomads, and the second second is all about the best beach destinations.
Let’s do this.
Table of Contents
- Best Places in Mexico for Digital Nomads:Where to Live & Work Remotely in Mexico
- 10 Best Mexico Digital Nomad Destinations
- Best CITIES for Digital Nomads in Mexico
- Best BEACH TOWNS for Digital Nomads in Mexico
- Bonus Places for Digital Nomad in Mexico
- Staying Safe as a Digital Nomad in Mexico (& Beyond!)
- Did you know…
- Legal Business: Digital Nomads Mexico
- Mexico Digital Nomads Guide:The 10 Best Places for Digital Nomad in Mexico
- Digital Nomads in Mexico:FAQs about Working Remotely in Mexico
Best CITIES for Digital Nomads in Mexico
1. Oaxaca City
Oaxaca City is probably my favorite destination in all of Mexico! Spend some time discovering this vibrant colonial city and you’ll fall in love too.
Offering bustling traditional markets, rainbow-colored architecture, nearby ancient ruins (like Monte Alban), artisan galleries and museums galore, the world’s best street food, amazing chocolate, and great coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, Oaxaca is bursting at the seams with authentic local culture. Not to mention, it’s the home of mezcal. If you’re a foodie, or if you love the city life (infused with a local, small-town vibe), then there’s no place better than Oaxaca.
From a digital nomad standpoint, the wifi in Oaxaca is great and there are several laptop-friendly cafés and co-working spaces. It’s a super walkable city, so there’s no need to pay for transportation.
And from food to housing, the cost of living relatively low, so you can really enjoy life – the mezcal, the rooftop bars, and the fab restaurants – while stacking up your savings.
The digital nomad scene here is growing rapidly every year, and all the amenities you’re after are following suit. Life in Oaxaca is not super modern, so you may have to give up some of the things you’re used to – like, let’s say, delicious Asian food, organic beauty products, time in leafy parks, nature in general, or shopping in major grocery stores (which let’s be honest, is a great thing). But what the city may lack, it makes up for in many other ways!
When looking for a place to live, a central location is key. Make sure you’re within walking distance from El Zócalo (the main plaza).
If you want to start off with temporary accommodation in Oaxaca and find your footing from there, the best digital-nomad-friendly hotels and hostels are Casa Antonieta, La Casa Carlota, and GRANA B&B.
If you want to book an apartment on Booking.com or Airbnb, my best advice is to do your research well and book in advance! The very good places in Oaxaca are few and far between and fill up quickly. That said, you should be able to find a comfortable, central apartment with great wifi (and maybe even a weekly cleaning service!) for around $700-900 per month. Ours was about $800 per month.
If you find something organically when you arrive (via local ads, for example), you should be able to find something decent for as little as $500 per month! The Oaxaca Expats, Locals, Digital Nomads & Entrepreneurs Facebook Group can help you find your way.
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2. Mexico City
It goes without saying, Mexico City is an incredible city. From delicious street food, cool art galleries, and wild nightlife, to world-class museums and endless street art, there’s always something to discover in this bustling metropolis.
When it comes to Mexico City, there’s give and take. There are ample parks, but getting out into true nature is difficult, as the city is so vast! If concrete jungles give you claustrophobia, spending a month here as a digital nomad may be enough! Not to mention, the poor air quality is hard to ignore.
But if you love cities, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating, fun, and modern city to live in. And of course, with a major city comes convenience. In the capital city, you’ll have access to all the creature comforts of home and the international airport close by… So you can take advantage of cheap domestic flights to explore more of México, and maybe even visit home more frequently, with ample options for direct flights.
For digital nomads, Mexico City offers fast wifi, plenty of co-working spaces, and a large community of fellow remote workers. The cost of living here is low, compared to other major cities around the world. And because it’s such a large city, there are always new things to explore – which means you’ll never get bored!
The best (and safest) neighborhoods to live in as a digital nomad are La Condesa and Roma Norte. My recommendation? Don’t compromise on location. If you plan to stay for a few months, it’s best to book an Airbnb to get the monthly discount or find something locally when you arrive.
While you’re looking for the right long-term accommodation, book a short stay at a digital-nomad-friendly place like La Palomilla Bed & Breakfast or Felix Boutique Apartments (in La Condesa) or ULIV Apartments or Nima Local House Hotel (in Roma), or reserve a short-stay Airbnb. Selina in the historic downtown (Centro Historico) is also a great option.
As you look around, there are plenty of Mexico City digital nomad Facebook Groups (like Mexico City Digital Nomads) at your disposal to help you find your way.
No doubt, La Condesa and Roma Norte are two of the most expensive places to live in Mexico City. You can expect to spend between $1,500-$2,500 per month. But it’s worth it! You’ll have all of the best co-working cafés and coffee shops at your doorstep, along with epic restaurants and bars, beautiful parks (like Parque México), and endless other things to do. You’ll save a lot of money in Uber fares too, because you can walk around and between these two neighborhoods easily. Plus, if you don’t know how to speak Spanish (yet), you’ll scrape by easily enough here.
Read more about Mexico City:
- CDMX Bucket List: 49 Amazing Things to Do in Mexico City
- The 10 Best Mexico City Neighborhoods to Explore
- A Foodie’s Guide to Mexico City: Must-Eats in Mexico’s Capital
When it comes México’s big cities, Mérida couldn’t be more off-the-beaten-path. But little by little, people are catching on to Mérida’s undeniable charm… and digital nomads are moving in.
So why is Mérida a top digital nomad destination in México? There are so many reasons!
First off, the cost of living is low, the pace of life is relaxed and peaceful, and the weather is fabulous pretty much all year. Not to mention, the beautiful, colorful colonial architecture and lovely plazas give Mérida the most enchanting atmosphere.
As the capital of the Yucatan state, Mérida is home to the best Yucatan/Mayan food out there. (Hello, cochinita pibil!) When it comes to bustling traditional markets filled with exotic, tropical fruits, veggies, and plenty of chilis, Mérida has you covered. Plus, with 150+ bars throughout the city, there’s plenty of nightlife to keep you entertained after work.
And with the ancient ruins of Chichen Itzá and Uxmal, beautiful nature reserves, and plenty of Pueblos Mágicos (magic towns) nearby, living in Mérida offers so many options for weekend trips!
Note: Since Mérida is still transitioning into a popular tourist destination, sharp Spanish skills will be to your benefit!
Living in Mérida comes with its perks, in particular, the low cost of living! You can find a fabulous apartment in the city center for as little as $500 per month. Life is good! There are plenty of options to choose from, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding the perfect place when you arrive.
As always, Booking.com and Airbnb are the best places to book a place in advance online.
Guanajuato is a small city in the central highlands of Mexico, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular digital nomad destinations in the country. Why?
Well, first of all, it’s often called the prettiest city in the entire country; Guanajuato is absolutely stunning. Packed with authentic culture, colorful, well-preserved colonial building, and home to historic silver mines, Guanajuato is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There’s also no shortage of things to do in Guanajuato – especially when it comes to soaking up the city’s history, arts, and architecture. Endless natural beauty surrounds the city too; if you like hiking and the great outdoors, then there’s plenty for you here.
Plus, because Guanajuato is a small city, it’s easy to get around – you can walk or take the bus everywhere.
There are plenty of great apartment options on Booking.com and Airbnb, but you may prefer to check them out in-person – especially if you plan to stay a while.
Consider staying at the lovely Manzano B&B until you find something that suits you longer-term!
Guanajuato is emerging as a digital nomad city, so it’s a little behind when it comes to co-working spaces. However, there is a large university in Guanajuato, so there are plenty of cafés to work from with decent wifi. Vivo Café is my top coffee shop pick.
5. San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende may just be the most magical town in all of Mexico. Situated in the state of Guanajuato, the colonial town packs endless charm, color, stunning architecture, art, and character into its cobblestone streets. Every corner is picture-perfect.
If you want to live a slower-paced, wholesome lifestyle (but not at the beach), and spend your spare time soaking in Mexican culture, eating authentic food, listening to mariachis in the main plaza, browsing traditional markets, and feeling forever in awe of the beautiful architecture, then San Miguel de Allende is perfect for you.
Given that this town has become popular with tourists in recent years, and there are very limited accommodation options, San Miguel de Allende is one of the pricier towns on this list, rent-wise.
However, there are still some great deals out there, especially if you book super early via Booking.com or Airbnb! (And I mean early.)
Generally speaking, many of the Airbnb options are modern, beautiful, and recently renovated. So for a comfortable apartment located in the center, you’re looking at anywhere between $850-$4,000 per month.
If you need a co-working space, then the Selina San Miguel de Allende is your spot.
Best BEACH TOWNS for Digital Nomads in Mexico
Nestled in a beautiful, green pocket on Mexico’s Pacific coast, on the beautiful Riviera Nayarit, this “magic town” is quickly becoming one of the most popular digital nomad destinations in Mexico. And for good reason!
Obviously, waking up in paradise for an early surf, yoga, beach walk, and a cup of coffee before starting work is a digital nomad’s dream. This is the reality of many remote workers in Sayulita!
Sayulita’s sleepy, relaxed vibe, amazing surf, authentic culture, friendly people, amazing restaurants, and lush jungle surroundings are a few reasons to love Sayulita. Along with the low cost of living (though there are cheaper places on this list!).
Plus, Sayulita is close enough to Puerto Vallarta that if you’re craving some city action or if you need more access to modern amenities, you can make it happen.
My experience as a digital nomad in Sayulita was full of ease; the wifi was good at our Airbnb and in the cafés mentioned below.
If you’re staying for a month or two, Booking.com or Airbnb are the best places to look. Depending on what you need, an apartment could be as little as $750 per month, and the sky’s the limit. (Sayulita is generally pretty expensive, especially in high season.) But for about $1,500 per month, you can have it all: good fiberoptic internet, wifi, a pool, ocean views, 1-2 bedrooms. Life’s good!
If you want to live around other digital nomads, and have quick access to a coworking space, then Selina Sayulita may be a good option for you.
7. Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular resort cities in all of Mexico, so this beachside hotspot has everything you need to live a comfortable life as a digital nomad.
Puerto Vallarta offers the perfect mix of beach paradise relaxation and city action. The pristine sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and surrounding jungles won’t disappoint. The nature, combined with the city’s hustle and bustle, endless amazing restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and surprisingly well-preserved history and authentic culture, are what make Puerto Vallarta special.
Plus, in Puerto Vallarta, you don’t have to sacrifice the modern comforts and solid infrastructure you’re probably used to at “home” – from excellent wifi, shopping malls, and grocery stores to well-paved roads and good hospitals.
The community of digital nomads and ex-pats in Puerto Vallarta is strong too. Join the Puerto Vallarta Digital Nomads group to help you along on your journey!
When it comes to luxury beachfront living, Puerto Vallarta is pretty affordable. Do you want a luxe apartment with incredible ocean views? Something steps away from the sand? You’re looking in the ballpark of $1,000-2,500. If you plan on staying for a month or two, Booking.com or Airbnb will be your best bet for finding accommodation.
Tulum. Does this hipster beach town even need an introduction anymore?
Well here it goes anyway. If you’re looking for a small beach town with a chill vibe, beautiful beaches, yoga and wellness communities, ancient Mayan ruins and cenotés nearby, healthy vegan cafés, delicious restaurants, trendy boho-chic design, and a crazy nightlife scene, then Tulum is the place for you.
The town is a little spread out, so getting around by bicycle is a popular option; you can easily rent or buy one when you arrive – your Airbnb may even include one.
There’s a decent-sized digital nomad community in Tulum, so you’ll be able to connect with like-minded souls and settle into the Tulum beach life in no time. Digital Nomads Playa Del Carmen Cancun Tulum and Digital Nomad Crew Playa del Carmen & Tulum are great Facebook Groups to join if you need any insights along the way.
And even though Tulum tourism is booming these days, it’s still possible to find affordable accommodation and co-working spaces.
Booking.com and Airbnb are the best places to find accommodation in Tulum. With a budget of $1,000-$2,000, you can find a beautiful place with a pool, good wifi, air conditioning that’s within biking distance to the town center and the beach.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly digital nomad destination in Mexico, then Tulum probably isn’t your place. It’s super popular among tourists, so the cost of living caters to that! But it all really depends on your habits. Nearby Playa del Carmen may be a better option for the budget-conscious digital nomad!
9. Playa del Carmen
Quite possibly the most popular place to be a digital nomad (who likes to party hard) in all of Mexico, Playa del Carmen has it all.
Playa del Carmen is situated in Quintana Roo in the stunning Riviera Maya. When you’re not working, you can enjoy Playa’s beautiful beaches, the nearby cenotes, Mexico’s stunning Caribbean Sea, so you can enjoy the beach life and warm weather whenever you’re not working. By night, there’s a wild party scene.
From Playa, you’ll also have ample opportunity to explore the nature of the Yucatán Peninsula and other nearby beaches and towns. From the ancient ruins of Tulúm to the teeming underwater coral reefs, and the insanely beautiful beaches of Akumal to the nightclubs in Cancún, there’s a lot to discover.
As far as work goes though, Playa del Carmen is home to a thriving community of digital nomads, plenty of co-working spaces, fast wifi, and a super affordable cost of living.
It’s also pretty developed here, so when it comes to things you need, you can find them very easily in the local shops.
In Playa del Carmen, you’ll find a range of accommodation options, from basic and super affordable to uber-luxe. The easiest way to find a place is via Booking.com or Airbnb. You can find pretty decent apartments starting at about $500 per month! And if you’re looking to spend a bit more for, well, more, then you can definitely find that too.
If you want to go the independent route to find a better deal, then there’s nowhere easier to do it than Playa del Carmen. You can simply check out the posters and flyers around town advertising accommodation, start making connections at the coworking spaces and coffee shops, or join one or two of the Playa del Carmen digital nomad community Facebook Groups (linked in the Tulum section above).
10. Puerto Escondido
Still on the come up, Puerto Escondido is one of the best beach cities for digital nomads in Mexico. In the past, the wifi has been notoriously slow, but things are changing – and quickly!
Situated on the Pacific Coast in the state of Oaxaca, this beautiful city is known for its slow pace of life, authentic Mexican culture, huge surf (there’s a smaller break at La Punta, but it is busy), yoga studios, fun nightlife, delicious eats, and good coffee shops.
Since Puerto Escondido hasn’t hit peak popularity yet, this charming beach city is still very affordable. The digital nomad community is relatively small, but it’s growing as the wifi gets better! If you’re looking for a laid-back beach lifestyle and great surf, then Puerto Escondido is your place.
If you’re looking for even more digital nomad insights, the Expats in Puerto Escondido Facebook Group is for you.
UPDATE: I recently spent a month in Puerto Escondido (in August 2022) and the wifi was fast and great… Except for when it would randomly fail, city-wide. Sometimes for an hour, sometimes for a few. If your work situation is more fluid, and you can decide to head to the beach when the wifi drops out, this will be an annoyance for sure, but perhaps not a deal-breaker.
Our comfortable apartment in Puerto Escondido (with a pool, rooftop terrace, fiberoptic wifi, and great location) cost roughly $1,000 per month. Generally speaking, you’re looking at a cost of $500-$2,000 a month for an Airbnb in Puerto Escondido. There are also some great options on Booking.com.
If you want to live the resort lifestyle amongst other digital nomads, look at moving into Casa Losodeli & Coworking.
Casa Losodeli & Coworking is a good place to live and co-work! The wifi there is fast, and there’s a decent café on-site.
Bonus Places for Digital Nomad in Mexico
If you’re on the hunt for some more off-the-beaten-path digital nomad spots in Mexico, check out Zihuatanejo (in Guerrero), Loreto (in Baja California Sur), Todos Santos (in Baja California), and San Cristobal de las Casas (in Chiapas).
I also loved living in Cholula, a magical, small l town Central Mexico, 30 minutes from Puebla City; we were the only foreigners there, and it was incredible!
Staying Safe as a Digital Nomad in Mexico (& Beyond!)
From natural disasters (my Airbnb in Sayulita flash-flooded up to waist-height during a hurricane), car accidents, and lost luggage, to unexpected medical issues, anything can happen. It’s your job to prepare yourself.
Before you dive into digital nomad life in Mexico – or if you’re already here – there’s one thing you need to do! Get Nomad Insurance through SafetyWing.
SafetyWing Nomad Insurance policies cover travel medical and travel claims worldwide, but the best part is probably the value! At $42 per 4 weeks, SafetyWing is super affordable.
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Legal Business: Digital Nomads Mexico
Mexico doesn’t currently offer a “digital nomad visa.” However, you do receive a generous (and free) 6-month tourist visa on arrival – so it couldn’t be easier to be a digital nomad in Mexico!
According to the Mexican immigration lawyer I spoke to, it’s perfectly legal to be a digital nomad in Mexico, working for a foreign company – whether it’s your own company or not. (It is not legal, however, to work for a local company and receive any money from them.) When asked by immigration or any other officials, though, it may be a good idea to say that your primary purpose for travel is tourism. Just to be on the safe side. You are on a tourist visa, after all. When in doubt, don’t take my advice. Speak to your own immigration lawyer.
If you decide you want to be a digital nomad in Mexico indefinitely, you can look into getting a temporary resident visa if you can prove economic solvency. You have to meet specific income and/or bank account balance requirements to qualify, and in return, you can get a Mexican bank account, Mexican drivers license, buy a car, and obviously, be entitled to a longer stay. Look into it!
Mexico Digital Nomads Guide:
The 10 Best Places for Digital Nomad in Mexico
Whether you’re just starting out with your digital nomad lifestyle or just looking for new scenery, one thing’s for sure: you’re going to love living and working remotely in Mexico. (It’s impossible not to.)
From exploring the rich Mexican culture and cuisine, beautiful beaches, surf breaks, magical colonial towns, and big Mexican cities, to taking advantage of the high-speed wifi, hipster coworking spaces, super affordable prices for food and rent, and thriving communities of digital nomads, you can’t go wrong.
With so many amazing Mexico digital nomad cities and towns to choose from, it’s going to be hard to decide! If I were you, I’d plan to do a month or two in each one so you can experience it all. That’s what I do!
Wishing you safe travels and fast wifi!
Digital Nomads in Mexico:
FAQs about Working Remotely in Mexico
Yes, Mexico is a great place for digital nomads. Working remotely in Mexico offers an opportunity like no other. The culture is rich. The food is delicious. The natural beauty never ends. The people are amazing. Boring days? They don’t exist in Mexico. Personally, I can’t think of a better place to have a desk – or a hammock – to work from. From big cities to charming beach towns, this article is complete with the 10 best destinations in Mexico for digital nomads.
In short, it is legal to work online in Mexico as a digital nomad. This is according to the immigration lawyer I spoke to. As long as you are working for a foreign company, you can work online as a digital nomad in Mexico while on a tourist visa. When asked by immigration or any other officials, though, your primary purpose for travel is tourism. You are on vacation. Hence, the tourist visa. Just to be on the safe side. Note: It is not legal to work as a foreigner in Mexico, for a Mexican company, without the proper work rights/work visa. That is something else entirely! When in doubt, speak to an immigration lawyer.
There are endless ways to make money as a digital nomad in Mexico. You could work for a remote company, freelance online, or start a blog or content site and monetize it with affiliate marketing or ads. Just to name a few common ones!
To give you an idea, personally, I run this travel and food blog, Maddy’s Avenue, and work in marketing as a long-term contractor for a handful of awesome companies based in the USA and Australia.
The best time of year to be a digital nomad in Mexico is all the time! Mexico is a huge country with a range of climates. From beach towns to big cities to mountainous places, there are so many options.
Mexico enjoys great weather year-round, though some months see more rain and humidity. Depending on where you choose to live, June through November is generally hurricane season, but this only affects certain parts of Mexico.
No, you don’t need to speak Spanish to be a digital nomad in Mexico, but it will make your life a lot easier! A lot of people in the bigger cities speak English, but outside of that, it’s not as common. Learning some basic Spanish phrases will go a long way. But if you can, you should go beyond that. Not only is it helpful for you, it shows respect to the locals!
The internet speed in Mexico is generally very good! In my experience, is just as good as anywhere else I’ve worked remotely, from the USA to Australia to Costa Rica and beyond. That being said, there are still some places that don’t have great coverage or fast speeds – in particular, the smaller towns by the coast. Before you lock in long-term accommodation, check that high-speed fiberoptic internet is available. Overall, though, you shouldn’t have any issues finding a places with good internet for working online in Mexico. Especially if you work in popular and touristic places like Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Puerto Vallarta, or Playa del Carmen!
The digital nomad community in Mexico is thriving! You’ll find a great community of digital nomads in all of the places on this list. From big cities to small beach towns, there are plenty of other digital nomads around to connect with.
There are plenty of Facebook groups and forums dedicated to digital nomads in Mexico, so it’s easy to find others in your area. And if you’re ever feeling lonely on your travels, there’s always someone around to hang out with or collaborate with!
This article shares the 10 best places to be a digital nomad in Mexico. To name a few, Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Playa del Carmen, Mérida, and Sayulita are some of the best places to work remotely in Mexico. Everything you need to know to kick off your life as a digital nomad in Mexico is here!