From the stunning coastal beach town of Tulum to thriving expat cities like Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, five of the top digital nomad hubs in Mexico have been revealed.
There are so many incredible places to choose from as a digital nomad in Mexico, but for those that aren’t familiar with this vast country, it can be challenging to know where to visit or move to.
So, to guide travelers and expats in their next nomadic experiences, Remitly, who specializes in sending money to Mexico, has researched and revealed some of the best digital nomad hubs in Mexico.
Digital nomads are individuals who can work from anywhere in the world. Instead of residing in one location, digital nomads find different places to live and work remotely as location-independent workers, allowing them to travel as and when they please.
With the pandemic resulting in flexible working policies across companies, many employees have the option and opportunity to work wherever they want, leading to the rise of the digital nomad lifestyle. As a result, by 2025 a staggering 35.7 million Americans - or 22% of the workforce - are expected to be remote workers.
Remitly comments: “Over the last decade, Mexico has become a haven for travelers and digital nomads looking for a diverse culture, superb scenery, and world-famous cuisine.
“As it’s such a large country, there is so much to see and do, making it the ideal destination for those that love to travel. Offering big cities, chill beach towns, and epic mountain ranges, it’s no surprise Mexico is such a popular destination for digital nomads.”
#1 - Mexico City
As the capital, Mexico City is a thriving metropolis, providing all the amenities of a modern city like London or New York but for a fraction of the cost. With plenty to do here, this city is somewhere you can stay a while - with great nightlife, restaurants, and plenty of people to meet.
Mexico City also has a thriving community of young professionals and digital nomads, along with many options for co-working spaces to work out of. When it comes to accommodation, there are many high-quality Airbnbs available here, along with hostels and hotels to choose from.
#2 - Tulum
As an Insta-worthy destination, Tulum is renowned for its beachfront, exclusive parties and unique restaurants. Located near some of Mexico’s most famous landmarks - like Chichen Itza, and Lake Bacalar - this is also an excellent place to be situated for exploration of some of the country’s most famous destinations.
With a strong sense of community and a thriving wellness scene, Tulum is a hub for those interested in meeting like-minded people. It boasts ample cafes, restaurants, and co-working spaces, so there are lots of options when it comes to spaces to work.
#3 - Oaxaca City
Situated in the southern state of Oaxaca, Oaxaca City is a wonderful option for digital nomads in search of a smaller and less hectic city. Known as a foodie paradise, this city is often overlooked by tourists, making it a fantastic place to make your next nomadic home.
Known to have some of the best cuisine in Mexico, Oaxaca City is home to mouth-wateringly good local food, as well as some of the best mezcal distilleries. Filled with art and museums set on a beautiful backdrop, there is a good selection of things to do and see here.
With a more relaxed social scene, Oaxaca City is much more slow-paced than the likes of Mexico City. There are several options when it comes to accommodation, as well as good wifi speeds and a few co-working spaces to venture to.
#4 - San Miguel de Allende
As one of the top cities in Mexico for expats, you’ll find many Americans and Canadians residing here, especially during the winter months. If you’re looking for a strong international community, this is the city for you.
With many quaint coffee shops scattered throughout the city, there are endless choices when it comes to getting some work done here. San Miguel de Allende is also an incredibly picturesque city - with amazing architecture to explore, including the Parroquia San Miguel, the botanical gardens, and a number of museums around the city.
#5 - Playa del Carmen
Located just 45-minutes from Cancun International Airport, Playa del Carmen is easily accessible and well worth the stay. As a long-time hotspot for travelers and retirees, Playa del Carmen has recently become a hub for digital nomads seeking a great place to be based.
Blended as a beach town, resort town, and city, Playa del Carmen has a little bit of everything, making it a fantastic option for digital nomads to live and work. Offering good infrastructure, co-working spaces, delicious restaurants, cafes, and stunning beaches, it’s easy to fall in love with Playa del Carmen.
With so many landmarks and destinations close by, this is also an ideal place to be situated for road trips and nearby adventures.
Notes to Editor:
Destinations for the top digital nomad hubs were chosen based on research conducted by Remitly. Locations were selected from the top 5 lists that appeared on the Google results page, under the search term ‘best digital nomad hubs in Mexico’. From there, the five towns/cities mentioned the most frequently were placed on the list.
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