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Central America - Where and what's next?


by @as11 | 4yr  | 11 comments

Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
Then Aruba in the Caribbean Sea for Christmas and New Year.

However I feel I want to head back to Central America to bring living costs down, rather than staying in the Caribbean Sea among the expensive Islands.

This means I have around 2 - 2,5 month of unplanned travelling.
Any digital nomads who have ideas about where to head in that timeframe?

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@gnefkow | 7mo

This was the place I stayed: elsalvadoryoga (dot) com/ - a place called โ€œbalance,โ€ not sure if it is still there.

It was off season and there were no yogis there, so it was cheap!

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@gnefkow | 7mo

Well, yeah, anything I can say about it will be out of date, haha.

El tunco is nice - it is a very rocky beach during rainy season, it is volcanic rock, so the sand is black and it is very Salvadorean (by which, I mean, there are lots of guys with shotguns, and like everywhere in El Salvador, you need to be extremely aware of your surroundings)

When I was there, you could rent a surf board all day for $10, though - you do it at your own risk, haha!

Still, I really loved it there - the beer is cheap, the waves are good, the people are nice, the pupusas are fresh. It isnโ€™t going to win any awards, but if youโ€™re in El Salvador, it is certainly a nice place to spend time.

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@gnefkow | 4yr

You may also want to check out some spots around Oaxaca. It is Mexico, but feels more like Central America (to me) - very cheap, people are friendly, and the beach is nice. We stayed at a little hostel on Mazunte beach that was nice for a bit, and Puerto Escondido is also nice (a little bigger and easier to find decent internet.

In Guatemala, Antigua is nice, but can be expensive if youโ€™re not careful. It is a touristy town, but if you can find the spots for the locals you wonโ€™t spend a fortune on food. I donโ€™t know much about Guatemala city - there is crime there, though, so you have to be purposeful about where you hang out.

Skip El Salvador. There is a lot to love about that country, but the crime is high, so it is hard to have a nice experience. If you do end up passing through, I had a nice long stay at Hostel Cumbres del Volcan in San Salvador in Colonia Escalon, which was nice. Lots of backpackers passing through on extended Central American trips (though most only stayed a few days. I was there for work, so stayed around two weeks). Playa El Tunco is also a nice spot in El Salvador, I stayed for a week at an AirBnB place that was a yoga studio. PM me if you do end up there, and I can tell you about where I stayed, and probably still have the number of a good driver (which you need in a country like El Salvador).

Again, though, Iโ€™ve found Mexico to be a much nicer place to spend time.

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@as11 | 4yr

Thank you for your advice! I agree on Mexico being a great place to stay. However I feel like I want to try something else while I am here (usually living in Europe). So I plan to try different places for a 4 month period before heading back to Mexico for the remaining of the my journey.

Will look into Guatamala, and also Belize. Do you know anything about Belize by any chance?

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Lake Atitlan is extremely beautiful. The internet is not amazing, but it is cheap, its gorgeous and people are lovely. There is alot of yoga and the likes in San Marcos (one of the lake villages) if that is your thing. Spent August there and while it was a little too quiet for me, lots of people we met loved it.

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@garrett | 3yr

Iโ€™ve been to Belize. You will definitely want to stay on one of the Cayes(Keys). I was on Ambergris Caye. Good food, WiFi and beach. Also about 45 minute boat ride to get there. Belize City is mostly locals and not many tourist stay there due to being primarily a low income type of City. However beware of keeping valuables in hotel, housekeeping cleaned my out of about $240 US while there.

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@gnefkow | 4yr

Sorry, Iโ€™ve never been to Belize. If you do end up there, though, make sure you post about it. Iโ€™m planning to spend some time in SEA soon, but afterwards Iโ€™ll probably end up in LATAM again!

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@alisonjc | 7mo

I know this was over 2 years ago, but any chance you still have the info for El Tunco? Iโ€™m thinking about checking it out in the next few weeks :slight_smile:

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@thomaspichon | 4yr

Hi there, Iโ€™m in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua right now, a small town with nice cafรฉs, a yoga community and beautiful beaches around.

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@as11 | 4yr

Sounds very suitable for what I am looking for!
How is the internet down there? And for how long are you staying? Just to get a feeling of a possible duration, if I go.

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@thomaspichon | 4yr

Internet works well, although not super-fast (2 mbps). Iโ€™ll be here until April I think, so we could meet if you come here before. Itโ€™s the second time that I am in SJdS, last time (2013) I stayed for almost 4 months and this time Iโ€™ve been here for 1.5 month already, so I start to know the town quite well; let me know if I can help with anything!

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Hey everyone,

Iโ€™m a freelance + nomad newbie, off for my 1st proper trip in May. Iโ€™m wanting to spend a month somewhere and go from there.

I just came back from Slovenia/Ljubljana and loved it there (just a week). I donโ€™t mind โ€œsleepierโ€ places par-say, as long as theyโ€™re close to a beach or nature of some kind. In fact, I kinda like places less-busy and a bit smaller/cosier.

Iโ€™m been swaying towards Porto, but have been impressed by the rave reviews Iโ€™ve seen for Valencia.

-> Have you every nomad-ed in a Spanish/Portuguese city? Iโ€™d love to know where and what you liked/disliked :slight_smile:

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by @nomadsince2010 | 7mo 6 months ago | 4 comments

I have been doing Southeast Asia during June to November for 11 years. Rainy, Typhoons - is wild - still warm but ya - getting older so not as into that. Where can go is warm and dry - not super hot like Vegas but warm and has to be DRY. Good Internet and affordable. Ty

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Best place for Digital Nomad in Latin America?


by @rose_davis | 8mo 8 months ago | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

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by @mariaplslourdes | 10mo 10 months ago | 4 comments

Hi everyone and nice to e-meet you!
finally, after so long I found a job that allows me to work remotely.
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by @mender | 10mo 10 months ago | 5 comments

I am a New Zealander looking to travel for a couple of years in different countries. For this purpose I would ideally like to shift my company to a lower tax territory where I will live part time, as I am currently taxed at roughly 33% in New Zealand, however itโ€™s closer to 40% when I add in all the hidden taxes.

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by @caseyr | 11mo 10 months ago | 18 comments

What is your ergonomic set-up while traveling?

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by @sergiosa_la | 11mo 11 months ago | 2 comments

I have a month between Playa del Carmen and Medellin, and Iโ€™m deciding which city to be. Itโ€™s on november so itโ€™s summer in this region, what do you guys choose?

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in Mexico by @jnomad30 | 1yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

Hi Guys,
Iโ€™m planning out my next stops after leaving Medellin, Colombia soon where I can hunker down and get some work done with fast wifi and cheap living. Will be in Mexico first so starting a look there but wondering if coming back down to South America might make more sense?
My main concerns are budget and fast enough wifi for me to work from home. Other considerations are some nomad community (ideally also some English speaking expats as my Spanish is basic) and warm enough weather.
Thanks in advance!

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by @nomad4 | 1yr 1 year ago | 2 comments

Hi guys!

Weโ€™re leaving on Dec 1st for a 5-month DN experience with our kids, but we have second thoughts on our journey. We were supposed to do a trip in South-East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia). Weโ€™re from Canada, and our clients are all in Canada right now (weโ€™re digital marketing consultants).

After comparing destinations, weโ€™re starting the think Latin America may be a better choice to make sure we keep most of our clients during these 5 months (same timezone). Also, it seems Latin America fits our needs too :

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So here are our 2 options ; which one would you recommend for our criteria?

A: SEA : Thailand (Chiang Mai and a couple islands in the South), Indonesia (Bali and Lombok), Malaysia (Penang)
B: Latin America : Mexico (Playa Del Carmen/Tulum), Colombia (Medellin), Peru (Lima and other TBD towns), Chile (Santiago and other TBD towns), Argentina (Buenos Aires and other TBD towns).

Thanks!

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by @sparrow_23 | 1yr 1 year ago | 16 comments

I have been a digital nomad for the last couple of years. I have always worked in tech and now run a couple of profitable online businesses that give me a reliable income and allow me to fund a nomadic lifestyle.

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b) I believe in properties as investment and I want to diversify my investment portfolio (mainly stocks)

After years of constant wander from one place to another, now I am the type of digital nomad who sticks to few locations: I mainly rotate across 4 places each year (San Francisco, Medellin, Berlin, Bali). Buying a house in each of those location would be difficult and too expensive. Therefore, I was wondering if there was any sort of service that combines an investment opportunity with the ability to access different properties around the world (even if just for a limited time per year) ?

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Has anyone heard of anything like that?

Thanks!

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by @barrybjjoubert | 1yr 1 year ago | 25 comments

Dear all
As a wanna be nomad figuring out a way to get free of the rat race, I was wondering what is the best bank account to have while travelling the globe? I need an account where is easy for me to receive payments from all over the world and it also need to be a bank that I can find almost anywhere in the world. I want to avoid carry cash on me if itโ€™s possible.

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