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Favorite towns in Mexico (and near it)?


in Mexico by @azurio 5yr  | 5 comments

Hey guys!

We love Mexico. Weโ€™re excited to find outstanding towns to live in for 2-12 months at a time. Weโ€™re also open to Central American gems.

We especially appreciate learning about those smaller towns that are lesser known but amazing. Personal favorites!

Here are some of our interests:

  • a paradise vibe: ocean, lush greenery, vibrant arts, and/or old town charm
  • at least 3 Mbps download speed
  • great cost of living
  • considerable expat and retiree crowd
  • not too much of an urban city โ€” though a smaller town outside a city can work
  • a bit touristy is okay

Here are lesser-discussed towns that caught our eye โ€” weโ€™d love impressions of these and more that come to mind:

  • Huatulco
  • Ixtapa
  • Guanajuato
  • And more?

Thanks so much, guys!

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Hi there! Iโ€™ve been living in Puerto Vallarta for 9 years now! Beautiful beach city with awesome beach/surfy villages like Punta Mita, Sayulita, and San Pancho less than an hour to the North. Downtown Vallarta has Telmexโ€™s Fiber Internet now and Vallarta CoWork has two 100mb lines - so thereโ€™s definitely access to great internet.

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@azurio 5yr

Thanks for these great answers, guys! We appreciate them โ€” and any other Mexico suggestions!

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Weโ€™ve been in Guanajuato since January and love it. The city offers the old town charm and arts that you guys are looking for. Download speeds are 3-4 Mbps, but rarely faster and Iโ€™ve yet to see a coworking space in time (Cafe Tal is sufficient).

We are a family of 4 (baby and toddler) and spend about $1500/m - key to keeping costs down is to find a place once youโ€™ve arrived. Youโ€™ll pay $750-1000/m for a 2 bedroom when booked online, verses the $250-400 youโ€™ll pay in person.

The expat crowd here is retirees and a few younger travelers. Most seem to be in their 50s or 60s, liberal, and here for the weather and arts. (Cervantino is a huge festival in Oct) GTO is a college town, so the local population is quite young and well educated. Safety has never been a concern, day or night, and the tourist crowds are really concentrated down in the centro squares. Many of the tourists are other Mexicans, nothing close to the crowds youโ€™ll get in SMA.

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@deskaway 5yr

I tried coworking in Merida, not the typical type of place for coworking but is worth trying , it is safe, clean and very cultural. The centre gets many tourists and after two weeks I had tried most top restaurants but I loved it.

Expat crowd is very active with French & German meet-ups. Easy to explore nearby cities which are lovely.

It was amazing, mostly beacause I stayed in a an airbnb with pool and two rooms for myself for 50 euro/ night.

PS. I am Mexican.

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@natalie1 5yr

I lived in Ajijic 8 months. I just left a few weeks ago. I loved it there. The absence of young expats was nice. The retired expats have their own vibe and everyone is friendly. Plus, itโ€™s 30 minutes from Guadalajara intl airport on the biggest lake in Mexico at 5,000 feet elevation, surrounded by mountains. I may end up settling there. The food isnโ€™t great though. I had expectations of good Mexican food being in Mexico but it was a bunch of western food, not much of it healthy, more just standard American diet type food. Lots of Italian restaurants. Internet is fine.

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Iโ€™m curious whether anyone drove to Mexico instead of flying and used their car down there. Iโ€™ve heard bad stories of people driving down there but not sure I believe them. How safe is it to drive through rural areas, and to park in cities? It would be cool to have the car to explore while there.

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in Mexico City , Mexico by @azurio 3yr 2 years ago  | 3 comments

Hi guys!

Know Mexico City?

We are here for 4 more nights. We want to get a good feel for how it would be to live here as nomads.

What neighborhoods should we check out? What cafรฉs should we peep? What peeps should we meet?

Haha, thanks so much!

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Where are the nomads in Mexico City?


in Mexico City , Mexico by @shellyfish 3yr 2 years ago  | 9 comments

I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wonderingโ€ฆ Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Donโ€™t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

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How's the internet in Oaxaca towns?


in Oaxaca , Mexico by @azurio 3yr 2 years ago  | 0 comments

Hi guys!

If youโ€™ve been to Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Zipolite, etc, please share your experience with the internet there.

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  • How solid and consistent was the connection?

  • How common are blackouts and loss of power?

  • Any other tips, favorite places to work, etc?

Which towns have decent internet?

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0 voters

Thanks so much!

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Iโ€™m going to travel to Mexico by the end of february and i would like to know which place do you recommend to stay at for a month or so. Which one would fit better for a digital nomad? Pros and Cons for each place are welcomed :smile:

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So Iโ€™m taking the plunge and will be going nomad in less than 3 months from now!

My situation is that I just started a semi-remote contract with a startup that has a good chance to go fully remote in 3 months time if all goes well.
I will be heading over to Chang Mai at some point, but have decided to do a month or two in South America first, just so that the time difference isnโ€™t so crazy while dealing with the team back home (skype/ hangout meetings in the morning etc)

The current cities on my radar are Mexico City, Medellin and Buenos Ares.
Basically, I am looking for a place that is has a relatively low cost of living, is safe for expats, has good internet and doesnโ€™t have too much of a language barrier.

If anyone has lived in any of those cities ( or other nomad friendly spots in SA/CA), would love to get your thoughts on which place would be ideal for a 1-2 month stay based on my situation.
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Quaint small towns/villages in Italy and/or France


in Italy by @theunisk 5yr 4 years ago  | 13 comments

Any recommendations for a few weeks stay in a small, quiet town or village somewhere in Italy/France during summer ? Open to any setting, by the seaside, in the mountains or the countryside - Iโ€™d like to get a feel for local life (outside the cities) in a charming place.
Having hiking routes available nearby would be a bonus, but not required.
Internet speed will not be very important, so that does not need to be taken into consideration.
Iโ€™ll likely be doing both Italy and France, so suggestions for both would be great.

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Which USA towns to experience rural South?


by @srg_b 5yr 4 years ago  | 3 comments

Iโ€™m going on a rock festival to Louisiana in October. From there Iโ€™d like to visit maybe 3 places and be gone by new year. What Iโ€™m looking for are dreamy rural towns ~50k in size that havenโ€™t changed much and will allow me to briefly experience how it is living in the South/SE USA. Another thing is since Iโ€™m coming in Fall, what will the weather be? Where Iโ€™m coming from, November is all rain, clouds, winds and 10 degrees (so the crappiest weather possible). Are my filters yielding any results? Thanks!

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If luggage space (and weight) was not a problem, what items will you travel with that you can't carry now?


by @carlosaave 5yr 4 years ago  | 9 comments

I know that when you become a digital nomad you have to become somehow a minimalist. But if luggage space and weight were not problems. I would like to know what items would you miss traveling with. I certainly would carry. A guitar, a set of good knives, a pair of Hiking shoes, (they are sooo bulky), a good camping tent.

What about you?

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