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Looking for a place to hibernate and surf in Jan/Feb/March - any tips?


by @tvrhe | 4yr  | 14 comments

Hi all,

For Jan through March Iโ€™m looking for a place that as a) friendly people, b) warm climate, c) surfing, and d) reliable internet (either in cafes or a coworking space).

So far, this is my short list:

  • Canggu, Bali (already was there last year, but too busy with work then)
  • Phillippines (I donโ€™t know where yet, but Iโ€™ve read Baler might be nice)
  • Mexico (but havenโ€™t yet researched)
  • Nicaragua (but havenโ€™t yet researched)

If anyone has some good info on this, please share! : )

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@thomaspichon | 4yr

Iโ€™m in San Juan del Sur right now, and although I mostly agree with the comment, I think itโ€™s an easy town for those who want to go surfing and work from nice cafรฉs. The beaches around are gorgeous. If I can help with anything about San Juan del Sur and even Nicaragua, let me know, my gf is from here and I start to know the country well.

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@sebastianhub | 4yr

February and March are off season in Nicaragua, it can be weeks totally flat and not much to do, In any other season, Nicaragua is one of the best places on earth (I would skip San Juan del Sur though, getting too touristy on the bad way)

Mexico is a bit better in winter, particularly on the south, Oaxaca coast. They use to say that there are no waves in winter, what means, you can surf a decent head size wave pretty much every day. Surf season for locals standards is when the swell is double overheadโ€ฆMexico IMO is by far the most interesting for culture and cuisine, other than surf. Been living in Puerto Escondido long ago, best surf ever, not the easier though

Canary Islands rocks in winter, and not that cold as 13ยบ C, water temp is 17ยบ at 20 meters deep (the coldest ever seen when diving here in winter) Most of the days youโ€™ll wear boardshorts and flip flops during the day, jacket and sneakers at night. At least here in Fuerteventura, yes, you need a car to go surfing, like everywhere in the surfing world if you really want to get good waves; you are gonna drive and you are gonna wake up early, but thatโ€™s not the real inconvenience is it? :slight_smile:

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@solotak | 4yr

How do digital nomads deal without cars? Do you rent out a car, if so that would get expensive real quick. And buying one just for a few months would probably more hassle than its worth.

What do nomadic surfers do??

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@sebastianhub | 4yr

They usually share rented cars. In Corraljejo, you have pretty much everything you need, including surfing within a walking distance. When island hopping, activities and surf, we share car and expenses.

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@ms_maire | 4yr

Are you looking for somewhere cheap? If Australia is not out of consideration, I am in Byron Bay right now and it is just wonderful. Itโ€™s basically like Canggu but in Australiaโ€ฆ i.e. loads of hipsters, hippies, nomads and backpackers. Amazing surf. Clean air. Funky little coworking space (Startinno) which is $20 AUD/ day or $140/mth. You can get cheap accoms in the facebook accom groups, airbnb is expensive (search byron bay rental slueth, byron rentals, etc etc).

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@tvrhe | 4yr

@maire

itโ€™s just such a long flight from AMS (+24hr), and pretty expensive as well. But from what Iโ€™ve heard itโ€™s really greatโ€ฆ maybe in the future!

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@dmonk83 | 4yr

Iโ€™m going to Las Palmas Gran Canaria for exactly thisโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve heard the vibe is good, big digital nomad scene and itโ€™s the perfect time of year for surfing. Iโ€™m currently surfing in Bali and Jan/Feb isnโ€™t great in Cangguโ€ฆ youโ€™d be better to go to sanur on the east coast in Jan/Feb but not impossible to surf in Canggu. Itโ€™s getting rainy here though so Gran Canaria is calling me. Looks pretty cheap too, Iโ€™ve been offered a room for 300 Euros a month :slight_smile:

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@sim_vanco | 4yr

If, for any reason, you had or wanted to stay in or near Europe, Iโ€™d encourage you to look into Canary Islands. Temperature is around 20ยฐC all year round and especially Gran Canaria is deemed a surferโ€™s paradise :slight_smile: The local tech scene is growing too with Las Palmas being the hub (alternatively Tenerife and Fuerteventura have some coworking spaces too).

Living costs are pretty cheap for European standards, internet is reliable (depending on the coworking place/accommodation of course) and the islands provide plenty of opportunities for exploring (definitely enough for 3-4 months).

The only downside is that English is not that widely spoken around but if youโ€™re not planning on integrating entirely and/or founding a local business you should be okay with just basic phrases and English.

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@tvrhe | 4yr

@sim

interesting! Iโ€™ve considered it before, but thought itโ€™d be too cold in the winter. I thought average temp was like 13C in jan & feb?

I speak some spanish, and can quickly catch up, so language wonโ€™t be a big thing i guess.

Iโ€™m going to research this more, thanks for the suggestion!

@delia
yeah great points!
The only drawback is that I have my drivers license for less than a year, so I canโ€™t rent a car, which Iโ€™ve heard is pretty essential for going to surfing spots in gran canaria. Any thoughts/suggestions on that?

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@dmonk83 | 4yr

hmmmโ€ฆ maybe make friends with someone with a license?!

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@nderkach | 4yr

Always wanted to visit Australia, but I heard itโ€™s ridiculously expensive. Any tips on how not to break a piggybank?

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@replay | 4yr

My personal favorite for winter is Taiwan, because:

  • Fast (uncensored) internet
  • No visa (for most westerners)
  • Good food
  • Relatively modern in general
  • Beautiful landscapes outside the cities
  • Very safe
  • Low cost of living, especially outside of Taipei

I recommend the southern cities like Kaohsiung. I have never looked for surfing opportunities there, but considering itโ€™s an island I assume surfing should be possible :slight_smile:

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@sonja | 4yr

I donโ€™t have โ€˜goodโ€™ info, but have you checked out Kuta on Lombok? I was there for a few days, years ago. Super chilled surfing spot. Really nice vibe (nothing like Kuta, Bali). Some guesthouses with decent internet, from memory.

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Best place for solo UK traveller for surf, sun & working between Oct and Dec??


in Tenerife, Spain by @leojb | 1mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

Hey Nomads, would love to know any thoughts here.

Top of the list are currently Tenerife, Lagos/Ericeira (Portugal) & Malta??

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Can Americans with EU Passports Travel to EU during COVID-19?


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Iโ€™m a big believer in co-living but Iโ€™m finding hard to find all the options available in different cities.

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hello :wave: Iโ€™m planning my next trip (from January/February), and Iโ€™m looking for a place where itโ€™s hot, with the sea, and good wifi.
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My first time nomad-ing... Spain or Portugal?


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by @as11 | 10mo 10 months ago | 11 comments

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by @mender | 1yr 1 year 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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I previously use Profia. Contract is ending and I want to have someone who accepts crypto payment instead.

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Iโ€™m currently in Penang, Malaysia and I was thinking to head to Thailand next. What are the best islands in Thailand to get some work done? I was considering either Ko Lanta or Ko Phangan because those both islands have coworking spaces. I might need to take some client calls, also video. Is the wifi good enough? Are there any other differences between the islands?

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Daily/hourly pass needed.
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Hi All! Iโ€™ve heard Spark and Vodafone are the best. I plan to move around, so I care mostly about having good coverage, and all Iโ€™ll need is around 1 GB of data or so.

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