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Suggestions for home base for 10 months in Mexico or Panama next year?


in Mexico by @we_are_escaping | 5yr  | 14 comments

Weโ€™re researching places to use as a home base next year, and are leaning towards Mexico or Panama for 10 months (with 1 week โ€œvacationsโ€ to explore surrounding countries)

But, I want to settle some place where the infrastructure is good enough for fast, reliable internet - fast enough to run live webinars without worrying that Iโ€™ll be S.O.L due to internet issues when itโ€™s time to go live.

And ideally, Iโ€™d like to be on the coastโ€ฆ I like to have ocean/beach access without the need for a drive.

And not in a malaria zone (just saying, since Panama in particular has many areas that Iโ€™d rule out simply due to the need for malaria prevention meds)โ€ฆ itโ€™s one thing to take that stuff for a few weeks long trip, but I donโ€™t want to take it for months on end.

Thoughts?

Thanks for reading all :slight_smile:

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@kalitherapy | 5yr

I just came from Sayulita, I was there for a month, I had really bad luck with the internet, it was a constant struggle. Iโ€™m back in Puerto Vallarta now, the internet here seems very good, never had a problem with it constantly resetting like I did in the smaller towns (such as Sayulita and Bucerias) along the coast . Although I donโ€™t run webinars, I have participated in few for my profession while in PV and didnโ€™t have a problem. PV also has the other amenities your looking for I believe.

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@gigigriffis | 5yr

I canโ€™t speak to the internet issue since the place I stayed wasnโ€™t great for that, but Sayulita, Mexico is a great little coastal town - colorful, lots of surfing and yoga, a large expat population, tons of tourism (and, thus, lots of English spoken), great salsa nights, and a really lovely little resort nearby.

If Iโ€™m remembering correctly, the one other digital nomad I met there said her place had good internet. But I donโ€™t know how much Skyping/webinars she was doing.

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Thanks for the info - sounds like my kind of town :smile:

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

download speeds donโ€™t matter, you need fast upload speeds if youโ€™re going to run webinars. Thatโ€™s where youโ€™ll run into issues. There are some people in Playa now and you could ask them in the Mexico slack channel to run some speed tests.

I lived in Mexico for years, but not in the areas youโ€™re looking for so I canโ€™t offer much feedback on them.

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Good info on the importance of upload speeds - I didnโ€™t know that, so thanks very much for pointing that out :smile:

Any idea on what would be the minimum upload speed required?

Also, you mentioned in another thread that you had good internet in Meridaโ€ฆ so I know thatโ€™s not right on the coast, but if we have to, will definitely consider staying further inland. Is the internet there good enough for running webinars?

re: slack - Just paid to joinโ€ฆ will ask as soon as the invite arrives in my inbox!

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I donโ€™t know what kind of speed youโ€™d need to run a webinar. my friend does online skype training and she looks for a minimum of 1 up, preferably 2.

I would think you can get that in Merida if youโ€™re in a longer term place and can upgrade your internet. It isnโ€™t something I worry about so Iโ€™ve not looked into it,

Since youโ€™re going to be there 10 months, make sure youโ€™re ok with hot and humid. :slight_smile:

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Yeah, hot and humid is fine with usโ€ฆ been in that here in SE Asia for ages, in fact, when we went to Hong Kong recently and it was โ€œonlyโ€ 25C, we were cold lol Our bodies have really adjusted to daily temps of 30C+

Good to know itโ€™s possible to get better quality internet though.

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@joannou | 2yr

Hi @Sheralyn! Where did you end up moving to? Iโ€™m considering a move to Panama for summer of 2019 but Iโ€™m concerned about finding reliable internet. -Kendra

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

and even if you are in a malaria zone, i wouldnโ€™t take prevention meds because they barely work and the side effects suck.

youโ€™re going to have some challenges finding what youโ€™re looking for with the internet you need. maybe one of the coworking spaces in Playa but even those have occasionally dodgy internet.

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re: internet

Hmmmโ€ฆ so maybe thereโ€™s no hope for Mexico or Panama then, huh?

Weโ€™re into our second year in SE Asia, and ready for a change of scenery.

re: malaria - weโ€™re just extra cautious because weโ€™re doing this with kidsโ€ฆ so if the โ€œpowers that beโ€ recommend anti-malarials, weโ€™ll take them. Did that for 3 weeks in Cambodia, and we all tolerated it just fine, but I donโ€™t want to be somewhere that itโ€™s recommended for 10 months is allโ€ฆ :slight_smile:

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@levelsio | 5yr

Both Mexico and Panama seem to have OK internet:

http://testmy.net/country/pa

Panama is 4mbps, Mexico is 10mbps average download.

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Thanks for the info! Iโ€™m glad that at least Iโ€™ve got lots of time to research this hehe

We really want to check out central Americaโ€ฆ but gotta find a home base with awesome internet.

Whatโ€™s worked well for us in SE Asia is to rent a place for long enough that we can sign up for whatever is the fastest locally available internet (as opposed to getting stuck in short-term rentals where all you get is the typical slow speed internet).

Hoping we can do likewise in Mexico or Panamaโ€ฆ would love to know if anyone else has done this. :grinning:

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@levelsio | 5yr

Malaria is hardly a risk in Panama, see http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/central-america/panama/panama-malaria-map.aspx

Iโ€™m in Colombia, which supposedly is a risk zone, and even here itโ€™s hardly a risk if you stay in the cities.

I wouldnโ€™t be too scared of it.

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True, the risk isnโ€™t major, but at some times of the year, my understanding is that malaria prophylaxis is recommended in certain areas.

http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/country_table/p.html

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Know Mexico City?

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Medellin, Bogota or Panama? Any recommendations on a 6 month stay with the intent of learning spanish and running an ecommerce business(good wifi)?

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Hey guys!

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