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What's the best surf spots in California or South America?


in Cali, Colombia by @rynesweeney | 3yr  | 8 comments

I am currently living in Medellin until February. I want to find some of people favorite spots for surfing and community. I have heard Nicaragua and Guatemala have many options.

Multiple one month or more stays in countries below the US (CA, SA, Caribbean as all?). Spanish isnโ€™t a problem. Safety, internet, and surf are priorities. Ive heard good things about Panama and CR but they amount of gringos currently in these places is sort of a turn off (Im a gringoโ€ฆbut that is my preference). Budget is sub $1500/month.

Thank you for the suggestions!

Ryne

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@rynesweeney | 3yr

Yeah i was in Mexico this year during spring time and some parts were pretty muggy. Getting the CA earlier is a priority. Each place we will stay will be for about a month so ill book April soon to get that locked up. I didnt think of Semana Santa. Thanks for the heads up.

Ill have to look at CR again. Your suggestion is what Im interested in and if CR can do that pretty easily i would love it. There are lots of things to see/do there.

Thanks everyone for the input!

Ryne

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@lightmotif | 3yr

I spent February-April in Cocles, just south of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica, a couple years back โ€“ there is surfing there and around, it has a diverse population (not too Gringo-touristy) and it would fit your budget. I had great Internet (a software developer rented my place before me). Just beware if youโ€™re staying anywhere in Latin America over Semana Santa (Easter week) you might run into availability problems, so youโ€™re being smart to investigate now. However, I showed up and found a place on the spot โ€“ as long as youโ€™re booking for several months you should be OK. Anyway, this area is the Caribbean and jungle, so fairly humid, but in Feb. youโ€™d be hitting the nicest and driest season. It is paradise โ€“ the wildlife is amazing, right out your back yard. Howler monkeys in trees just a few meters away were my morning alarm. I loved it there.

Itโ€™s interesting to read about folksโ€™ Nicaragua experiences though โ€“ I didnโ€™t make it there, just to the border a couple of times. I heard it was less safe than CR, but didnโ€™t really investigate. Thanks for sharing.

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@petersanchez | 3yr

Iโ€™m not a fan of CR myself (too touristy) but Iโ€™m a huge fan of Nicaragua! Same landscape, people, food, etc. as CR, and about 1/2 the cost. $1500/mo there will be more than enough. The surf is great in CR but itโ€™s packed with gringoโ€™s, as you mentioned. Nica has slowly started to develop some of that but itโ€™s a long ways off. There are still plenty of breaks where youโ€™ll be alone in the water (or maybe with a few other people)

Nica is extremely safe. Safer than even CR I believe. Gangs / drugs are not the problem there that they are to the north of the country. The people are extremely warm and friendly.

Internet is OK. Honestly itโ€™s slow. A good connection is about 10mbps but a lot of beach hostels, etc. will be a bit slower. I routinely work from the coasts of Nica, hold skype/hangout/slack meetings, etc. Itโ€™s fine, but if I were to try and download huge files, Iโ€™d probably pull my hair out.

I admit Iโ€™m a bit biased. I love Nica, travel there 4/5 times per year, do business there, and have become a legal resident there (mostly for business purposes). However because of this Iโ€™m super familiar with the country. Avoid San Juan del Sur (gringoโ€™s) and you should be in store for a pretty authentic experience.

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@rynesweeney | 3yr

Thanks! This is pretty much exactly what i am looking for. Safe, mellow, slow, surf, and cheap. Ill invest more tim in nicaragua.

Thanks!

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@jessicaliske | 3yr

Any places in Nic you would recommend?!

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@petersanchez | 3yr

Yea. Iโ€™m a big fan of Popoyo. There are lots of nice places around and about 12
world class surf breaks to the north and south of it. Down in Guasacate (main
"strip" near by) there are a bunch of restaurants, hostels, etc. as well. To
the south, and north of San Juan Del Sur (SJDS), is Marsella and Maderas. There
are a bunch of beautiful beaches around the city of SJDS. SJDS itself is full
of immigrants (aka, ex-pats), and it definitely has a frat boy feel to it. Not
my favorite town but there is a lot of options there and has a night life going
on as well.

To the north, Leon is a very old colonial city and full of college kids. Itโ€™s
more of an intellectual type of town with lots of coffee shops, late night
dance parties, etc. The beach is only 20 minutes away which is nice because it
is HOT there.

Basically the pacific side of the country is one beautiful beach after the next
all the way across the country. The caribbean side I havenโ€™t explored as much
but the Corn islands are beautiful.

The capital Managua is a sprawling city and fairly dirty. I personally love the
capital but I know most people who visit it do not. It reminds me of home (LA)
in that itโ€™s sprawled out, has horrible traffic, and a bit grimey with very
nice pockets scattered here and there. A lot of night life and great
restaurants. For some reason itโ€™s not scored very well on this site but itโ€™s
very safe. Use common sense like anywhere else in the world. Watch your cell
phone. Never leave it on the table away from you for even 10 seconds. It will
be stolen. But thatโ€™s the rule in any poor country really.

Hope you enjoy Nica!

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@simonl | 3yr

Hey, I posted something similar here you may want to check out.

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@rynesweeney | 3yr

That sounds cool. Maybe not my vibe tho. Im not a big smoker and the fewer people the better. I would really dig the option to camp on the beach or go witout seeing someone for a few days if possible. CR could be too busy for me nowadays

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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.

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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.

Here are the cities Iโ€™m considering:

  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
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  • Cartagena, Columbia
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The most important things Iโ€™m looking for:

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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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Planning ahead for the winter. Iโ€™ll be in Spain in the Fall and want to go someplace warm for the winter in or near Europe, but not Schengen. Was first thinking Cape Town, but the internet is slow and it is very far. Was also thinking:
Israel - but airbnb listings are very pricey.
Morocco?
Turkey - maybe a little chilly.

Any other suggestions?

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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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What's the best CRM/system for managing remote work opportunities?


by @panoramica | 1yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

Iโ€™m currently doing some work through Upwork, but itโ€™s sporadic and Iโ€™m keen to get more active on other platforms like Freelancer, Toptal, CodeMentor, Fiverr etc

Currently Iโ€™m managing leads in a Google sheet. Basically itโ€™s just a list of projects I pitched for, how much I bid, what I did differently from the last pitch/bid, how much time went by before I got a offered a job etc.

Iโ€™m not actively following up anybody, and Iโ€™ve in fact โ€˜lostโ€™ a few jobs where the client was keen, but then disappeared without a trace. I guess I need to keep in touch with those people to ensure that they remain focussed on our agreementโ€ฆ

Iโ€™m also keen to take on more small projects concurrently, without dropping the ball on any of them.

Iโ€™ve done a quick Google and turned up a few names including Salesforce, Zoho, Nutshell, HighRise, Base, Nimble, etc etc. But testing out all these products isnโ€™t all that appealing, so I thought Iโ€™d ask here first :slight_smile:

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Proposal building & tracking

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by @octave | 1yr 1 year ago | 63 comments

I have an commerce website. We get around 1000 orders per month and this is going to get quite a bit bigger in next few years.

I am British. I live in Thailand.
Im not allowed to majority own a Thai business and small foreign entrepreneurs are not really welcome. So i need an offshore company.

I need PayPal and an ecommerce internet merchant account. Also looking at alternatives like worldpay. 2checkout etc

Does PayPal need me to be a resident to the country i register my account to? Are there complications being a non resident to get other payment solutions?

Apparently in Hong Kong you need 2 years trading history to get an Internet Mechant Account and they generally turn their noses up at those with less than $1m(us) a year turn over. Singapore seems a bit easier.

I really want to avoid paperwork and book keeping. I hate it.

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Most nomads i see donโ€™t really have a high volume of small monthly transactions which i do. Im going around in circles and donโ€™t know where to start.

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by @jb510 | 1yr 1 year ago | 106 comments

The last few years Iโ€™ve spent mostly in Asia (Thailand/Indonesia) and Europe (Spain/Italy), but I run a company in the US and need to coordinate with 10 US based employees and business partners. The time zone issues between EU/US and SEA/US are exhausting even if I love the locales.

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by @madsn_ | 2yr 1 year ago | 20 comments

Nomad-to-be here, wondering about destinations that offer a good mix of:

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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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Iโ€™m a South African about to become a Nomad next year. I will still be employed by a South African company and receive a salary into my FNB bank account monthly.

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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:

thanks!

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Hey guys โ€” Iโ€™m looking for the best cheap places to be a digital nomad in Central and South America. Priority list: 1) cheap 2) social 3) strong internet. Iโ€™m in debt and need to cut my cost of living as low as possible. But hey, I still have to live it up. THanks!

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What do you guys use for call and sms forwarding?

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by @mike2381 | 2yr 2 years ago | 31 comments

Anyone been to some nice spots for surfing that have fast internet and coworking offices in SEA?

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by @skarabox | 3yr 2 years ago | 9 comments

Hello everyone, I usually carry my laptop in my day backpack, walk around the town in my home country (Poland) and work in coffee shops / shopping centers, other quiet places I find or like.

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I prefer to travel by a city communication than taxis and like to walk around too, but my concern is that I will get blatantly robbed with a gun or knife in a side street and lose my whole backpack with a laptop.

If anyone living in those cities could share their experience about how likely this situation is to occur, as obviously being white and foreign will make me stand out in the first place.

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by @jakegibson | 3yr 2 years ago | 9 comments

I landed a remote job that is fully remote with only one team skype meeting a week. Iโ€™m looking to leave around March 13th and stay 1 - 3 months in each place. The first place I want somewhere that is warm with good surf. For the group video chat I need at least 5/2 down/up reliable internet. Any recommendations for a place that meets that end of March - April?

Iโ€™ve read through the forums / nomads list. Iโ€™ve already done Costa Rica and Indo and would like to try somewhere new. Currently looking at Sayuliata Mexico, Canary Islands, and Morocco though I think Iโ€™ll wait on the second two since they sound like they are better in the fall.

Thanks!

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What's the weirdest thing you travel with?

 

by @gigigriffis | 3yr 2 years ago | 21 comments

I was thinking about packing today and Iโ€™m curious: whatโ€™s the weirdest thing you guys have in your bags? Nomads are, by nature, minimalists, but Iโ€™m sure we all do it differently. I have a friend who travels with BASE jumping gear, another a sequin dress. So, whatโ€™s the most unusual thing in your bag?

Mine is probably that I travel with a dog.

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What's the standard salary for a designer in Germany?


in Germany by @nchow119 | 3yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Hi everyone,

I was wondering what the annual base salary for a full time junior to mid designer would be in either Frankfurt(Main) or Hamburg, Germany.

Thanks,
Natalia!

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