Mexico - For DNs - For Digital Nomads

All you need to know about working remotely from Mexico

The good

  • Warm and welcoming people
  • Diverse and beautiful natural environments (beaches, forests, ruins)
  • Cost of living is fairly low
  • Public transports
  • Lastly the food

The bad

  • The language barrier for people that do not know Spanish
  • A stable internet connection can be hard to find in some places

Connectivity

Hish speed internet access in Mexico is available in most of the major cities, through different options (ADSL, cable and 4G). However, rural parts of Mexico are stil struggling to have a steady internet connection. The most popular internet services provider is TelMex and TelCel is go-to option for maximum 4G coverage across the country.

Visas and documentation

All the informations needed are on the wiki link just below:

Where to work

As Mexico became more open to tourists, expats from around the world and also local entrepreneurs and free-lancers, working spots have grown considerable as this article from Mexico City Streets shows.

Coworking spaces

Here’s a list of our favorites coworking spaces:

Cyber-cafés

Same thing can be said about cyber cafés which have seen an outstanding growth over the last 10 years but not for the same reasons. A massive national plan was made back in 2014 to help people living in poor areas to access internet on a regular basis. Acoording to this article from Apolitical, 68% of the Mexican population didn’t get to access their online bank account and job opportunities.

Tech stuff

Power plug types

Like most countries in North and Central America, you will find type A and type B electrical sockets:

Laptop & phone repair

Language

The most spolen language is of course Spanish or more precisely Mexican Spanish, followed by Nahuatl which you’ll hear in central parts of Mexico and lastly English (spoken by approximatively 2 millions people)

When to visit

The time of visit is going to depend a lot on the region you’re visiting. Overall, from December to April is the dry season, where the crowd is at its peak. Rainy season starts roughly from June and goes till mid-October. Technically, up to this point and through November is a great time to visit the country.

Food

Widely known around the worl for their succulent appetizers like tacos, and their usage of corn, bean, avocados and tomatoes, Mexican food is even more rich than you would imagine.

Make sure during your trip, to test some of these dishes.

Accomodation

Coliving, Airbnb & Hotels

Video

Here’s a video from Daneger & Stacey talking more in depth about the cost of living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico:

Info on the main cities

Aguascalientes

  • 3.64 Mbps average download speed
  • 4.29 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,000 per month
  • Steppe climate
  • English friendly

Cabo San Lucas

  • 8.38 Mbps average download speed
  • 4.68 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,223 per month
  • Tropical desert climate
  • English friendly

Cancun

  • 3.16 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.93 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$639 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Cozumel

  • 9.3 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.9 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,123 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Guadalajara

  • 4.55 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.71 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$567 per month
  • Subtropical climate
  • English friendly

Guanajuato

  • 2.78 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.99 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,154 per month
  • Subtropical highland climate
  • A little bit of English

Hermosillo

  • 15.9 Mbps average download speed
  • 5.1 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$854 per month
  • Desert climate
  • English friendly

Isla Mujeres

  • 3.6 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.2 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,736 per month
  • Hot and humid climate
  • A little bit of English

Juarez

  • 6.11 Mbps average download speed
  • 8.14 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,165 per month
  • Desert climate
  • English friendly

Merida

  • 2.97 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.59 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$938 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • A little bit of climate

Mexicali

  • 4.24 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.80 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$742 per month
  • Subtropical desert climate
  • English friendly

Mexico City

  • 33.58 Mbps average download speed
  • 12.09 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$824 per month
  • Subtropical climate
  • English friendly

Monterrey

  • 21.3 Mbps average download speed
  • 9.8 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,175 per month
  • Subtropical climate
  • English friendly

Oaxaca

  • 2.06 Mbps average download speed
  • 0.61 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$559 per month
  • Subtropical climate
  • A little bit of English

Playa del Carmen

  • 4.88 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.05 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$965 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Puebla

  • 3.42 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.81 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$632 per month
  • Subtropical climate
  • English friendly

Puerto Escondido

  • 4.3 Mbps average download speed
  • 0.9 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,255 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Puerto Vallarta

  • 15.9 Mbps average download speed
  • 13.53 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$989 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Queretaro

  • 3.25 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.16 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$918 per month
  • Semi-arid climate
  • A little bit of English

San Cristóbal de las Casas

  • 36.1 Mbps average download speed
  • 10.2 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,219 per month
  • Oceanic climate
  • English friendly

San Luis Potosí

  • 4.31 Mbps average download speed
  • 5.25 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$575 per month
  • Arid subtropical
  • English friendly

San Miguel de Allende

  • 18.2 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.1 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$900 per month
  • Semi-arid climate
  • English friendly

Sayulita

  • 7.95 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.43 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G slightly covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,280 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly

Tijuana

  • 5.89 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.81 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$2,031 per month
  • Arid subtropical climate
  • English friendly

Toluca

  • 16.2 Mbps average download speed
  • 5.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$828 per month
  • Oceanic subtropical highland climate
  • English friendly

Torreon

  • 9.73 Mbps average download speed
  • 12.09 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,518 per month
  • Tropical and subtropical desertic climate
  • English friendly

Tulum

  • 5.8 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.2 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,775 per month
  • Tropical climate
  • English friendly