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Why The Mexican Caribbean Is Becoming One Of The Top Spots For Digital Nomads Worldwide

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The digital nomad lifestyle keeps gaining traction, with an estimated 35 million remote workers as of August 2023.

Mexico currently tops the list of digital nomad destinations, closely followed by Thailand and Indonesia.

Considering that the Mexican Caribbean ranks as the country’s most sought-after tourist hotspot, it’s no surprise that digital nomads are increasingly drawn to this tropical haven.

Digital nomad by the beach

These compelling statistics haven’t escaped the attention of the Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo (Sedetur), who is actively working to position the state as a leading global destination for digital nomads.

In a groundbreaking partnership with Coparmex (the Mexican Employers Association), Sedetur has recently unveiled the Be Nomad certification program.

This certification will be awarded to establishments like hotels, restaurants, and coworking spaces who provide top-notch services tailored to the needs of remote workers, such as high-speed internet and comfortable workspaces.

Best of all, the Be Nomad certification will be free for the establishments, making it a win-win for both digital nomads and the local businesses that cater to them.

Woman with laptop

This initiative is just one piece of the puzzle in a series of developments that aim to transform the Mexican Caribbean into the ultimate digital nomad-friendly destination.

So, let’s explore how the region has positioned itself as one of the top choices among digital nomads and the reasons behind its irresistible allure.

The Mexican Caribbean’s Digital Transformation

While the digital nomad lifestyle’s popularity had been on the rise for a few years, the pandemic marked a turning point in the trend’s popularity.

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Digital nomad on hammock

Currently, Mexico is home to over 1.6 million Americans, many of whom arrived in the country post-pandemic due to its comparatively relaxed travel and lockdown regulations. 

This number is not surprising given that American citizens account for approximately 51% of all digital nomads worldwide.

The Mexican Caribbean’s hospitality and tourism industry went through a significant one due to the pandemic, with a focus on increasing the number of coworking spaces, offering workation services, and long-stay packages.

And the strategy worked like a charm.

Woman with laptop by the pool

Since March 2020, coworking spaces in Cancun and Playa del Carmen experienced more than 400% growth.

Several hotels now offer workation rooms equipped with high-speed internet, office equipment, access to a fully equipped kitchen, nearby socializing spaces, amenities, and local experiences at affordable prices.

And with the recent introduction of high-speed public WiFi in Cancun’s renowned beach Playa Delfines, and plans to introduce two more antennas at Tulum and Playa del Carmen, the region’s allure to digital nomads will undoubtedly increase.

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Why Digital Nomads Love The Mexican Caribbean

Beyond the convenience of affordable coworking and accommodation services, what sets the Mexican Caribbean apart as a top choice for digital nomads is its abundant natural, cultural, and culinary attractions.

In popular digital nomad towns like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, you’ll find some of the Mexican Caribbean’s most stunning beaches, all conveniently located near most coworking spaces. 

Not to mention the lush tropical surroundings of these areas, which add a refreshing touch of nature to your work environment.

A laptop in the Mexican Caribbean used by a digital nomad

Instead of the sterile atmosphere of a traditional office cubicle, coworking spaces in Mexican Caribbean towns offer a laid-back and casual experience. 

Most of these spaces are situated near vibrant restaurants and bars, providing the perfect opportunity for relaxation and unwinding after a productive workday.

Just imagine a lunch break in which you can indulge in some of the best fish tacos and a refreshing tropical drink while gazing at impressive seaside views. Not too shabby!

Moreover, the legendary nightlife of these popular hubs, with numerous nightclubs and bars, adds an exciting social dimension to the digital nomad experience.

Bars on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen with people sitting at tables having a good time.

And in their spare time, digital nomads can embark on an exploration of fascinating attractions such as cenotes, Mayan archeological zones, or simply the area’s shopping malls and artisan shops.

So, with the perfect combination of affordability, natural and cultural attractions, and the increasing array of services tailored to digital nomads, the Mexican Caribbean’s growing popularity in this sector really comes as no surprise. 

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