Life as Digital Nomad in Puerto Escondido
by Josien - 22 Jun, 2020
Puerto Escondido, a small beach town on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. A location well known by Mexicans to spend their holidays, but outside the borders of Mexico, not many people have heard from this place. I spend 3 months in this town and will tell you all about the pros and cons of life as a digital nomad in Puerto Escondido
Pro 1: Surf’s up!
Although I wasn’t here during the BIG surf season (Jan – Mar), there was still surf! Puerto Escondido is located right at the “Mexican Pipeline” and has a few great spots to surf. The main surf beaches are La Punta, a point break which is great for beginners during the low season and Zicatela, which is only for experienced surfers. During high season waves get REAL and you can only be in the water if you seriously know what you’re doing.
But there is more to do then just surf, so a digital nomad in Puerto Escondido won’t get bored fast. Read about the top 10 things to do in Puerto Escondido!
Pro 2: Endless beaches and warm weather year-round
One of my personal necessities when searching for my next destination: warm weather. I like the heat more than the cold. Puerto Escondido has the perfect weather in January till March: I haven’t seen rain and not extremely humid. At night it can get a bit cold, but that’s actually nice.
The beach is endless, they offer great shelter for sea turtles to lay eggs and if you go for a walk you feel like you have the entire beach to yourself. Tip: go climb the rocks behind La Punta and find “the hole in the rock” at sunset. Amazing views!
Pro 3: There is Selina Coworking
A digital nomad in Puerto Escondido needs a place to work from with great wifi, but most hostels don’t have the best internet. But Selina Co-Working offers a great place to work from! With a hostel, pool, bar, and restaurant it offers everything you need for a productive workday. Even better: it’s located right at the beach on the boulevard of Zicatela. Shops, restaurants, and bars all around you. Hmmm, maybe not the best for your productive workday… 😉
Pro 4: Great community for a digital nomad in Puerto Escondido
We haven’t met that many ex-pats in this town, but we did find a great group of remote workers spending a few weeks/months in Puerto Escondido. All met through the co-working and via the nomad network that we build up over the years. After a few weeks, we had 40 people in our WhatsApp group, and every day we played beach volleyball with 20 people after work.
Also, the local community has a warm welcoming vibe around them. It’s safe (if you’re streetwise) and friendly and people great you in the streets. The level of English among the Mexicans in Puerto Escondido is not that great, but if you speak a few words of Spanish, you should be fine!
Read about my top 10 restaurants in Puerto Escondido!
Pro 5: Hidden Natural Gems
Every location has it’s own charm with waterfalls, jungle, and a horseback riding experience, but there are not many that can say they have a bioluminescence lagoon or that you can skydive right above the surfers’ beach at sunset! An absolute highlight of our time spent in Puerto Escondido.
Con 1: Internet speed
If there is one thing that is important to a digital nomad in Puerto Escondido, it would be the internet. Besides Selina Co-Working we only found one other hostel that offered internet that was good enough to work with. So don’t expect your Airbnb or hostel to have the best internet in Puerto Escondido. We recommend to bring your own hotspot and/or tether from your mobile phone.
Con 2: Not as cheap as you might think
Don’t get me wrong, Puerto Escondido is still a cheap destination compared to the rest of the world, but it’s not as dirt cheap as Asia. The average price for a modern 1 bedroom apartment is $ 750 USD per month. And that apartment might not have hot water and the internet will probably be a disappointment. Hostels ask easily $ 40 a night.
The best thing to do as digital nomad in Puerto Escondido: rent a house with multiple rooms and rent rooms out to friends and other nomads. You will save a bunch and make friends for life! Airbnb is always a good source, but a lot of places are being rented out by word-of-mouth or even Facebook groups. Networking is key to find your paradise in paradise 😉
I happy to tell you that food is cheap here. For $ 7 you have a great Thai meal or pizza in La Punta and if you go to the local taco spots you’ll pay $ 4 for your taco’s.
For groceries: the little tiendas and frutas y verduras have a lot to offer for cheap prices too.
Con 3: Too many speed bumps
Ok, this is me just looking for things to complain about, cause Puerto Escondido has everything going for it. But the speed bumps… as I drove around town on my moped, it was kinda annoying to slow down every 20 seconds. It’s to keep the town safe, which is absolutely great, but yeah… I like driving fast I guess.
Con 4: Mosquitos.
They love me, mosquitos. Not a day goes by with less than 5 bites, mostly on my ankles. Puerto Escondido is the entire year around 30C degrees and the humidity makes it that mosquitos love this piece of paradise too. On top of that, there is a river nearby and the town is surrounded by lagoons. So there will be mosquitos year-round.
What to do? Go to Moringa or Canela (local shops) and get that organic mosquito spray. I promise you will smell very nice and mosquitos stay away.