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Best 5 Cities in Mexico for Remote Workers

If your job allows you to work from anywhere in the world, you should consider moving to Mexico! With its delicious food, beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and affordable living, Mexico is an ideal country for remote workers, like online English teachers! If you haven’t read LatinHire’s article about why you should move to Mexico in 2022, click here to check it out.

Now Mexico is a pretty big country with large distinctions across its cities, so where should you live? Here are five amazing cities to consider if you plan on moving to Mexico! 

#1: Puerto Vallarta
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Puerto Vallarta has been an expat haven for the past few decades. With its gorgeous beaches, wide array of water activities, and extravagant nightlife, there’s always something exciting to do. Along the beach is a six-mile boardwalk lined with plenty of international restaurants and bars facing the ocean. 

Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the friendliest and safest cities in Mexico. You can easily find any conveniences you may need and the transportation is efficient. There’s a large international airport that allows you to take direct flights to the U.S. or Canada. 

The medical care in Puerto Vallarta is top quality with many world-class medical facilities and specialist care. Although Puerto Vallarta is one of the more expensive cities in Mexico, it’s still significantly a lot cheaper than living in the US or Canada. A couple can live comfortably on $2000USD/month.

#2: San Miguel de Allende
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If you’re more into small towns with an artistic vibe, then San Miguel de Allende may be the place for you. This charming town is painted with pretty, pastel colors and filled with baroque Spanish architecture. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, structures all around the town retain their original, historic appearance. About 10% of the population are expats, so you can get by easily with English. 

San Miguel de Allende has a thriving art scene as you’ll find plenty of traditional arts and craft shops and local homemade items. The artistic nature of this town also extends into live theater, musical performances, art galleries, and many more. It attracts artists and musicians from all over the world.

Its temperate climate makes San Miguel de Allende a very comfortable place to live, with warm days and cool nights. With this pleasant climate, there’s no need for air conditioning or heat, which saves a lot on electric bills. Costs of living in general are quite low. A couple can live well on $1500USD/month. 

#3: Cities around Lake Chapala
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Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake and there is a vibrant expat community living around it. Two cities sitting north of the lake, Chapala and Ajijic, are great choices for expats as they’re an hour drive to Guadalajara, which gives you close access to an international airport as well as anything you need. 

Chapala and Ajijic offer slightly different lifestyles, although the two towns are located fairly close (30-minute drive). Ajijic has a larger expat population, so if you’re a social person, you can find lots of activities to fill up all your free time. On the contrary, Chapala has a more Mexican feel,so if you’d like a more local experience, this would be a better choice. 

Around Lake Chapala, the climate is near perfect, with daily temperatures at around 25 degrees Celsius year round. The medical and dental care is fantastic and inexpensive. A doctor visit can be as low as $15USD. For a couple, living on $1700USD/month is enough to live comfortably here.

#4: Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen is a Mexican tropical paradise with breathtaking scenery at every turn and delicious food and fun activities everywhere. It offers various activities for tourists which you’ll be able to enjoy on a frequent basis, like scuba diving, snorkeling, ziplining, cenotes (freshwater hidden swimming holes), etc. It’s a walkable city and has a small town feel while being close to the beach.

Playa del Carmen is in close proximity to anything an expat may need and it’s a lot cheaper than living in Cancun. Being close to various hotspot destinations like Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres, living in Playa del Carmen can provide you easy access to those places with a day or overnight trip. 

There are many coworking spaces, coffee shops that are great for working and meeting new people. You can certainly get by with English in Playa del Carmen. There’s a gorgeous pedestrian-only street where you have access to a variety of restaurants, bars and shops. Playa del Carmen is a bit more expensive and not as culturally rich as other parts of Mexico. Costs for a couple can be around $2500USD/month.

#5: Guanajuato
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If you’re looking for a city where you can immerse yourself in local Mexican culture and practice your Spanish, then Guanajuato might be the right choice for you. This beautiful city is full of color and is one of the most culturally active places in Mexico. There are many museums throughout with various performance spaces where you can see an orchestra or live theater. 

With a small expat presence and a university, Guanajuato has a more local and young vibe than the other four cities on the list. The University of Guanajuato makes up 10% of the city’s population, so the students keep the city youthful and lively. The weather is moderate, reaching as low as 5 degrees Celsius in the winters to 27 degrees Celsius in the summer. A couple can live comfortably on $1500USD/month here.

Which of these cities would you like to live in? Are there other Mexican cities that you’d put on the list? Share them in the comments below! 

Ellier Leng
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