As travel restrictions are lifted and countries worldwide open up again for visitors, you might wonder which beaches are best to work remotely. The beauty of remote working is that you can work from anywhere, be that your home office, a co-working space, or while you soak up the rays (with sunscreen!) and listen to the sound waves lapping at the shore.
If you’ve ever fantasized about working from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and want to make that a reality, here are our top eight best beaches to work remotely from.
1. Brades in Montserrat
Part of the Leeward Islands, and a British Overseas Territory, Montserrat is a breathtaking Caribbean island.
Brades is located at the island’s northeastern edge and is the current de facto capital after Plymouth was abandoned after having been buried by a volcano.
If you’re looking for the archetypal white sand, blue sky, and sea, then Brades is definitely worth considering. There is access to high-speed internet across the island with speeds of up to 20 Mbps, and 3G coverage.
With monthly rent at around $900 in an expensive area and estimated monthly outgoings for a single person of £1,168, you can see why digital nomads are interested in Brades. No visa is required if you’re from the UK. Otherwise, you can stay for 90 days.
2. Zadar in Croatia
Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, regaining its own identity as a country.
Modern Croatia is known as the crossroads between central and southeast Europe and is an emerging economy, currently scoring ‘very high’ on the Human Development Index.
Zadar is a coastal city on the Adriatic Sea that combines ancient ruins with modern development and, of course, a stunning beach where Alfred Hitchcock once viewed what he described as the world’s best sunset. Three major networks cover Zada, with excellent 5G coverage available from T-Mobile.
Upscale rent comes in at just under $700 a month, with a single person’s cost of living estimated at just over $1,100 per month. You can stay for 90 days without a Visa.
3. Taghazout in Morocco
If surfing is your thing, the Moroccan fishing village of Taghazout is a great destination. It a powerful point break is known as ‘Killer Point.´
If barrel waves are more your thing, then head over to Anchor Point or enjoy the natural jacuzzi effect of fresh water bubbling up through the rocks at La Source.
Morocco is the westernmost country in North Africa and borders both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic; it’s the latter that provides the epic surfing in Taghazout. It’s not just the waves that are great in the area; it’s one of the few places in Morocco where you can get reliable internet connectivity.
Monthly rent will set you back around $750, and outgoings around $1,000. No Visa is required for up to 90 days.
4. Goa in India
The seventh largest country in the world, the Republic of India is home to more than 1.4 billion people, with the most common languages being Hindi and English.
Goa sits on its southwestern coast, with daily mean temperatures that very rarely dip below 80℉.
Known worldwide for its amazing cuisine, enjoy Goa’s beautiful white sand beaches, dip your toes in the Arabian Sea, and end the night eating a spectacular fish curry. Vodaphone is your best bet for a reliable mobile internet connection.
The rent of an upscale apartment will be around $675, and expenses are estimated at $750 per month. You will need a Visa to travel to India.
5. Santa Barbara in the USA
With seven different beaches, Santa Barbara can provide a different working view every day of the week.
Whether you want to chill out, join a game of beach volleyball, or enjoy a cocktail at the end of the working day, then there are locations for you.
California has long been a destination for nomads of all kinds, and that has impacted the culture, making it an open-minded and artist-friendly state. You won’t have any issues finding good mobile internet or using wifi at bars and restaurants.
The average rent in Santa Barbara will set you back around $2,500 per month. A Visa is required.
6. Antigua and Barbuda
Two separate islands, one nation.
We’re back in the Caribbean to give you the choice of two beautiful islands to set up your away-from-home office.
With 95 miles of white sand beaches to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to find a quiet spot if that’s what you prefer, or enjoy the ambiance of a busier spot like Dickenson Bay.
There’s even this handy quiz to help you decide which beach is right for you. Wherever you go you can expect to be able to connect to the internet via LTE Mobile internet.
Your hypothetical apartment would cost around $1700 a month, with the cost of living for one over $2,000, and you will need a tourist visa.
7. Sandymouth in the United Kingdom
Golden sand, rugged cliffs, and rock pools combine to make this one of the best beaches in Cornwall, a county that enjoys a warmer climate than the rest of the country.
If you’ve read or seen the recent TV series, Poldark, you’ll probably be familiar with some of Cornwall’s history, and there are still plenty of historical sites to visit, including the famous Tintagel Castle of King Arthur fame.
If you’re a surfer, then you might prefer to head to Fistral beach, which is the UK’s answer to Bondi. Wherever you go, you’ll have excellent mobile data coverage and plenty of options for free wifi at bars and restaurants.
The average rent in Cornwall is between $600 and $1200 a month. A Visa is necessary.
8. Noord in Aruba
Noord is the Dutch word for North, which is where this area is located on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Palm Beach is the most popular for tourists and is well served by bars and restaurants. If you prefer kiteboarding, then head to Fishermen’s Huts, or for snorkeling, there is Malmok and Boca Catalina.
Given its popularity, Aruba isn’t one of the cheapest options on the list, with rent in the region of $1700 and the cost of living estimated to be almost $2,500 for one person. Stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. You may want to add the cost of Wi-Fi Aruba to your bill, which is $70 for the month.
Top 5 Tips for Working Remotely on the Beach
As idyllic as it sounds, working on the beach isn’t without its challenges. Here are some of our top tips for making the most of your new beach office.
1. Pack a solar charger
If you want to make sure you can get a full working day at the office, the chances are you will need to charge your phone, laptop, or earbuds at some point. A solar charger can help turn the rays into charge, sparing you from having to leave the beach in search of a socket.
Beachfront locations don’t tend to be the cheapest places to grab a drink or a snack, so make sure that you pack plenty to keep you going over the course of the day.
Even if you’re going to stick to the shade, those rays will be bouncing around the place. Make sure that you protect yourself from sunburn and the other negative effects of UV rays.
Your beach neighbors might not mind listening to your tunes, but if you’re hopping on conference calls, then earbuds are a must. If you’re easily distracted, noise-canceling headphones might help you concentrate.
5. Lock up your belongings
If you don’t want to have to take your laptop and bag with you to the bathroom every time you leave the beach, then you’ll need a secure option to store them. Safego is a portable safe with a steel cable that you can wrap around something solid and a combination lock to keep your items secure.
Just some of the Best Beaches to Work Remotely
We picked eight, but there are many more beautiful beaches around the world that make the perfect spot to hang out and do some work.
Notable mentions go to Lagos in Portugal, Australia’s Gold Coast, and we hope it will soon be safe to travel to Odesa in Ukraine to enjoy the fabulous beaches there. In the meantime, we hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your next beach-office location. Don’t forget the sunscreen.