According to Nomad List, Mexico is the fastest-growing remote work hub. Cities such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum are on top of the list, with a 2021 growth rate above 100%. The main reason is that Mexico is one of the countries with the least COVID-19 restrictions, transforming it into an oasis for tourists.
As companies implemented remote work arrangements because of the pandemic, people, besides working from home, started looking for a different lifestyle. Some of them moved from the city to quieter areas, and others started looking for places to work and travel.
Mexico: Remote Workers New Spot
As not every country is allowing tourists, digital nomads started traveling to the places with the least restrictions. And among them, they find the Mexican paradise, particularly four cities: Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Mexico City. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mexico was the third most visited country in 2020.
Nomad List tracks the movement of thousands of digital nomads across the globe to spot the new places that are trending and the best ones to live and work remotely. The destinations are ranked by growth rates of check-ins made by the members using live data.
These are the top remote work hubs and their growth between 2019-2020-2021:
City – Country 2019 2020 2021 Cancun, Mexico +16% +22% +157% Playa del Carmen, Mexico -26% +38% +116% Tulum, Mexico -7% +32% +102 Tenerife, Spain +57% +77% +81% Miami, U.S. +19% +15% +80% Dubai, United Arab Emirates +10% +11% +69% Mexico City, Mexico +35% +17% +61% Medellin, Colombia +24% +12% +55% Las Palmas, Spain -43% +53% +54% Denver, U.S. +63% -2% +52%
Remote working will only continue to increase, and therefore, with time more countries will provide flexible options for digital nomads. At the moment some of the countries who are offering remote working visas are Anguilla (UK territory), Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Costa Rica, Dubai, Mexico, Australia and Germany.