Guadeloupe is a cluster of islands in the French Caribbean, relatively new on the digital nomad scene. This tropical paradise is far from being the best place for a digital nomad, but you can still get the job done with a little effort. Since Guadeloupe belongs to France, you will require a visa to stay and work on the islands the same as you would in the EU. If you are getting ready for your first Guadeloupe adventure, here is a travel vlog to help you out:
You won’t find many coworking spaces in Guadeloupe, and sometimes you will be better off working from your apartment or a hotel room. While Wi-Fi has replaced Internet cafés, Guadeloupe is still having trouble offering quality internet everywhere. Some places (cafés, restaurants, and bars) have free Wi-Fi, but the connection outside coworking spaces is often slow and flaky. Take a look at our suggestions of coworking spaces and cafés you can work from in Guadeloupe.
Le Spot Coworking is the most comfortable place to cowork in Guadeloupe
Le Spot Coworking is the only coworking space in Guadeloupe that has all you need to work comfortably. Located in the popular Baie Mahault zone, this place is full of digital nomads from around the world. The staff is welcoming and will do anything they can to give you everything you need.
We loved the interior design of Le Spot. This is not a big space, but it’s well organized into separate areas, making it look larger. Workstations give you plenty of room to work comfortably even when someone is sitting beside you. Ergonomic chairs and desks are back-savers when you have to put in long hours over your computer.
A soundproof room upstairs has a ring light and is in high demand among the podcast crowd. If you want to stretch your legs or chill in the lounge corner on the upper floor, you can use personal lockers to store your belongings. Le Spot also has a library, so you can borrow something to read during your break. Coffee is free, and you can drink as much as you want since they make several fresh batches during the day. If you want to network, Le Spot organizes events and occasionally hosts TEDx.
€25 per day
€80 per week
€290 per month
100 megabit fiber
Monday–Friday: 9:30 am–6:30 pm
Talent Hub is our least favorite place to cowork in Guadeloupe
Talent Hub is a small coworking space in the Saint Claude commune you can skip when in Guadeloupe. We were invited to meet with some digital nomads here, and we were also hoping to get some work done afterward. That didn’t go as we planned since Talent Hub is great for teams but lousy for individual work.
The coworking space consists of only one room, with a large desk serving as a conference table when needed and a cozy kitchen. Foosball is installed in the corner of the same room, so when someone is playing, the space turns loud and annoying. One standing desk and a cozy couch are the best parts of Talent Hub when it comes to amenities. People and the staff are also great, and you will feel accepted the moment you walk through the door.
€18 per day
€250 per month
100 megabit fiber
Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
Six spots to cowork in Guadeloupe we also liked
Although Guadeloupe is just starting to figure out the coworking scene, it also has wonderful cafés and restaurants with reliable Wi-Fi. Here is one coworking space and other places fine enough to work from:
Le FORT CoWorking Social Hub is a coworking space that appears as though it’s part of a wine cellar. The décor is full of wood and exposed brick, with barrels serving as standing desks, giving this space a familiar coziness.
This space has lots of natural light and expands to a large terrace where you can also work or enjoy a free cup of coffee. Chairs are wooden and hard, so after a couple of hours, you will get stiff and sore. We dealt with this by installing our travel stand desk in the other room and were able to get a lot of work done on our feet. Le FORT is far from perfect, and it will take a while until it’s fully transformed into a coworking space. For now, coffee and company are worth coming here and working for a few hours.
Gelato & Cappuccino Maître Glacier Italien in Sainte Anne
Gelato & Cappuccino Maître Glacier Italien is both a café and an ice-cream shop with decent Wi-Fi to kill a couple of hours. We loved coming here for after-dinner gelato, to finish some minor work. The place is small, with simple wooden furnishing, so we don’t recommend using this spot as your coworking base. It can also get noisy since families with kids frequent this place, so focusing on work may be a challenge.
Café de France is an eatery where we encountered a lot of digital nomads. Tables and chairs are great to spend an afternoon working, although they are far from ideal. If you don’t have anywhere else to work, Café de France has tall tables that can serve as standing desks. To get some privacy and avoid crowds, you can use the seating area behind the half walls. Our advice is to try their freshly squeezed juice — it will give you energy for those demanding tasks you need to do.
Le Thé Penseur is a charming tea shop with comfortable couches and cushioned chairs. We liked coming here in the morning to have breakfast and check our emails before starting any serious work elsewhere. This is a perfect spot to work and have a healthy lunch, although afternoons are the busiest here, so it can get crowded. The good news is that lots of foreigners come here, so it’s a good opportunity for networking.
Désirs du Palais is probably the best pastry and ice-cream shop in Guadeloupe. This was our favorite spot to work on tough tasks since it’s bursting with positive vibes. We didn’t have any problems with the Wi-Fi and even used this place for more demanding tasks. Chair and tables weren’t comfortable enough to stay long, but excellent cakes will make you forget that for a moment.
Cafè des Arts is a Caribbean restaurant with excellent food and internet for both meetings and individual work. Outdoor space is full of plants and overlooking the marina, making this place perfect for those in the creative industry. The chairs and tables are comfortable enough for working, although the internet could be better. You should avoid coming to work here in the evenings since they often have live music, and it’s hard to find a table even just to eat.
Here are other cafés and restaurants to cowork in Guadeloupe:
Your go-to guide for the best (and worst) coworking spaces in Sayulita, Mexico
Sayulita, Mexico, is a true hidden gem of Latin America. Not many people are aware of its natural beauty, the turquoise blue sea, and unspoiled landscapes. But some are starting to take notice and are exploring ways to make the most of their time spent there.
No group of people is as diligent at finding exciting places to visit as digital nomads, and they deem that Sayulita will be the next big thing on the coworking map. Let’s see what this spot has to offer in terms of coworking spaces at this moment.
The only dedicated coworking space in this small coastal town is Sayulita CoWork!
Sayulita CoWork is the first and, so far, the only dedicated coworking space in “Sayu”, as the locals endearingly call this charming coastal town. Another entry on the “Sayolita’s first and only” list is the fiber line internet supported by a battery backup that is available at CoWork. If you are looking for a steady W-Fi connection that will help you get your work done promptly and survive any power outages characteristic of this seaside town, this is the place for you.
The Sayulita CoWork offices are air-conditioned, so you won’t have to worry about coming early and snatching a seat closest to one of the fans. You will be able to work at comfortable room temperatures and forget all about getting your sweaty fingers stuck to the keyboard.
This coworking space is located at the very center of the town, making it close-by to all the best bars, restaurants, and pubs for when you want to take a lunch break or have an after-hours drink. The place is also within walking distance of the beach. In fact, it is only three blocks away, so even if you are a first-time traveler, you won’t have any problems finding your way to Sayulita CoWork!
You have shared hot desks and dedicated desks at your disposal there, as well as a private phone booth. Glass cubicles separate the desks to ensure everybody has their own privacy even in a shared space. At present, Sayulita CoWork doesn’t offer private offices, conference rooms, or event rooms.
If you become a monthly subscriber or a permanent guest, you will be granted a Smart-Entry system, which allows you to use the premises 24/7. The need for that kind of subscription will undoubtedly depend on your personal needs.
If you are a local or planning to move to or live in Sayulita for an extended period, take that option into consideration. If you are visiting this town for a couple of days or weeks, it may be more affordable for you to go for daily or weekly packages. That will also give you the freedom to explore some of the other places that made it on our list.
Sayulita CoWork is not without its flaws. This space doesn’t host any events or meetups for its members, so unless you start chatting with another coworker yourself, you won’t have other options for expanding your network here. The cubicles also offer protection only from view but not sound. You will always be able to hear what is happening in the neighboring cubes. This is not only distracting but also questions the purpose of the cubicles themselves.
Per day: MXN 250 (hot desk)
Per week: MXN 1,250 (hot desk)
Per month: MXN 2,500 (hot desk)
Per day: MXN 400 (dedicated desk)
Per week: MXN 1,850 (dedicated desk)
Per month: MXN 3,500 (dedicated desk)
Per month: MXN 4,000 (dedicated desk — private single cube)
100 megabit fiber
Monday — Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
24-hour member access
Conference room / Event rooms
Phone booths / Skype rooms
Yah-Yah Cafe & Bagels has the most delicious coffee in Sayulita to quench your caffeine thirst!
Yah-Yah Cafe & Bagels is one of the most beloved coffee shops in Sayulita. It is situated in the very heart of town, so it is easily accessible to every resident or traveler. What makes this place excellent for coworking is that it has free Wi-Fi, which has proven reliable time and time again. There is a quiet indoor area as well as a peaceful outdoor terrace. The traffic is never heavy in Sayulita as everything is within walking distance, so you can choose to work from the terrace at any time without distractions.
If your tasks tend to work up your appetite, you’ll be pleased you have chosen to work from this charming cafe. They have a selection of home-made baked goods and delicacies on offer, as well as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals.
Their strongest point is, nevertheless, the coffee. It is made from freshly ground Mexican-grown beans. You can opt for a hot brew or iced coffee as well as decaf. Some of the most popular coffees here are:
In case coffee is not your preference, you can also taste exquisite tea, Chai, and smoothie beverages at Yah-Yah Cafe & Bagels.
Calle Niños Heroes #3, Col. Centro
7 am – 6 pm
ChocoBanana is the most environmentally-friendly cafe in Sayulita!
ChocoBanana is another popular yet peaceful cafe that is well-suited for remote working. It has a stable Wi-Fi signal, and the internet is free of charge if you place an order with the cafe. The ground floor has numerous tables where you can set up shop for the day. The upper floor is an event terrace that can be used for larger meetings, something along the lines of an outdoor private office.
What makes this place stand out is its insistence on green living. The cafe offers superb, freshly ground, organic Nayarit coffee, both in-house and as takeouts. It has completely done away with using plastic coffee cups. At ChocoBanana, you are required to bring your own cup or mug in order to get some takeaway “black gold.”
ChocoBanana promotes sustainability by not using plastic bags, straws, or styrofoam. They have reverted towards more biodegradable cups and lids in their locale. Not only that, but all the profits they make go to Ser Su Voz charity, which aims to help the environment.
Besides having fantastic coffee on offer, CB has many desserts that are made with local, organic eggs. They also come in vegan and vegetarian options. The most popular desserts in ChocoBanana are:
Choco dipped bananas (the specialty of the house)
The Plaza Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
6 am – 6 pm (every day)
Coffee price (takeouts)
MXN 17 (if you bring your own cup)
Choco Bananas (Family pack of 10 pcs)
El Espresso is yet another cafe with exceptional, locally grown coffee that you can sip while you work!
If you happen to disagree with our previous two choices for coworking in Sayulita, but you would still like to enjoy a good cup of coffee while you work on your projects, give El Espresso a try. Wi-Fi is free and quite stable. This coffee shop offers a unique mix of beans from different breeds of Mexican coffee from three regions:
Keep in mind that, in peak seasons, the tables could get a bit too squeezed together for any effective work to be done. In those periods, it may be best if you explored other coworking-friendly cafes in the area.
Av Revolución # 51, Centro
7 am – 10 pm
El Break Cafe and Bar could be the worst place to work from in Sayulita
El Break came out as our least favorite place to work from in Sayulita. Although it is an open-air cafe with a breathtaking view of the beach, we found that it has many drawbacks for coworking.
Since the weather is generally enjoyable in Sayulita, beachfront cafes are extremely popular and frequented, which makes it particularly distracting to work from them. Outdoor weddings are quite common too. There are a lot of locals going around and selling their products to the people in the cafe, which could interrupt your work significantly.
Since all of the desks are on the beach itself, there are also no available sockets to charge your laptop. Make sure it is charged to maximum capacity before you head out and invest in a quality external battery.
In case you do decide to give beach coworking a try, you will be pleased to learn that the food here is delicious. The cafe serves anything from breakfast to dinner, so you won’t have to go to another place to have meals if you decide to stay here the whole day.
#1 Malecon, Sayulita
8 am – 10 pm
Will you be visiting Sayulita any time soon?
Sayulita is a beautiful Mexican coastal town that has exceptional, unspoiled nature at every turn. It is undoubtedly worth visiting at some point in your life. Giving coworking a go here might prove a difficult task, but it may also be entirely satisfactory, depending on what your needs are.
Where to stay in Sayulita, a hidden pearl on the Mexican coast
Want to experience authentic Mexican culture and enjoy gorgeous beaches and, at the same time, stay away from the tourist crowds? If so, Sayulita may be the destination of your dreams. This little town on the Pacific coast is a gorgeous place for both vacations and permanent stays.
Although tiny, Sayulita has a lot to offer. This picturesque town prides itself on its wonderful nature, beautiful beaches, and friendly lifestyle. It has been the main surfing destination for decades, so beach activities are one of its strongest points. In Sayulita, you can spend your days learning how to surf and scuba dive and enjoy your evenings sipping cocktails and eating local specialties. Sayulita is also known as a wellness retreat as yoga and meditation are an important part of the local culture. Its location is fantastic and you can take daily trips to larger cities such as Puerto Vallarta, explore the Marieta islands, or even go whale watching. Whatever your needs may be, you can rest assured that your stay in Sayulita will be one of the best in your life.
Sayulita has a public bus system that can be useful when exploring the city. Unfortunately, the buses aren’t very reliable, so not many people use them. Both locals and foreigners prefer renting cars or even better, golf carts. Golf carts are incredibly popular and you will see them on every corner. Since Sayulita is such a small town, you won’t have to rely on any sort of transportation—you can get to the city center from each neighborhood in about 20 minutes.
Since Sayulita is such a small town, there aren’t many neighborhoods to choose from. You will find most of the popular locations in the central area. But that doesn’t mean that the surrounding neighborhoods have nothing to offer. If you don’t like crowds or don’t want to spend too much money, one of the suburban areas will probably be to your liking. Wherever you decide to stay, you will still be close to the city center. To help you pick the best area, we have made a rundown of our favorite Sayulita neighborhoods:
The South End
The North End
Our picks were based on these factors:
Interesting things to see and do
The overall atmosphere of the neighborhood
Cost of staying
Where to stay in Sayulita, Mexico
Best for the first time
A lively, downtown area where you will find all major spots
Best for nightlife
A downtown square surrounded by pubs, bars, and restaurants
Best for budget travelers
A suburban area on the hill with cheap accommodation
Best for bohemians
The South End
An interesting neighborhood surrounded by wonderful nature and pristine beaches
Best for staying long term
The North End
A peaceful residential area with all the amenities you may need
Where to stay in Sayulita for the first time: Central
The so-called Central is the main downtown area of Sayulita. This neighborhood is ideal for your first visit as it is in the vicinity of all major tourist stops. Central is where you will find most shops, restaurants, and bars. There are many street vendors and boutiques, as well as several high-end shops. If you like crowded places where all the action takes place, Central may be the best neighborhood for you. The only downside to this area is that there are few accommodation options with an ocean view.
What to do in Central
In Central, you’ll never get bored. Whether you are looking for great food, sandy beaches, or trendy shops, you won’t have to waste your time searching for good places to visit: this neighborhood has something for everyone. To help you pick the best spots, we have selected some of the most interesting places to visit in Central:
Evoke The Spirit Gallery
Mercado del Pueblo
Don Pedro’s Restaurant & Bar
Two kilometers long, Playa Principal is the main beach in the town. The beach is filled with cafes, restaurants, and interesting lounges. If you want to go sunbathing or just dip your toes in the Pacific, this beach should be your first stop. You can also try out some of the beach activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re not into these types of sports and prefer a relaxing swimming experience, make sure to check the swimming safety first. Red flags are quite common due to the undertow. The southern part of the beach is usually crowded, so if you need some peace and tranquility, go to the northern side instead.
As it is the only farmers’ market in Sayulita, Mercado del Pueblo has a lot to offer. It is a fantastic place to buy organic, natural food, try local snacks, and experiment with Mexican spices. You will also see many merchants, craftsmen, and artists selling their best works, which makes this market an ideal place for buying souvenirs and gifts. You will be surprised by inexpensive leather bags, bohemian home decor, and wonderful jewelry made of precious stones and metals.
Where to stay in Sayulita for nightlife: Sayulita Plaza
Sayulita Plaza is the main square in this charming little town. It is located at the very heart of the town center. The Plaza is the hottest spot in Sayulita and it is where you will find the crowd. This small area is full of interesting restaurants and shops, and there is even a small chapel that you may find interesting. The streets surrounding the Plaza are filled with bars and lounges, so you will have plenty of nightlife options. Since Sayulita is such a small place, don’t expect to find any clubs that are open all night.
Where to go out around Sayulita Plaza
Whether you want to sip a cocktail and unwind after a long day on the beach or enjoy spicy Mexican food while listening to a local band, Sayulita Plaza is the place where your wishes will come true. There are many wonderful bars and restaurants, all known for their warm and friendly atmosphere. Here are some places we think you shouldn’t miss:
Don Pato Pub
Don Pato Pub
If you’re looking for a hip place to take cheap shots and dance to the beat of the best local bands, Don Pato may be the perfect place for you. Both locals and foreigners visit this pub so the atmosphere is lively and vibrant. Don Pato is one of the few places that stay crowded until late at night and it’s usually open until 3 am. Most of the time, this pub hosts live gigs, although there is also a DJ from time to time.
Aria Lounge is the best place in Sayulita for party animals. It is probably the most crowded place in the town and certainly the wildest. Sayulita is known for its fantastic dancing parties, great DJs, and free body paint that will make you glow in the dark. Mexican music is not very common in this lounge and most of the time you will hear songs from current top charts and some old-school hip hop. The lounge has two levels and includes a huge balcony with a beautiful view of the whole Sayulita Plaza. Working hours vary from day to day but on weekends, the lounge is open until 3 am.
The streets surrounding Sayulita Plaza offer a wide range of accommodation options. The average price per night is around $80, although there are many more affordable rooms. Check out our favorite AirBnBs:
Where to stay in Sayulita on a budget: Gringo Hill
Gringo Hill is a neighborhood located on a hill overlooking the town. This area is known for having accommodation with a beautiful ocean view. The prices are lower than in the very center, so it is a favorite among budget travelers. Although it is located on the outskirts, Gringo Hill is close to the city center, and especially to Sayulita Plaza. It won’t take you more than 15 minutes to get to the downtown area on foot. Still, we recommend using a car or a golf cart as the hill is pretty steep, so your return to the accommodation may turn into a workout.
What to do in Gringo Hill
Gringo Hill is doesn’t have as many interesting places to visit as other parts of the town, as it is mostly a residential area. If you stay in this area, you will probably spend most of your time in the center. If you do decide to spend your day in the neighborhood, there are a few places you should consider visiting:
Iglesia Apostólica De La Fe En Cristo Jesús
Trivia El Café del Mar
Sayulita Nayarit Mexico
Cocos Sports Bar
Trivia El Café del Mar
If you want to give the local coffee a try, Trivia El Café del Mar is a place you shouldn’t miss. Known as the best coffee shop in the town, it will probably provide you with the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. Tourists also like this place because it serves fantastic Greek meals, as well as delicious pastries. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced place to have breakfast every day, Trivia El Café del Mar may be a perfect pick for you.
Located in the area where Gringo Hill meets the town square, Cocos Sports Bar is the best place in the city to experience authentic Mexican cuisine. You can enjoy delicious seafood, watch a football game while sipping cold beer and eating tacos or show off your pool skills. The food is just outstanding and the prices more than reasonable.
Although Gringo Hill offers many luxurious accommodation options and the average price per night is around $100, this neighborhood has hundreds of cheap but nice AirBnBs. Here are some ideas where you could stay:
Where to stay in Sayulita for bohemians: the South End
The South End is a relatively new area in the town, filled with great accommodation options and expats’ houses. The neighborhood is known for having the best ocean view in whole Sayulita. The area is home to several interesting bars and restaurants, as well as gorgeous beaches. The South End is also fantastic for fans of the macabre, as its colorful cemetery is unlike any cemetery you’ve ever seen. Although the South End is a beautiful area with a couple of interesting places, keep in mind that it is not as lively as the downtown area. Luckily, the neighborhood is located close to the city center and it won’t take you more than 15–20 minutes to get to the major tourist spots.
What to see and do in the South End
Playa de los Muertos
Si Señor Sayulita
Playa de los Muertos
If you think Playa Principal is too crowded and loud, you shouldn’t miss Playa de los Muertos. This beach is off the beaten path, and it takes a couple of minutes of jungle hike to reach it. Locals sometimes call it “the secret beach” as many visitors never even learn it exists! It is an ideal place for enjoying pristine nature and getting some peace and quiet. There are two small caves linking Playa de los Muertos the main beach that you may also find interesting.
If you want to try luxurious dining in Sayulita way, Si Señor Sayulita is a restaurant you should consider visiting. The ambiance is gorgeous, food outstanding, and the service remarkable. Another thing that makes this restaurant stand out is the fact that, unlike in most places, the staff speaks English incredibly well. You won’t have to use your broken high-school Spanish or play charades with the waiters to get your favorite meal.
Due to its exceptional natural beauty and high status, the South End is a bit more expensive than other parts of the town. On average, one night in this neighborhood will cost you around $100. Take a look at our favorite AirBnBs:
Where to stay in Sayulita long term: the North End
The North End and the Nanzal neighborhood are located in the northern part of the Sayulita Bay. This area is mostly residential and quite new: almost all the buildings were built in the last two decades. It is a peaceful neighborhood where you can enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. The ocean view is breathtaking, especially during the sunset. The North End is the sunniest place in Sayulita so it can get pretty hot during the summer months. The neighborhood is near the city center and the main beach and it should take you less than 20 minutes to reach the most crowded spots.
What to do in the North End
Although the North End is mostly a residential area, there are a couple of places worth visiting. The neighborhood is home to many useful shops, as well as several nice restaurants. It also has its own beach, so you won’t have to mix up with tourist crowds. If you decide to settle in the North End, we suggest you check out these places:
North Sayulita Beach
Jardin Secreto (Secret Garden)
Sayulita Beach Church
North Sayulita Beach
On the North Sayulita Beach, you won’t have to waste hours on finding a free beach bed: all you need to do is put your towel on the first spot you like and open your umbrella. This area is way less crowded than the main Sayulita beach, so you can enjoy your sunbathing session without the irritating presence of hundreds of people. The people who visit this beach are usually hip campers and locals. Since it is usually empty, the beach is known as the favorite place of Sayulita’s animal population. You can watch turtles taking care of their eggs and pelicans diving into the ocean.
If dining fantastic seafood by the ocean seems like an attractive idea, you should hit La Terrazola as soon as you come to the North End. The ambiance and atmosphere are beautiful and romantic. You can try real Mexican guacamole and fajitas, or give a chance to the restaurant’s specialty: fresh tuna ceviche. La Terrazola also has a high-quality wine list, as well as delicious margaritas and other cocktails.
Two awesome coworking spaces and 7 alternatives in Ensenada, Mexico!
Ensenada, Mexico, is a true hidden gem among travel destinations that many people are still unaware of. Some may know it as the fishing and navy center of Baja California, but this place also has some wild surfing and windsurfing spots! There are also super exciting whale-watching excursions that will make memories that will last you a lifetime! Most notably, this town is a gateway for Baja California’s renowned wine country.
Those who discover this city always enjoy coming back, and many even take up coworking here, too. We loved that idea and decided to explore the options for remote working in Ensenada.
Ensenada has stable internet connectivity, but for the time being, only two dedicated coworking spaces operate in the area. Fortunately, there are also several appropriate hotels and cafes that are laptop-friendly. We listed them in this article, but let’s start with the coworking hubs:
Hub Center Ensenada
Ensenada Business Center
Hub Center Ensenada is the most popular coworking space in this wine country paradise!
Hub Center Ensenada is one of the most frequented coworking spots in this coastal town. It has everything you may need—hot and dedicated coworking desks, meeting and conference rooms, event rooms, an on-site cafe, a virtual office service, and a lounge room. The Wi-Fi signal is stable, and there is also parking on the premises.
The coworking space was designed to meet various needs, from entrepreneurs needing to solidify their businesses to freelancers looking for a place to promote their work output.
All of their rooms are equipped with the tech you may need for your business, so all you need to do is take your laptop with you. The lounge room can be used for relaxation but also as an office for life coaches and therapists. The private offices can hold up to eight people, meeting rooms have 12 seats, and the event space can host 50.
Hub Center Ensenada strives to promote the sharing of ideas and deepen the connections among their members. They organize frequent member events and offer different programs. There is an Incubator program called Startup Baja and the CODEV Hacker/School, where attendees can learn new software skills. They also partnered up with Google for Startups to bring more value to their members.
Private office: $200 an hour +IVA
Lounge office: $100 an hour +IVA
Meeting room: $200 an hour +IVA
Event room: $300 an hour +IVA
Virtual office: $2,000 a month +IVA
Furnished office: $4,000 a month +IVA
Coworking: $1,500 a month +IVA
100 megabit fiber
Monday—Friday: 9 am–7 pm
Saturday: 10 am–2 pm
24-hour member access: Yes
Av. Rayon 294 Col. Obrera
22830 Baja California
Phone booth / Skype room
Ensenada Business Center is an equally exquisite coworking spot!
Ensenada Business Center is located at the heart of the town, in the midst of its business district. Their offices are surrounded by banks, malls, and other companies.
At the very doorstep, you will be greeted by a bilingual receptionist, which is a rarity and a most welcome benefit in Latin speaking countries. The interior has a modern, attractive design and comfortable, ergonomic furniture. You will have coworking hot desks, meeting rooms, and an executive space at your disposal. Another benefit is the spacious waiting room, where your clients or event attendees can wait comfortably.
The premises are covered by HD camera security, so you won’t need to worry about keeping an eye on your belongings at all times. The place also organizes different events and courses to promote networking opportunities to their members.
Private office: $350 an hour
Meeting room: $450 an hour
Event room: $600 an hour
50% discount Mon–Wed from 10 am to 4 pm for private offices and meeting rooms
100 megabit fiber
Monday—Friday: 9 am–7 pm
Saturday: 10 am–2 pm
24-hour member access: No
Calle Cuarta #341
Phone booth / Skype room
There are more places you can work from in Ensenada! Take a look at their coworking-friendly cafes and hotels!
Although Ensenada has only two dedicated coworking spaces that can offer you all the services you can think of, you can still explore alternative spots to work from. If you don’t want to set up a virtual office and have no need for event and conference rooms, then a solid cafe or a comfy hotel lounge would work equally well for you!
All you need to make sure of is that the place you choose has a decent internet connection and that it is not too loud. And we mustn’t forget that the coffee that is served at the spot has to comply with high-quality standards!
With that said, we have several suggestions for you. Some of the places we feel might be worth considering for remote work in Ensenada are:
Barra D’ Café is one of the most popular coffee shops in Ensenada. Given that its main business is coffee, tea, and other hot drinks, it is never as crowded as other pubs and cafes can get. So, it can make for a perfectly suitable work spot. What makes things even better is that they have private parking spots and accept credit cards.
They are known for serving freshly roasted coffee—the roaster they use is displayed on site. Not only will you enjoy the most aromatic sips in this place, but you’ll also be surrounded by the mesmerizing scent throughout your stay.
The tables are spacious and can fit all your work gear, and there are also plenty of pillows for added lumbar support. Still, you may need to aim for a spot near a power plug!
Café La Churreria is another enchanting coffee shop in Ensenada. Although it does get busier than our previous mention in the afternoons, you shouldn’t get distracted in the mornings here.
They are known for serving the most various coffee flavors in Ensenada. Some of the most popular are espressos enriched with chocolate, cajeta, strawberry, caramel, or sweetened condensed milk (a big thing in Mexico, apparently!). You can pay with your credit card and order takeout.
The tables are tall and spacious, and the staff is exceptionally hospitable. However, the chairs are wooden and sturdy, so you may not want to stay here until the afternoon anyway.
Café con Leche is a quaint-looking cafe in Ensenada. It offers delicious coffee but also the softest pastry in town. There are a cozy indoor area and an upstairs terrace reminiscent of a treehouse. The prices are super affordable, as well.
The place has a reputation for being the perfect spot to unwind after a long workday. So that is when you can expect it to be the busiest. Either visit it earlier and enjoy the peace and quiet or join later to mingle with the locals.
Estación 1 Por la Hormiga is a bright, welcoming cafe and bar where you can enjoy great, affordable coffee and delicious, fresh meals. It is clean, comfortable, and the service is flawless.
We loved the tall tables that can be used as standing desks to work from. There is no need to take our travel ones with us in that case. Apart from the indoor area, you can set up shop in the shaded, breezy outdoor patio as well. The tables out there are even more spacious in case you are bringing more stuff with you.
Café Arábiga is another cozy and tranquil coffee shop in Ensenada. The atmosphere there is reported to be so relaxing that you may not want to leave. Fortunately, the coffee is strong and uplifting.
There is an indoor lounge with soft, cushioned chairs and spacious tables.There is also an indoor atrium at the back if you want to take in some fresh air and soak up some sun while you work.
Calle Segunda 1010
22800 Ensenada, Baja California
Monday—Friday: 8 am–11 pm
Saturday: 8 am–11 pm
Sunday: 4 pm–11 pm
In case cafes are not your cup of tea, we suggest you give one of the hotels in Ensenada a go. Many of them have quite comfortable lounges with free Wi-Fi that you can have access to even if you are not staying there. Feel free to ask around, but for our present purposes, here are two that we can recommend:
A trip to Mexico sounds like an exotic adventure. The ruins left behind by ancient civilizations, nature, and culture all combine into a unique experience worth going through.
You’re probably planning on visiting Mexico City and possibly Guadalajara. If you’re a bit of an adventurer and want to walk the path less trodden, you might decide to pay a visit to Oaxaca as well. Great choice. From the beautiful ethnobotanical garden filled with indigenous plants to Pueblos Mancomunados, which persevere despite the changing times, Oaxaca oozes the genuine Mexican spirit and traditions from every square meter. The ruins you can see there would be worth visiting even if there was nothing else to attract you.
With so many fascinating things around you, it’s easy to lose sight of your daily life and responsibilities. It can be especially tough if you’re a digital nomad, and you have to work. Because staying focused in spite of the distractions can come as a bit of a challenge, it might be a good idea to come up with a strategy to keep you productive.
For many people, the best way to keep their head in the game is to find a coworking space that boosts their motivation. In an organized environment, it’s much easier to keep an organized mind. The chances are that your focus and productivity will hit their peaks if you move your laptop from your bed to a desk and surround yourself with fewer distractions.
Choosing the best coworking space can be a bit difficult, though, especially if you’re visiting the place for the first time. To make your life a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best coworking spaces in Oaxaca and everything you need to know about them.
enConjunto is our favorite coworking space in Oaxaca
Located in the Union area,enConjunto is not exactly in the center of the city. Still, it is five minutes away from public transport, and they offer free parking, as well as car share. There are also bike parking and bike storage, and even plug-ins for electric cars and a Tesla charging station.
enConjunto is a coworking and a co-living space. This is a fantastic thing because it can save you a lot of time. Who wants to commute anyway? If you can just walk downstairs from your room and start working, it makes everything much easier and much less of a chore.
The internet speed is excellent, and the connection is stable and reliable. For all of you who get a bit nervous every time the connection slows down, this is great news. If you do a job that demands good internet—online teaching, for example—you can rest assured that there won’t be any hiccups in this regard.
The space is incredibly comfortable, as well. It has ergonomic chairs, but there are also standing desks for those of you who get leg muscle cramps easily, or for those who simply don’t want to sit for a long time. If you like to be extra comfortable, there are bean bags and even hammocks. They even provide Bosu ball chairs, if that’s more in accordance with your preferences. No matter what you like, you’ll be comfortable in enConjunto—comfort at this workplace is second only to productivity.
enConjunto boasts a large and tight-knit community. They have a Facebook group, a Slack channel, and a community app to stay in touch. They organize workshops and events to boost the skills and knowledge of their members. The space offers mentorship, accelerator, and incubator programs. The members often have lunches and drinks together, and they even have a sports team. It is a great pleasure to cowork in a wonderful environment such as this one, and the community spirit in enConjunto is another of its many perks.
When it comes to the extra equipment, you’ll find that they provide everything you may possibly need. Their offer includes:
Computers (PCs and Macs)
AR and VR Equipment
Sound and video recording equipment
Printers, scanners, and photocopiers
Dual / Single Monitors
Professional lighting equipment
There are podcasting rooms, Skype rooms, and phone booths, so you can have some privacy if you need it to do your job. You can use the kitchen, the showers, and the personal lockers onsite.
If you have a kid who’s traveling with you, you don’t have to worry about them—enConjuncto provides childcare services as well. This is swell for all the working moms and dads or nomad parents since they don’t have to research childcare options separately and think about dropping off and picking up their child from another location.
When you need a break, there are so many fun things to do. There is a yoga studio if you want to stretch those muscles that are doomed to one position for hours every day. There are a nap room and a meditation room if you’d like to just chill out a bit and clear your head. If you’re a sports enthusiast, there is a swimming pool, a volleyball court, a ping pong table, a mini-golf course, and a gym. If you’re not too sporty, but you’d still like to move it move it, there is a trampoline, and you can always do a karaoke show complete with your awesome dance moves. There are board games, arcade games, darts, and many options for co-playing, not just coworking. You can just grab a book from the library, or check out the gallery.
The place is pet-friendly, so your furry pall doesn’t have to miss you too terribly. Coffee, wine, and beer are included in the price.
All in all, enConjuncto provides plenty of benefits, so make sure you check it out when you’re in need of a coworking place in Oaxaca.
Per day: MXN 150
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm
These coworking spaces are great too
It takes all sorts to build the world, and not everybody appreciates the same things. If you don’t like enConjunctio, here are some other excellent options!
Located in the city center, Selina is a few minutes’ walk from some of the main attractions, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Zocalo Oaxaca.
It’s a breathtakingly beautiful coworking space. The interior is dominated by the woodwork, and there are many murals around, including one of Einstein. The colors, the furniture, and the plants all fit together in flawless harmony. If you do a creative job or if you’re an artistic soul, you’ll appreciate Selina. It is truly inspiring, and it puts you in a great mood and makes you feel motivated and productive.
The Wi-Fi is great, so that’s one fewer thing to worry about. They offer ergonomic chairs and standing desks. While the range of seating options is not as wide as in enConjuncto, you still have some choice.
There is printing equipment you can use, and there are phone booths and a kitchen at your disposal.
The lounge is charming and pleasant, and you can just chill out with a cup of free coffee or tea when you need a break.
Selina is also a hotel, and a really comfy one at that. If you stay at the hotel and work at the coworking space it provides, you can save a little time on commuting.
Convivio provides great internet and comfy seating. While the chairs are not ergonomic, there are standing desks and bean bags, which gives you options to choose from.
They also offer extra equipment you can use, including projectors, microphones, and printing equipment. If you need privacy or need to attend a video conference or a virtual class, there are Skype rooms you can use.
The community here is cheerful and helpful. The members have their own Facebook group and a Slack channel, so they can stay in touch and exchange ideas. They often meet for lunches and drinks. Convivio organizes many events and workshops, and it hosts TedX events as well. If you’re interested, as a member you can get a discount for those.
When you can’t deal with work anymore and need a break or a distraction, you can take a look at the gallery or grab a novel from the library. The place is pet-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged monster to keep you company and boost your inspiration.
Snacks, tea, and coffee are free. There is also an onsite restaurant, and it’s pretty good. They offer plenty of choice for different diet regimens, including Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free menus. This is super useful because you don’t have to go far if you crave a bit more than a regular old sandwich.
All in all, it’s a pleasant coworking space in the heart of the city, with an awesome community and good food, so it wouldn’t hurt to check it out.
Startup Mexico is another pretty coworking space in the center of the city. It provides an excellent internet connection, which should save you some headaches. There are comfy seating options, including ergonomic chairs and standing desks.
They appreciate and take care of their community. The members have access to certain benefits, such as:
Slack channel for members
Community lunches and drinks
Facebook group for members
Events and workshops
This is a co-living space as well, and living and working at the same place can be a real time-saver.
There is plenty of equipment you can use if you need to, including printers, projectors, microphones, and even a drone. There are photo and recording studios, as well as sound and video recording equipment. Whatever your job requires, you’re likely to find here.
There is an onsite restaurant with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and halal menus. They offer free tea and coffee, but there is an onsite cafe as well—because who doesn’t crave an extra-large Mochaccino from time to time?
The place is wheelchair accessible. You can bring your dog to work with you, but if you’re a cat owner—no such luck, cats are not allowed. They offer car share options and bike storage, which is helpful if you’re looking for ways to travel around the city that don’t include public transport.
Located in the center of the city, Impact Hub is close to just about anything you might need or want to see. They offer high-speed Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks. The options are a bit limited, so if you don’t care for sitting all day long, you can always get a travel stand desk and bring it with you. They’re an affordable option that’s easy to carry around for situations such as this one— working from an otherwise perfectly respectable coworking space without a standing desk.
The space provides printing equipment if you need it. There are personal lockers you can use, and a functional kitchen for the days when you feel inspired.
Coffee is free, and you can take it with you to the pretty little lounge space when you want to rest for a while. The place is pet-friendly, so it’s a great option for all of us who can’t bear the separation for half a day.
Centro de Imaginacion is located in the Northern part of the city, but it is only a five minutes’ walk from public transport. It provides fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and the seating options include ergonomic chairs and standing desks, which is great for your back.
There are plenty of workshops, events, and programs they organize for their members. They put an emphasis on life-long learning and help their members discover and develop their interests and talents. They offer printing and video recording equipment. There is a podcasting room, as well.
When you want to take a break, you can go to the yoga studio or meditation room to chill out. If you need a power nap, there’s a nap room too! They provide board games, which are always fun to play in a community like this one, and there is a library and an art gallery to check out if you’re in the mood for some art.
Centro de Imaginacion is wheelchair accessible. There is free coffee, tea, and snacks. In case your coffee craving demands a barista, there is coffee for purchase as well.
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
e2 Office Center is our least favorite coworking space in Oaxaca
It’s not that the e2 Office Center is absolutely dreadful. It’s really not—it’s just our least favorite coworking space in Oaxaca.
They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and printing equipment. There is free coffee and a kitchen you are welcome to.
What we dislike about this space is the lack of comfort and content.
The chairs that they offer are comfy enough, but it’s tough to work in one position for several hours. The atmosphere is not greatly conducive to work either, as they don’t try to nurture their community.
There is absolutely nothing to do during a break. You can grab a cup of coffee and sit in the lounge, but unless you want to spend your breaks staring at your phone, you’ll have to get out to find something interesting to do. It’s always more difficult to go back to work once you’ve physically left the building, and it breaks your focus and motivation.
These are not serious issues. You can bring your travel stand desk to allow you a bit more freedom or take a book to work to take your mind off work when you need it to. Still, if there are so many places that can provide everything you need, why waste your time on the one that can’t?
If you’re reading this, that might be because you’re itching to hit the road, and your next destination is Mexico. The rich history, fascinating culture, breathtaking art and architecture, unique natural landscape, and delicious food all combine into what will become one of the unforgettable experiences in your life.
There are so many things to do and sights to see. It’s a vast country—how will you choose where to stay? If you’re a digital nomad, you know you have to plan carefully, because you’ll be spending the following few months in the place you choose, and you need to make sure it suits your needs.
Of the major problems you’ll need to face, though, is the ease with which you’ll forget about your work. When we are in a beautiful new place, it’s easy to let go of our worries and our strife and only think about the attractions (and distractions!) of the environment.
It’s okay to relax if you’re taking a vacation, of course. It’s less okay when your lifestyle depends on your ability to keep your head in the game and keep on working even when you rather wouldn’t.
Don’t worry—there’s a simple solution for that. A practical, motivating coworking space is the answer to all your prayers. The best coworking spaces are organized in a way that helps you stay productive and optimistic. They help you focus, remain efficient for longer, and, ultimately, finish your tasks sooner, so you can roam around and discover all the beauties of the destination you’ve chosen.
Coworking spaces have been popping around like mushrooms lately, and it might be a bit of a challenge to pick the best among the many options. To land you a helping hand, we’ve compiled a list of the best coworking spaces in Mexico.
Nest Coworking is our favorite place to cowork in Mexico
In a country this big, it’s incredibly difficult to single out a coworking we loved most—but Nest Coworking made the cut eventually.
This coworking space is located in Playa del Carmen, a few minutes’ walk from the beach. The proximity to the beach means that, as soon as you’re done with your work for the day, you can take your towel with you and run off to enjoy the beauties of the sea and the sand. The smell of the sea reaches the coworking spaces, which works wonders to help you relax and focus on your work. To make things even more convenient, this place is a co-living space as well, which is a real time-saver if you don’t want to commute.
Nest is visually stunning. The colors fit perfectly with the space, you can see the palm trees from the windows, and there is plenty of natural light. The beauty of it all inspires and keeps optimism in the coworking space at high levels.
The visual impression is just one part of the total atmosphere—the other part is the people who frequent the place. The community there is great—the people are cheerful and happy to help, so the general mood is productive and uplifting. Nest organizes many events to help its members connect and develop their ideas and skills. TEDx events are held there regularly, and members can get discounts if they’re interested in attending.
Wi-Fi is fast and reliable, which is extremely important for everybody whose job requires a steady flow of data.
There are ergonomic chairs, so the place is quite comfortable. If you prefer a bit more space to wiggle, you can use the standing desks, which are an excellent option for your back. For those of you who are a bit more laid back—there are bean bags and couches, so you can literally lay back.
You can use the personal locker and the kitchen. They offer free coffee, which is awesome for all of us who are caffeine junkies and can’t seem to function without it.
Nest is dog-friendly (but not cat-friendly), so you can bring your furry monster to help you work if you want.
When you need a break, you can take your dog for a walk, or you can grab a cup of coffee and chill out on the beautiful terrace or the patio. There is a swimming pool also, so you can take a quick dip—it would be great for you back after all the hard work you’ve done!
Per day: MXN 330
Per week: MXN 1,650
Per month: MXN 5,500
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
These are the places we also loved
If you don’t like Nest for any reason, it’s fine. As the Latin proverb goes—in matters of taste, there can be no disputes—so here are some other coworking spaces in Mexico you might enjoy.
Technology HUB is a coworking space in Ciudad Juarez. It provides excellent Wi-Fi, which is extremely important for everybody who makes a living by doing anything through the internet.
The space is comfy, as well. If you’re a more traditional cookie, you’ll appreciate ergonomic chairs. If you don’t want to sit down for too long, there are standing desks you can use. Bean bags and hammocks are there to give you the option to work while lazing around, however impossible it sounds. The space adapts to your needs, and you can be comfortable no matter your preferences.
The community is fantastic there. Everybody is helpful and chatty, and you can always just talk to people when you’re taking a break. Technology HUB organizes different workshops, events, and programs for its members. It also hosts TEDx events, and the community members can attend them at discounted prices.
The space offers plenty of extra equipment, including:
Sound and video recording equipment
AR and VR equipment
Printers, scanners, and photocopiers
Dual / single monitors
There is a podcasting room, as well. You can use the kitchen if you want, and coffee and tea are free. There is also an onsite cafe.
When you want to tune out, there is a whole bunch of stuff you can do. There is a ping pong table, pool table, foosball table, and a mini-golf course. You can just take a cup of coffee and chill, or you can look around the gallery.
As one of the best in Puebla, Workosfera is an astonishingly beautiful coworking space. Both interior and exterior are beautiful and inspired, and the yard is one of the most relaxing places you’ll find.
Workosfera is a co-living place as well, which is very convenient. The open hours are long enough, but if you stay in their accommodation or pay monthly access, you can access the workspace 24/7.
They provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and standing desks. There are personal lockers, and you can use their kitchen to make a snack or a full-blown meal if you’ can tap into your inner Gordon Ramsey. Coffee is free, but there is an onsite cafe if you’d prefer a fancy frappuccino instead of a regular old coffee.
When you need a break, there is a ping pong table you can use, and other friendly nomads to play with. You can bring your dog too, because why should it stay in the comfy room while you’re trying to earn for the both of you?
Nstro.Lab Cowork is situated in Monterrey. They provide high-speed Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs. The place is wheelchair accessible.
Nstro.Lab nourishes its community and organizes many programs, events, and workshops for its members, who often meet for drinks and meals. The space hosts TEDx events, and the members who are interested can get a discount.
They offer some extra equipment you might need, such as printing equipment and projectors. You can use personal lockers, and there is a kitchen if you want to make something when you’re feeling peckish. Tea, coffee, and snacks are free.
When you want to take a break and take your mind off work, there is a small library you can take a look at and see if there is anything you like. You can play ping pong or board games with other nomads, or just grab a beer and relax. The place is cat and dog-friendly.
Creativa Coworking is located in Morelia. They provide excellent Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to lose your mind while waiting for something to load. There are ergonomic chairs and standing desks, so you have an option to continue working even when you can’t bear sitting down for another minute.
There is some extra equipment, including printing equipment and 3D printers. Creativa hosts TEDx events, so you might get a discount if you are a member and you want to attend.
You can use personal lockers and the kitchen, and there are Skype rooms at your disposal, in case you need privacy. This is great for online teaching and similar jobs.
A crucial benefit to this coworking space is that they offer childcare. Parents among digital nomads often have a problem with finding a reliable place to take their children to while they work, and Creativa has thought of that. It’s much more convenient to have childcare at your workplace, isn’t it?
In spite of the passive-aggressive name, Nevermind is one of the most cheerful and productive coworking spaces in Guadalajara. It is surrounded by many cafés and restaurants, which comes in handy when you want to eat something other than snack food during work hours.
The internet is absolutely amazing. There are network cables at every desk, which ensures fantastic speed with an average of about 200 Mbps for download and 143 Mbps for upload. There is Wi-Fi as well, and it’s pretty fast too. The reliable internet means that you won’t need to get frustrated with a slow connection or inability to upload an important document.
Sadly, there aren’t any standing desks, but their ergonomic chairs are excellent and provide good support for your back. If you’d still prefer to avoid sitting all day long, here’s a pro tip—you can get a travel stand desk you can take anywhere with you because they are much lighter than the regular standing desks.
Revo300 is a coworking and co-living space located in Pachuca.
They provide fast Wi-Fi and incredibly comfortable ergonomic chairs. There are no standing desks in this coworking space, which is a bummer, but there is a lot of additional equipment, including printers, microphones, projectors, greenscreens, monitors, and so on.
Revo300 takes good care of its community, and there are many benefits to being a member. Some of those are:
Incubator and accelerator programs
Facebook group for members
Slack channel for members
Events and workshops
Community lunches and drinks
They offer free beer, snacks, and coffee, which you can take with you to the lounge area when you want to take a break and relax. There is an onsite cafe as well, with many more options—but for that, you have to pay extra.
Located in Mexico City, El 3er espacio is one of the first established coworking spaces in the entire country.
It provides high-speed Wi-Fi, so you can avoid the slow connection-related stress. There are ergonomic chairs, which is awesome, but no standing desks or bean bags, which is not so much.
El 3er espacio has a great community built over the years. It organizes a plethora of events and workshops, and the members have their own Facebook group to stay in touch. Everybody is friendly and happy to help if needed.
They provide printing equipment, projectors, and Chromecast. There are personal lockers at your disposal, as well as a kitchen. Tea and coffee are free, and there is a cute lounge area to take a break and relax.
The great location combined with an even better atmosphere make this coworking space one of the best in the entire country, so give it a go when you’re next in Mexico City!
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
Regus is our least favorite space to cowork in Mexico
Regus is our least favorite coworking space in Mexico. With over 30 locations throughout the country, it is one of the most widespread coworking/office rental companies. Wherever you go in Mexico, chances are you’ll stumble upon a Regus or two.
So why do we dislike it? The crucial reasons are:
Lack of community
The staff is usually polite, but that’s all you can expect of them. There is no helpfulness or interaction you typically expect from a coworking space host. They won’t go out of their way to help you solve a problem, and they are not interested in your complaints, should you have some.
The more severe issue is the utter lack of transparency when it comes to pricing. Each location has a different set of prices, and they’re only available on request. It’s already frustrating (this is the 21st century for the love of the internet), but it gets even worse—even if you get the membership, you won’t be able to access all the locations.
To make matters even worse, there is no sense of community whatsoever. You are not likely to meet new people and make new friends.
9 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Mexico City
A trip to Mexico is always a great idea and an unforgettable experience. The culture, the art, and the nature of this beautiful country are worth your time and enthusiasm. If it’s your first time in Mexico, you’ll probably hit the capital first. There areso many things to do and sights to see, so if you need to work while you’re staying there, you might feel like you’re missing out.
The life of a digital nomad is fantastic, but it does have its bad days. In a place such as Mexico City, where there are so many distractions, how can you keep your focus on your work?
One of the ways to keep your head in the game is to find a coworking space that motivates you and helps you stay organized and productive. The environment can affect your ability to concentrate to a high degree, so functional coworking spaces make it much less challenging to work.
In the capital of Mexico, though, there are about 120 coworking spaces. How do you choose one that’s suitable to your needs and preferences? Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are nine best—and one worst—coworking spaces in Mexico City.
U-Co Roma coworking space is our favorite in Mexico City
Located in the heart of the Roma part of the city,U-Co Roma combines beauty and convenience. It is both a coworking and a co-living space. In a big city like Mexico City, this is a definite advantage, because you don’t have to waste any time getting from your accommodation to your workplace.
With its gorgeous murals and charming interior, U-Co is incredibly pretty. For many people, the visual aspect of a workplace can make or break their concentration. If you’re among them, there’s nothing to worry about—the space is elegant and appealing without feeling over-the-top. There is no cluster, and it’s clean enough to pass any inspection. The neat freak in you will be satisfied, and you’ll be able to focus on your work.
If there is one thing that every digital nomad needs above all else, that’s a good internet connection. In U-Co, Wi-Fi is super-fast. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to work without a glitch. There are ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks.
If you’re at all invested in preserving the environment, you’ll love U-Co. The co-living space provides shampoo, conditioner, and soap in little refillable bottles, so there’s not much waste there, which is more than awesome. If you’re going green, this is the place to be.
The community is great, as well. Digital nomads comprise most of the crowd that gathers there, so you’ll have plenty of like-minded people to hang out with. Marco—the owner—is devoted to his business and the people who stay in U-Co, and he’s also super friendly and helpful.
There is a kitchen you can use, and it’s probably the area in which most of the new friendships are made. Coffee and tea are tasty, free, and unlimited.
Per day: MXN 150
Per week: MXN 840
Per month: MXN 2,500
Monday – Friday: 7 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 7 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 7 am – 11 pm
These eight coworking spaces in Mexico City are fantastic as well
If U-Co is not to your liking, worry not—there are many other options. Here are eight other awesome coworking spaces in Mexico City.
You can findPublico in no less than five of the city’s barrios:
San Miguel Chapultepec
Lomas de Chapultepec
All of their offices are different, and each has a distinctive charm, but they’re all equally pretty. In each one, you will have access to a high-speed internet connection, so you can work without any worries. All locations offer ergonomic chairs, as well as alternative forms of seating, such as couches, benches, and so on. There are no standing desks, though.
Three of the locations—the ones in Condesa, Lomas de Chapultepec, and San Miguel Chapultepec—host TEDx events, so you can use an opportunity to look for discounts if you’re interested, and if you’re a member of the community.
All locations are dog-friendly, and some are cat-friendly as well, which is great for all of you who can’t bear to be apart from your furry monster.
They provide printing equipment and free coffee in all locations.
Located right next to Mexico Park and established in 2011,El 3er espacio is the first coworking space in the city.
There is high-speed Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to get too stressed out because of the bad connection. They provide ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks or bean bags, which limits your options a little bit.
The fact that they have existed for nine years now means that El 3er espacio can boast a great community. There are plenty of events and workshops, and the members can stay in touch via their own Facebook group. If you need any help or just want to make new friends, this is a place for you.
You can use their printing equipment, projectors, and Chromecast. There are personal lockers members can use, and a kitchen is at your disposal. When you need to relax, you can just go to the cute lounge area and chat with people. Tea and coffee are tasty and free.
The location is excellent, and the atmosphere is even better, so try to check out this coworking space when you get to Mexico City.
Colabora is happily situated in Condesa, within walking distance from Castillo de Chapultepec.
It provides fast Wi-Fi, which is great, but there are no ergonomic chairs or standing desks, which can be a bit of a problem. If you need to work for long hours, you’re more likely than not to end up with a stiff neck.
On the bright side, the community is fantastic. People don’t try to stick their nose into your business, but they are always kind and helpful when you need them. If you want to avoid bromads, Colabora is the place for you.
Coffee is free, and there is a library to browse through when you’re on a break. If you like longer breaks, take advantage of the great location and walk to the castle. The exercise and the sheer beauty of the palace and the grounds are bound to inspire you and make you more productive.
IOS Offices holds exactly 20 locations in Mexico City. They are all set up in business parts of the city, and you can find them in:
Paseo de la Reforma
Lomas de Chapultepec
All locations are well-equipped. They provide an excellent internet connection, so you can work peacefully. There are ergonomic chairs in every location, and standing desks can be found in some, but not all, of their offices.
Some offices—CAPITAL REFORMA, for example—host TEDx events, which can be fun and informative. If you’re an IOS member, you’re likely to get a discount, so why pass up the chance?
They offer Skype rooms, personal lockers, and a kitchen you can use. There are free beer and free coffee. If you’re in the mood for something fancier, don’t worry—most locations have an onsite café as well.
Some locations have fun little pastimes such as ping pong tables, and all of them have incredibly relaxing lounge areas for taking a break from all the hard work you’ve been doing.
Because it’s a co-living as well as a coworking space,Selina is highly convenient for cities as gargantuan as the capital of Mexico. If you live and work at the same place, you won’t have to waste time in traffic, so you’ll have more time to look around when you’re done working.
Selina is also a TEDx event host, so if TED talks are your cup of tea, the convenience increases even more.
They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and bean bags, so you have everything you need to work peacefully and comfortably. There are many other things to help you work, some of which are:
Selina is pet-friendly, so you don’t have to be apart from your best buddy (or the creature that plagues your nightmares, destroys your property, and awakens your inner Hulk, but you can’t help loving it—you know, your cat). Pets can help you stay productive, and more importantly, they can help you relax when you need to. There’s a pool table to help you unwind, too.
Coffee is free, but there are also an onsite restaurant and a café, in case you need more than a sandwich and a cup of plain coffee.
Coffice is conveniently located in the center of the city. It is a pretty coworking space with great coffee and good food. Coffee and snacks are free, but you need to pay for any real meals you crave. There is plenty of choice, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and halal menus. You also need to pay for alcoholic beverages.
They provide super-fast and reliable Wi-Fi, so you can work without interruptions and frustrations caused by a bad connection. There are some ergonomic chairs, but most of them are standard coffee shop chairs. Luckily, they offer standing desks, so there are options.
There are Skype rooms, which is excellent if you need privacy. You can use personal lockers if you don’t like carrying all your stuff around.
There are a yoga studio and a meditation room, and the place is dog-friendly, so you can relax and stretch or play with your four-legged pal when you need a break.
It is an incredibly cheerful coworking space. The community is great, and everybody is happy to make friends, chat, and help—and still, the atmosphere stays productive and conducive to hard work. Instead of distracting others, the members encourage each other to stay focused and motivated.
Homework provides an excellent internet connection, and there are ergonomic chairs and standing desks. The place is comfortable to work at, and the color schemes tend to boost your mood and optimism.
There are Skype rooms for those who need privacy and personal lockers for those who don’t want to think about their stuff while they’re working.
P3 is a great coworking space that would’ve made the top of our list if it wasn’t so inconveniently located on the outskirts of the city. They do offer free parking, so if you’re driving, the location doesn’t have to be a problem for you.
It provides super-speed Wi-Fi, so there’s no way you’ll have any problems in that regard while you work. There are plenty of seating options, including ergonomic chairs, bean bags, and standing desks.
The place is dog-friendly, it has a great lounge area, and coffee is free. You can use Skype rooms and personal lockers, and there is a kitchen at your disposal.
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
Many of these coworking spaces offer a minimal range of seating options. In order to be productive, you need to be comfortable, so it’s always best to choose the coworking space that offers the seating option you like the best.
Still, if the only downside to a coworking space is the lack of seating options, that’s easily fixed—you can get atravel stand desk. They’re much lighter than the regular ones, and you can set them up in no time. A travel stand desk gives you the option of standing up once you start feeling stiff and stretching a bit without having to stop working. It keeps your back in good shape, so if you don’t like sitting down for too long, you should give it a go.
Regus is our least favorite coworking space in Mexico City
We thought thatRegus is the least enjoyable coworking space in Mexico City. Admittedly, as it has about 20 locations around the city, it may seem quite convenient. It stands to reason that, once you’ve paid for the membership, you’ll be able to work in all of them.
So why is it our least favorite? The main issues with Regus are:
High staff turnover
It seems like every time we visit, a few members of the staff are new. This may not be a problem in itself, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy chatting or don’t tend to form a connection with the staff. Still, it means that the people who work there are always in a kind or training phase. This can make your experience there anything from slightly unpleasant to downright abysmal.
The issue with pricing is a far more severe one, though. In every location, they have a different set of prices for their services, and they’re only available on request. This practice is already annoying and makes them seem untrustworthy, but there’s more—you may pay for the full membership and yet not get access to all the locations. So what’s the point of membership then? Even though the pricing is not transparent, one thing is—Regus is one of the more expensive coworking spaces on this list. Before you part with your pesos, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
A community doesn’t exist in Regus. If you’re an outgoing, friendly sort of person, you might make a friend or two, but don’t count on the great nomad atmosphere in Regus.
8 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Guadalajara
In the country that gave us mariachi and tequila, every place is equally exciting to visit. Some places are just more equal than others.
Guadalajara is easily the most fascinating area in Mexico—yes, outranking even the capital city. Tortas ahogadas and tequila are an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Guadalajara is the home to the most significant zoo in Latin America—Zoologico Guadalajara—and if you like large areas of greenery, Bosque Los Colomos is probably among the most beautiful parks there are.
There is something for everyone. If you consider yourself a history buff or an artistic soul, Guadalajara boasts museums that’ll take your breath away. If you’d like to experience the culture, the many Mercados are a must-see, and none as much as Mercado San Juan de Dios, also called Mercado Libertad. If you just want to have a good time, one word—mariachi.
It’s undeniably easy to lose your head in the many attractions of the city. If you’re a digital nomad, who needs to work while traveling, you’ll need to be in full possession of your faculties. The easiest way to stay focused on your work is to find a coworking space that will keep you productive and motivated.
Unfortunately, sometimes it seems as if the choice of a coworking place is as broad as it’s long, especially if you’ve never visited the city before, and you don’t have anybody’s experience to fall back on. Don’t worry—we’ll give you a hand with that. Here’s a list of Guadalajara’s eight best coworking spaces, and one you should probably avoid.
Nevermind is our favorite place to cowork in Guadalajara
Don’t let the passive-aggressive name fool you—Nevermind is one of the friendliest, most motivational coworking spaces in Guadalajara. With its location right between the Americana, the Arcos Vallarta, and the Ladron de Guevara areas, it is easily accessible from all parts of the city. It is also surrounded by many cafés and restaurants, which is very convenient for all of you who do not share Joey Tribbiani’s enthusiasm for sandwiches.
The thing that we loved most about this coworking space is the internet. Every desk has its network cable, which ensures excellent speed with an average of about 200 Mbps for download and 143 Mbps for upload. If you like to move around while you work and don’t mind a bit slower connection, that’s okay too—there is also Wi-Fi. In any case, an unreliable connection is the Achilles’ heel of any computer-based freelancer, so having access to an incredibly stable and fast Internet is bound to save you at least some headache.
They don’t have standing desks, which is a bummer, but their ergonomic chairs are top-notch and provide excellent support. Even if you have to work full-time or long hours, you’re not likely to suffer from the stiffness that usually comes with long periods of sitting. If you’d still prefer to stand while typing your day away, here’s a pro tip—there are travel stand desks you can carry around with you, and they are much lighter than the regular kind.
Nevermind takes care of its community and organizes fun and educational events for its members. There is a reasonably well-stocked library, as well as a lounge area where you can relax with a pint of beer on casual Fridays or a bagel on Bagel Tuesdays, free of charge.
You can use their printing equipment for free, but only for 20 pages a day. They provide tasty (and free!) coffee, there is free parking, and the place is wheelchair accessible.
What else do you need in a coworking space?
Per day: MXN 150
Per month: MXN 2,500
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 2:30 pm
These seven coworking spaces are almost equally awesome
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the appeal of a coworking space is in the eye of the digital nomad. Just because Nevermind is our top choice, it doesn’t necessarily have to be yours. You may dislike it for any number of reasons—we don’t judge. We do, however, try to provide options to suit everybody’s taste, so here are other great coworking spaces in Guadalajara.
Metta Coworking is located in Italia Providencia, 5 minutes’ walk from public transport which takes you to the city center.
It provides all the standard benefits, such as Wi-Fi and comfortable seating. There are ergonomic chairs, as well as standing desks, which gives you a bit of freedom when you want to stretch your legs but are not ready for a break.
The space provides printing equipment, as well as microphones and projectors. If you don’t like taking your stuff to your desk, you can use the personal lockers that are available to the members, and there is a kitchen if you’re feeling creative. Of course, you can simply buy some snacks onsite. Tea and coffee are free, and there is a great lounge area with a foosball table and a small outdoor terrace where you can spend your breaks.
Metta coworking is pet-friendly, so you can bring your cat or dog to inspire you while you work and help you make new friends. If you’re into community building, this coworking space is great for you. It organizes a plethora of workshops and events, and the members have their Facebook group. If it sounds like your cup of tea, don’t be afraid to give it a go!
Set up in Arcos Vallarta, Worklabs is in an excellent, easily reachable location. It is wheelchair accessible and has a strong community for which it organizes occasional events and workshops.
Worklabs makes sure you’re comfy while you work. They offer high-speed Wi-Fi, which minimizes frustration while working. The temperature is regulated through the air conditioning and heating system, and there are ergonomic chairs and standing desks, which are great for keeping back pain at bay. There is plenty of natural light, which makes it easier to stay optimistic, motivated, and productive.
Printing equipment, personal lockers, and a kitchen are there at your disposal. There is a relaxing lounge area, and the balcony gives you a fantastic view of the city.
When you need a break, you can play ping pong with some of the other members, or you can meditate with a glass of beer or a cup of coffee—both of which are free of charge.
Colabora is located in Obrera, only a few minutes’ walk from the Ninos Heroes roundabout. They provide fast Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to lose your mind over an annoyingly slow connection. There are standing desks and ergonomic chairs, so your legs don’t have to die after several hours of work.
There is some extra equipment available to the members, including printers, microphones, and video recording equipment. You can use personal lockers, phone booths, and Skype rooms. There is a kitchen if you feel like whipping something up. If you don’t, you can always buy snacks onsite. Tea and coffee are free, but there is an onsite café in case you’re craving something fancier to boost your inspiration.
Colabora takes care of its community. Workshops and events are organized quite often, and there are mentorship, incubator, and accelerator programs for the members.
The space is dog-friendly, and there are a library and a nap room. The outdoor terrace is stunning and truly relaxing, and it overlooks the busy street below.
Out of the four IOS Offices locations in Guadalajara, Americas 1500 Tower is easily our favorite.
It offers all the usual—fast internet connection, ergonomic chairs, standing desks, as well as office equipment, Skype rooms, and organized events.
What we loved so much about this coworking space, though, is the beautiful view you can enjoy if you’re lucky enough to grab a desk at the window. It is truly inspiring, but no more than the view from the terrace. IOS Offices provides a foosball table and a mini-golf course. Still, when you’re taking a break, you’ll never skip going to the terrace—it’s just that beautiful. Beer and coffee are free, and there is an onsite café, so take your beverage, enjoy the view, and let it inspire and motivate you before you go back to work.
Located in a shopping center downtown, Centraal Bosch is only a few blocks from La Minerva. It boasts reliable Wi-Fi and plenty of equipment available to its members, including printers and sound recording systems.
They organize useful and educational events for their members. Centraal Bosch provides ergonomic chairs and standing desks. It is wheelchair accessible.
There is a kitchen you can use, as well as personal lockers, podcasting rooms, and Skype rooms. This coworking space is a co-living one as well, which is convenient for everybody who doesn’t want to spend precious time going to and from work.
There is a functional—but not really cozy—chill-out area where you can grab a free coffee or beer when you’re taking a break.
Labra is conveniently located just down the street from La Minerva roundabout. While it looks pretty ordinary in all other aspects, one thing that makes it unique is the amount of greenery in the place. The many plants you’re surrounded with make you feel like you’re almost outside and, combined with plenty of natural light, really boost your optimism and mood in general.
When it comes to the basics, Labra offers a reliable internet connection and ergonomic chairs. There are no standing desks or alternative seating, so it can get a bit uncomfortable after a while.
The space provides printing equipment and projectors. It also organizes community workshops and events. There are personal lockers and a kitchen you can use if you want. If you need an accommodation as well, there are some Airbnbs nearby.
There is a small but cute outside terrace where you can take a break. Coffee is free, and there are some books and magazines to entertain you and take your mind off work. You can even take your dog with you!
Located in Ladron de Guevara, Potencial Corporativo is strategically placed in the financial corridor of Avenida de las Americas. It is by far the priciest item on this list, but it does provide plenty of benefits to make up for it.
Aside from the basics, which include high-speed Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs, they provide standing desks, bean bags, Bosu ball chairs, and even hammocks. They offer a wide range of additional equipment, such as:
Sound and video recording equipment
Computers (PCs and Macs)
AR and VR equipment
Professional lighting equipment
They take excellent care of their members and organize plenty of useful workshops, events, and programs. The community has its own Facebook group, Slack channel, and even a community app. They even have a sports team, and they meet for lunches and drinks regularly.
When you need to relax, you can find anything you need, from a swimming pool and nap room to a yoga studio and meditation room. There are ping pong, foosball, and pool table, a mini-golf course, and a trampoline. If you’re not in the mood for physical activity, you can always play darts, board games, or arcade games. You can do karaoke or check out their little art gallery. There are free wine and beer, so you can just chill out. The number of entertainment options is impressive—and potentially distracting.
The space is pet-friendly, and they offer childcare services, which is great for all of you who don’t think they can use coworking spaces because you’re not sure what to do with your kids while you’re gone.
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Agora Inc is our least favorite place to cowork in Guadalajara
“Least favorite” does not equal “terrible” or “useless”, and Agora Inc is not without its charms. It boasts a great location in the center of the city, and many people like the sentimental value of the interior. So, why didn’t we enjoy it?
In our opinion, the crucial flaws of this coworking space are:
Lack of comfort
The furniture in Agora Inc is very charming and quaint if you’re into the whole grandma’s living room-style of decoration. While the aesthetics do provide a certain charisma, the seating is just not long hours-friendly. It’s probably not even short hours-friendly. The armchairs and couches are fine if you want to relax, but they’re hardly conducive to hard work. The chairs at the tables are standard dining-room chairs, and those at the desks are of lower quality and simply not the right choice for working for a few hours.
Agora Inc does not cultivate its community, which means that it is of no use if you want to make friends or form contacts. Its value is strictly limited to the peace and quiet it provides in addition to the desk and chair.
When you want to take a break and take your mind off work for a while, you’ll have to make do with whatever entertainment you can provide for yourself. This is not such a big deal—you can always bring a book, read the news, or play games on your phone. However, in a world where coworking spaces provide board games, foosball tables, and swimming pools, do you honestly want to spend your time in a place that won’t even offer a few magazines to lessen your stress?
Agora Inc is an okay coworking space if all you’re looking for are a desk and a chair. In our opinion, though, there are many superior options in Guadalajara.
Tulum is a great place both for those interested in historically relevant places and those who just want to lie on the beach. Unfortunately, among digital nomads, this town is known for its unreliable Wi-Fi and a lack of spaces to work from — there is only one dedicated coworking space. Recently, it has developed, and it now has more Internet cafes with better Wi-Fi. Here are some of the coworking spaces we singled out.
Bucko is the only coworking space located in the center of Tulum, or rather, in the Pueblo part of it. This is a premium location downtown, with a bus stop only minutes away. From there, you can easily explore the town. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can simply hop on the bus and get to the famous Mayan Ruins. If you crave some rest, a bus will take you to the beach part of Tulum for cheap.
Apart from coworking space, Bucko hosts a restaurant, tattoo studio, and music lab. You can also stay the night. The warm, rustic interior goes well with their main idea, which is working together for a greener future. There are two spaces for coworking — a large conference room and a small office that can fit up to six people. Both are equipped with air-conditioning, photocopiers, scanners, and the Wi-Fi is fast.
The best thing about Bucko is that the staff are super friendly, and they make you feel like you’re part of the community. If you’re traveling with your furry friend, do not worry as they are welcome here too.
350 MXN per day
1,400 MXN per week
3,500 MXN per month
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Best Internet cafes for coworking in Tulum
Internet cafes are a decent alternative to coworking spaces. Even though they may not be as comfortable and work-friendly, you can make the most out of them by being resourceful. If you get yourself a portable travel stand desk, you can attach it to a coffee shop table, leave the nasty chair, and work in a standing position. Here are some places in Tulum you should consider.
Tulum Art Club is a coffee shop on the main street in Tulum. If you decide to stay at a downtown hostel, this will be an excellent place to work from as it’s within walking distance of many of them. And when you get tired but too lazy to get on the bus and hit the beach, you can always stroll down the main street lined with various souvenir shops and attractions.
The coffee shop is also a boho-style art gallery, which makes it a beautiful place to work from. Tulum Art Club is one of the hotspots for digital nomads in Tulum. It is quiet as people are usually there to work or read, and the Wi-Fi is solid and reliable. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, this place is great news because their menu is mostly vegan, with plenty of raw food dishes and delicious smoothies.
What we don’t like about Tulum Art Club
As amazing as it is, this coffee shop still has some downsides:
Not enough parking space
It’s a bit on the expensive side
No air-conditioning (instead, there are ceiling fans)
Babel Cafe is yet another great place downtown to cowork. It is also on the main road, not too far from Tulum Art Club. If you’re staying in the center of Tulum, be sure to check Babel, another nomad-friendly place in the area, with a lovely garden.
The Wi-Fi here is reliable, so you don’t have to worry about the connection breaking. The place is cozy, with a comfortable sofa and armchairs, and the staff speaks English. Their food is delicious, so you can grab a fresh pastry as you work and enjoy good coffee. You should definitely try their waffles. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll be happy to hear that the prices are also reasonable and tourist-friendly.
What we don’t like about Babel Cafe
As much as we love this place, it has one flaw — it can get a bit noisy. The price of great coffee is in the loud coffee grinders.
Tulum is a small town, so all the best places are huddled together. Right across the street from Tulum Art Club, there is another potential coworking space — Ki’bok Coffee. This cafe is as chill as the palms that line it. You can sit inside, in front of the coffee shop, or in a charming, colorful garden terrace in the back. The last one is a great option for those looking to get away from the street hustle.
Ki’bok brings the beach vibe to town for those who prefer to experience a little bit of both sides of Tulum. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the food is great. It is one of the most popular local breakfast places, and they serve the best coffee in town.
What we don’t like about Ki’bok Coffee
The coffee is delicious, and the place is cute, but there is one essential problem — Wi-Fi. They do have it, but it is unreliable. So if you’re counting on taking long calls or working on anything without interruptions, better cross the street.
If you prefer the sunny side of Tulum and would like to feel sand between your toes while working, you can do that too. There are two places near the beach which can provide you with interesting coworking spaces. However, be aware that they are a bit pricey.
Papaya Playa Project is a hotel with the best Wi-Fi in Tulum. Not only can you use it in the hotel and in their outside restaurant area, but you can also use it in their beach cabanas. Talk about a workcation!
If you stay at Selina Los Lirios Hostel, you can also rely on great Wi-Fi. Another great thing about this place is that it features its own coworking space, which includes a meeting room and private call rooms. As is the case with Papaya, you can also catch some Wi-Fi on the beach.
As you can see, even though Tulum has a bad rap when it comes to the Internet, there are still cozy places where you can work while soaking in the local atmosphere.
Where to stay in Guadalajara, the land of tequila and mariachi
With origins as far back as 1531, the second-largest city of Mexico is a standing example of central-American tradition meeting modern metropolis expectations, creating a melting pot of culture and technology. The city of Guadalajara is also part of IEEE’s “Smart Cities”, a program dedicated to uniting major cities into research and development of smart technological solutions in fields such as energy, communication, health, etc.
This article will help you choose where to stay in Guadalajara.
The Guadalajara metropolitan area comprises of the city center and seven other municipalities:
Tlajomulco de Zuñiga
Ixtlahuacán de Los Membrillos
With this in mind, here are our recommended areas to stay in Guadalajara:
Center Guadalajara (Centro)
Best for first-timers
Best for modern nightlife visits
Best for artistic/bohemian crowd
Public transportation, getting around Guadalajara
If you chose any of the locations we’ve listed, the most important things should be within walking distance from you. Alternatively, here are four ways you can get around Guadalajara:
Guadalajara has a total of 178 bus lines and the majority passes through the city center. Luckily, the Moovit app can help you understand their routes easily. A standard bus ticket will cost between 6 and 10 Pesos ($0.45-0.80)
Although taxies in Guadalajara are safe for tourists to use, they can be pretty inconvenient. The prices vary heavily depending on where you’re being picked up, where you’re going and the time of year. The average starting fee is around 30 Pesos ($1.6) and the price of one kilometer is usually around 10 Pesos ($0.55), although some taxies will try to bargain with tourists to get a better price. A half-an-hour ride within city areas should not cost you more than 150 Pesos ($8). The price is increased by up to 40% for outer city areas and 15% for the night tariff.
UberX is available and safe to use. Travelers that enjoy the comfort and convenience of using Uber can rest assured, it provides the same types of advantages compared to taxis, as you’d expect from the service.
There are two main subway lines operating in Guadalajara. A regular ticket should cost around 7 pesos ($ 0.40). Here’s a map of the stations, green representing one train line and blue the other.
Where to stay for first-timers – Centro (Guadalajara city Center)
The city center is a good location to set up base, with lots of things to see and do in the area, and with easy access to the rest of Guadalajara.
Plenty of things to see and do
Central location (obviously)
Entertainment at all price ranges
Some key activities in Guadalajara are away from the center
What to see and do in Centro Guadalajara?
Cathedral de Guadalajara
The first official city cathedral was a small church built all the way back in 1541. However, in May of 1574, the building caught fire and was severely damaged.
During this time, King Felipe II already commissioned Spanish architect Martin Casillas to build a new cathedral.
It was finally completed in February 1618 and looked mostly the same as it does today.
In 1849, an earthquake shook the region and damaged the cathedral, its towers beyond repair. Reconstruction started shortly after, and the new structures were completed in 1854, after which Pope Pius XII elevated Catedral de Guadalajara to the rank of Minor Basilica.
San Juan de Dios Market
This is the largest indoor marketplace in Latin America, covering a total of 40 000 square meters. The market has 3 levels, all of which have different purposes.
The first floor has typical marketplace goods such as fresh groceries, sweets, drinks, as well as crafted goods and souvenirs
The second floor if full of food stalls and restaurants, where both locals and tourists alike come to enjoy cheap, authentic Mexican dishes.
The third floor is, dedicated to imported goods and modern technology
Many of the vendors are willing to bargain for their price, so don’t be afraid to look around for better prices on the same or similar items.
Where to stay for the nightlife experience – Avenida Chapultepec
People looking for the full-on Mexican nightlife experience, while still being in the heart of the city, should look at areas surrounding Avenida Chapultepec (Obrera/Americana). Located just south-west of the Centro area, this modern neighborhood has plenty of places to go and spend your hard-earned cash, especially at night.
An infinite number of activities, both in the area and nearby
Youthful, upbeat area
Can get overcrowded, especially on the weekends
What to see and do at Avenida Chapultepec
This is a live dance event where people come on Chapultepec Avenue, between Lerdo de Tejada and La Paz. The event takes place every Monday from 6:30 pm. For the first hour, people get to learn Salsa and Bachata, then from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the street dance event takes place. Everyone can participate and it’s completely free, it’s all about coming together to enjoy the evening.
Walk down the Avenue
The avenue is the heart of this area, with plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs, and street food to choose from. Walking down the avenue and absorbing the culture can be an attraction in itself, but wait until you see it lit-up at night.
Jose Cuervo Express
All aboard the Tequila train. Hop on the Jose Cuervo to learn about the origins and production of the world-famous drink. The train leaves from Guadalajara for the town of Tequila, after which the drink was named. Depending on the type of pass you buy, on the train, you’ll be offered different drinks and snacks to enjoy while you travel. At the destination, visitors will be offered a tour of the La Rojeña distillery, which started producing Tequila over 250 years ago. The landscape and the industrial facilities of Tequila are Unesco World Heritage sites.
Where to stay in Avenida Chapultepec, our top AirBnB’s
Where to stay, artistic/bohemian edition – Centro Tlaquepaque
Tlaquepaque is an area famous for its art, particularly its colorful pottery. The Centro and surrounding areas of San Francisco and De Santiago are great neighborhoods for your base location in Tlaquepaque. Just don’t get it confused with central Guadalajara, this is a separate municipality.
Vibrant and colorful area
Plenty of activities and things to see
The architecture reminds of past times
A bit secluded, but not too far
What to see and do in Tlaquepaque?
Historically blocks of homes for the wealthy colonials, the houses, and area around them have been transformed into one of the favorite districts both for locals and tourists. The area is full of shops, cafes, art exhibits, it’s very colorful and full of greenery, making it a great escape from modern metropolis life. Make sure to buy some art as a souvenir and support local artistry.
Museo Regional de la Cerámica (National Ceramics Museum)
Opened in 1954 and serves as one of the two museums dedicated to preserving ceramics and similar crafted art from the area, but winder Mexico as well. The second museum was named after Pantaleon Panduro. Born on July 26th, 1847 in Tlaquepaque, he was a self-taught clay sculptor famous for his lifelike human figurines. The museum houses winning pieces of Mexicos’ annual nation-wide ceramics competition from the past three decades. Once you’re done with the National Ceramics Museum, head on over to the Pantaleon Panduro exhibit.
El Jardín Hidalgo
Named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who was a Roman-catholic priest and leader of the Mexican war of Independence. In the middle of the square, there is a giant statue of Miguel. Along with his statue, notably, there are two churches nearby:
El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Solitude)