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Warmest spots around the world for digital nomads

Ceylin Güven
November 4, 2022

We’re all well aware by now that your location isn’t important for you to be able to work. If you want to work from anywhere you want in the world, while also exploring new places, being a digital nomad is just the thing you need. If you’re already a remote working professional, it’s really easy to take the leap and become a digital nomad. But where will you go? Let’s check out 8 of the warmest spots you can easily reside in and explore as a digital nomad. And if that’s not your cup of tea, you can explore other countries with a digital nomad visa.

Gran Canaria, Spain

Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, which are famous among tourists for their amazing beaches and year-round toasty weather. Add Spain’s recent regulation to cut taxes for digital nomads into the mix, and you have a great destination for remote workers to enjoy.  

  • Climate: Since it’s a subtropical island, the weather is comparatively mild and sunny, with moderate amounts of rain. The average temperature is between 18°C and 24°C year-round.
  • Cost of living: Living expenses are estimated to be around €590 excluding accommodation. Meanwhile, rent for a 1-bedroom apartment ranges from 600-800€.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: Gran Canaria has many unique historical landscapes, hot springs, black sand and hot lava beaches to visit. You can also do all the regular tourist activities like surfing, snorkeling, etc.
  • Length of stay without a visa: 90 days in a 180-day period (for visa-exempt countries)
  • Digital nomad visa: A freelancer visa is available providing a stay for up to one year, and a specific digital nomad visa is in the works as of today. Other than that, you can get a long-term stay visa to live in Spain for more than three months.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is considered to be one of the best digital nomad cities by many people: It has a high number of coworking spaces, a great climate, and a high variety of tourist attractions. As it’s the capital city of Argentina, it’s especially a great option for people who still want to live the city life while enjoying the warmer weather. There is also a large digital nomad community here, where you can link up with like-minded people.

  • Climate: The yearly temperatures can range from 12° - 25°C, with January being the hottest month and getting the most rain. The weather is overall temperate, but extremely humid.
  • Cost of living: Averages at around $1,500 for 1-person, rent and utilities included.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: Vibrant culture, beautiful architecture and landmarks, large number of nightlife options, coworking spaces, rich historical tourist attractions, and other adventure opportunities.
  • Length of stay without a visa: 90 days in a 180-day period (for visa-exempt countries).
  • Digital nomad visa: Argentina launched its digital nomad visa recently, in May of 2022. It allows an uninterrupted stay for up to 1 year. You can officially apply through their government webpage.

Sal, Cape Verde

Sal is one of the islands of Cape Verde, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, near the west of the African continent. Sal specifically is a popular tourist attraction, mainly for its famous and vast white sand beaches. This is a place to visit mainly for relaxation, but it can still support your life as a digital nomad with its coworking spaces and cheap living costs.

  • Climate: There is no precise information for the island’s climate itself, but the weather in Cape Verde ranges from 23°-27°C, with very little variation based on season. It also gets a lot less rainfall than other tropical destinations, and is relatively dry for the majority of the year.
  • Cost of living: $750-$1,000 per month.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: World-famous white sand beaches, a lot of relaxation options and resorts, and an emphasis on many different watersports. Other islands of Cabo Verde are also easy to reach, with more attractions to explore–like an active volcano!
  • Length of stay without a visa: 90 days in a 180-day period (for visa-exempt countries).
  • Digital nomad visa: By filling out the form and applying for the Cabo Verde Remote Working Program, you can get a digital nomad visa for up to 6 months, with extension options also available. Check their eligibility requirements for more information on if you qualify.  

Madeira, Portugal

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago made up of 4 islands, the main one being also titled Madeira. A beautiful mix of seaside and mountain living, you can experience the best of both worlds here as a digital nomad.  

  • Climate: The weather is usually mild, warm, and humid. The temperature is between an average of 16°C-23°C, so it’s pretty consistently warm year-round.
  • Cost of living: Madeira is reportedly 12% cheaper than Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, which makes it a great affordable alternative. You can expect to pay between $800-$1,100 per month.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: Visiting the many popular beaches, hiking, exploring the diverse wildlife, dolphin/whale watching, etc.
  • Length of stay without a visa: 90 days in a 180-day period (for visa-exempt countries).
  • Digital nomad visa: You can get a remote worker visa to live in Madeira for up to 1 year. This comprehensive guide can help if you want to apply for the Portugal digital nomad visa.

Valletta, Malta

Malta is already one of the popular digital nomad countries, but the capital city of Valletta definitely takes the cake among all the destinations. It’s a unique city surrounded by historical walls, and has many unique spots to explore and enjoy.

  • Climate: Valletta is comparatively colder than the other options, so you probably won’t be able to swim year-round. The coldest months average at around 12.5°C, which still makes for a great place to live in. On the other hand, you can expect an average of a comfortable 24-27°C in the summers.
  • Cost of living: Monthly costs are estimated at around €930 without rent.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: With many historical landmarks (churches, museums, palaces, the wall that surrounds the city) that date back all the way to the 1500s, and beautiful gardens, it’s definitely a city to please all history buffs. Besides that, it also has a vibrant culture, active nightlife, and of course, all the beaches you can need.
  • Length of stay without a visa: 90 days in a 180-day period (for visa-exempt countries)
  • Digital nomad visa: Malta issues its own Nomad Residency Permit, which grants you a stay for 1 year. You can learn more and apply from their official website.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is both the capital and the largest city of Barbados. The rich culture, vibrant people, and technological resources make it a great place to visit as a digital nomad.

  • Climate: With a temperature between 25°C-30°C all year, the weather is almost always hot and humid. Considering it’s an island port, the shores also get a lot of wind and precipitation.
  • Cost of living: Around $1300-$1500 per month, rent and utilities included.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: Lots of museums, galleries, and landmarks, exploring the local food and great beaches.
  • Length of stay without a visa: No visa is required for a stay for up to six months if you’re from an eligible country.
  • Digital nomad visa: The 12 Month Barbados Welcome Stamp, as suggested by its name, is a residency permit that grants remote workers a stay for up to 1 year.  

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa is a great place to live out your desired digital nomad lifestyle to the max; with relaxing beaches, large forests, and apparently, an abundance of hammocks to lie down in. If you have no desire to stay close to the city and want to have a year or two of rest, it’s the ideal destination for you.

  • Climate: The tropical climate makes for a very warm and humid environment, and there’s frequent and heavy rainfall. The overall temperature averages 26.2°C, with March being the warmest month of the year at around 27°C.
  • Cost of living: According to data from long-term visitors and inhabitants, monthly living costs for one person ranges from $850-$1,500.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: Visiting the natural landmarks, enjoying the peace & quiet, beaches & beach clubs, surfing, diving, etc.
  • Length of stay without a visa: A maximum of 90 days.
  • Digital nomad visa: If you’re a self-employed professional with a fixed income of over $2,500/month, you can get the Costa Rica digital nomad visa. This allows you a stay of 2 years, and can be renewed as needed.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This place is an affordable option for those of you that want to experience the beauties of Southeast Asia. With the warm weather, plenty of urban attractions, and closeness to other vibrant cities, Ho Chi Minh is a great place to reside in if you want to spice up your digital nomad life.

  • Climate: Warm and humid all year round, with temperatures ranging from 30°C-35°C.
  • Cost of living: Around $500 without rent, with accommodation options costing as little as $290 available.
  • Attractions & cultural activities: The city is famous for its coffee culture, so there are many local cafes for you to explore. Other than that, you can enjoy the immersive culture, try the local cuisine, engage in classic urban activities, with close proximity to beaches if you ever need a swim.
  • Length of stay without a visa: After the pandemic, Vietnam has yet to bring back the usual 90-day stay option. The maximum stay with a tourist visa is 14-30 days. However, you can apply to stay for longer upon arrival.
  • Digital nomad visa: Vietnam doesn’t currently offer digital nomad visas. You can enter via the regular tourist visa (90 days) and apply to extend it.

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