7 Places to Be a Digital Nomad in Winter

UPDATED: February 8, 2023
PUBLISHED: February 3, 2023
digital nomad working from a destination city

Digital nomads can typically move around without compromising their job security, working remotely and often with flexible work hours. While it was mostly self-employed freelancers taking advantage of this kind of lifestyle, the number of employed workers has increased over the years. As long as they have access to Wi-Fi, a digital nomad can work from virtually any city in the world.

Currently, there are nearly 17 million U.S. citizens who are digital nomads, and the number is projected to increase from there. With many looking to work remotely in locations other than their home country, governments are setting up visa plans for remote workers. Myriad countries are offering these “digital nomad” visas. Meet the income requirement? You’re welcome to stay a while. 

The best digital nomad cities for the winter months

As the winter months drag on, a week-long vacation just doesn’t cut it when you can work from a warm destination for a month or longer. Wise.com analyzed the top warm-weather destinations based on temperatures, cost of living and safety, and their proximity to U.S. time zones. The following list shows their results of the best digital nomad cities in the world. Most of this list is Spanish-speaking. Although one can get around without fluency, learning some of the language will offer a more rewarding and immersive experience. 

1. Medellín, Colombia

Colombia is a popular South American city for digital nomads as the country offers a digital nomad visa up to two years. In the country, Medellín stands out with great weather, averaging about 72°F throughout the year. 

The city is great for day trips out to the little towns and coffee farms. Well-maintained public transportation makes any city more accessible. Plus, Medellín’s Metrocable gondola lift system is a cheap and easy way to get around the city.  

2. Quito, Ecuador

Like Colombia, Ecuador has recently started offering two-year residence visas for remote workers. Quito is the capital of Ecuador, and the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city also has quite a few coworking spaces, a great option for those who don’t want to bring office supplies or establish Wi-Fi in a foreign country. 

Surrounded by nature, there are plenty of hikes and parks to enjoy in and around the city. Though the city gets a bit rainy in the spring and winter, temperatures don’t typically dip lower than around 48°F.

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The urban city of Buenos Aires has a vibrant gastronomy scene, making it an attractive destination for food lovers. Not only that, but there are plenty of coffee shops and bookstores for those who enjoy working out of spaces with a relaxed ambiance. This is a city where going out is part of the local culture, making it easier to connect with others and establish yourself within the community. Buenos Aires is also a family-friendly city with plenty of nurseries, child care centers and playgrounds that serve as socialization hubs. 

4. Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá is a great city for a digital nomad due to its vibrant culture, affordable living and growing technology scene. With colorful street art and delicious food, there is always something to do in Bogotá. Those who enjoy the outdoors will like Parque 93, a popular outdoor park where many come to spend the day with friends, grab a bite to eat or just relax. 

Artists will enjoy the Museo Nacional de Colombia, home to an impressive collection of Colombian art and artifacts. The city also has a thriving startup scene, and coworking spaces, tech events and meetups are available for those looking to network and collaborate with other digital nomads.

5. Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is known for its stunning architecture, beautiful beaches and outdoor cafes where you can work while enjoying the view. There are also plenty of coworking spaces available in the beach city for those who need a more structured work environment.

History buffs won’t want to miss landmarks such as the Solis Theatre and the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. Foodies will love the street food scene, with local favorites like asado and chivito. Overall, Montevideo offers a laid-back and affordable experience for digital nomads.

6. San José, Costa Rica

The capital of Costa Rica, San José is one of the top cities for the digital nomad who loves coffee. The country is known for its premium coffee beans, and the city is filled with cozy coffee shops, cafes and roasteries. One of the best ways to experience this culture is to take a coffee tour and learn about growing, harvesting, roasting and brewing coffee.

Looking for a more immersive experience? Consider visiting one of the coffee farms or cooperatives in the nearby mountain ranges, such as Doka Estate or Coopedota. You’ll can learn about the different stages of coffee production and taste some of the freshest coffee in the world. 

Additionally, lush rainforests and scenic mountain ranges surround San José, making it easy for digital nomads to take a break from work and enjoy the great outdoors.

7. Cali, Colombia

Another one of Colombia’s popular digital nomad cities, Cali, is renowned for its Afro-Colombian culture, salsa music and dancing. Visitors can experience this culture by visiting local salsa clubs and taking lessons. The third-largest city in Columbia, Cali is a bit more affordable than Bogotá. It’s also warmer, with a tropical climate ranging between about 66°F to 85°F year-round. 

With so many options, there’s a warm-weather destination perfect for every type of digital nomad. These seven best warm-weather cities for digital nomads offer a range of experiences and opportunities for growth and exploration. Consider your individual preferences and needs, and choose a destination that aligns with your goals and priorities. Regardless of where you go, a warm-weather destination can offer a refreshing escape from colder climates, providing an ideal environment for work, play and growth.

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Iona Brannon is a freelance journalist based in the U.S. You can read more of her work at ionabrannon.com.