Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is considered the Spring Break capital of the world, and is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and energetic nightlife. There are 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. During spring break period (February to April), digital nomads can easily avoid college spring breakers by renting apartments and avoiding cheap resorts.

Cancun is often thought of as expensive, however it is possible to live cheaply in Cancun. As a general rule, you can rent a studio apartment for between $300 and $400 USD per month, and it is cheaper to rent an accomodation in Centro than in Zona Hotelera. While Cancun might not be the most affordable place in Mexico, there are a lot of pros to living here, such as access to an international airport, a fairly English-friendly place and good infrastructure for foreigners.

Cancun is considered to be safer than any major American city, especially when you stick to the hotel zone and Centro. It would still serve you well to make sure you are not walking on quiet streets alone late at night, but as long as you are in the centre where locals and tourists gather, you will feel safe. Women digital nomads should note that within the hotel zone and Centro, there is a separate tourism police force that provides multilingual support. It is recommended to take taxis from a 'sitio' or by calling a radio taxi, and many hotels will be able to help you with this.

If you want Cancun to yourself, avoid the peak season that runs from December to April and July to August. September to November are prone to heavy storms — this region faces the worst threat for hurricanes in the fall.

Coworking Spaces in Cancun

ORBIS Coworking

ORBIS Coworking

Avenue Bonampak, Manzana 1, Lote 4 y 5, Local SA 2, Super Manzana 8

Where to stay in Cancun

Budget:
Villa Cancun House


Villa Cancun House is located 500 metres from the supermarket and bus stop where you can reach the hotel area, markets and beach. It features a shared kitchen, garden and free WiFi.

Mid-range:
Bed & Breakfast La Casa Naranja


Located 5-minutes from downtown Cancun, this cozy bed and breakfast offers spacious rooms and friendly service.

Splurge:
La Villa du Golf à Cancun


Located in the Zona Hotelera district in Cancún, 1.3 km from Coco Bongo, La Villa du Golf à Cancun features free WiFi access and free private parking.

Cafes with wifi

Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.

Tours & Activities in Cancun

Turtle Snorkeling Adventure from Cancun


Snorkel in a pristine cenote and with sea turtles at Akumal, a protected marine area, on this full-day excursion from Riviera Maya. Learn about the area's natural resources, including its spectacular limestone rock formations, and the marine ecosystem from your guide. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.

Night Snorkeling in Cancun


See the underwater world by snorkeling at night. On this 3-hour tour in Cancun, see many different species, including turtles, eels, and fish. You will even see nocturnal fish that you otherwise never would. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.

Sail to Isla Mujeres with Lunch and Open Bar from Cancun


Don´t miss the chance to spend a wonderful day sailing through the Caribbean Sea and to Isla Mujeres in a catamaran. Enjoy the sun and the breeze while sailing to the reef where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and admire hundreds of colorful fishes. Later you will be taken to a private beach club where you will have time to enjoy a buffet lunch and relax. You will also visit Isla Mujeres, where you can enjoy free time walking on its streets and, if you want to, you can do some shopping. Finally, you will sail back to Cancun. Check reviews, dates and prices, etc.

Places to exercise

Cancun Running

Running in Zona Hotelera

There's a 26km paved path that starts at the beginning of Kukulkan Blvd across from the fitness area. Do not run after 6pm and preferably go running with a partner.

SUP

Stand Up Paddle

Rent a paddle board for USD20/hour and explore the coast of Cancun.

Gym

Title Boxing Club

An American chain of fitness clubs that offers group boxing and kickboxing classes and personal training.