One of the main benefits of working remotely and taking advantage of modern technology is having the ability to work from and live anywhere in the world. As long as there is somewhere to sit down, plug in your laptop, and connect to the WiFi, you can literally make any spot on the planet your home and office! As such, it's no wonder that the digital nomad lifestyle has become increasingly popular in recent years.
What better place to work from than the dazzling white sands of the Caribbean? While the islands of the Caribbean have not received as much attention from the digital nomad community as other popular tropical hubs like Thailand, Bali, or Vietnam so far, they offer a lot of incredible benefits and are very much worth considering for those who want to diversify their nomadic travels. If you're looking for a change of scenery for your remote work, here are some of the best places to live and work in the Caribbean.
When it comes to living a nomadic lifestyle in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos is the cream of the crop. This is an ideal destination for individuals who are already generating a substantial income from their business efforts and want to experience the luxurious side of the Caribbean.Turks & Caicos rentals range in price, but you can expect to spend at least $3000 per month on the lower side. The main benefit of traveling to Turks & Caicos is that you get what you pay for: safety, strong internet, and an incredible local culture. Turks & Caicos is the perfect destination for digital nomads looking to escape the winter chill while living in the lap of luxury.
Jamaica has a lot to offer remote workers who are looking to while away the days in the Caribbean. You can expect to live comfortably in Kingston for $2000 a month. For that price, you'll have access to strong internet, great coworking spaces, and plenty of adventure. Both Kingston and Montego Bay have vibrant nightlife options for solopreneurs and freelancers who are looking to unwind.
As many parts of Jamaica are impoverished, note that safety can be an issue. So while this destination is awesome for single digital nomads, it's not as family-friendly as some of the other options.
The Dominican Republic is affordable, fun, and friendly to foreigners. It boasts a lower cost of living than some of the other destinations on this list, ranging from $1500 to $3000 per month depending on your location. It's also not as humid as Jamaica, making it more tolerable during the summer months.
If you opt to go to the Dominican Republic, head to Santo Dominico. It offers better internet and value for money than Punta Cana. It's also spacious and female traveler-friendly, unlike some other parts of the country. Be mindful that the roads in Santo Dominico are dangerous, but it's a very walkable city.
Sporty digital nomads also like to spend time in the resort town of Cabarete, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, to take advantage of the great conditions for kite-surfing and other water sports.
Often overlooked as a travel destination, Curaçao is perhaps the best Caribbean destination for digital nomads. While not as luxurious as Turks & Caicos, it still has a lot to offer. This destination is family-friendly, LGBTQ-friendly, and female-friendly. It has a great nightlife and incredible quality of living. With reliable internet and endless opportunities for adventure, it's shocking that the cost of living in the capital, Willemstad, is only around $2000 per month.
If you're looking for a place to put down roots for a while, Curaçao is the ideal destination. From there, you can explore the surrounding Caribbean islands to your heart's content.
Panama is another Caribbean destination favored by digital nomads. Instead of flocking to the famous Panama City, many remote workers recommend Bocas del Toro. This is a tolerant area where people are generally happy and inviting. There's plenty to do and see on your days off to keep things interesting.
Bocas del Toro doesn't have many coworking areas but offers reliable, free internet throughout the city. The average cost of living for nomads in Bocas del Toro is $2500 per month.
The Caribbean has something to offer every type of digital nomad. Whether you're traveling alone or with a family, whatever your budget, and whether you're looking for luxury or simplicity, there's an island for you. Embrace the digital nomad lifestyle from the comfort of a villa by a white sand beach in the Caribbean. It's also a fantastic part of the world to base yourself in if you're into scuba diving and other water-based sports and activities.
Have you lived and worked as a digital nomad in any of these Caribbean destinations? Or are you a nomad considering spending some time in the Caribbean? If so, which place will you pick? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so drop us a comment below to let us know!
Hey, I'm Camille! I'm a 30-something "ex-French" girl turned world explorer. In 2013, I quit my life to travel the world - and I haven’t stopped since! I have lived in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia, and have visited 50+ countries as a location-independent travel writer and affiliate marketer. I like sleeping in hammocks, riding scooters, eating all the foods, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I now share this journey with my nomadic boyfriend Mr B, with whom I recently bought a home base in the mountains of Bansko, Bulgaria.