Tulum Or Playa Del Carmen – Which One Digital Nomads Should Choose?

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Mexican Caribbean is a tempting option if you’re a digital nomad or remote worker wishing to travel south to enjoy paradise, especially during the winter. And as you consider your options, you might wonder whether you should relocate to Tulum or Playa del Carmen.

The WiFi situation

Some of the most important points is the WiFi connection. Compared to Tulum, Playa del Carmen is a much larger city with a much more reliable infrastructure. So, WiFi is more likely to be available 24/7 in Playa del Carmen than in Tulum. However, the WiFi in Tulum is faster.

The Lifestyle

Living in the heart of Playa del Carmen will make getting to the beaches much simpler. The greatest beaches along the coast are out of the way for digital nomads in downtown Tulum.

However, Tulum offers plenty of options if you’d rather lounge in hipster cafes and do daily yoga. That’s not to say there are not some wonderful places in Playa del Carmen where you can get your daily caffeine boost and do yoga or Pilates in the morning before heading to work. 

The Cost Of Living In Tulum And Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen sign
Average cost of living for locals in Tulum: $1,152 per monthAverage cost of living for locals in Playa del Carmen: $1,078
Average cost of living for digital nomads in Tulum: $5,690 per monthAverage cost of living for digital nomads in Playa del Carmen: $2,865.

Disclaimer: These numbers are from Nomadlist. They are only meant to give you an idea of the typical cost of living for digital nomads in Tulum and Playa del Carmen, although these numbers may not represent everyone’s experience.

Food And Entertainment

It’s commonly known that a popular tourist destination like Tulum has a ton of fantastic restaurants serving up premium takes on regional flavors and top-notch international food. Digital nomads can eat delicious meals in both locations, including sushi, Yucatecan food, delicious fish, and more.

Exclusive beach parties and yearly festivals that draw visitors from all over the world make up Tulum’s nightlife.

Similar to Cancun, Playa del Carmen is essentially a party every night. Practically any night of the week, you can go along Fifth Avenue and find a buzzing bar or club with live music.

So choosing one of the other simply depends on what you want as a digital nomad in terms of experiences and things you are looking for.