The era of working without borders is in full swing. Despite a global pandemic, or perhaps because of it, the renewed interest in migrating to new digitally-fueled geographies is a trend that has significant significance for countries in the region as they strive to attract professionals with new talents, bringing new ideas and energy.
The centerpiece of the digital migrant experience is the co-working space – a physical location that provides the crucial backbone of the entire experience. The global coworking industry is expected to grow in value from US $ 8.14 billion in 2021 to US $ 13.03 billion by 2025 according to a recent Research and Markets report.
We have evaluated dozens of coworking spaces, and examined criteria including:
- Basic provisions – The space provided and the quality of the seats, the speed of the Internet connection, the food and drinks offered or nearby
- Location – From the beach to the mountains, we took a look at some of the area’s most inspiring coworking spots
- Creative environment – How the space enabled professional cooperation, knowledge sharing and networking
A cabin in CocoVico, Panama
CocoVivo is for adventurers. This eco-friendly resort, hidden away at the southern tip of the island, is about a 30-minute speedboat ride from the nearest town and offers complete shutdown from the world.
CocoVivo was founded to be off-grid and sustainable. The electricity for the retreat is solar powered, as is the WiFi connection, and therefore it is requested that you use these resources only when you need them. Internet speeds have limits, so this should be taken into account for those who frequently use video conferencing.
Most of the cabins are built on the edge of the lagoon, and behind them there is only the jungle. Wildlife, including snakes and spiders, is part of the experience.
Sand & Surf offers simple yet practical coworking spaces on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast that offer sea views from the office window. After the day’s work is over, users can take a short stroll down to the beach and enjoy the waves.
There is the common area where coffee and snacks can be taken, or for those who need private spaces, single or double offices can be rented on a weekly or monthly basis.
Play House is a fun and friendly coworking and coliving space in the heart of La Florista district of the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. The women-founded space promotes inclusion for all visitors and is LGBQT + friendly.
Play House is a hive of start-up activities where members are encouraged to mingle with local entrepreneurs and share their knowledge for the benefit of the local startup scene.
The space supports a range of social and technological NGOs in the region and helps create a strong community in which all members can connect.
When people imagine the rolling green hills of Colombia, they think of Quindio.
Selina, a chain of hostels with operations in Europe and Latin America, is a great choice for Nearshore professionals who want to network and meet other digital natives. There is a very friendly atmosphere in all of Selina’s locations and Quindio is no exception.
Although Selina is basically a hostel, it’s far from a backpacker hostel, instead offering a more luxurious stay. There are plenty of co-working spaces in Quindio and the coffee bar is powered by beans from the hostel’s on-site plantation.
Urban Station has several offices across Santiago (not to mention other Latin American countries) but the Manuel Montt branch stands out for its prime location close to major universities and museums, close transport links with Manuel metro station Montt and a welcoming atmosphere that users feel from the moment they enter.
Private desks are available for those who need them while long tables in the relaxed area provide generous spaces for group activities. With good security measures and bicycle parking, it is an ideal space for working in Santiago.
Palermo Soho, in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is one of the city’s liveliest areas, with cafes dotted around the streets, local artists on display, and plenty of restaurants and bars.
La Maquinita expanded to eight locations across Argentina, but the Palermo Soho branch was the original and, as many argue, still the best. A real strength of La Maquinita is its community and it is a great place for the digital nomad to meet like-minded people. It is a traditional style coworking space; think WeWork, but even more relaxed.
La Maquinita offers the kind of amenities you would expect from a shared workspace: meeting rooms for up to 12 people, bicycle parking, cafes and bars, and a refreshment kiosk operating under an honesty policy. .
Residencia’s sleek, modern look and ergonomic furniture create a comfortable yet professional atmosphere for the digital nomad who needs a warm office.
You will find the usual amenities at Residencia but the location is what makes it unique. Tucked away in the city’s Cercado neighborhood, it’s a short walk to the beach where a bit of fresh air can help clear your head after hours of staring at a computer screen. With nearby metro links, it’s also an easy location to get to and a good base for going anywhere else in Lima.
The direct views of the Agua volcano aren’t a bad backdrop for a curled up space. Antigua is a small colonial town about a 90-minute drive from Guatemala City and offers a refreshing break from the manic capital.
There are solid amenities to use and a beautiful area to explore. Impact Hub, a true global chain of curled up spaces, oversees operations and manages a tight ship. Memberships are easy to access and all information is clear.
The Kupuri Beach Club at Punta Mita – located less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta International Airport – offers a great option for a short trip from the United States.
The upscale club claims to “set a new standard for seaside fun” and offers private office spaces and amenities designed with digital nomads – singles and families – in mind. In addition to high-speed internet security, there is a toddler pool and an air-conditioned clubhouse for teens. An assortment of activities like paddle boarding and snorkelling that are led by a trainer means the kids are catered for while you take remote meetings from the beach overlooking Litigu Bay.
It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, while the on-site restaurant offers catering from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Not a bad place to forget the ride!