If you could work from anywhere in the world, where would it be? What if you could extend your vacation by combining it with work?
Working remotely doesn’t just mean that you have more flexible working hours but also that you’re able to do your job from any place you like. Yes, even from a picturesque beach that looks straight out of a postcard – all you need is your laptop, a good Internet connection and a plan. Whether you’re already a digital nomad or considering becoming one, below are our top beach destinations that can inspire you and help you take your break from your daily routine. Pick your favorite:
1. Panama City
If you’re tired of the cold weather and stationary lifestyle, there’s no better place to escape to than Panama City, where you get sunny weather all year round. Located in the northwestern part of Florida, the town is known for its spectacular beaches with white sand and crystal clear water. If you aren’t a fan of lying on the beach, you can occupy yourself with plenty of outdoor activities such as taking a cruise or snorkeling.
There’s no better way to recharge your batteries and gain some inspiration than relaxing in or near the water. Another perk is the vibrant nightlife – the city has quite a reputation after being featured on multiple MTV seasons and if you like dancing until the early hours of the morning to take a break from work, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, being a digital nomad can be lonely at first so exploring the local party scene is a great way to make connections with other nomads and locals. Once you’ve settled down a bit more, you can always visit more secluded beaches such as Carillon Beach or Seagrove Beach situated within 45 minutes' driving distance, and be in awe of mesmerizing landscapes.
2. Siesta Key
Siesta Key is a popular spot filled with tourists and locals who want to get away from their daily life and those who seek adventure all year round. Its beach has been called the number one beach in America for a good reason; it boasts white quartz sand that is soft and cool to touch and looks great in pictures (many will agree that one of the perks of being a digital nomad is posting all the amazing places you visit on social media). And as you’ve probably guessed, the water is clear and turquoise making it the perfect beach destination for those who enjoy being surrounded by natural beauty.
One of the best things about being a digital nomad is the flexibility to take breaks whenever you like and going swimming in-between work in a beautiful location definitely sounds like a dream. If you’re one of those people who unwind by getting out of their comfort zone, you can always challenge yourself to paraskiing or jet skiing and then quieten your mind by taking part in yoga classes. To make friends, often for life, head to one of the sports bars where you can encounter many other solo travelers and digital nomads.
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3. South Beach
If you want to combine work with pleasure, make sure you consider staying near Miami’s South Beach, the definition of glamour and fun. The weather is always sunny and the sunset is something out of this world, making it an ideal place to visit for both vacationers and digital nomads who want to get away from boredom. Another reason South Beach is such an attractive destination is the neighborhood’s art deco style; when you take a stroll around after an evening swim, you’ll notice colorful buildings that light up with neons at night. Speaking of which, the nightlife is everything you imagined it would be. You can expect a lot of trendy bars, beach and swimming pool parties, and the opportunity to meet like-minded people.
While hotels are expensive, you can always choose to stay in a shared dorm at a hostel – most have comfortable common areas where you can do your work and get Wi-Fi included in the price. Alternatively, many cafes offer access to free Wi-Fi, for example, Carlyle Café is located just a short distance from the beach. If you want to get a taste of a luxury lifestyle but not spend too much money at the same time, Miami could be a great choice for you. Additionally, the dining scene is diverse and many restaurants are led by celebrity chefs so if you’re a foodie, you’ll find yourself in a food paradise.
4. Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island is a great beach destination to unwind for a digital nomad; it differs from other places in Florida as you won’t find a rich nightlife there and the beaches aren’t as overcrowded. Instead, you can expect plenty of peace and quiet surrounded by nature and people seeking the same relaxing atmosphere. If you’re into mindfulness, it’s the perfect opportunity to be more in the moment and reconnect with both yourself and your needs. All you have to do is take in the beautiful views and focus on the here and now. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot dolphins or other interesting creatures while you’re swimming.
One of the best beaches to visit around the area is Bowman’s Beach with a natural appearance and no hotels in the background. Even though the sand might not be exactly pristine white, it has some of the most beautiful shells in the world and many locals’ favorite pastime is collecting them. As for somewhere where you can get your work done, you can head to the Sanibel Public Library. Alternatively, you can sit by the picnic tables at the beach if you have unlimited data.
5. Cocoa Beach
One of the reasons people decide to ditch their 9-5 jobs and become digital nomads is because they’re tired of a sedentary lifestyle and want to include more physical activity in their daily schedule. If you want to pick up a new hobby, Cocoa Beach is the perfect destination for surfers. The waves are consistent and the water is shallow so if you’ve never done it before, you can start from 0 and ease into it slowly.
There are also classes available to book if you don’t want to learn on your own (it’s probably a safer option too). And if you aren’t a fan of this sport, you can always take a walk and explore the other things the beach has in store for you; golden sands, green landscape and plenty of shops offering small gifts to treat yourself to. You can also relax by taking part in a bioluminescent kayak tour that allows you to witness an extraordinary jellyfish that glows in the dark. If you want to do your work out of your hotel room, you can always stay in Starbucks or one of the cafes located near the beach.
6. Delray Beach
If you want to combine your love for quiet afternoons with vibrant evenings, look no further. Delray Beach is one of the best beach destinations in Florida as it allows you to relax and have some fun at the same time while soaking up the sun. Even though it’s not as overcrowded as other beaches, it has a lot to offer for those seeking entertainment, such as paddle boarding, snorkeling or surfing just to name a few.
If you’re looking for an even more serene outdoor space, don’t forget to visit Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens to learn more about Japanese culture and admire the beautiful landscape while allowing yourself to take a break from your daily worries. For more natural sightings, visit Wakodahatchee Wetlands where you can witness a diverse wild habitat – there’s no better way to recharge your batteries after work than connecting with nature and this park offers some extraordinary sights.
7. Lummus Park Beach
If you’re one of those digital nomads who plan to work while sitting at the beach, you have to make sure that it has plenty of shaded areas where you can escape the strong afternoon sun. Lummus Park Beach has the best of both worlds as it features grassy spots and sandy areas. Picture this: you go for a morning swim just after waking up and then sit under a palm tree and open your laptop ready to start your day.
This scenario sounds like every digital nomad’s dream come true and this beautiful Florida beach makes it more than possible. You can also trade early swim for exercising in one of the outdoor gyms and rent an umbrella to shield yourself from the sun and work with a laptop in your lap. If you need to access Wi-Fi, you can find it in one of the hotels’ restaurants situated near the beach or visit nearby cafes. Working remotely seems more like pleasure than work when you get to be in such a stunning beach location.
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8. Clearwater Beach
As the name suggests, this stunning beach is one of the most popular beach destinations due to its clear water and picturesque sand soft to touch, where you can have a short meditation session in-between work; simply listen to the waves and focus on the beautiful view. If you’re extremely prone to stress, it will be a good idea to visit the Pallavi Spa which offers a four-star experience with plenty of great facilities (think steam and salt rooms) or head to the Clearwater Aquarium to admire the colorful underwater world.
One of the reasons beach location is a great choice for a digital nomad is that according to the ‘blue theory’, being near the water can improve our wellbeing. Even if you decide to work indoors, peaking out of the window to appreciate the scenery can be extremely beneficial for your health. If you’re looking for your next destination, make sure to include Clearwater Beach on your list.
9. Daytona Beach
If you’re one of the digital nomads that feel at their best when put in a fast-paced environment, you’re going to love your stay at Daytona Beach, one of the best beach destinations where festivals and various events are an all-year-round occurrence. For example, you can attend various musical tributes or take part in the Summer Dance Party to celebrate the end of August. For something more thrilling, make sure you explore water rides at the Daytona Lagoon Premier Waterpark or take part in a zipline adventure for a shot of adrenaline that will instantly help you reduce work-related stress.
Once the novelty has worn off and you crave calm, treat yourself to an art gallery trip or before familiar with the shoreline and coastal parks; the landscape consists of gorgeous clear water and tall buildings in the background, just what you’d expect of an American beach. And while the beach itself doesn’t offer free Internet connection, you can always access Wi-Fi at one of the cafes if the inspiration strikes while you’re out and about.
10. Venice Beach
Venice Beach might not be your typical beach destination – many tourists visit it to find prehistoric sharks’ teeth buried in the sand – but this is what makes it so special. Even though just like other Florida beaches, Venice boasts an Instagrammable landscape, it’s mainly known for rich wildlife and frequent sights of ocean creatures and interesting bird species. A lot of people who decide to become digital nomads do it so they can be closer to nature and nothing is as exciting as swimming in close proximity to dolphins or turtles.
When you’ve had enough sunbathing after a swim, you can explore one of the waterfront restaurants that serve fresh seafood, which will be enough fuel to get you through even the most difficult work assignment. If you’re using unlimited data, you can try working in the picnic area or on the beach with your feet buried in the sand. Alternatively, every hostel and nearby cafes provide free Wi-Fi.
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