5 Coastal Cities Perfect for Remote Working (or Vacationing)

5 Coastal Cities Perfect for Remote Working (or Vacationing)

If you work remotely, now’s the perfect time to find a new and exciting digital nomad destination. You don’t have to go far, either — America is filled with diverse climates from mountains to deserts, plains to oceans. 

Why not take your office anywhere in the world? 

Our coastal cities are rich with amazing outdoor activities, entertainment, and excellent places to hunker down and get work down when you need to. Enjoy a new setting and some world-class seafood while you’re at it.

If you’ve got flexibility on your side, plan a working trip to one of these 6 coastal cities this spring and take your office to the beach.

1. San Diego, California 

Skip Los Angeles and San Francisco for your big city meeting. San Diego offers everything you need to work remotely and enjoy yourself on the West Coast. 

You can still get your kicks surfing the coastline or heading out for a lunch hike, but there’s much more to explore than that! San Diego offers free and fast Wi-Fi for digital nomads, so you’ll never be in a pinch trying to send an email without a connection. 

Best Places to Get Wi-Fi: 

  • Ugather
  • Nest CoWork
  • Downtown Works
  • Hera Hub
  • Moniker Commons 

Best Outdoor Activities: 

  • Kayak the La Jolla Sea Caves
  • Cardiff State Beach
  • Biking along the San Diego Coast
  • San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge 
  • Take a Speedboat around the Bay

Dining and Attractions:

  • Visit the historic Hotel del Coronado
  • Balboa Park 
  • Water Grill San Diego
  • Dija Mara
  • Jeune et Jolie

Once you’re clocked out for the week, you’ll be really close to Mexico — just in case you want to hop a flight and escape for the weekend to enjoy some fresh ceviche, try your hand at surfing, or just relax on the beach with a beer in hand.

Work remotely in San Diego for fast Wi-Fi and the best beach views > 

2. Miami, Florida

With stunning beaches and a vibrant food scene, this is the ultimate place to get your emails and meetings knocked done while you work remotely. 

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to dust off your Spanish skills and try a variety of Latin American and Cuban food spots. 

Close to 2 major airports (that service international destinations), Miami is an ideal spot to explore your inner digital nomad. The city is known for having excellent Wi-Fi and an abundance of places to work without having to sacrifice beautiful beach views. 

Best Places to Get Wi-Fi:

  • Miami-Dade County Public Library System
  • Capital One Café
  • Time Out Market Miami
  • Industrious Miami Coworking
  • WeWork

Best Outdoor Activities:

Dining and Attractions: 

  • Brickell City Center
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • Boia De Restaurant
  • Mandolin Aegean Bistro

It goes without saying, but make time to visit the many gorgeous sandy beaches while you’re working remotely. Most of them also have public Wi-Fi, so you can even knock out some emails from your beach chair. 

Give your desk a break and try working from the beach >

3. Honolulu, Hawaii

If your company is based in the US (and you don’t mind getting up a little early to accommodate the time change), this is the best place to work remotely for digital nomads and freelancers. 

Stay in a condo or Airbnb overlooking a beautiful beach and take a mid-day bike ride around Diamond Head to see a giant dormant volcano crater. This coastal city for remote work also has the strictest Covid-19 protocols, so just check their rules before any inter-island travel. 

Best Places to Get Wi-Fi: 

  • Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library
  • Kaimukī Public Library
  • ChadLou’s Coffee Roasters
  • Kai Coffee
  • Hub Coworking Hawaii
  • Premier Workspaces
  • BoxJelly

Best Outdoor Activities: 

  • Manoa Falls 
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Diamond Head
  • Snorkeling and dolphin watching in Oahu
  • Keana Farms zipline

Dining and Attractions: 

  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial
  • Farmers’ Market
  • Ken’s Fresh Fish
  • Waiahole Poi Factory
  • Helena’s Hawaiian Food

If you’re a surfer or paddle boarder, don’t miss out on getting your board out on the water in between business calls. This place is known for some of the best waves in the world! 

Enjoy working remotely in this tropical paradise with plenty of after-work activities > 

4. Petaluma, California

If you love enjoying a glass of wine after a hard day’s work, the best place to work remotely for you is going to be this humble take on wine country. 

With all the amenities of big cities like San Francisco but less people, you’ll have your work needs met while also having access to a tight-knit community and vast views of vineyards. If you’re more of a beer person, the city is also known for it’s craft breweries. Everybody wins. 

Best Places to Get Wi-Fi: 

  • Acre Coffee
  • Hen House Brewing Company
  • WORK Petaluma
  • Keller Street CoWork
  • WeWork 

Best Outdoor Activities: 

  • Horse riding at Helen Putnum Regional Park
  • Visit a Farm
  • McEvoy Ranch Vineyards
  • Mountain biking

Dining and Attractions: 

  • Luxury Beer and Wine tours
  • Petaluma Creamery
  • The Petaluma Library Museum
  • Speakeasy
  • The Shuckery

Among one of the best cities to work remotely, you’ll actually feel like you’re on vacation while you’re here, which is a great way to avoid work burnout. 

Sip on the world’s best wine and explore the quaint town after your clock out >

5. Brunswick and Bath, Maine

Want a balance of city life and lush nature? Check out these two coastal cities just 8 miles apart with the perfect combination of hustle and chill. 

Home to Bowdoin College, Brunswick provides a thriving arts scene. This is a great place to work remotely at a bustling coffee shop, or walk the streets looking at street art in between meetings. 

Bath, on the other hand, has more of a small-town feel. Nestled along the Kennebec River, you can take a stroll along the trails and clear your head here after a long day starring at your screen. 

Best Places to Get Wi-Fi:

  • Little Dog Coffee Shop
  • Bohemian Coffee House & Deli
  • Dog Bar Jim
  • Patten Free Library

Best Outdoor Activities: 

Dining and Attractions: 

  • The Great Impasta
  • Little Tokyo Restaurant
  • Enoteca Athena
  • Seguin Island and Lighthouse

You’ll also have quick access to Portland’s famous food and arts scene, as well as your choice of beaches, lakes, and rivers along with hundreds of miles of trails to explore. 

Learn more about working remotely in these beautiful coastal cities >

Work Anywhere and Go Everywhere

In today’s remote work climate, there’s no reason to sty chained to a desk all day and not enjoy what you love most. 

At AP Bags we also don’t like being tied down, which is why we design travel bags that are built for active lifestyles and digital nomads. 

Whether you’re hopping on a flight for a vacation or looking for a better office view to work remotely, we have the best men’s travel bags to store all your work essentials. 

Check out our best travel bags and men’s duffels for remote working >

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