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6 Affordable Gulf Coast Digital Nomad Destination Spots to Get A Beach House for Digital Nomads

Getting your summer vacation fix in times of pandemic may not be easy, with Italy, Portugal and Greece better to be viewed through the screen to keep it safe. While you may want to indulge in virtual visits to some of the Old World’s best museums in Paris, London and Amsterdam (read about the best virtual tours and experiences here), to get the real flavour of nature, you may want to switch from city to countryside or beach house as a digital nomad to work from the beachside.

You may want to explore Gulf Coast destinations to book an affordable beach house before planning to go to the best European surfing destinations, or wild Balkan and South East Asia beaches when travel bans are lifted. Read further to learn about cheap options for a beach house for digital nomads.

Most Touristic Gulf Coast Digital Nomad Destinations

The most popular beach spots are Miami Beach, Key West and Peanut Island, but it may get expensive to get a house here. While you should visit Florida and the other Southern United States, we encourage you to keep your budget under control and choose one of the following digital nomad destinations on the beach for your next work base.  

When is the Best Season to go to Gulf Coast?

Gulf Coast digital nomad destinations in the Southern United States where they meet the Gulf of Mexico are known for the good weather almost year-round, with the best time to visit is March through May. However, if you want to get your work done and explore the digital nomad life in winter when the beaches are not crowded, it is the best time to book your vacation in the down season or the shoulder months

Most Affordable Gulf Coast Digital Nomad Destination

When looking for the next of all the perfect digital nomad destinations, we advise looking for good internet coverage and cost-effectiveness by weighting your budget and living expenses.

While you may not be able to support your digital nomad lifestyle in New York City or Honolulu, Hawaii, it is worth looking further and weighing all the options available for you.

For digital nomads preferring a city life, we encourage to discover the digital nomad scene in Austin, Texas, which is a current hotbed for tech start-ups. The musical, cultural and artistic scene is thriving as well.

If you are a wandering artist looking for Caribbean vibes, Florida may be the next big destination on your list. Learn more about offbeat travel tips to Florida offbeat art districts here.

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Corpus Christi – the Most Affordable Texas Digital Nomad Destination

Corpus Christi is a small beach town in South Texas. Located just 2-hour drive away from St Antonio and Huston, this small town is relatively safer than other Texas cities. Located on the coast, it is nicknamed the “Texas Riviera” and “The Real Windy City,” so you keep that in mind before moving here – the Gulf winds create more than an uproar. On the other hand, you may enjoy surfing or windsurfing classes here.

The city lies in a humid subtropical climate, experiencing long, hot and humid summers and very brief, mild winters, making early spring a good choice for booking your beach house. Although it is a popular vacation destination, the costs of living in Corpus Christi are fairly low, and the median family income in Corpus Christi is just slightly higher than the national average.

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Toledo Bend – the Most Affordable Louisiana Digital Nomad Destination

If you are considering Louisiana as your next digital nomad destination, then get ready to dive into some of the most beautiful destinations for those looking for remote working spaces in nature. From booking a cabin in the woods to finding a beach house in front of Toledo Bend lake to start every morning with fishing before getting to work, Cuddlynest has great offers for any type of digital nomad.

Toledo Bend is famous for its golf and fishing – big lake, big fish, they say. If you are willing to stay close to nature, North Toledo Bend State Park is a must-visit, too. Regarding the internet connection and the cost of living, the small town is truly affordable. Just pack your hiking boots and get ready to discover the calmness of the nearby Sabine National Forest and Angelina National Forest. If it gets too lonely here, the Shreveport city is just one and a half-hour drive away.

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Ocean Springs – the Most Affordable Mississippi Digital Nomad Destination

Ocean Springs MS is fun vacation destinations perfectly fitted to those seeking a more laid back digital nomad life. The speed of the internet is not a problem here, and the cost-effectiveness, compared to Dallas or other large digital nomad destination cities is higher in Ocean Springs.

This digital nomad destination has both culture and restaurant and café scene, and for getting a beach house here is cheaper than in the US on average and Dallas, Texas. While residing here, you can visit Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Centre of Arts and Walter Anderson Museum of Art and taste the truly dark beer at Craft Advisory Brewing or Hops and Growlers.

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Mobile – the Most Affordable Alabama Digital Nomad Destination

Mobile town in Alabama is one of the best digital nomad destination options if you love contrasting weather conditions. With the long and hot summers and short and cold winters, the best time to visit and stay in Mobile for remote work is in late Spring or early Fall, with the tourists coming to the city from late April to late May and from late September to late October. If you are not afraid of cold winters or are willing to cool yourself down in the ocean in the hot summer weather, the cost-effectiveness of staying here in off-season months may be worth considering.

Although the city is by no means a tech hub, Mobile AL offers a wide range of activities for your off-work hours, such as visiting Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile Carnival Museum, or explore the Fort Conde for a unique, historical experience.

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Anna Maria Island – the Most Affordable Florida Digital Nomad Destination

Anna Maria Island in Florida, US tops our best digital nomad destination list as one of the best beach and tourist vacation spot which offers affordable housing in the off-season when the weather is suboptimal. Although best warm-weather months to visit Anna Maria is from April through August, we encourage you to check out beach house offerings in March, September and October, when the weather is still warm, and you can dive in the ocean without crowds of tourists around you.

Although Anna Maria is not a digital nomad hub by any means, booking a beach house to work from here will result in a good experience – in downtime, you can enjoy the white powdery sand beaches and turquoise water. Here, you will find no chain restaurants and no high rise buildings – the island has been able to keep its charm while at the same time offering great tourist sights when renting a bike and going to the bean Point – the most Northern Tips of Anna Maria Island. To get into the restaurant scene, you should dine at Rod Reel Pier, or get some fun when ordering made-to-order doughnuts. Be cautious though, the old Anna Maria City Jail remains are still there!    

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Santa Rosa Beach – the Most Affordable Florida Digital Nomad Destination

Santa Rosa Beach in Florida is a truly affordable digital nomad destination in Florida. Because so much of staying in a beach house depends on the weather here, we encourage you to book a beach house for great value when the tourist season is not yet at its peak, that is, in winter, like December, or late spring or early autumn. The town is not quite large, giving you space to explore the luxury lifestyle and nature.

The turquoise waters and sugar-sand beaches can be overlooked by charming luxury beach houses, and you can spend your time either indulging in upscale dining experiences or exploring unique artist colony known as Gulf Place.

Are you still on the lookout for the perfect digital nomad destination on a budget? Read our guide to best budget-friendly travel spots to visit with your friends and discover more affordable remote work spots around the world!

Now that you know the top budget-friendly places to book beach house in the Gulf Coast, it’s time to plan your move. Find the best-priced beach houses and other types of vacation rentals on CuddlyNest. You are just a few steps away from working from anywhere around the globe at an affordable price.

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10 Short Daytrips from Naples in Florida

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Naples Florida travel guide cannot be included in a single blog post. But you can go on a short day trip from Naples in just any direction. No matter your interests, the surrounding area is rich in history. Diverse leisure activities cater to both adventure junkies, foodies as well as art enthusiasts.

Day trips for Shopping near Naples Florida

If you want to bring back of visiting a real store having a chit chat with sales assistant while looking for the perfect scarf instead of chatting with a bot on Amazon or eBay, shopping can be a cure for the soul. There are several small shops located in  Naples you can visit for a heart-warming second-hand shopping experience, like Audrey’s, or True Fashionistas, but if you are looking for all-in-one shopping mall, your best bet is to go to Bonita Springs, or straight to the outlet in outskirts of the Naples city to Estero.

Bonita Springs

Gulf Coast beaches and parks, Little Hickory Island Beach Park and Bonita Beach Park, with its sand dunes, and the Northern Lovers Key State Park mare popular visitor hotspots in Bonita Springs, and rightly so. But this is not all; Bonita Springs, located 15 minutes ride away from Naples, also features one of the best shopping malls in the area.

Where to go? Springs Plaza has it all;  Promenade Store is for a unique shopping experience.

Estero

If you seek sales and want to get a new shirt in some of the best Naples outlets, Estero is a place to visit. From Coconut Shopping Mall Naples to Miromar Outlets with more than 140 designer and brand name outlet stores under roof, to smaller shopping malls, like Corkscrew Village Naples FL, Estero has it all.

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Naples Florida is famous for its The Naples Pier, stretching 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. While you shall not miss watching sunset there, also try to spot a dolphin in the morning! Visit the infamous Naples beaches with calm waters and fine white sand. In Clam Pass Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, there are several Naples getaways for family day trips near Naples FL.

Fort Myers

30 minute ride away, Fort Mayers is a fairly large town. It offers beautiful beaches and family leisure activities. Make sure to go to Fort Myers Beach which has both educational centres, The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, showcasing local marine life, as well as leisure activities for both adults and kids, like parasailing in Estero Island and hiking in wildlife in Bowditch Point Park.

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island

Located a bit further, 45-minute drive away, the islands is a great place to go if your kids are of school age, as the sand is shell-strawn, and it takes a bridge to cross.

To get to Sanibel Island, you must go by Sanibel Causeway, which is a 3-mile long wooden bridge (toll: $6 for motor vehicles ($3 per additional axle), free for bicycles). When on the island, go and explore the wildlife and see the Sanibel Lighthouse.

As for Captiva Island, shelling is one of the most popular leisure activities for families. To relax, apart from collecting shells while watching the picturesque sunsets you can also go on a cruise to watch dolphins on the South Seas Resort, or learn to sail on Offshore Sailing School.

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Immokalee

Meaning “my home” in the Seminole language, spoken by the ancient Calusa tribe who were the early occupants of the area, Immokalee Florida is a small town, filled with migrant workers from all over Latin America, and as such, a great place to visit to learn and explore the history of Florida. Fun and with great flair, the city offers authentic Mexican food, traditional farmer’s market and you can visit the Immokalee Pioneer Museum to learn about the history of Florida.
Want to go wild? Visit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to walk marshlands, birdwatch and see alligators in the swamp.

Florida Naples: Culture and Art Scene

Matlacha and Pine Island

An hour ride from Naples lies Matlacha and Pine Island. Just imagine a hippie dream of painted camper life, art all around and sun and beach to swim less than a few feet away. Sounds like a plan? Then go and visit Leoma Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens,  and Wild Child Art Gallery. Matlacha has its own nature reserve, and nature and art still rule the lifestyle here, Visit while you can!

Everglades City and the Florida Everglades

No wonder the city is enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site; the

Located 45 minutes to an hour south outside of Naples, The Florida Everglades is one of the great natural treasures of not only the United States but of the world, with its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in 1920s as the Collier County seat, Everglades City offers you kayaking, canoeing, experimenting with paddle boarding, or go fishing, but that is not all.

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Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the US. It sports the second place just after New York in millionaires per capita. And naturally, where money flows, good food follows. Fine dining near Naples is not a problem, but there are some must-visits. Especially, if you are going on a gourmet journey!

Marco Island

Located 30-minute ride away, Marco Island can be a life-changing experience. Watching the sun collide with the waves and the blood orange sky. Nevertheless, after spending a day in Tiger Tail Beach or walking the Lagoon, you will enjoy the taste of good wine. Coupled with wine, freshly cooked vegetable dishes are the speciality in Sale e Pepe or Marek’s Restaurant.   

Cape Coral

Located about 31 miles north of Naples, Cape Coral offers it all. From Northern Italian restaurant Ariani Ristorante serving pasta (and steaks for its American audience) to Roadhouse Cafe offering private dining rooms and great service, to fondue place The Melting Pot,  you can allow yourself to go on a journey of taste.

Naples Florida: How to Get Around

To get around Naples, a car is a necessity. This is the only way to get to natural attractions, like  Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast entrance in Everglades City. Drive the Interstate I-75 north-south known as Alligator Alley going between Naples Florida and Fort Lauderdale. U.S. 41, known as the Tamiami Trail, links Naples and Miami. REcommended for ones seeking a beautiful scenery is the Tamiami Trail, especially when driving through Everglades.

If you do not Have a Car, we recommend renting a car. You can also get around Naples taking the tourist two-hour tour trolley to get a feel of the city. Running daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it will not, however, be a budget option, with tickets priced at $27 for adults and $13 for kids.

Where to Stay in Naples

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Pet-Friendly Holidays in Florida

There is a question arising every year when planning a trip with a family, what about your paw friends? If there is anything besides the cost of bringing your four-legged friend with you on a trip, it’s bureaucracy and restrictions. Most of us do not even want to imagine the 2-week-long quarantine when entering South East Asian countries like Indonesia or Thailand, so many choose to go on a domestic trip by car. And where else is it better to enjoy summer than in Florida? Read on to get to know about the best ways to go around with your pet around Florida.


Entering Florida with Pets

There are several requirements to enter Florida with pets. First, you need to take with you an official certificate of veterinary inspection, so-called health certificate. The certificate at the date of the arrival must be issued less than 30 days back. It means that for your Christmas and New year holidays, it is wise not to wait for too long and start preparing now, while everyone is not going on vacation yet and the lines are not too long. You can obtain the health certificate in any vet office within a few hours. Another document you need to enter Florida is the documentation of current rabies vaccine. According to state laws, the vaccine must be renewed every 3 months, although the rules vary state by state. If you need your dog to be vaccinated, do not waste any time and get it done as soon as possible. Regarding rabies tag, it is not necessary for your pet to wear it, although there are some counties in Florida that do require pets to wear a rabies tag.

Flying with Pets

If you are coming a long way to Florida or just prefer to not waste your time in the car, then there are some additional things you should check before going on a holiday. If you are flying in Florida, then please contact the airlines to make appropriate reservations for your pet. Some companies require a certificate of acclimation or health certificate, but it depends on the airline and type of flight. In both cases, these can be provided by the veterinarian. Some airlines only accept health certificates within 10 days of examination, make sure to check it before. 

Transport Your Pet with Shipping Company

If there is a sudden need to ship your pet to another country, there is no much choice other than using shipping service. To meet the requirements of import, you should get the application for import approved by the country of destination’ s  consulate, an international health certificate from Florida and accredited veterinarian, as well as international possible testing and vaccinations. Another requirement is an endorsement of papers by a USDA APHIS Veterinary Services veterinarian. But note that some countries, like UK, require very early applications, having them submitted 6 months ago, and on top of that, also require microchipping, rabies testing and special import application.

Beaches with Dogs

If you are traveling and sunbathing with your whole family, you don’t want to leave your dog locked at the rental. Florida is quite welcoming in that sense. Having both off-leash beaches and beaches your dog need to be leashed up, there is a lot to choose from. In Fort De Soto Park, for example, dog owners are allowed to swim together with their pets, and the beaches are adapted to enjoy picnics, play with your dogs, let your dog socialize with others and have fun. For an added bonus, it was named America’s #1 beach in 2008 and 2009, pushing all records. If you are in Venice, FL, then Brohard Paw Park may be a good choice. Situated in Sarasota, it is the only pet-friendly beach in the county. Other beaches you should definitely consider are Bonita Beach Dog Park and Panama City Park, both very dog-friendly.

Get Around in the Public Transport

Thanks to a bill requiring Amtrak to accept dogs and cats as passengers in the trains, now you can travel around Florida without any problem. Your pet will be welcomed and given a ticket to, and you can carry your best friend as carry-on baggage. However, any dog that is too large to be carried in a bag will not be allowed to ride. To get around by taxi in cities, you can use Uber. There is a special pet taxi service in Florida, in all major cities from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to Orlando, but check properly before booking Uber.

Eat Out with Your Dog or Cat

Although getting around and going swimming with your dogs is not hard anymore, you could also start doing other activities, such as tackling hunger not only in parks or outdoor establishments, but also a high-end restaurant, such as especially price-friendly Voodoo Dog in Tallahassee, or Mad Dogs and Englishmen in Tampa. The best bet, however, if the hunger strikes when you are out with your pet and have not checked the restaurant selection in advance, is to go for beer gardens that are usually outdoor pubs where you can catch some sun, have a sandwich or burger, and have your dog well-rested right beside you. You should mind, though, that restaurants are still more welcoming to small and medium-sized dogs, and so it may be a good idea to always take the leash with you, in case you go for a run with your large four-legged friend.

All in all, Florida is truly pet-friendly and you can find shops, vacation rentals, and restaurants catering not only for your family but also for your pets. Getting into Florida state should not be a problem if you manage your travels well ahead and try to obtain your pets’ health statements and travel cards on time. You should also check out the best places to eat out before going on a vacation with a pet, just you do not miss any of the awesomeness whilst on holiday.

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Florida History and Special Events & Dates

Orland is a fun place to be and that’s how many remember it. However, do you know any history of the fun getaway, aside from the Walt Disney magic? Orlando’s history goes as far back as 1838, around the time of the Second Seminole War. In a mission to protect settlers from the Indians, the United States Army built Fort Gatlin, which is southeast of the present day downtown Orlando.

 

Around 1840, Jernigan, a small settlement, grew up nearby the Fort. This name stemmed from the Jernigan family who were early settlers. As 1850 came around, a post office was available in Jernigan. By 1856, this community expanded northward – that’s when the name was changed to “Orlando”.

 

During 1857, the United States Post Office embraced this new name change. It wasn’t until 1875 that The Town of Orlando had 85 residents and 22 of them who were qualified to vote.

 

When Orlando Became Center of Florida’s Citrus Industry

Between 1875 and 1895 are known as the glory days of citrus, which is when Orlando became the center of Florida’s citrus industry. During 1894-1895, the “Great Freeze” occured and small owners had given up on groves. Several of the individuals purchased land, then expanded their operations around Lake Wales, which is south of Orlando.

 

Florida’s largest inland city, Orlando, became quite popular to visit between the years of the Spanish American War and World War I.

 

The Florida Land Boom

During the 1920’s, Orlando was also affected by The Florida Land Boom. In result, land prices reached peak points. Several tourist facilities including San Juan Hotel were constructed during those years. During the same time period, development of neighborhoods near downtown Orlando began. There are small bungalows still existing today and they are part of Orlando’s history and city charm.

 

How World War II Changed Orlando

Before, during, and after World War II, there was an immense amount of military activity in Orlando. The municipal airport, located north of Lake Underhill formed into the Orlando Army Air Base. A newer airport was constructed just 10 miles south of Orlando with a mission to use it in place of the municipal airport; it was then formed into Pinecastle Air Force Base, and finally formed to McCoy Air Force Base. Now, it’s the site of Orlando International Airport.

 

Here Comes The Jobs

During 1956, Martin Marietta, now known as Lockheed Martin, constructed a major, well-known aerospace defense plant just south of Orlando. This place provided many jobs for Orlando. Aside from the jobs, this place was nearby Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base, making it easy to commute from the Orlando eastern suburbs to work.

 

Due to the proximity to Space Coast, nearby Kennedy Space Center, several high-tech companies made a shift to the Orlando area.

 

 

The Walt Disney You Know About

Most people are aware of Walt Disney World; It’s the most dynamic thing that has ever happened in Orlando. Walt Disney revealed in 1965 that a Walt Disney World near Orlando was going to be built. He began working on this magical place in 1968 and it finally opened in October of 1971. The population has increased since then, there have been more jobs, and tourism is continuous.

 

 

Now that you know the history behind one of the world’s most known getaways, let’s get into some special events and dates you should know when visiting Orlando from now through the end of spring. Although Walt Disney World has made a major positive impact on Orlando, there are several events that are just as fun.

 

January

2018 Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza – January 18 in Magnolia Park

Nature Connects – Art with Lego Bricks – January 18 at Leu Garden

Porcelain Art Show – January 18 at Rosen Event Center, JCC

World Quilt Florida – January 18 at Orange County Convention Center

5th Annual MLK Jazz/Blues Cookout – January 20 at John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center

Lego Ninjago Days – January 20 at Legoland Florida Resort

 

February

Orlando Museum of Art – February 1 at Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards – February 3 at Amway Center

Praise Wave – February 3 at SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – February 6 at Amway Center

Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks – February 8 at Amway Center

Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks – February 10 at Amway Center

 

 

March

Art with Lego Bricks – March 1 at Leu Gardens

The Art of Fashion – March 1 at Orlando Museum of Art

The Lion King – March 1 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons – March 2 at Amway Center

Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies – March 3 at Amway Center

Seven Seas Food Festival – March 3 at SeaWorld Orlando

April

Art with Lego Bricks – April 2 at Leu Gardens

Orlando Magic vs. Dallas Mavericks – April 4 at Amway Center

Seven Seas Food Festival – April 8 at SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards – April 11 at Amway Center

Brick Dash 5K – April 14 at Legoland Florida Resort

 

 

May

Museum of Art’s Healing Arts – May 3 at Orlando Museum of Art

Just for Kids – May 5 at SeaWorld Orlando

Lego Star Wars Days – May 5 at Legoland Florida Resort

The Orlando Philharmonic 25th Anniversary Gala Concert – May 8 at Bob Carr Theatre

 

What are you looking forward to attending? Drop us a line and let us know!