PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Oct 23rd - Nov 20th 2020 | Nov 21st - Dec 18th 2020
4 or 8 weeks Coliving & Coworking along The Riviera Maya
From crystalline Caribbean oceans and captivating coral reefs to mouth-watering food, Playa Del Carmen is Mexico’s very own slice of paradise. The streets are dotted with colourful cafés, ancient culture oozes out of every pore and adventure awaits around every corner. Join us for 4 weeks as we work, play and explore this incredible beachside haven.
Living your best
life during COVID-19
Yep, that possible! How? Being surrounded by a really inspiring bunch of Tribe members, working during the day time and relaxing in the evening: by having a drink on the rooftop, dinner on the beach, going for an after-work dive or just enjoying each others company. Life can be so much better when shared with other people.
Unplug in Tulum
Tulum is Mexico’s Caribbean paradise. Warm turquoise waters lap against cashmere soft white sand beaches, perfectly framed with coconut-laden palm trees. When it’s time to relax and unwind, Tulum is the perfect sanctuary. Indulge in sensational fish-tacos, practice yoga while overlooking the ocean or simply soak up laid-back vibes and mellow beats downtown.
Explore Ancient Wonders
Known as ‘the observatory’, El Caracol is testament to both the architectural skill of the Mayan people, and their incredibly advanced understanding of the world around them. Just beyond, explore El Castillo, the Mayan pyramid that proudly holds its place as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Stop by Valladolid
Valladolid is a hidden gem in Yucatan. Cenotes, colorful walls, and it’s a perfect base for day trips - a place where art and architecture are at the forefront, with its beautiful pastel buildings and old historic churches, and the cuisine is simply delicious. The streets are colorful and buzzing with life and to top it all off Valladolid has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.
Did anyone say Cenotes?
One of the most intriguing sights along the Mexican coastline are these limestone sinkholes, filled with crystalline waters. Perfect for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, with untold discoveries to be found in the depths.
Our Coliving Space in Playa del Carmen
We'll be calling 8 two-bedroom apartments our home in Playa del Carmen, including a number of ensuites. We've selected these apartments specifically with COVID front of mind – the ideal set-up during times with lots of outdoor community space: shared rooftop pool and beds and if you prefer your own setup, we got you, because each apartments has it's own furnished balcony or terrace as well.
We are going to stay downtown Playa del Carmen, only 3 blocks away from the beach, which makes it really easy to go for morning run on the beach or an evening swim with the sunset.
The accommodation comes equipped with good internet, AC, open common areas for work, ..a Coliving setup that will make is easy for us all to be productive, feel comfortable, and have the freedom to explore this amazing country!
Here you can see a collection of photos of our Coliving home in Playa del Carmen
If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Playa Del Carmen as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds, cost of living, and coworking spaces, have a look at Nomad List’s guide. Internet stability may suffer from passing storms, not uncommon for this region. But we always have MiFi devices with mobile data as backups in all homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.
Ready to Join our Tribe in Playa del Carmen?
Oct 23rd - Nov 20th 2020 | Nov 21st - Dec 18th 2020
Playa del Carmen is a Tier 1 chapter. Monthly prices start from:
Private Room: $1500
Shared Room: $900
Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2-3 people.
What to Expect?
Adventure / Beach / Culture / Nature / Jungle / Surf / Snorkel / Diving / Caribbean
- Accommodation: Eight apartments within one building.
- Work Space: Each apartment comes equipped with a spacious work table
- The Tribe: 16-18 members
- Internet: Typical city internet speeds of 12 mpbs | Apartment speeds 30 mbps
- Pace: Adventurous! Popular destination, with lots of nomad-friendly cafes and restaurants and simply too many activities for the four weekends we have!
I'm New to this... How does it Work?
WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.
Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?
With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.
Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.
As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.
Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.
In addition to all of our usual considerations, we are focusing on the following:
- Lower rates of Covid-19 infections
- Places with greater travel accessibility (e.g., no quarantine requirements upon arrival)
- Larger properties a little bit further outside of main cities
- Having enough space for everyone to be comfortable
- Accessible local medical services
- Beautiful surrounding nature for walks and adventures where it is easier to social distance
- Properties that will allow us to be independent and, if necessary, limit our contact with the local community.
This means that chapter locations will more likely take on a more retreat style feel, similar to our iconic Bolivia chapter.
As of September 11th 2020, this chapter is available to members coming from all countries.
IMPORTANT: As travel regulations are changing rapidly, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Mexican embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.
Our chapters will have a maximum of 16-18 people, including chapter hosts. We will still be offering shared rooms at a reduced cost - you can take advantage of those if you feel comfortable doing so.
Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.
If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year.
Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance.
Please note that it is your responsibility to double check your health coverage.
It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:
- Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
- Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
- If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
- After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
- While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.
Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.
- Everyone should bring a supply of masks with them. Preferably masks that are washable and reusable so that it’s sustainable.
- At home, you don’t need to wear masks unless you are cooking for others.
- All Tribers must wear their masks when outside the property, particularly in places like supermarkets, local shops or any public spaces where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
- While in restaurants and cafes, please wear a mask other than while eating.
- The properties will be professionally cleaned and disinfected once a week, including linens changed. In between cleans, please be extra mindful and considerate.
- Be sure to be considerate. Cover your mouth when you cough and then remember to disinfect your hands afterwards. We will make sure there is alcohol gel stationed in as many areas of the accommodation as appropriate.
- For people sharing a room - please be extra considerate of one another and keep things tidy as much as possible.
- When you’ve finished working and you pack up for the day, if you’ve worked on a table, please give the table a wipe down ready for the next person.
- Beaches, pools and other nature areas - Open with a max capacity of 60%
- Restaurants - Open and each establishment has their own rules.
- Archeological sites - Sites are currently not open
Useful Info: The local health number to call in case of Covid symptoms is 800 832 9198
For the time being, outside visitors are not allowed to come into or stay on WiFi Tribe premises. If you still want to stay with them, you’ll have to get a separate accommodation. Please be aware that if you decide to sleep outside of WiFi Tribe approved premises, we reserve the right to ask you to self isolate in separate accommodations at your own expense.
To further ensure everyone’s safety, Bonus Tribing will not be available on this chapter.
An iconic part of any chapter are the weekend trips. We would want those to continue. But now we ask that we think carefully about where we go, the logistics around how we get there and where we stay. Please consider the following when planning weekend trips:
Can we get private transport? (e.g. hiring cars, hiring a private bus)
Can we avoid the use of the airport and still get there in a timely manner?
Is the property or accommodation set up to deal with the number of people going?
If someone starts to feel unwell, can we get to a local hospital? Can that local hospital deal with potential covid-19 infections?
Are there plenty of activities that make it easy to social distance?
As of September 11th 2020, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19.
IMPORTANT: For the safety of all members and the local community, all members will be required to take a PCR Covid19 test within 96 hours of arrival. We are looking into finalizing a partnership with a local clinic. The cost of the test is estimated to be 120 USD , of which 50% will be covered by WiFi Tribe.
Mexico has a traffic light system to manage their local health measures. Each week each state dictates separately which “light” (aka restrictions) are applicable. For example, while Mexico DF might be “green”, Quintana Roo (the state where Playa is located) could be “yellow”.
Green: All activities are permitted.
Yellow: All work is permitted while observing risk prevention measures specially for vulnerable populations. Outdoor public spaces will be open and indoor public spaces will be open with reduced capacity.
Orange: In addition to essential economic activity, other non essential businesses will be allowed to operate with 30% of personnel and following covid risk preventive measures. Outdoor public spaces will be open with reduced capacity.
Red: Only essential economic activity will be allowed. People can walk around their homes during the day.
We will be monitoring any updates on restrictions, however for the full health protocol please:
From the main menu select “semaforos”
Select the current dates
Select the PDF of the region “Norte” which includes the municipality of Solidaridad, where Playa del Carmen is located.
If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:
Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols.
Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.
Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.
You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.
We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.
We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript. As a starting point we suggest to bring:
Please bring a working digital thermometer so that your temperature can also be checked.
As of September 11th 2020 all travellers will be required to fill out a Health Control Form and sign it electronically when travelling to Mexico. You can find it here:
For specific protocols upon arrival visit the Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún y el Aeropuerto Internacional de Cozumel website: https://es.cancunairport.com/
We strongly recommend you revisit their site periodically and 72-48 hrs before your departure.
In case of an infection, all those who have had contact with that member in the past 14 days will need to quarantine 2 weeks. The person in question will be isolated as best possible, and we reserve the right to relocate that person and separate other members. WiFi Tribe will assist in complying with any local legal regulations and finding an alternative accommodation for the person at the individual’s expense.
If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:
Fill out the anonymous reporting form
Speak directly to your chapter host
Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.
We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.
This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.
Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please our Terms and Conditions.
We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please our Terms and Conditions.
We are in a privileged position where, if needed, we can comfortably be quarantined in our location. If a quarantine was necessary, the properties are equipped to help us spend an extended period of time in lockdown agreeably.
In addition, we will be monitoring the country’s security measures and keeping Tribers informed. Any lockdown that Mexico has imposed in the past has limited people from coming into the country, but has not limited people from returning to their home countries. So, if people decide to leave, they should be able to do so.
We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
If there are any issues with the property contact your chapter host
The property is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, a 50 min cab ride from Cancun International Airport.
There are both taxis and shuttles available that can be reserved in advance through the airport’s website: https://www.cancunairport.com/.
We strongly recommend you look into selecting some of those companies as they have been certified with covid safety certifications to be allowed to operate.
We do not recommend using the public bus system.
You will find automatic tellers. Most shops accept payment by credit card and some will accept USD cash.