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#99689 - 03/25/05 09:25 AM concerns with food or water
robino Offline
Any problems with eating the food or drinking the water? Do most of the resorts have filtered water or should I be drinking only bottled water? Is there anything I should be careful with or avoid? I typically have a sensitive stomach and am subject to the runs whenever I travel outside the US. Any feedback is much appreciated.

#99690 - 03/25/05 09:39 AM Re: concerns with food or water
The food is fine, the water is fine. The water does have a high chlorine content which gives it an unappealing taste. Great for impromptu washing out of the tidy whiteys though, no bleach needed. Because of the taste bottled water is widely used. At the grocery, about $1.25USD a gallon

#99691 - 03/25/05 09:42 AM Re: concerns with food or water
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Generally the water here does not effect visitors. It comes from a de-sal plant. Many people rather drink bottled water because the town water has a large amount of chlorine.

Some resorts have their own systems. It doesn't hurt to ask.

I would recomend you avoid the food street vendors if you have a sensitive stomach.

#99692 - 03/25/05 11:28 AM Re: concerns with food or water
Kra-Z-K Offline
MMM!! All of the food is great, and I have never met anyone who got sick. EVEN the fast food places in the park are great!

#99693 - 03/25/05 01:31 PM Re: concerns with food or water
I amn normally pretty sensitive to any food bugs around, and I have eaten at most of the fast food vendors in "the Park" with no hint of any ill effects. As to water, though, if you run the tap water through a good filter you may be horrified at what's in there. I started doing that, which is when I switched to bottled water. It's not expensive either - obviously smaller containers cost more per pint than larger ones, but a 5 gallon container costs around US$2:50.

In any climate such as this you should always ensure you have current protection for Hepatitis A & B, but you're probably less at risk here than in most other destinations with similar climate.

#99694 - 03/25/05 02:41 PM Re: concerns with food or water

Yup, not much different than what you find floating around in Czar, one of the Belizean produced vodkas. On the other hand, the vodka by it's very nature tends to render the "floaties" quite harmless. Over the years a trip through a coffee filter has proven quite effective and provided our less descerning companions with a taste of Belizean "clear" distilled spirits. Me, I'll take the Lerska and leave the filters in the cabinet.

#99695 - 03/25/05 08:08 PM Re: concerns with food or water
egcntrk Offline
No problems with the food or water with us. I drank tap water without even thinking about it with no ill results. Hubby has a sensitive stomach and had no problems. One of our best meals came from the park vendors. Here's a little tip: stand back and watch to see where the locals are ordering from. You can bet it will be good food.

#99696 - 03/25/05 08:13 PM Re: concerns with food or water
robino Offline
thanks everybody for your personal and quick respones!


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