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#289849 - 07/22/08 10:17 AM Critters.....?  
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Carib Offline
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Ok, as a newbie, I was reading "Why does anyone with a brain love Belize" (or words to that effect).... and I picked on the "M" word .... mosquito.

How saturated is it down there with 'em, do I need Malaria shots, and what combats 'em...?????

Last edited by Carib; 07/22/08 10:17 AM.

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#289850 - 07/22/08 10:20 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: Carib]  
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No shots or pills needed here on Ambergris Caye, but if you go into the jungles you may consider them.
Our mosquitos only get active at Happy Hour but OFF takes care of that.

#289853 - 07/22/08 10:38 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: SP Daily]  
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well, actually, i think it really depends on where on the island you are. There's a reason they call it "mosquito coast" down south here....cant put out the trast this time of year without some bug spray. all those rain showers...

#289854 - 07/22/08 10:43 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: LaraTravelBelize]  
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Maybe what I'm looking for is an overall crash course here ....:

- Critters and their downfall (we've talked about that, but more is good)

- Are sneaks and flipflops really practical..? Maybe a good pair of moisture resistant hikers..?

- Any other daily keep-yerself-alive-and-healthy-stuff-info would be ....well, ... nice.

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#289855 - 07/22/08 10:46 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: Carib]  
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Sandals, sneaks, flipflops, crocs . . .all work fine. No need to pack hiking shoes unless you plan to go to the mainland and trudge thru the jungle.

When you find a big kettle of crazy, it's best not to stir it.
#289931 - 07/22/08 07:55 PM Re: Critters.....? [Re: KC Jayhawk]  
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For staying alive and healthy, we found; eat many meals with the locals, and buy their fruit. Take lots of long walks on the beach, drink plenty of water and island rum, oh remember Happy Hour happens many hours/day. The rest of the time we just bumbled through the day, having few plans or schedules and the days/nights were always an adventure.

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#289935 - 07/22/08 08:11 PM Re: Critters.....? [Re: 6string]  
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6string, hey guy! And he is right on! "just a little blues thing"!

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#289959 - 07/23/08 08:04 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: azbob]  
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Carib, we always take malaria drugs when we come but then we do go into the jungles on the mainland. Use a good sprya like OFF with 100% DEET! Usually if there is a breeze the mosquitos are not bad.
Lots of Belikens and rum punches seem to ward off anything! Just hang loose, enjoy the wonderful locals, the fabulous food, snorkeling, long walks and you will be fine.

We always wear flip flops or sandals and have had no problems. Just be sure to drink only bottled water!


#289961 - 07/23/08 08:51 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: Renee-md]  
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i've never taken malaria drugs, and spent time in the jungle...maybe i just got lucky? i have always noticed more biters on the island than the mainland. never get bit in cayo. hmmm.

mossies are dependent on weather too - the they only breed in standing water. dawn and dusk are the worst times, and worst places are anywhere with no wind.

renee is right - bottled water. flip flops and sandals are fine, sneakers for a daytrip. i buy cutter and a seperate bottle of 100% deet, and mix them. it generally works well. benedryl cream fixes up any that get thru right quick.

don't sweat the small stuff...come with no expectations and you will have an amazing time!

#289968 - 07/23/08 10:10 AM Re: Critters.....? [Re: sweetjane]  
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SweetJane, I know that many people have told me that I don't need the malaria drugs and probably don't, but I am the kind of person that the one mosquito in all of Belize carrying malaria would be become my new best friend! LOL!.

Otherwise the only thing you have to worry about is nothing!!! Just have fun and enjoy a beautiful island!

Coming back for our 7th time in February.

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