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Re: Critters.....? [Re: Renee-md] #290013
07/23/08 02:28 PM
07/23/08 02:28 PM
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Carib Offline OP
Carib  Offline OP
I don't mean to sound like I'm ultra-paranoid .... this is a place and latitude to which I've never been ...and I'm doin' some research....

Can't wait to get there...!

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Re: Critters.....? [Re: Carib] #290016
07/23/08 03:03 PM
07/23/08 03:03 PM
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Posts: 165
Eastern Shore, Maryland
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Don't think that at all. It is always good to ask questions about places you have never been. Avoids lots of surprises. You are going to love it. That I can tell you for sure. We were hooked the first time we went!

Re: Critters.....? [Re: Renee-md] #290027
07/23/08 03:54 PM
07/23/08 03:54 PM
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everyone has different perspectives on this, if you do a search you'll find there are several threads on the topic. We have taken the anti-malarials any time we are coming for an extended visit and plan to be off the island very much. I am a mosquito magnent and it just wasn't worth the risk for me. Out of the four of us none had any adverse side effects at all, but I have heard complaints about side-effects from others. I don't take them for short trips when I'm not planning on leaving the island.

Deet is still pretty much the best as a mosquito repellant. All the studies I've read say the only difference in terms of percentage is the length of protection; i.e. 4.75% DEET provides about an hour of protection, 23.8% DEET about 5 hours. 100% will protect for up to 12 hours, but you would have to reapply after swimming or bathing anyway and it's pretty harsh stuff so I wouldn't reccomend anything higher than about 30%. We love those OFF towelettes, much easier than a spray. I think everyone agrees you should get the hepatitis innoculations.

I drink the water from the tap, have never had a problem and think it tastes fine. Some will tell you it depends on where you stay.

Everyone travels differently - do what you need to do to put your mind at ease and then go with an open mind. You'll have a great time!

I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?
Re: Critters.....? [Re: Leah-Ann] #290029
07/23/08 03:59 PM
07/23/08 03:59 PM
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Go with the 98.6% Max Deet stuff. You might grow some kind of mutated second head growing out of your neck, but you won't get bitten by anything.

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Re: Critters.....? [Re: Three_Palms] #290032
07/23/08 04:07 PM
07/23/08 04:07 PM
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bucks county, PA
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LA has a good point about everyone traveling differently. i drank the tap water at banana beach, but NO WAY at cloisters. not an issue of taste, but where it comes from and how it's filtered.

i have heard to use anti-malaria stuff if going south around punta gorda, and would if going there. i would not bother for cayo, but that's me.

Re: Critters.....? [Re: sweetjane] #290071
07/23/08 07:47 PM
07/23/08 07:47 PM
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Arvada CO
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I've never had a problem with the water but have only used it for showers and brushing my teeth.

Perhaps the Belikins I drank all of the rest of the time counteracted any little microbial critters.

God Bless The Reef!
Re: Critters.....? [Re: ExOkie] #290109
07/23/08 10:55 PM
07/23/08 10:55 PM
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Posts: 5,522
Birdland - 1 mile north
ScubaLdy Offline
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I have yet to taste a bottled water that tastes as good as the rain water here.

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Re: Critters.....? [Re: ScubaLdy] #290203
07/24/08 02:24 PM
07/24/08 02:24 PM
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 59
Washington State
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Carib, I too am ultra-paranoid plus a little neurotic. I took the malaria meds just for peace of mind. Didn't have any side effects. Plus I get to go back in Sept. and not worry.

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