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1st Time Mexico Trip - Prepare Me

LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
edited February 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So, I'm finally getting down to Mexico for a nice little winter vacation. I've never been (I've also never been to any sunny destination-type vacation spot) and I wanted to see what advice you could provide for the trip--things to prepare for, items to remember, what to do/avoid when there, etc. I have my Hep shots and believe that's all I need coming from Canada to that area of Mexico.

In one week, I'm going to an all-inclusive resort in Manzanillo for a week with... like 18 other friends. Most have travelled before to places like Mexico and other all-inclusive destinations. What advice can you give me?

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  • adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    You're going to an all-inclusive resort, you don't need much advice besides "Don't drink too much booze if you're going to be out in the sun all day" and "don't forget to reapply your sunscreen."

    Have fun.

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  • KillgrimageKillgrimage Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you are staying on the resort, have a blast getting drunk and swimming and eating and lazing about, you goose (I am not jealous what)

    Sometimes resorts can be in the middle of places that are kinda scummy. Places where you wouldn't want to drink the water. I think Manzanillo is okay from the reviews and the Mexican navy is stationed there too. Looks like there is a heavy police presence since the town is really geared toward family tourism, safety is a top priority. I would say you are in the clear. Just don't get too drunk.

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  • President RexPresident Rex Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you're somewhat pale you may want to look into doing some pre-vacation tanning to help avoid burning while you're there.

    Most resorts have decent enough water that you can brush your teeth with it (although some people may recommend you don't). Most resorts will just have water coolers around for your use. If you find yourself in a small town or rural backwater, you'll probably want to go with bottled soda (fountain soda is usually made with the local tap water).

    (It's not necessarily that the water is full of terrible, deadly stuff (although in some cases it could be), but your body may not react pleasantly to the water that may not be as purified as you're used to...and it would be unfortunate to spend half your trip on a toilet)

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  • Joe Camacho MKIIJoe Camacho MKII Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you have a weak stomach, it might be a good idea to take some stomach meds.

    Also, about street food stands, I would say it would be a good idea to avoid them (Specially if you have a buffet or restaurant package), but it is also part of the experience, so if you want to have an ADVENTURE!, search for a street stand that where you see a lot of people there and they appear clean (lots of people there, is a good sign that the place is good); be specially careful with seafood fresh stands, such as cocktails, because seafood easily spoils; places that sell fried seafood are safer.

    Mexican food isn't poison, but as President Rex said, Foreigners aren't used to our "hygiene standards" (Or lack of them.) and what an average Mexican stomach can endure, maybe you can't.

    If you are going to use a taxi service, please ask the front desk to get you one from an official company, so you avoid using irregular taxis (In the minor cases, they will overcharge you, in the worst case scenario, you might become a victim).

    If you or a friend are planning on smoking weed during this trip, please read this, so you are informed of the current drug situation in México (If not, pay no attention to it, and have fun!).
    IMPORTANT If some of your friends are planning/want to smoke weed is important for you to know that in recent years the amount of grams for personal consumption was reduced in México to 5 grams (0.17636981 ounces), if the Authorities catch you with even the slightest bigger difference, you risk being processed for drug related crimes. (According to Article 479 et al of the General Health Law, related with Article 195 et al from the Federal Criminal Code)... BUYING/SELLING/OFFERING/GROWING WEED IS STILL A FEDERAL CRIME (yes, it's stupid, but it's how things are right now) So please be careful.

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  • LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Actually, the water thing for brushing teeth was a question I had. Another, I guess, would be fruits and vegetables on the resort--they've got to be washed, right? So, will that be a problem there (I would imagine probably not)?

    And Joe: I doubt weed will come up, but are you basically saying that if we somehow managed to find ourselves with 5grams or less it'd be okay, but we can't actually buy it/grow it/sell it, etc? Kind of funny. Sort of how it's legal for kids here to smoke cigarettes at the age of 16 but they can't buy them until 18 (where do they get them?) although obviously not similar. haha.

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  • Modern ManModern Man Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you or a friend are planning on smoking weed during this trip
    When it comes to this, I think the general advice to anyone travelling overseas is "don't."

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  • Joe Camacho MKIIJoe Camacho MKII Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    LaOs wrote: »
    Actually, the water thing for brushing teeth was a question I had. Another, I guess, would be fruits and vegetables on the resort--they've got to be washed, right? So, will that be a problem there (I would imagine probably not)?

    And Joe: I doubt weed will come up, but are you basically saying that if we somehow managed to find ourselves with 5grams or less it'd be okay, but we can't actually buy it/grow it/sell it, etc? Kind of funny. Sort of how it's legal for kids here to smoke cigarettes at the age of 16 but they can't buy them until 18 (where do they get them?) although obviously not similar. haha.

    Yes, that's how it works. I just wanted you to know before someone else told you about how "You can smoke weed in México now man!" which is quite wrong information that has been circulating around the last couple of years.
    Modern Man wrote: »
    If you or a friend are planning on smoking weed during this trip
    When it comes to this, I think the general advice to anyone travelling overseas is "don't."

    That would be a better advice, yes. I just wanted to clear things up before he heard any rumors or disinformation, sorry.

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  • LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Yeah, no problem--I appreciate the forewarning (and, like I said, it'll probably have been for naught, but thanks all the same).

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  • adytumadytum The Inevitable Rise And FallRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Water really depends on where you are. In rural Mexico it's probably not a good idea to drink tap water if you're unaccustomed to it, but in, say, Cancun City the water is treated to western standards and drinkable from the tap.

    You should be washing fresh fruits and vegetables wherever you buy them. Pesticides, ick.

    I'd really check with the resort about this stuff though, they have a reputation to uphold and I doubt they'll be serving tainted food or have non-potable water. Don't worry too much!

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