What's in the water?!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Wow, the water in the DR is worse than in Mexico?  I didn’t know that.

I haven’t been to the DR, but I know that in Mexico the big resorts filter their water so getting sick is very unlikely.  I would have thought the DR is the same.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I really don’t think the water in Mexico is any better.  Just brush your teeth with bottled water, keep your mouth shut when you shower, don’t drink anything with ice in it… and you’ll be fine!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Diamondgurl:  Ugh, that sounds like a miserable way to spend a honeymoon! I wouldn’t want to be constantly vigilant for the water. Especially after a couple drinks!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used to get trips to the DR often during my teenage years as a bday gift (at Hotel Riu in Punta Cana) and never got sick from drinking the water. It was mostly from drinking way too much rum.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Orchidgirl80:  When we vacationed to Dominican our hotel provided plenty of bottled water for us to drink and brush with. You have to go it’s amazing!!!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’ve been to DR once. They do warn you about the water. It’s honestly no big deal. Drink bottled water and don’t open your mouth during showers.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I feel like its pretty easy to avoid the water in a foreign country. I travel internationally quite often and I don’t drink the water anywhere, not that its necessarily dirty but I just don’t want to upset my stomach if the water is filtered differently in one place versus another and I ingest something that my body is accustomed to. I wouldn’t change your honeymoon location just because of that.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Orchidgirl80:  just don’t drink it. You should be fine With showering & brushing your teeth. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Don’t give up on it if that’s what you want!  Just drink bottled water and brush your teeth with it too.  Wherever you stay should be able to make sure you get lots of bottled water if you ask for it. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If I’m honest, I had diarrhea for about EIGHT day after I came back from my honeymoon in punta cana.  Lol, I brushed with bottled water, but didn’t really think about the shower.  What probably did it though, was the last day, we took buggy rides.  It was really muddy and we cruised through muddy pits with animals near by.  I don’t wanna think about it.  I wasn’t sick until after I got back to the states.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Travel Nut here… Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, we travel a lot.  As such I strongly believe that travel is a hobby to be enjoyed cause the world is a wonderful place to explore…

BUT I also believe that the best Traveller is an informed one.

So lets see if I cannot answer some of your Questions / concerns:

Water in The Dominican Republic…

Quite frankly the DR is a 3rd World Country … it shares the Island of Hispaniola with Haiti.  The island has many political, economic & social problems (including Health & Safety issues). 

Pretty beaches…

BUT… Mr TTR & I won’t be going back… EVER

For a variety of reasons.  One of which is we like to explore a Destination, and we don’t feel safe doing so in the DR.

There are far better places in the Caribbean to spend my Vacation time & money.

In truth if you go to DR, more than likely you’ll just end up hanging out at your AI Resort (maybe go on an excursion thru them).

Consequently in 3 Days you aren’t going to see much / any of DR beyond that.

I am not crazy about Mexico either… but it is waaay better than DR.

Too bad you are from the USA… or I would recommend Cuba, which is also dirt cheap, but has a lot more going for it:

Beaches – Culture – Nightlife – Music – Clean & Safe Water – Good Medical System etc.

NOTE – WHERE EVER YOU GO… Be sure and invest in Travel Insurance and Travel Health Insurance !!

If you have never been outside of the USA, I suggest you do some reading & research… because as much as travelling is great, educational and offers up GORGEOUS Scenery … it isn’t home (most of the Caribbean is made up of 2nd & 3rd world countries… with just a few more progressive ones thrown into the mix here and there). 

Wikipedia is a good place to start for anywhere you might be interested in going to (nice cause you can click around to learn more).  And also look at any Destination you have in mind their Tourism Website for “touristy” info.  Every Country has one.  As well TripAdvisor (the leading source on the Internet for Travel Planning) is an awesome place to learn about Destinations… they have Travel Guides – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) and Discussion Forums where you can post Questions and have them answered by TA Destination Experts & Locals.

You should also know that the US State Dept puts out Travel Advisories for every country… so that US Citizens like yourself can be informed about “situations” in countries.  These are things that EVERY Traveller should consider / look at… BEFORE they book a trip.

(Every Country’s Govt issues Travel Advisories… if anyone else is reading this for example… in Canada they come out thru the Dept of Foreign Affairs, in the UK via Gov.UK )

To get you started on your research for the Dominican Republic I provide the following links for you:

Wikipedia – Dominican Republic = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic

Dominican Republic Tourism = http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/rd/?lang=en&idioma=1

TripAdvisor – Dominican Republic = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g147288-Dominican_Republic-Vacations.html

US Travel Advisory – Domincan Republic = http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1103.html

Hope this helps,

PS… NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO on your Honeymoon.  Be sure and buy Travel Trip Insurance and Travel Health Insurance… you don’t want to travel outside of the USA without these.  AND if you are going during Hurricane Season to the Caribbean (June 1st to November 30th) make inquiries about Hurricane Insurance as well… in so much as you’ll be able to cancel your Holiday ahead of time if need be, or perhaps get a Partial or Full Refund if a Hurricane interupts / spoils your Holiday.

 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Orchidgirl80:  It’s commonly suggested that you not drink the water in most places you travel to in order to avoid getting sick. As a foreigner, your body isn’t use to the things in the water in other places, so people often get sick.  Unless it’s a place known for it’s water (let’s say Italy for example), then it’s best to stick to bottled water so you don’t put yourself at risk. 

 

I’m out of the U.S. right now in a country known for its poor water quality. It’s not that big of a hassle. I buy bottled water which is relatively cheap here (I think I pay about 23 cents per bottle), and I haven’t had any problems.  The hardest thing is remembering to not open my mouth in the shower.

Since you’re deciding between the DR and Mexico, both places notorious for poor water quality (you’ll get equally sick in Mexico if you drink the water), I say go with your first choice of the DR.

Post # 16
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Worker bee

@BagsnBooks:This.

SO works in the medical side of travel insurance. His advice to anyone travelling anywhere, whether it be first or third world: Don’t drink the water. Even if the water quality’s good, your body’s not used to the particular strains of bacteria in a foreign water table.

 

That considered, don’t let water quality stop you from going somewhere you really want to visit.

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