Can You Drink Tap Water in Cancun? Essential Traveler’s Guide
Written by Abigail Lewis
So, you’re planning a trip to Cancun and wondering, “Can you drink tap water in Cancun?”
As a seasoned traveler and someone who has spent plenty of time in Cancun, I’ve got the answer you’re looking for.
The short answer is no.
Tap water in Cancun is not recommended for drinking, even for locals.
But don’t worry.
With a bit of preparation and know-how, you’ll have no problem staying properly hydrated during your stay.
I’ll share some useful information about the water situation in Cancun and provide helpful tips on how to enjoy your vacation without compromising your health.
To quench your thirst safely, you’ll want to rely on bottled and filtered water, which is widely available in the area.
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