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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.

Discover the ways to avoid contaminated water and ensure a comfortable, worry-free experience in Cancun by checking out my tips below.


July 12, 2023

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Abigail Lewis

A Cancun resident since 2008, Abigail Lewis blends her local expertise and extensive travels across Mexico in her pieces for Family Destinations Guide. An adept traveler and mother, Abigail translates the spirit of Mexico into her articles, showcasing the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, resorts, and activities. Her bilingual skills enhance her understanding of the country’s hidden gems, making her your trusted guide in Mexico.

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