Is the Drinking Water in Mexico Safe?

Glass of water with ice
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We’re sure you’ve heard don’t drink the water in Mexico. But is this really a huge no-no? It’s hot and you’re going to get thirsty, so what are you supposed to drink? Is it really that dangerous to drink it while vacationing in Mexico? How bad can it be? Here’s what you should know about drinking the water in Mexico.

Tap Water

Whatever you do—avoid drinking the tap water. Water treatment, purification, and filtration have gotten better in Mexico, but it’s still not advisable to drink tap water. You can get exposed to bacteria viruses, and parasites, which will make you sick and they’ll ruin your vacation.

Bottled Water

Only drink bottled, purified water. It’s easy to find it in Mexico and it’s pretty inexpensive. Most hotels have bottled water or large jugs of purified water for you to refill your bottle. In stores and restaurants, ask for “agua pura,” or “un bote de agua pura”.

Ice Cubes in Drinks

Usually, ice is made from purified water and in hotels and restaurants you should be fine. When buying from market stands and food stalls, be more careful when getting ice with drinks.

Showering and Brushing Your Teeth

When brushing your teeth, use bottled water and when showering, keep your mouth closed. Mexico residents may brush their teeth with tap water, but they’ll rinse and spit, not swallow.