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Occasionally you will see a post informing about a MALARIA alert or warning from PHAC or CDC. Malaria ie endemic to Hispanola especially the western side (Haiti) and is transmitted by mosquito’s.

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Consult your physician for advice

The best way to ensure a great vacation is not to overindulge. Imagine being at home for a week during a really hot and humid week in July. Now do nothing but lie in the hot sun without sunscreen, drink lots of alcohol, eat an enormous amount of food, especially fresh fruit, and wash everything down with water from the local creek. You’re gonna get sick!!! And if you do this here you will also get sick. Please do everything in moderation and you should be OK. Your hotel uses only purified water for cooking and ice - if they don’t they will tell you otherwise. Most hotels have strict quality control procedures in place regarding food and drink and the cleanliness of the resort. If you travel outside the resort drink only bottled water and drinks with no ice in them. The bottom line here is if you are not sure of something do not eat or drink it…Don’t take chances!! (All food at the resorts is safe to eat, yes, even the lettuce, raw fruit, and salads). Immodium, Alka-Seltzer/Pepto-Bismal/Tums, and Tylenol will take care of most problems.

Yes, they have bars - usually several - in the lobby, at the beach and by the pool. Just ask for a drink and you shall receive. If you don’t want alcohol in your drink be sure to tell them this “sin alcohol”. The beer is local (Presidente) as is the liquor (Normandy or Columbus) in most resorts – some 5 star resorts do have International brands of liquor available. And, of course all those tropical drinks are available - Banana Mama - Strawberry Daquiri’s - Pina Coladas … remember that a lot of the tropical drinks contain coconut milk – a natural laxative!

Data reviewed June 26, 2010.