Six Things You Must Know Before Traveling to Mexico (Part 1)

Generally, Mexico is a safe place to travel. It is artsy, colorful, and full of incredible eats. However, remember to follow these steps to make sure your trip there goes off without a glitch.

1. Ask About the Water

It is widely known that much of the tap water in this country is not suitable for drinking. However, to avoid it can be harder than you may imagine, you should call your hotel ahead of time to check whether their drinking water is suitable for travelers. If the answer is not, grab some large bottles from the airport to use during the days you will be there. And if you want to visit more rural areas or down-home restaurants, be careful as ordering drinks that might be made with unfiltered ice or as eating foods such as salad that might have been rinsed with contaminated water.

2. Be Aware of Business Hours and Holidays

Business hours in Mexico are a little different from those in the U.S and Canada.  Most retail stores there open their doors in the late morning and remain open until late evening. Most restaurants in this country also accept nighttime diners until 11 p.m while night clubs don’t open until well into the night (11 p.m. at the earliest) and usually stay open as late as 5 a.m. Banks adapt operating hours similar to those in the US and Canada but they are commonly closed on Sundays and holidays.

3. Call Your Car Rental Companies

In Mexico, rental car companies have also been pulling fast on tourists for years. They usually advertise to offer an affordable rental car rate online, then double or triple your rate with the mandatory liability insurance of the country after you have arrived. Call your rental car company in advance to know the total cost, including the liability insurance, for the duration of your trip so that you will not be one of the many customers caught off-guard upon arrival.