YOU SHOULD NOT DRINK TAP WATER IN MEXICO. Bottles of purified water are also for sale at various stores and San Pancho restaurants. (To assist San Pancho’s recycling project, please try to reuse you personal water bottle by refilling it from your home garrafon). The town’s restaurants have an excellent record for cleanliness and you may be confident that all vegetables & fruits have been thoroughly disinfected and that all ice is made from purified water.
To limit the number of mosquitoes in or around your home, make sure there is no standing water around the house. Dawn and especially dusk are the worst times for getting bitten. Otherwise it is perhaps convenient at night to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, or to use an anti-bug cream or spray, light candles and mosquito coils, or sleep under a mosquito net. For bites, Lanacane is excellent (only available north of the border), or locally ”After Bite”.
San Francisco, Mexico, aka San Pancho, is proud to have its own hospital (tel. #311-258-4077). Built in the 1970’s when San Pancho was being developed as a model village under the then-President Luis Echeverría Alvarez, the well-equipped hospital has flourished as the region has grown in popularity. In Puerto Vallarta “AmeriMed” and “San Javier” hospitals are also highly recommended for serious incidents. (SEE “EMERGENCY PHONE #’s” page).