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Can you drink the water at the resorts in Varadero, Cuba?

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Where can you purchase inexpensive bottled water in Cuba? Is bottled water included at most of the inclusive resorts? I will be staying at the Brisas del Caribe in Varadero in December 2002.

Any tips for water drinkers? (I am allergic to alcohol)

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    Hi Terri:

    You have posted esentially the same questions on three different messages, so I will answer here.

    I have been to Veradero but not stayed at the Brisas del Caribe so I can't answer about your hotel directly other than to say that you are about 5 minutes (taxi) out of the centre of town and just past the golf course and the Melia hotels. It's a newer and nice area.

    However as to water. Bottled water is very easy to get in Cuba. It is available with and without carbonation in two sizes. There is the standard size bottle (about 500ml) and it is priced at $1.oo per bottle no matter where you buy it. In the grocery stores there is also generally a 2 litre bottle available but I can't remember the exact price. But for sure it was cheaper than 4 x 500ml bottles. I think it was $2 something or $3. In that range anyway.

    The brand is Cuban (Ciego Montero) and I have drunk hundreds of bottles of it and never had a problem. Virtually anyplace that sells beer, pop etc., will also sell the water. And generally it is nice and cold as well. It is almost universally available at hotels as well, generally from the dining room or lobby bar. But I have never seen it included in your room, even at 5* AI resorts.

    Most AI resorts have lots of juices available to drink, but be cautions. There generally is mango and papaya juice available and citrus, orange and grapefruit depending where you are. I have found however that my Canadian stomach can only take limited amounts of mango and papaya before it rebels. I guess I'm just not used to the richness of those types of juices.

    And for your info, I have had ice in my drinks and for sure that is made from local water. It has never seemed to bother me, but be your own judge of that.

    One thing you should plan on doing is to visit the Parque Retiro Josone in the town. It's a nice park with swans, geese, ponds, iguanas, and and an old colonial mansion. Also nice flower gardens depending on what is flowering at what time of the season. There are several outdoor bars and also two or three restaurants. When I ate there the food was pretty good (January 2001) As a historical note, the Father of Elian Gonsales works at this park. Elian is the Cuban youngster who survived a shipwreck and got to Florida, only to cause an international incident with the ensuing custody battle.

    Enjoy yourself and have fun.

    Steve

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