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Pregnant & where can I drink the water & not be worried?

Old Jun 29th, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Of course Aruba could be affected by a hurricane but I think your chances of having your vacation impacted by a hurricane is far higher in T&C than Aruba during Aug and Sept. Many people actually choose Aruba during those months because it is a safer bet than most islands.

I wouldn't just go by personal opinions on that one, you can easily check weather history and precipitation averages at wunderground.com and other weather websites.
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Sharon a, I've been to 80% of the island many multiple times.
I really don't think you got sick from the water!

I've been to Provo about 40 times, never gotten sick there.

Funny thing, I got sick in Aruba!

Weather happens, nothing you can do about it.

Aruba was hit by a hurricane just a few years ago.

What's my point? Weather is a crapshoot. Weathermen don't get it correct in the States at any given time, how can they predict a tiny 19 square island correctly?

As for hurricanes,


Where everybody gets hurricane info from. When hurricanes happen usually about a weeks warning to make decisions.

Turks is generally dessert type island with least rainfall in Caribbean. It is hot and can feel humid, as any island you would pick. Most of time in august it's sunny and water is calm and flat

I'd get hurricane insurance regardless of which island you pick.

How's that for a T&C fan? 8-)
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Ps all the resorts in Turks and Caicos use desalinated water.
Wells are only used for landscaping outside the resorts.
Cisterns are used at private villas, but all vacation villas also use desalinating ("city") water.

So again, at a resort you are perfectly safe.

Sorry to contradict! ;-)
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Hi blamona. I don't think I got sick from the water either, as I stated. But I thought I'd mention it as I don't usually get sick.

Good to know about the desalinated water. In my research I didn't find any mention of a desalination plant on Provo.

I really am not knocking T&C. I love the beach there! I just wanted to give references so the OP could make an informed decision. I think she can't go wrong with either Aruba or T&C even though they are very different. It's funny that I like most of the islands we've been to even though all are different. Maybe I'm just easy to please.
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 10:56 AM
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I have never been to T&C but hope to go someday. I have heard the beaches are the best and I can't wait to see them. However, I am not sure I would even travel to the Caribbean at the peak of hurricane season anyway, I would probably choose another destination simply because I wouldn't want to be worried about it especially if travelling with a child. I know people who have had their late summer caribbean trips cut short because of hurricane threat and getting back home with their children was not fun. I would consider July and maybe early August but not September. That's just me.

However, if for some reason my heart was set on a caribbean trip during that time of year, I would go with Aruba. Do a google search on hurricane risk in the caribbean and you will clearly see the ABC islands are generally considered much less of a risk. Are they risk free, of course not. Even the threat of a hurricane can ruin travel plans but that threat is less likely to occur in Aruba.
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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This link might be useful if you are concerned about hurricanes. It ranks each island in terms of how frequently they have been hit by a hurricane. Obviously not a guarantee but at least you know the risk. According to this list Provo is # 27 and Aruba is # 57 out of 60. Abaco in the Bahamas is #1 and Curacao is #60 with the least number of hits.

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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 12:47 PM
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Sharona, it's so easy to please when every island and beach is so nice! I'll do anything to be under a palm tree, so that makes me easy too!
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Old Jun 30th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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We ate and drank everything in Aruba and never had any issues with the water. Our kids drank tap water. It is fine there. If you feel better drinking bottled water, that is fine, but you shouldn't have any issues with water or food.

Grand Cayman has good water, and so does Bermuda and Puerto Rico. We have never had any problems at any of these places with food or water.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 07:05 AM
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My Dr. says you can have traverlers problems no matter where you go, not deathly ill but stomach issues no matter where you go when visiting or traveling internationally. it does not have be bad water or food it just happens. Since you are with child, or if it is a major concern just stay in the U.S.That would elminate the stress plus any major digestive changes.
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