First time to Mexico questions.

Old Dec 16th, 2010, 01:19 PM
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First time to Mexico questions.

First-time traveling to Mexico so have some silly questions:

Headed to Todos Santos, southern Baja, in January.

1. Pesos. I’ve been told the best conversion rate is at the airport ATMs so will do that. At the end of our trip, how do we ‘cash-in’ our pesos to US$?

2. Water. Ok, we’ll drink only bottled water but what about ordering coffees/teas in restaurants? And for that matter, dining in restaurants…..they use water to prepare the food.

3. Restaurants. Speaking of dining, any suggestions in Todos Santos?

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Old Dec 16th, 2010, 03:53 PM
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1. You don't want to be in the position to "cash in" peso. Just try to plan so you run out by the end of the trip. Or save them for your next visit, or sell them to a friend who goes to Mexico. USD is also accepted in that area, so take along some in small bills ($1, 5, 10) to use at the end of your trip to avoid being stuck with peso you don't need.

2. Water and ice served in restaurants is OK. Unless you're way out in the boonies, any business establishment will be using bottled or purified water and soaking fruits and vegetables in a solution to make them safe.

3. Sorry only know Cabo, haven't made it up that far.
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Old Dec 16th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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Thank you Suze. I'll start another post re restaurants.
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Suze gives good advice. Don't convert back to dollars at the end of your trip. You will just lose more in fees and conversion rates. One thing we do is use up pesos paying our hotel bill, combined with our credit card. We also do some shopping at the airport. We get our pesos at a bank ATM.

Any restaurant catering to the tourist trade uses purified water and ice. I always bring along some Cipro and immodium, just in case.

We have only eaten at the Hotel California and it way OK. There is another well regarded place across the street, but cannot remember the name. Another place for fine dining is El Gusto! Restaurante at Hotel La Posada La Poza.

Curious - where are you staying? Have a great trip!!
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Old Dec 17th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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As a regular I always take about 2,000 pesos home with me for the next trip. Gets me through the first few days without a trip to the bank.
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PS Coffee will be safe. One of the biggest "dangers" is too much booze, sun & exotic foods that your system is not use to.
Drink lots of bottle water & WEAR a hat! Take easy on the Tequila,
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Sure I agree Stewbear. I like having a coin purse ready to go for the next trip!
But if you're not a regular visitor to Mexico, I do think it's easy enough on the last few days to spend it all with a little planning. My last peso sometimes goes for things like: tipping the room maid, taxi ride, breakfast and lunch on the travel day, buying souveniers at the airport while waiting for the flight.
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Old Dec 17th, 2010, 11:57 AM
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Thank you all! Excellent tips....will pack some Immodium ;-)
We're staying at Casa Bentley.
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