We are sure you have heard it many times “avoid drinking water in Mexico”, well the good news is bottled drinking water is readily available everywhere in Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. It’s wise to stick to bottled water when travelling abroad, just to be on the safe side. Puerto Vallarta has spent millions on state-of-the-art water treatment and purification plants to provide its citizens, visitors, and touriists with fresh, clean, pure drinking water. Puerto Vallarta’s drinking water is held to high international standards and has won numerous safety awards for purity and cleanliness. Unfortunately some of the older tourist areas and neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay still have the old pipes, so even though fresh purified water flows through those old sections of piping, various contaminants from the old pipes can lift off and enter the water system. Just as in the United States and Canada the majority of resorts as well as many private homes have their own drinking water filtration systems.
Restaurants within Puerto Vallarta as well as throughout Banderas Bay use bottled drinking water, it is standard practice. More than 1.5 million tourists visit Puerto Vallarta annually including the surrounding areas of Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, so the restaurants are more than prepared to meet the needs of tourists in ensuring they get purified water. This is a vacation town that is completely focused on tourism, and getting customers sick is not on the agenda. Restaurants and bars do not want to risk customers getting sick as word travels incredibly fast, and not just via word of mouth but online too. All of the area’s restaurants want to satisfy their tourist customers, earn positive reviews on internet review travel sites like tripadvisor , and remain in business year after year.
When making excursions to rural areas outside the urban city, it is absolutely recommended to drink bottled water only, as these areas do not yet have water purification systems in place. Remember, as ice is also water, do not add ice to bottled or canned beverages in these outlying regions. Also be aware that blended cocktails such as Margaritas also contain ice, so check with the waiters if the ice is made using purified water. When ordering at eateries in these outlying areas, stick to canned or bottled beverages. For further reassurance, ask your server to bring those beverages to you in the can or bottle, not already poured into a glass.