Take Extra Precautions with Food and Drinks in the Summer in Tropical Mexico

It’s summertime. It’s humid. So, the summer is a time to take extra precautions with food and beverages wherever you live, but especially in the tropics. There are a lot of visitors in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the summer; many people think its the best time of the year to visit.

Temperatures are around 86F-90F degrees, but it’s humid! It rains, but usually during the night or in the early mornings. The summer rains nourish the vegetation and produce the “greenest green you’ve ever seen” . . . the nature, the birds, the flowers!

The summer months are the main vacation times for Mexican tourists and their families to visit the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. It is a fabulous time for out-of-school children to come and to enjoy the many beach activities. Tourism during the summer months is referred to as the “National Season,” opposed to the “International Season” during the winter, when more guests come from the USA and Canada.

Here are some tips if you are in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for the summer:

  1. Take tours, engage in activities, and run errands early in the morning or in the evening. Take precaution to avoid the mid-day sun.
  2. Always carry a bottle of water, and drink plenty of it. Do not drink from bottled water that has sat for a long time in the sun.
  3. Use sunblock.
  4. Wear a hat or take a parasol. Ladies, take a fan.
  5. Don’t overdo it! Get out of that sun!

Also, the summer is a time to take extra precautions with foods and beverages. Extra hygiene is necessary during the summer.

One of the biggest health problems is the rapid breakdown of meat, especially when left in hot temperatures. If eaten, this decomposed food can lead to anything from abdominal pain to rage. Flies also carry a myriad of organisms which, if deposited on chicken, further contaminates and decomposes the food.


Much of Zihuatanejo’s population consumes chicken from the central market area of the city. Chicken is sold by some retailers in this area without proper hygiene and maintenance. This can lead to stomach ailments or long-term digestive diseases, which may not receive proper attention.

Always take extra precautions with buying and consuming chicken, especially during the hot summer months. Be sure to check the expiration dates on chicken packages purchased in the grocery stores, and avoid buying chicken that has been left out in the open. Cook chicken thoroughly and maintain it at a high temperature, or cool it quickly, and maintain it in the refrigerator. Allowing chicken to cool slowly allows more bacterial growth.

It is also not wise to eat from street vendors during the summer. Again, their food may not be properly refrigerated.

Residents, school children, tourists, and visitors are encouraged to be active this summer, to exercise, and to get out and enjoy the spectacular beauty of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Just take a little extra precaution with your health.

Related Article:

Drinking Water and Eating Fruits, Vegetables, and Fish in Mexico

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