Drinking Water in Costa Rica
Drinking water is always a concern when travelling anywhere and the following is a guide for protecting yourself worldwide and in particular, Costa Rica and Blue River Resort & Hot Springs. In addition to other liquids, the recommended daily intake of water is six to eight glasses. When traveling in tropical climates, such as Costa Rica, maintaining proper hydration is vital. Since jet-lag is also reduced by mild exercise that keeps the circulation in the lower sections of the body, rehydration is also an important consideration.
Though the quality of fresh water depends on where you are in Costa Rica; overall, fresh water in Costa Rica ranks amongst the best in the world. Like North America, there are very few instances where drinking water from the tap is not advised. Bottled water is readily available and recommended to those visitors with sensitive stomachs. Common sense dictates that taking a chance that could possibly ruin an otherwise beautiful vacation in the Republic of Costa Rica is probably not a good idea.
At Blue River Resort & Hot Springs water from the tap is fresh and pure. It is drawn from springs that form at the tops of mountain ranges beside Rincon de la Vieja and flow down to create creeks and rivers. There is no industry here, ensuring no pollutants. In fact Blue River Resort & Hot Springs is encompassed by one of the worlds Blue Zones. These are the regions of the world where inhabitants are renowned for living longer lives; frequently living productive lives through their ninety’s and on past one hundred.
One indication for this phenomenon points to the minerals present in the water found in this Blue Zone.
Here are a few tips to consider regarding hydration when on vacation:
- Drinking bottled water with ice made from tap water is redundant. The ice can introduce bacteria to the water. Chill the bottled water before drinking.
- Ice or the act of freezing water does not ‘kill the bacteria’. Most harmful contaminants will come back to life when the ice melts.
- Coffee, tea, and other really hot beverages are usually safe to consume as the water is boiled in preparing the brew.
- Popular canned and bottled beverages that have an unbroken seal are usually safe. This is a good reason to drink lots of wine and beers; these are sure to be safe.
- The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables washed in tap water is another possible point for the introduction of bacteria. If the water in the area is contaminated you may want to take extra precautions.
- If you are ‘really concerned’ about water quality, you may want to brush your teeth with bottled water (or a trusted soda) and rinse the toothbrush with the same.
- Special water purification tablets containing iodine or chlorine will kill most water borne viruses and bacteria but not all. If you are going on an expedition to uncharted territories these tablets are good additions to the essential things to pack.
Generally, Costa Ricans do not drink carbonated beverages as North Americans would. Instead, they enjoy a local drink called a ‘Granizado’. Made with shaved ice, mixed with condensed milk, or powdered milk, and diced fruit stirred in on some occasions.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health, or comfort, whilst visiting Costa Rica please ask our staff at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs. Your welfare is our main concern here at the Blue River Resort and Hot Springs; here you will get a first-hand opportunity to see the mineral rich water of the real Blue River.
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