Precautions for Roatan & Cozumel-mosquitos, sand flies

I am going to Roatan and Cozumel, in that order, at the end of November. This will be my first cruise ever.
Will the insects, flies, mosquitoes be a problem at that time of year? Any suggestions on the best repellents? I ask for two reasons, to be prepared and because my friend seems to get a skin rash every fall and doesn't feel like doing anything for weeks. The last thing I'd want is for either of us to get sick and ruin our vacation. Please share your personal experiences or articles. Thanks.

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11 Answers

We rarely encounter biting insects in Cozumel and only now and again on other islands. I still carry insect repellent when we go ashore just to be safe. Check out this thread on the forum:

Thanks for the reference.

We visited both of those ports during our May. They weren't a problem, but no place is totally bug free. You're doing the right thing by trying to be prepared. If you're doing excursions that will take you into the wooded areas (we had to hike through the jungle to get to the cave tubing site), zoo or tropical gardens, I'd definitely use some sort of repellant. If you or your friend get bad reactions from bites (I'm hypersensitive and my bites/stings swell up really bad), use a repellant. I use spray, but they have wipes that are even easier and less messy to use. If you don't like chemicals, there are also natural oils & remedies that are effective.

Have a great trip.

We have been to both ports and it depends on your excursion. Roatan & Cozumel both have nice beaches to go and relax and we have never experienced bugs at all. Maybe a few pesky crabs that like to pinch toes (personal experience on that score) but nothing to worry about. If you are taking things like the jeep tour, etc. definitely pack repellent.

We had no problem in the beach area of Cozumel but when we got into the jungle we did use the Deep Woods Off. Lots of mosquito in the area around the ruins. Buy it before your cruise a small can was about $ 14.00 on the ship.

Thanks for your response. What brand of wipes did you see?.

Thanks for the suggestion of which brand to buy.

This is what I take.

I swat bugs and skeeters..been doing that all of my life. When I ride my motorcycle I eat them. I am a happy biker as you can count the bugs on my teeth. Love bugs are tasty. Skeeters have no taste


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