We just got back on monday evening from melia caribe tropical. Let me start by saying that there was not a single mosquito the entire trip. Flies, a few but mosquitos none!!! I was a little nervous after reading about the whole malaria scare so I brought lots of bugs spray with deet. People saw me apply the first night and looked at me as if I was completely nuts!! So, after that night of outdoor dancing in the 85 humid weather and saw no mosquitos, I decided not to bother with the bug spray. Believe me, you are really safe with just ugs spray....No need for medication.
As for the water, we ate and drank as normal. Lettuce and ice in your drinks are fine. So have a daquiri and relax and have a great vacation!! Thank you to everyone for all your posts!!! They really helped me in choosing what became one of the best vacations I ever had!!!!