less crime than most caribean/central america destinations
I would not hesitate to recommend San Pedro as a safe family destination. Naturally, normal common sense precautions are advised eg not walking alone in quiet places after dark, no ostentatious shows of jewelery, posessions, keep valuable in hotel safe - the same as you would do anywhere.
Belizeans are freindly, English speaking, like children and are very welcoming.
One must appreciate the warning about crime, and remember that it is always better to be safe than sorry. You shouldn't worry about crime, especially if, as Belizequeen wrote, you use common sense while vacationing. Even paradise has its fair share of, let me be extremely euphemistic, hustlers.
Have a great vacation!
The only place the US Embassy doesn't warn you about is the U.S.
The crime index per 100,000 people in your home state of Connecticut is 2,738.5, but there are no official records kept in Belize, so we can't compare.
The worst area for crime is in the Belize City. There is far less in the Cayes and far less in the mainland countryside. Most of the violent crime is related to illegal drug movements through the country that is destined for the U.S. market.
I found Belize to be very safe, but like any place, don't stumble around drunk at night in seedy places, don't wave around large amounts of cash, don't do drugs, etc.
If you are still incensed about going to a place with almost no crime, then nearby Cozumel is it.Edited: 9:02 pm, April 22, 2010
Warden Message U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize May 12, 2009
Recent violent crimes involving visitors to the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker serve as a reminder that everyone should take an active role in their own personal security. U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Belize should exercise caution when in unfamiliar areas and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
Many parts of the country, including both urban and rural areas, have seen an increase in violent crime. In some instances, criminals have used physical force and intimidation or utilized weapons in the commission of crimes, especially in Belize City and Cayo District. While other areas of the country have lower levels of overall crime, the potential employment of violence is still a concern.
There is no evidence that U.S. citizens are specifically targeted because of their citizenship. The United States Government does not have any information about specific threats to American citizens but would like to share a self-assessment guideline used by government employees to help you increase your own personal security.
Thanks a lot. This is good information to have as it appears the US Embassy issues these notices for lots of popular tourists destinations around the globe. It seems that using good common sense and being aware is a good idea no matter where you are, especially traveling abroad. I'm not too worried because I don't plan on being alone or walking the streets in the late hours of the night and from the good folks on this board who live there and know the place well, they don't seem to think we're at a high risk either. Again, thanks for the info!
I'm planning my trip now. I'm still going. Let me know how your trip turns out! Have fun!!!
Use common sense. Don't bring anything of value. Make sure the windows are locked. Use the safe. Don't leave anything out to be seen from a window. Close the curtains when you are not there, and leave the TV on with a couple of lights. You should be fine. When I think of what was taken from our villa, it was insignificant stuff. sneakers, crocs, a small camera etc Stupid stuff really. If we had closed the curtains and left a tv on, maybe they would not have broken into our room.
I noticed a lot of regular contributors to this site are in the tourist business in AC. I don't take much stock in what they say about crime.
Just use common sense. Keep your ATM card on you, and lock cash and passports in the safe and you should be fineEdited: 12:42 pm, April 26, 2010