How Safe Is Belize for Travel?

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Belize FlagBelize : Safety by City

The only country in Central America without a coastline on the Pacific Ocean, Belize, is also the only country in this region where the official language is English.

And though it doesn’t have a coastline along the Pacific, it does offer a beautiful coastline along the Caribbean Sea to its east.

Belize is squeezed between Guatemala to the west and south and Mexico to the north.

The exit this country has to the Caribbean Sea will offer all lovers of summer activities unforgettable time, with many beach adventures such as deep-sea fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving as well as exploring its attractive reefs.

Another chance for you to explore lies in the vast jungles filled with exotic plants and animal species, and if you’re in a more cultural mood, the Mayan ruins are right at your fingertips.

However, though this sounds amazing and like a real luxurious destination, you should keep in mind that Belize is still a poor country with low incomes and basic infrastructure, though this all fades away when you meet the Belizean warm, friendly and welcoming population.

Warnings & Dangers in Belize

Overall Risk


Overall, Belize is not the safest destination for tourists visiting Central America, as it’s filled with petty and violent crime, and most of it is centered in Belize City. You should take precaution on the streets of major cities, and after dark.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transport is actually not that bad in Belize. Quality of roads isn't too bad, and the roads are constantly getting better. In fact Northern, Southern and Hummingbird Highways are now among the best ones in Latin America and rival many in the developed world. You should only ride in licensed taxis, and you will know them by their green license plates. The thing to watch out for in Belize is roadway robbery. Rarely, if ever, armed robberies on highways can happen, but they usually happen at night.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are a common occurrence on the streets of Belize and tourists are recommended to remain vigilant at all times when on the street. Petty theft tends to spike during spring break and winter holidays, when the tourist seasons start. If you're there during that time, be extra cautious. Make sure you don't flash your valuable possessions on the street, or better yet, leave them in your accommodation and take only the cash you plan to use that day.

Natural Disasters Risk


There are many natural disasters that hit Belize regularly, causing substantial damage, especially in agriculture, among which are hurricanes, tropical storms, flooding and drought. The worst damage occurs during the hurricane season that lasts from June to November.

Mugging Risk


Most violent crime that happens in the country has to do with rival gangs battling for territory. Few incidents of violent crime are targeted at foreigners. But when the incidents occur, they sure are nasty and it would be better to just avoid being near any type of incident on the street. What might affect visitors are muggings and other assaults and they mostly happen at night, which means you are highly advised to take a cab if you intend to go anywhere after sunset.

Terrorism Risk


Although there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Belize's recent history, they shouldn't be ruled out so remain vigilant at all times.

Scams Risk


Scams are common in Belize, so double check your change, never pay anything upfront and negotiate everything in advance. Be very careful around ATMs and be wary of people trying to distract you. Also, be careful around children as they're probably trying to distract you too - they are skillful pickpockets.

Women Travelers Risk


It isn’t a good idea for a woman to be going anywhere alone in Belize. It isn’t safe even for groups of people to be walking along Belize during night, or for men during the day, so it would be best for women to hit the streets accompanied by someone. It goes without saying that you should stay away from poorly lit and deserted streets and areas and from people that are visibly intoxicated or under the influence.

So... How Safe Is Belize Really?

Belize is, generally speaking, not safe for tourists, as they are literally walking targets, like in most countries in Central America.

Therefore, it is not the safest choice for anyone intending to visit this part of the world, but if you keep your wits with you and follow basic rules of precaution, you will minimize the chances of something going wrong.

The golden rule in Central America is never to wear jewelry in public, or anything gilded, diamond-encrusted or oversized, or anything of great value, really.

You are advised to always keep a small amount of cash with you and to avoid carrying bank cards.

When it comes to violent crime, it’s usually gang-related and doesn’t involve tourists and foreigners.

The most common forms of violence towards tourists are muggings and robberies.

Keep in mind that most incidents in the capital city occur around George Street and Kraal Road, but you should still remain vigilant everywhere else.

If confronted with a mugger, don’t resist and hand everything you own immediately, as they have been known to shoot those who don’t comply.

It is also good to know that once you exit Belize City, everything gets much safer, and people usually travel with nothing but positive experiences.

Still, pay attention to your surroundings around tourist sites and places like San Pedro in Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Placencia.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do not require a visa in order to enter Belize. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 3 months past the date of your arrival. You may be asked to present a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover your stay. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Belize dollar is the official currency in Belize. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, and credit cards are accepted in most establishments such as hotels, restaurants and shops.
  • Weather - Belize’s climate can be described as sub-tropical, with high humidity that is most noticeable and prominent along the coastline. The best time to visit Belize is from late November to mid-April, during the country’s dry season.
  • Airports - Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is the busiest airport in the country, serving Belize's largest city, Belize City along the eastern coast of Central America. It is located about 30 minutes drive from Belize City's centre, in Ladyville.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Belize, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Belize Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 22° C
Feb 25° C
Mar 27° C
Apr 28° C
May 28° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 24° C
Dec 24° C
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7 Reviews on Belize

  1. Belize is a safe place should you stay in the tourist areas

    I have family in Belize and have been many times. I won’t say that is going to as safe as going to New York, but in my experience it is about the same going to Mexico. Just use some common sense and keep your wits about you and you should be fine. As a tourist, stay in the well known touristy areas and you should be pretty safe. Many of the violent crimes on tourists I’ve seen is because people specifically go into the brush “for the gram” and encounter things that they shouldn’t; it is still a Central American country so it should be treated as such. As long as you don’t go looking for trouble or places that you shouldn’t, than you should be fine.

  2. J
    Jonathan says:

    An exciting place to visit

    I agree that Belize City can be a little unsafe at times but I actually liked the excitement it has. I wouldn’t travel certain areas at night because it’s dangerous but in the day time, it is a beautiful place to visit.

  3. Nice views

    Belize City wasn’t the first city on my list and I actually read your review before I went there. I did a proper research before going and that helped me to avoid any trouble. Would I go back? Yes, probably. The views are very nice.

  4. The Islands are safer than the city

    Many people reading this page are likely visiting Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker (or similar). These places are much safer than the Belize City considering they are small, self-contained islands that cater to tourism.

    Standard cautions still apply while traveling abroad, but the islands are a lot less stressful than the mainland in terms of safety.

  5. 43...Really????

    I’m sorry but I find this review severely misleading. I have visited to Belize many times and have never had a bad experience. I find the people incredibly welcoming and friendly and have never felt “unsafe” in any of the many places I’ve visited. Like most tourists, I’ve spent time in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, and Caye Caulker. I’ve visited The Stan Creek and Cayo Districts and stayed in both San Ignacio and Belize City. In Belize City, just like any other city, you need to pay attention to your surroundings and be careful to not present yourself as an easy target but this is the case in Belize City, New York City, Boston, Baltimore or any other metro area. If you do that, you’ll be fine. Belize is a wonderful country and a great place to visit. I’ve travelled there several times with the wife and most recently with my two daughters ages 22 and 19. We had a great time climbing Myan ruins and zip lining in the jungle, cave tubing and snorkeling on the reef…..never once did we feel as though we were in any sort of danger. To be fair, we are from a large city and “street smarts” come naturally but to give Belize a rating of 43 is simply unfair.

    1. I disagree. In Belize you are guilty until proven innocent. I was charged with assault because a rapist broke into our hotel room and tried to rape a girl who was with us and I chased him down and tackled him and waited for police to come arrest him. instead they let him go and arrested me for assault. I was in Jail for two weeks until they finally found the guy and he happened to have a bunch of my things that he stole from me. If it was not for that I would likely have been in Prison for years awaiting trial.

  6. I traveled Belize for 2 months and most of the time it was great. However one night a man broke into our hotel room in the middle of the night and tried to rape one of the girls with us.
    I chased him out and down the street and tackled him. I held him until Police arrived only to get arrested for assault and they let the robber and rapist go. I was held in Jail for nearly two weeks because in Belize you are guilty until proven innocent. They finally found the guy and he had a bunch of my items that he had stolen. I had to go to court and prove they were my belongings. Once that happened they arrested him and set me free. If they would have never caught that man I would likely have been in Prison for years waiting trial. That happened on Cay Caulker which is considered one of the safest Islands.

Rated 3.43 / 5 based on 7 user reviews.

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