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Belize Travel Safety


Belize Travel Safety and Security:

Despite Belize’s fairly recent history as a British colony, it’s still a developing nation. Theft, muggings, and even violent crimes are on the rise.

While crime doesn’t seem to be directed towards tourists in particular, the U..S. consulate says crime in touristy areas like San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is higher than in others. However, Belize is definitely a country where a little common sense goes a long way.

Areas to Avoid:

Muggings are most frequent in Belize City, where a fourth of Belize’s 300,000 citizens reside. Take cabs at night.

Safety and the Police:

Belize boasts a tourist police force in addition to the primary force, though coverage is still inadequate. Any crime should be reported to both forces.

Tips on Staying Safe:

  • Only travel in taxis with green license plates, and never ride with strangers (other than the driver, of course).
  • Don’t flash your cash! Keep large amounts, as well as important documents, hidden in either an underclothes money belt or your hotel safe.
  • Never leave valuables in your hotel room. Break-ins are common.
  • Though Belize seems laid-back when it comes to drugs—especially marijuana—penalties are extremely severe. Don't partake.
  • Important contacts:

    For police emergencies, dial 90
    For the tourist police, dial 227-2222
    To contact the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, dial 822-4011
    For more about safety in Belize, read the Belize Consular Information Sheet.
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