Explore Belize with Confidence

Posted by Serena Hoffman on 06/07/2024 11:48 AM

"Is Belize a safe place to visit?" These questions have been asked in countless conversations and are one of the most frequent questions we get. With this in mind, we've dedicated this blog to not only answer this question but also to provide you with a guide to navigating Belize with safety and confidence.

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Safety in Belize


As we know Belize is a breathtaking destination with much to offer to the discerning traveler and investor. However, like any travel destination, it's important to navigate with awareness. Here's what you need to know:

  • General Safety: Belize is a safe place for travelers, especially when sticking to well-known tourist areas. Of the 14+ years I have been here I have only had one bike stolen and that was when I didn’t lock it up for the night. Being aware of your surroundings and taking standard safety precautions will make your trip to Belize safe and you’ll have ease of mind. For example, when going to an ATM, put cash and cards up before you leave the ATM. When you leave your rental make sure you lock the doors and windows and when you sleep,
  • Areas of Caution: Some parts of Belize City, particularly the south side, have been noted for higher crime rates. Opting for reputable tours and staying in recommended areas can help ensure a pleasant visit. When you do a quick google search the per capita crime rate can be a bit daunting, but because of our relatively small population in Belize, that rate can be a bit skewed. When looking at the main areas of crime it is mostly domestic abuse, drug, or gang related. Violent crime has been down the last 2 years.

Safety Checklist for Belize

  • Research and Plan: Familiarize yourself with the areas you plan to visit. Stick to well-reviewed and tourist-friendly locales.
  • Use Reputable Transport: Opt for transport services recommended by your accommodation or trusted local guides. This is particularly important for airport transfers and tours. Note: All taxis must use green license plates. If someone claims to be a taxi and does not have a green license plate, do not get into that car.
  • Secure Your Belongings: Utilize hotel safes for valuable items and carry copies of important documents when out. Consider using money belts or anti-theft bags.
  • Be Tech-Savvy: Use GPS and map apps to navigate safely. Avoid displaying expensive gadgets conspicuously and since Belize doesn't support US phone carriers make sure to download a Google Map of Belize so you can navigate easily.
  • Health Care: Ensure you have reliable access to essential healthcare services. While Belize may not be renowned for its healthcare, it efficiently handles minor medical needs, from treating common ailments like the flu to performing routine procedures, such as a recent root canal my son-in-law experienced locally. For more significant health concerns, I typically go to a preferred hospital in Mexico. These healthcare facilities are equipped with specialized doctors and state-of-the-art equipment.

Making a Positive Impact

Believe In Belize, is at the forefront of reducing crime through community engagement and mentorship programs. Their initiatives have fostered safe spaces for youth and opportunities for local entrepreneurship, highlighting the power of community in shaping a safer, more inclusive Belize. Here are some of the ways you can give back to the community whether that's living or visiting Belize.

Volunteer and Engage

  • Volunteering is a heartfelt way to connect with Belize and its people. When you give your time to local projects—maybe teaching kids, cleaning up a beach, or helping out at a community event—you're doing more than just lending a hand. You become part of Belize's vibrant community life. This involvement offers you a unique glimpse into the local culture and helps you form genuine connections with the people. It's about sharing experiences and learning from each other, making your time in Belize truly memorable.

Support and Empower

  • Choosing to spend your money on local products and services does more than just help local business owners; it's a boost to the entire community's economy. Every time you buy something made in Belize or use a local service, you're helping create jobs and encourage local prosperity. Think of it as planting seeds that will grow into opportunities for future generations. Your donations there can go a long way in supporting their efforts to mentor the youth and build a stronger, safer Belize.

Donate to Local Charities

  • Donating to local charities is another impactful way to support Belize. Your donations can supercharge the efforts of groups working on the ground to tackle big issues like improving education, enhancing health care, and fighting poverty. It's about giving these organizations the tools they need to make a real difference. This collective effort of volunteering, supporting local businesses, and donating creates a full circle of giving back. It ensures that your interaction with Belize is positive and meaningful, leaving a lasting benefit to the people and places you've connected with.

We're Here to Guide You

Here at RE/MAX 1st Choice Belize, we are committed to ensuring your journey to Belize is both safe and unforgettable. Whether you're exploring real estate opportunities or planning your next adventure, we're here to provide the insights and support you need.

Before planning your trip check out our Explore Belize in 14 Days and Best Bites In Belize newsletters for some ideas for your trip to Belize. If you have any specific concerns or need further information on navigating Belize safely, please don't hesitate to reach out. Let's make your Belize experience truly remarkable and safe.

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