In a word, yes, Belize is an incredibly safe country. The vast majority of visitors to Belize have a safe and enjoyable time without incident. Belize has enjoyed a peaceful, stable democracy since gaining independence from Great Britain in 1981.
That being said, there are always risks involved when traveling to a foreign country. The biggest danger that most visitors face is the weather. Belize has a year-round balmy climate with strong sunshine, so it is essential that visitors remain well-hydrated. Tap water is safe to drink, but differences in local biota can lead to an upset stomach. Purified bottled water is widely available. Fresh coconut water is best to drink to replace electrolytes; drink at least one a day. People with fair or sensitive skin need to use protection such as sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen.
Other than sun exposure, the biggest risk for visitors to Belize is the overconsumption of alcohol. Many visitors come to Belize to have a good time, but drinking to excess can result in dehydration, disorientation, and other issues. Please drink responsibly!
Belize City is the only urban area of any size, and there are some low-income neighborhoods in the western part of the city that should be avoided by foreign visitors. The main tourist areas, including the water docks are, however, very safe for visitors.
Visitors are advised not to leave valuables unattended on the beach when swimming. Likewise, visitors are advised not to leave valuables in plain sight or in parked cars. When exploring, travel in groups of two or more and do not wonder off without letting someone know where you’ll be. Practice common sense things you would at home and do not throw caution to the wind.
It is always best and safe to use the transportation offered by your resort or hotel. You can trust that you will be well taken care of. If you’re taking a taxi, make sure that it is an officially licensed taxi. All official taxis have a green license plate and a window sticker identifying their local co-op. Taxis in Belize do not use meters, so be sure to negotiate the fare before starting your journey.
Due to poor illumination and other factors, visitors to Belize are advised not to drive at night. Irregular road maintenance, a lack of lighting, animals and pedestrians in the roadway, and other dangers make driving at night highly inadvisable. Return to your resort or hotel before dark.
Be aware that the possession of illegal narcotics, including marijuana, can result in jail time and/or a hefty fine. Prostitution and the solicitation of sex is likewise prohibited in Belize. Drinking in public is permitted if the beverage is in a plastic cup or aluminum can, but drinking from glass bottles in public is forbidden.
When entering Belize, any cash or cash equivalent in excess of $10,000 American must be declared at the border.
If you have an emergency, dial 911 from any phone. Contact your resort or hotel if you can.