2019 Jul 8, 9:45am
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Due to the small population and high murder rate, Belize consistently ranks the top 10 countries in the world for homicides, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2017, 142 murders occurred in Belize and on average approximately 40 homicides occur per 100,000 people. Rape is 12.5 cases per 100,000 population.https://www.tripsavvy.com/crime-and-safety-in-belize-1487754
Thinking of booking a trip to Belize. Anyone have any insight or tips if you've been? I'm more a beach guy(family) if that helps with suggestions. Not too interested with inland stuff outside of maybe a single day trip (would be open to anything though if it's can't miss stuff). Would be a 7-10 day trip. Budget is decent, but would prefer to be under $3k or so for lodging if anyone has suggestions for that (2 adults & 2 kids). $1-2k on excursions off hotel/house related activities. Either January or late March would be the dates if that makes a difference.
Watch out for the Rashes - some folks go down there and get some nasty tropical rash that is endemic in the area. Also be very careful in the old capital, Belize City. Very High Crime!
p.s - Make sure your health plan pays for plane/helicopter medivac type incidents.
I hate to pile on, but I have been to Belize as a loner (no kids, and wife), and it's not exactly a family destination (is there a reason you want to bring your wife and kids there??!).
Stay out of Belize City. That is where the center of gang activity is
Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and the Placencia Peninsula
I wouldn't bring kids to any South or Central American town, unless I was married into a family that had a large presence there.
My wife can fend for herself. I have no interest in having sheltered kids. I just watched my nephew the other night and he was a massive pussy crying for mommy. My kids loved Costa Rica and they're adventurous, so figured let's find a new adventure. I'm a believer of showing kids shit so they're afraid of becoming that shit. Hard to say how it will work out, but it seems to be okay so far. It's not like we're going to the Middle East ;)
Did Costa Rica with the kids.
Did Costa Rica with the kids.
I have no interest in having sheltered kids. I just watched my nephew the other night and he was a massive pussy crying for mommy.
I've been to Costa Rica, stayed nea, it's actually a pretty nice place to visit. I call it "Hawaii" but wetter.
Every Costa Rican I know has that Pacific Islander beauty, and could pass for Hawaiians.
When was the last time y'all went to Belize? I've heard it's rough around the edges, but nothing as dramatic as I'm hearing here. Just had a good buddy go there with his family 2 years ago or so for two weeks. They did some of the islands and did some inland stuff as well and he said it was a blast. Never felt unsafe at any point. Not saying you are wrong with your experience, but shit is changing/shifting pretty quickly down there and other parts of Central/South America with regards to tourism and safety. #NotVenezuela
While the resort I stayed at was high class and clean, the workers often come from very poor villages and areas (you will actually feel sorry for them once you hear their stories and tip extra well because of it). You will be at risk for contracting Hepatitis A/B, Measles (yes fucking Measles), Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. Make sure to take your vaccines, and give it 2 weeks at least for your body to build immunity.
If you play incorrectly as per their superstitions (i.e. correctly ) they have a tendency to blame you for their losses.
Given the state of public health in the Greater Los Angeles Area, one can say the exact same thing about taking the kids to Disneyland these days.
Hopefully things have gotten better though.
I'm sure Belize city is a shithole, but we've got plenty in our own backyard. I'd guess most of Belize is pretty safe, but I'm cool with any feedback from anyone that's been there.
I would NOT explore Belize City w your family, or even alone as there isn't much to see.Also, the locals will look at you like a target and the cops are basically paid enforcement for the same cartels to whom your kidnapper will try to sell you.Drug dealers and gang leaders w have large, fast cars and guns. Police will be armed w pea-shooters and scooters w half empty gas tanks .Go south to placencia or stay near the resorts and/or be sure to have reputable guides and you will be safe.
I would NOT explore Belize City w your family, or even alone as there isn't much to see.
Land and hop in a cab.
I am a Hoalie thinking of going to the Philippines soon to visit some inlaws.
I haven't gone to visit mine in 13 years. They always tell me it isn't safe. My wife goes by herself.
Holiday in America. There is no chance of being a victim of any crime thanks to the wisdom of Republican & Democratic voters.