Hello Sirenian Bay friends!
Belize – and southern Belize, in particular – is a generally safe travel experience. However, traveling in an unfamiliar environment presents risks. If you’re concerned about staying safe while traveling in Belize, here’s what you need to know.
Protect against petty theft.
Theft is a crime of opportunity, so avoid presenting one. Keep a close eye on your property, and only take the essentials with you. Don’t leave bags unattended or leave wallets and phones lying around. If you’re going to be at the beach, have someone keep an eye on your things – or leave the valuables at home. It’s always a good idea to keep valuables in a safe when you’re not around. If you’re staying with us at Sirenian Bay, take advantage of the in-room safes.
Don’t make yourself a target.
Flashing your cash or valuables can draw attention. Be vigilant when withdrawing money at an ATM, and only carry around the cash that you need. Belize is a very casual country, so you’ll do just fine if you leave the designer threads and accessories at home! Petty scams and hustles are also something to be mindful of. You won’t be in any danger, but you might find yourself short a few dollars if you get tricked into a tour guide scam. We recommend working with reputable tour companies who have been in business for a long time. We work exclusively with Captain Jak’s to plan tours for Sirenian Bay guests.
Be mindful of your surroundings.
Standing on a corner looking lost or wandering down an out-of-the-way alleyway is risky behavior anywhere in the world. Stay safe by knowing where you’re going, paying attention to what’s going on around you – and going easy on the Belikin beer! If you’re going to be out late at night, travel in a group and arrange transportation ahead of time. Most violent crime is concentrated in Belize City, so keep that in mind when planning your itinerary.
Avoid driving at night.
Driving in Belize takes nerves of steel – even during the day! The roads are narrow and potholes can be a challenge to navigate. These circumstances are only heightened at night, putting you at risk of an accident. Do your driving during the day or hire a cab or a driver if you must be out at night. Take advantage of the complimentary transportation when you’re staying with us at Sirenian Bay!
Let people know your plans.
Any experienced traveler knows the importance of “checking in”. Share your itinerary and local contact details with loved ones before you travel, and always let someone from your travel party know where you’ll be if you’re making separate plans. You can also sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so that US authorities can easily locate you in the event of an emergency.
Protect against wildlife!
Belize is in the tropics, which means that there are creepy crawlies galore. Minimize your risk of being bitten by using insect repellant and wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts when in the jungle. If you come across snakes or other wildlife, give them a wide berth and try not to draw attention to yourself.
Exercise caution and common sense, and you’ll find that staying safe while traveling in Belize is simple!
Visiting Belize and want a local’s tips on saying safe? Get in touch!
This is Hugh Manatee signing off for now – stay tuna-ed for the next installment from Sirenian Bay!