I have lived in Belize my entire life. I was born and raised in the town of Santa Elena and I’m still living here.
Personally, I feel very safe living in this area. I have a young child and we go for walks in the evening time. Everyone you meet on the street greets you. I don’t feel threatened in any way. I can walk downtown San Ignacio by myself to go to the bank, go shopping, buy fruits and vegetables at the market, have lunch or dinner, and I feel very safe.
Now, saying that, I can’t guarantee anyone’s safety and I know that some areas of Belize City are unsafe, BUT would I live in them? No! Would I recommend anyone to live there? Again, no. Do I go to Belize City often? No.
There have been some crimes against foreigners which have strongly been condemned by the country. However, I would say that crimes happen to everyone and if something were to happen to you, it could happen anywhere in the world.
At the end of the day, are you going to live your life in fear and worry if you will be safe in Belize because you hear about the crimes in the city? Hopefully not. Other areas of the country are safe, and I say this because I have friends all over the country and they feel very safe. I can speak personally for the San Ignacio area as it is where I live.
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