Belize Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by livinmydreams
  • Belize City
    by saraloryn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Anita_Porec

Belize Warnings and Dangers

  • Belize City

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    Belize City is having a terrible problem with crime. There was a recent election in issue that sort of blew up in the face of the politicians after the national elections which had just occured days before I arrive in Belize. In the span of one week there were ten murders in Belize City. This, in a city of 75,000, is frightful. It is very risky to...

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  • Bugs / Worms

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    I don't know when I was bitten, possibly on my horseback ride through the jungle. It was just a mosquito bite I thought. I came home and was still scratching at this really itchy mosquito bite on the back of my head. Then I noticed the lymph nodes on my neck had swollen up, as though it had gotten infected. So I went to the doctor and took...

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  • Road hazards

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    This is the ferry to get to the other end of the island.There is a nice residential area then the road gets real bad. Make sure you have fresh batteries on the golf cart and know when the ferry stops running in the evening. 2007 UPDATE:! There's a bridge now I've been told! I'll leave this photo up for histories sake.....And Gas powered carts are...

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  • Weather

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    We arrived in June, which is after the big rainy season. In parts of Belize they receive over 200 inches of rainfall annually. The rain started coming down in buckets after our tubing excursion, but lasted only about 15 minutes. Later, while riding back to the port, we passed through areas that hadn't received a drop of rain. You can actually see...

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  • Dive shop

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    If you are thinking about getting your Open Water certification, please visit my Honduras page for some very important tips on choosing a good dive shop.

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  • Crime in Belize City

    Belize City is having a terrible problem with crime. There was a recent election in issue that sort of blew up in the face of the politicians after the national elections which had just occured days before I arrive in Belize. In the span of one week there were ten murders in Belize City. This, in a city of 75,000, is frightful.It is very risky to...

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  • NOT SAFE FOR AMERICANS

    We recently traveled to Belize and stayed in Hopkins. We rented a vehicle at the airport. When we first left Belize city, we noticed the filthiness. Whenever we drove anywhere, Hopkins, Belize, Placencia etc., we noticed how the people beg you for rides and curse you if you don't give them a ride. There are human trafficing signs everywhere. One...

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  • How many cruise ships are in town today?

    While we were lucky in Grand Cayman that we were the only boat in town, we were less lucky in Belize when we arrived with 5 other ships with a total capacity of almost 16,000 people. If you are coming in by cruise ship you can check Cruise TT to see how many boats will be there with you, if there are a lot it may make you change your mind about...

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  • Caye Caulker - hangs out at the bar at...

    There is a local guy that hangs out at the bar located at the "split", if you go there you are sure to meet him. He is the one on the right in this picture if you didn't know. He befriends most everyone and seems like a nice enough guy. He may offer to clean your jewelery - we let him and it worked really well but luckily my boyfriend was quick to...

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  • 3rd world country

    I loved Belize! I do however caution people that are going or planning a visit to remember this is a poor place. Places here can be a shock for someone coming here without researching ahead!HOWEVER. The people of Belize are friendly, nice and Safe!!!! I felt safe while visiting and would go back at a drop of the hat!

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  • Belize, the worst country to visit

    I have experienced the worst situation while travelling in Belize, since entering the country. I wasted 40 minutes by visa verification. They said they need to fax my visa to be approved at the embassy, then later I wasted more time in custom. I didn´t have any intention to declare falsely to the custom, but they have asked in the form whether I...

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  • Belize Zoo - Camera Lense Issues

    Be aware that the Belize Zoo has an unstated policy of denying access to camera telephoto lenses based on physical size as based on the interpretation of the ticket clerk. My son's 70-200 mm telephoto was deemed to be too large and 'proferssional' to allow access. We were told to remove the lense and put it in our car! (Do this and it will not...

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  • Belize- Bot Fly

    I don't know when I was bitten, possibly on my horseback ride through the jungle. It was just a mosquito bite I thought. I came home and was still scratching at this really itchy mosquito bite on the back of my head. Then I noticed the lymph nodes on my neck had swollen up, as though it had gotten infected. So I went to the doctor and took...

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  • Mosquitos!!

    Okay, I normally don't complain about mosquitos since I'm an island girl, but the mosquitos here were horrible. I came prepared for them with Off repelent with a high dose of deet, but even though I applied the Off these pesky annoying mosquitos seemed to love my blood. I was bitten in one location at least 6 times from what appared to be the same...

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  • Yes but....

    There are many many beautiful safe places to visit in Belize. Why anyone would want to make Belize City their tourist destination is beyond me. Go out to the cayes, to the rainforest, the mountains, or ruins!!!! Belize has so much to offer.

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  • Everything is not as it appears on the...

    I know that most of us are eager to have an idea of exactly where it is that we are staying and any photos can be helpful in reducing the amount of butterflies in your stomach. But please remember, anyone can create a website, anyone can present themselves anyway they want over the internet, and anyone can focus upon specific aspects of their...

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  • The ferry to the north end of Ambergris...

    This is the ferry to get to the other end of the island.There is a nice residential area then the road gets real bad. Make sure you have fresh batteries on the golf cart and know when the ferry stops running in the evening.2007 UPDATE:! There's a bridge now I've been told! I'll leave this photo up for histories sake.....And Gas powered carts are...

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  • Bus station "employees"

    In Belize city when getting out from a taxi at the bus station u will be most likely approached by some fella who's gonna introduce himself as a bus station employee and actually flash some kind of handmade badge:)), all he'll do is take u inside the station and show u the bus schedule then ask u for few bucks. If one is capable to fly to Belize...

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  • Noise

    This isn't really a warning, an advice more like, I just didn't know which category to put it in...If you're anything like I am, staying at the hostels and guesthouses, BRING UR EARPLUGS!! I can't stress enough how important this is if you want to get some decent sleep. People will be shouting (on the street or inside), dogs will be barking (and...

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  • nothing

    there is nothing really dangerous about belize city, personally I think that these people are exaggerating. I took a trip to Belize for spring break along with my roommate and we enjoyed it..Of course there might be some areas that's dangerous but which city doesn't have that? and for 2 females walking around, nothing happened.

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  • Hitch-hiking in Belize

    Well, for hitch-hikers we suggest to stop traveling before sun sets. Ask locals for a place to camp, insofar you have got a tent. We heard some warnings for the region around Belize city, where robberies or more might apear. We did not travel through this area, thus could not find out if it is true or not.

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  • Busy Streets

    After coming from the laid back atmosphere of car-less Caye Caulker, the streets of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay were a bit of a shock. The traffic here on the narrowish streets consisted of a varied mixture of large trucks, cars, golf carts (electric and gas), bicycles and pedestrians (since there were not always sidewalks). Some of the streets were...

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  • Snakes

    There are only a couple of really poisonous snake in Belize and this is not one of them. Although it can inflict a nasty bite. Steer clear and try not to do a Steve Irwin it will only come back to haunt you.

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  • Caterpillers

    If you see any caterpillars while in Belize I have been told DO NOT TOUCH! Apparently they can give you a nasty rash.

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  • You don't want to catch this

    I don't know much about this bug. But I think the parasite that it carries eventually affects your heart to the point that you need a transplant. So sleep under netting and don't worry.

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  • This Doctor you don't want to visit.

    The Doctor Fly is one of those pesky buggers that bite you repeatedly before you even know you've been bitten. For some, like me, you have a reaction to the bite that will cause itching irritation and swelling for days on end of which during the night you forget and scratch open.

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  • Beware of con artists and "look alikes"

    If you have reserved tours on the web before hand (e.g., cave tubing, zip line, foot tours), beware that upon arrival, there will be other tour companies that will try to tell you that your company has left without you, won't show up, or is unreliable. instead, they try to divert you on the spot to go with them. Also look out for guys who claim to...

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  • Unsafe Areas

    Just the drive to our accommodations in Belize City on a Sunday morning gave me the feeling that the neighbourhood had a few problems. However, it was late morning after we had settled in, so we decided to take a stroll toward the city centre, near the swing bridge, to see if we could spot a restaurant of some sort for lunch. As we headed north...

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  • 'Washboard' Roads

    Overall, I was very impressed with the highways in Belize. However, in two cases we had to travel across gravel roads that were very rough from the 'washboard' effect of the various wheels that had rolled across them. Both of these cases occurred while we were traversing areas that are occassionally flooded, one near Crooked Tree and the other the...

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  • Beware of Fallen Termite Nests!

    While we were on our guided jungle walk in the Community Baboon Sanctuary at Bermudian Landing, Sue and the guide walked past a large termite nest that had fallen off a tree trunk and was lying in the middle of the trail. Being an inquisitive sort, I stopped to have a closer look at it and could see that it was partially broken open and that there...

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  • Falling Coconuts

    On the afternoon of our first full day on Caye Caulker, we spent a good part of it relaxing on the hotel's beachfront property, watching the world go by. I had dragged a couple of their wooden chairs across the sand to a row of coconut palms lining the beach, where we sat sipping our drinks in the pleasant tropical breezes off the Caribbean Sea!...

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  • Insects

    Please take note, that Belize harbour's many varieties of insects, some nice, some not so nice. There are two likely insects that you will come across, the first being sand flies which are located in any sandy part of Belize, most creams and lotions do not stop them from biting and at times they can be painful.The second insect will be the "mozzie"...

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  • bugs / thiefs

    well sand flies are a huge problem in my opinion. i honestly could not sit on the beach without having a scratching problem. i went home with ATLEAST 100 bites on my body, no exaggeration. get some Deet. seriously..esepcially on the beach or in the rainforest.our house was actually broken into while we were out one day and some cellphones, cash and...

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  • Corrupt border officials!

    During our stay in Belize, we went into Guatelmala to visit Tikal. While you DO have to pay an fee to enter Guatemala, you DO NOT have to pay anything to return to Belize. However, while some traveling companions were coming back to Belize, a border official tried to make them pay $20. He had their passports, and refused to give them back until he...

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  • Prepare for rain

    We arrived in June, which is after the big rainy season. In parts of Belize they receive over 200 inches of rainfall annually. The rain started coming down in buckets after our tubing excursion, but lasted only about 15 minutes.Later, while riding back to the port, we passed through areas that hadn't received a drop of rain. You can actually see...

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  • Watch out when driving

    Driving in Belize is not something I'd likely try as a tourist. Car accidents are the number one cause of death in Belize, and no wonder. The roads have high shoulders, which can easily cause a rollover during inclement weather. We saw an example of this during our stay when we drove by a Chevy Silverado truck that had recently done exactly that....

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  • Belize City at Night

    You probably already know what I am going to say, so I will sum it up in 3 words....DON'T DO IT. I had locals who had been there all their lives tell me they would not dare go out at night because it is so dangerous.

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  • Stay out of Belize City

    There is no reason to stay in Belize City. The shopping is not any better there and only marginally cheaper. The hotels are awful and you are likely to encounter cockroaches. Also, it's not safe to be out and about after sunset.

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  • Parasites & Going Barefoot

    While studying herbal medicine in Belize, a travel friend got an infestation of worms that worked their way through her blood system until ultimately, the worms crawled out from 100's of boil-like growths all over her body. The infestation also made her very sick for many months.The simple truth is, most pets (and some humans for that matter) are...

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  • Buses...

    Maybe I was just very unlucky with the buses I took in Belize, but something happened all the time. First the busdriver was so drunk that the man selling the tickets (also drunk) had to help him put on his shoes! After ten minutes of hazardous driving we got out and waited for the next bus instead.Another time the bus broke down in the middle of...

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  • Some people go bananas when...

    Some people go bananas when they see the little gecko like lizards on the walls of their hotel rooms in the tropics. Don't worry about them. They will never come near you. They are paid by the hotel owners to eat the mosquitos -haha! Some of them even make an occasional little chirping sound that is really very cute. Anyway- they were there before...

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  • If you don't like dogs...

    If you don't like dogs or are afraid of them, you might have an issue in San Pedro. There are stray dogs everywhere. They are very nice and friendly and a lot of them have tags, they just wander around a lot. There was one dog that sat under out chairs every morning when we would sit outside. She had a tag. Her name was Rosy and we'd see her around...

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  • Yikes! Don't touch these! =)

    We found this little fellow in our bathroom! Be careful where you stick your hands... =) Also, the mosquitos are horrendous! Make sure you take lots of strong repellent!

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  • finding fuel on Southern Hy.

    Driving into southern Belize is getting easier with most of the Southern Hy. paved. But remeber that gas stations a few and far apart. If you get to the Independence, Big Creek cut off and don't have enough fuel for another 40 miles take the time to go into Indepedence and fill up.

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  • Road Conditions

    You will see may warnings about the Southern Hy. and the Coastal Hy. I have driven both their entire length during 2003. Of course the Coastal Hy. is still not paved but except for the rainy season it is a nice trip that cuts many miles off your trip if going from Belize City to Punta Gorda. Many miles of it can be travelled at 45-50 mph just...

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Comments (2)

  • May 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I loved my short but sweet trip to Belize. Some of the comments seem strange to me. But like anywhere you visit EVERYONE has a different EXPERIENCE mine was GREAT I guess it all depends on who you meet. :)

  • May 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I LOVED BELIZE. I arrived on a cruise the locals were realy friendly. Belize city is very crowded, so we were advised by the locals to make plans to go outside the city. We booked a trip to go zip lining and cave tubing. It was so much fun. The ride there was a little bumpy but it was worth it to float in tubes passing caves in cool water on that hot day. Next time I go back I want to visit the island San Pedro for some diving. The only thing is while on a cruise visit to Belize you don't get much time to do anything only about 8 hours. :( NEXT TIME ill just fly in to have more time to do more.

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