Walking in Belize City in  daylight is perfectly safe if you use common sense: be civil, don’t provoke trouble by arguing too forcefully and never show large sums of money on the street. Women should dress conservatively: female travellers, especially those wearing short shorts or skirts, are likely to attract mild verbal harassment from local men. However, the presence of a specially trained  tourism police (227-6082), together with the legal requirement that all tour guides be licensed, generally prevents serious crime.

The chances of being mugged do increase after dark, but you’ll find that you can walk – with others – around the centre in relative safety; you’ll certainly encounter tourism police in this area. If you’re venturing further afield, or if you’ve just arrived by bus at night, travel by taxi.

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