Belize is one of the off the beaten path destinations in Central America and its popularity is on the rise, the crime rate is still quite high and tourist are at the greatest risk of getting affected. Here's what you need to be aware of.
Gang violence is still on the rise here especially in Southern Belize, the north and west are quite ok. Criminals carry guns openly, in case you happen to be held at gunpoint by a robber, don't resist, co-operate and you'll come out of the ordeal unharmed.
Drug scams, these are especially common at the coast, people sell drugs to you without you even realizing it, set you up for arrest and you'll have to pay quite an amount for you to get your freedom back.
Always look out for travel advisories, as per now this is what the U.S government has to say about security in Belize.
Stick to all other general security measures, for female travelers, it's best if you travel in a group.
Avoid buses, only use licensed taxis, they have a green license plate.