We have been there three times now and loved it each and every time. We have done the Cave Tubing adventure and taken the tour to Xunatunich and just wandered around town. We very much like the country and have a great time there and the people are very nice. We have even met your friend a couple of times and bought some meds that are cheaper there than here. I remember her well because of her Southern Accent. I don't think Belize is unsafe except for the main towns after nightfall and the cruisers aren't there at that time. We did not feel in danger at all when we wandered arouond but can understand why some would with the poverty that is there.