Pedro 2 - glad to hear that Santa Elena is "not unsafe" in your opinion. We walked from the causeway up the hill to the main street and stopped at all the banks until we finally found the ATM and did not feel comfortable. It's a bit of a chaotic place and we didn't know our way around. We are not fluent in Spanish. We weren't sure if we should be more afraid of the taxi driver that took us back to Flores (who hacked into his rag and spit out the window and was very impatient with us) or of the pack of young policemen carrying large guns. We have travelled the world a bit and simply felt ill at ease in Santa Elena. We enjoyed ourselves nevertheless, and feel enriched by our time in Guatemala, Santa Elena included. That's what world travel is all about........ And, by the way, we felt very comfortable on Ambergris Caye - day or night, alone or in a crowd.....