For what it's worth, I feel safer on AC then I do at home. When I go to the big city I carry a handgun (um... I should probably mention I have a licence). For what I think is good reason. I can think of some places in the US where I would not feel safe except from the inside of a tank. Ambergris Caye is by comparison a very safe and happy little place.
Relax, enjoy and have a good time. Use common sense and you'll be fine.
AC is a very mellow place. I consider it one of the safest places in the Carrib in terms of street crime. I did not see one single person carrying a handgun, and I have an eye for those things.
Yes, of course, watch your children as you always do, perhaps even a tad bit more, but know that AC not a dangerous place. At least that is my opinion.
[This message has been edited by Florian (edited 06-18-2001).]