I loved Belize. Reggie and his son, Lionel, were terrific. I used him because of Nancy's recommendation. If you want to see my Belize thoughts, go this review and scroll down to the Belize part http://www.cruisereviews.com/Carniva...Elation79.html
Now, is Belize a third world nation? Yes. Is there crime? Well, literally every window is covered by iron scrollwork. Even on the third floor. But I never felt unsafe at all. People are coming and going, going shopping, to work, kids are around, it's just a city in the Caribbean to me. You will be there in the day, anyway.
It's funny to see what people hate and what they love. I HATED Progreso and Merida, and I LOVED Belize and Roatan Beach, and those are love 'em or hate 'em places.
No bats in the caves that I saw. Pas de red ants. Water was warm (August).
Reggie was great, as I said. You can just tell that the man is honest to his core. He is almost obsessively dedicated and worried about time and safety.