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My husband and I spent three weeks cruising the waters of Belize and had a wonderful time! We went back and forth between the mainland and the islands trying to see everything and ran out of time on our boat permit well before we were done. If you're going to sail Belize you really need a shallow draft vessel, especially in southern Belize and at the atolls (Even with 10" draft we nearly gored ourselves multiple times on lighthouse reef!). When we were there we saw almost no other boats (maybe because it was hurricane season?) with the exception of the wooden Sarteneja boats. The fishermen go out in groups of 10 or so for a couple weeks at a time and are usually very friendly and will advise you or help with any problems/questions you have while out on the water.
We alsovmade friends with quite a few retired americans living there and heard very little complaints. The main complaints we heard were regarding electricity costs and one sailing friend of ours had an incident with the port authority in Belize City which soured him on the country. Retirees have told us it's a great place to retire, but a bad one to try and keep working ("You can make a million dollars in Belize if you go down with two million")
The only problem we had was also in Belize City (an interesting place, but not very popular or particularly safe) where we became the victims of some terrible little rock/fish gut throwing boys!
Anyway, in our opinion Belize is great. Overall the people are laid back and friendly, there are vast areas of protected jungles, islands, reefs, etc. The atolls are indescribably awesome and well, I could go on all day. We really love Belize, but it is more expensive than its neighboring countries because they are so small they have to import a lot and their import fees are very high.