Belize City has a bad reputation from the small minority of aggressive hustlers who pray on travelers. We love the city, and the Swing Bridge could well be described as a major artery of the heart of Belize. While there is crime in the city, most of it is in specific areas, and is generally not directed at travelers. Sadly, it is possible for someone who does not know the city to walk into one of those areas by accident. For most travelers, there is no reason to be in the city except to catch the next bus, boat or plane, but if you do have to stay in Belize City, we suggest strongly that you use taxis to get about.