Thanks for the story
I have traveled a bit in Belize, and found it a tough place to enjoy. There are tourist enclaves in places like Ambergris Quay and tons of jungle ecotourism lodges that seem just fine. But we had trouble finding places to stop or to eat or explore when we just struck out on the road and followed our noses. My conclusion was that you do better in Belize to have a clear destination in mind, after a bit of research, or with some intel with some other travelers. That's very different from my normal travel mode, which usually involves getting myself lost and found in somewhat random fashion. And Belize city is far from welcoming.
I may be setting myself up for a scolding from some seasoned travelers, but I am no shrinking violet myself. I've traveled in about forty countries, and am not opposed to traveling rough. Belize is a tough nut to crack, and your spidey senses will be humming.