of only 7,100 makes Belmopan
the smallest capital in the world ....
that makes everything close at hand. You can walk from your
hotel to the government buildings in a matter of minutes.
If you prefer a taxi, it's US $3.50 to anywhere in town.
its colorful vegetation and many Flamboyant trees, Belmopan
has been referred to as the "Garden City."
Belmopan is located approximately 48 miles
southwest of Belize City, 22 miles east of San Ignacio and 57 miles northwest of Dangriga and the Caribbean coast.
following devastation of the former capital, Belize City,
by Hurricane Hattie in 1961. High ground and open space influenced
the choice and ground-breaking began in 1966. By 1970 most
government offices and operations had already moved to the
marks the center of town. The prime minister's office and
administrative buildings are grouped within the plaza.
The post office is
located here. Surrounding the plaza are pedestrian walkways
which connect to business and residential areas. The hospital,
a number of embassies and the main campus and administrative
buildings for the University of Belize are all within
is next to the Plaza and where
much of the local commerce takes place. Open most days, vendors
sell everything from tropical fruits and tamales to Mennonite
watermelons and copycat designer jewelry.
to the market is the bus terminal. If you
plan on staying over 30 days you can renew your passport
the immigration office which is directly across the street
from the market.
is increasingly becoming the center for the business of land acquisition, commerce and other legal applications...
Things to Do ....
a few minutes from town, is located next to the Western
at the Belmopan turnoff. In this 50 acre park, orchids and other "air
plants" can be seen along nearly 2 miles of trails with shaded benches for easy wildlife and bird watching.
The Visitor's Center is a first-class
source of information about the birds, butterflies, and
life you are likely to see. Hourly guided tours
are conducted daily starting at 8:30 am with the last at
pm. Enjoy swimming in Roaring Creek which passes through
, the Hummingbird Highway
is a visual experience. Carved through the foothills
of the Maya
Mountains, the road connects Belmopan to Dangriga in Stann
On the way stop at the the "Inland" Blue Hole, a popular swimming,
picnicking and hiking spot, where an underground river emerges
briefly before returning underground again. St. Herman's
cave is only a 15-minute walk from the Blue Hole Information
Center. Close by is the Black Hole Drop, where adventurers have the opportunity to experience "A rush like no other".
The entrance road to the popular Mountain
Pine Ridge lies to the west of Belmopan, about 15 miles
along the Western Highway towards San Ignacio. Traveling eastward a few miles, offers the opportunity to enjoy guided Cave
Tubing and Zip-line Canopy Tours at Caves Branch. Further down the road, the Belize
Zoo makes for a good stop-over as you make your way between Belize City and
the town, was incorporated in 2000 and as a result
there have been a number of improvements beneficial to business,
including a refurbished market area.
The present market upgrading
is the initial stage of a more ambitious plan which includes
an additional entrance road from the Western Highway which
passes through the planned Piccini commercial area.