of around 20,000 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.
Belmopan was established 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
is increasingly becoming the center for the business of land acquisition, commerce and other legal applications.
its colorful vegetation and many Flamboyant trees, Belmopan
is 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.
Independence Plaza marks the center of town. Many of the government 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
Market Square 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. Adjacent
to the market is the bus terminal.
The park is located
a few minutes from town on the Western Highay 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. Enjoy swimming in Roaring Creek which passes through
The Hummingbird Highway is considered the most scenic
road in Belize and a visual experience. Carved through the foothills
of the Maya
Mountains, the road connects Belmopan to the Stann
Creek and Toledo Districts.
Twelve miles outside Belmopan is where to find Blue Hole National Park. The "Inland" Blue Hole is a popular swimming,
picnicking and hiking spot. St. Herman's
cave is only a 15-minute walk from the park information
The entrance road to the popular Mountain
Pine Ridge lies to the west of Belmopan, about 15 miles
along the Western Highway heading towards San Ignacio. Traveling eastward a few miles, offers the opportunity to enjoy guided Cave
Tubing and Zip-lining. Further down the road, the Belize
Zoo makes for a convenient stop-over as you make your way between Belize City and