Welcome to Belmopan,
the Capital City of Belize, Central
the 'Garden City' and capital of Belize is a beautiful, spaciously
laid out and tranquil town.
The George Price Center in Belmopan, named in
honour of the 'founder' of the Capital
sits near the the junction of the Western Highway, which leads
from Belize City to San Ignacio (22 miles) and the Guatemalan
border, with the Hummingbird Highway, the scenic road which
runs from Belmopan south-east to Dangriga (47 miles) on the
small choice of accommodations for
every budget and a few restaurants
make a visit worthwhile.
is the gateway to the attractions that abound in the Cayo district,
with a few excellent options nearby:
the Guanacaste Park, where orchids and other "air plants"
can be seen, with an excellent Visitor's Center and a swimming
area in the Roaring Creek
the "Inland" Blue Hole where an underground river
St. Herman's Cave
Five Blues Lake, a lake that appears in five shades of blue
the Belize Zoo, about 20 miles from Belmopan on the way to
drivers that hail from the bus terminal area will gladly arrange
personalized tours to any of the above plus transportation to
any place in the country.
is quite young, only established in 1970. It was to replace Belize
City as the administrative center of the country following the
devastation of over 75% of the buildings in the former capital
by Hurricane Hattie in 1961. In 1962 the terrain for the new capital
was chosen by a committee, located 50 miles inland on high ground,
76 m above sea level, near the Belize River Valley. Besides providing
a save haven from further tropical storms, the area also offers
enough space, without any costly reclamation of land, for a growing
population and an industrial area.
1964, when Belize was still a British colony (British Honduras),
Premier George Price gained the support of the British Commonwealth
for the undertaking of relocation the government offices to
the new location which led to the unveiling of a monument in
1965 at mile 49 on the Western Highway, the site dedicated for
the new capital. The government was moved to Belmopan in 1970.
The name Belmopan was chosen from two words "Belize"
and "Mopan", one of the rivers in the area.
grew slowly, in 1993 the population was just under four thousand,
in 2000 it was an estimated eight thousand. There are approxiamtely
in Belmopan. Most government representatives still live in Belize
City and travel the one-hour plus to the capital daily. Only a
few foreign embassies
have their offices in the capital and only few of the large enterprises
have relocated yet, mainly due to simple economics. If you are
doing any kind of business in Belize, you will likely find yourself
bouncing back and forth between Belize City and Belmopan.
generous planning to allow for future development, Belmopan
boasts large park areas with colourful vegetation and many Flamboyant
trees in the center of town, thus making it the "Garden
Plaza marks the center of Belmopan with the administrative buildings
and the prime minister's office. Banks, post office, BTL (Belize
Telecommunications Ltd) and the immigration office are nearby,
a number of embassies
and the main campus for the University
of Belize are all within walking distance. Next to
it is the Market Square with a bus terminal, stretched building
that houses market stalls and food vendors and numerous small
around. Most travellers coming through Belmopan still only see
this area where they switch buses for their ongoing journey.
sector, Belmopan offers Pre-Schools, Primary Schools
and Secondary Schools, of which most are run by Churches. The
University of Belize is housed in Belmopan with the faculties
Education, Business, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Agriculture
& Natural Resources and Nursing. Numerous organizations
have their offices in Belmopan.
the town, was incorporated in 2000, which already resulted in
a number of improvements beneficial to business with lots of
ambitious plans for the future.
Thank you for visiting
We hope to welcome you
soon to Belmopan, the capital city of Belize.
Market Square in Belmopan, the capital of Belize |
planning of the city provides large park areas in the center of