Belmopan is the captial city of Belize. It is located in the middle of the
Cayo district; about a hour's drive from the old captial of Belize City.
Being an inland city, its temperatures are quite high during the day but
much cooler at night.
Belmopan is the center of government activity. In its centre are the
National Assembly (or Parliament) Building and the majority of central
government offices. There is not much private commercial activity here.
After a hurricane Hattie all but destroyed Belize City in 1961, the government of
Belize built Belmopan, which was opened 10 years later in 1971, and moved
its central offices here for security and central access.
The residents of Belmopan are mostly government employees and their
families. They are probably the most widely integrated, since they originate
from all other areas of the country.
From Belmopan one can access just about all the activities in the Cayo,
Stann Creek and inland Belize districts. Closer to the city are such sites
as the Blue Hole are Guanacaste Park. Most of the activities in
these areas are outdoors such as swimming, hiking and caving.
- Belmopan Convention Hotel
- Jaguar Paw Jungle Resort
- Warrie Head Lodge
- Jazzy J Club
- Yoli's Bar & Lounge
Belmopan is a quick one hour ride from Belize City. Although there is an airstrip just outside Belmopan, it is usually more economical to catch the bus. Buses leave and return each hour.