Belmopan was constructed with British aid following the devastation of Hurricane Hattie in 1961 that demolished approximately 75% of the homes and business places in Belize City.
Market days in Belmopan are Tuesdays and Fridays. Here you will find farmers, fisher folk, butchers, artisans, mobile pet stores, peddlers, traveling tradesmen, and furniture makers. An eclectic variety of fresh produce, marine products, new and used furniture and appliances, clothing, pets, retail and wholesale groceries, and cookouts make these the best days for shopping in the capital.
Population: about 18,500
(From Belize City to Benque, Dangria, and Punta Gorda. It takes about an hour and half.)
Most popular places in Belmopan
The Belize Zoo
You can see many of Rainforest animals like a jaguar, Baku (National mammal) Toucan (National bird), an uncommon sight in Japan.
Guanacaste National park
The Guanacaste National Park is located on the Western Highway, just outside of Belmopan. It’s a great place for bird watchers, and the Audubon society conducts their yearly Christmas bird count at the park.
Blue Hole National Park
There is one more the blue hole in here Belize. The Blue Hole National Park is located near Belmopan. It contains crystal cave systems, various natural trails, and the cool jungle pool. You can swim in the outlet of the underwater cave that makes it the blue color.
Actun Tunichil Mucnal
This attraction is located in the western part of the country and is one of the more interesting places to visit. The cave is ranked as one of the Top Ten Caves of the World by the National Geographic Society.
The ATM cave is a hiking and adventure experience with the added dimension of being an educational trip for those interested in archaeology. Here you will find Maya artifacts just the way they were left by the Mayas hundreds of years ago. The best-known is “The Crystal Maiden”, the skeleton of a teenage girl, possibly a sacrifice victim, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance.
Restaurants and Bars in Belize city
Cheers Restaurant & Cabanas（American and Belizean）
At Cheers Restaurant we take care to only use the freshest ingredients for our dishes, and cook them to perfection. So when you hear a rooster crow in the background – think fresh eggs directly from our chickens to your plate.
Mon〜Sat6:00 – 20:30／Sun7:00 – 19:30 822 ‐ 8014 Western Highway Mile 31, Belmopan City www.cheersrestaurant.bz/
Amigos serves both American and Belizean cuisine in a distinctly Belizean setting (a mosquito-screened palapa house) drenched in pure American whimsy (walls covered in kitschy signs and bumper stickers).
La Cabana Restaurant and Bar is a bar and grill that offers Caribbean and Latin American cuisines, as well as seafood. When deciding how to dress for this restaurant, consider that the style of the food and service is informal.