Belmopan justifies its naming as a ‘Garden City’ with absorbing views by the picturesque Hummingbird Highway in the Central America. It also carries the pride of being the capital city of Belize and the seat of Belizean government. Belmopan is still a budding city with series of planned construction works and urban development projects in progress. The region belonging to the present day Belmopan was a highland on the east banks of River Belize. The popularisation and full-fledged effort for inhabitation began in the last few decades of twentieth century after a devastating Hurricane Hattie nearly wiped out the then Belizean capital, Belize City. Initially, the British government was not convinced with such large scale investment and total relocation of capital in Belmopan but gradually, disciplined urbanisation took place. And today, it is a thriving city with population strength of nearly 7,000 people. The city limits houses several administrative buildings, schools, health care centres, universities, hotels, restaurants and public accommodations.
Belmopan derives its name from the conjunction of the titles of Belize City and nearby Mopan River. The city signifies Belize's diversity of ecosystems, rich history and culture and preservation of natural resources. Nature lovers in search of the Belizean paradise of cascading water falls, tropical greeneries, exotic wildlife and enchanting coral reefs must stop by Belmopan to start with a proper travel plan. If the grandeur luxurious hotels are out of your budget, the friendly locals will welcome you in the more affordable bed and breakfasts and rented houses. Apart from the leisure travellers, many students from neighbouring Spanish speaking countries come to Belmopan’s Regional Language Centre (RLC) to study English. These youth tribes go for the hostels or else, take the local apartments for rent to manage their stay within limited budget. The National Assembly of Belmopan is the most interesting structure in the city that resembles an Ancient Mayan temple.