The capital city of Belmopan lies in the Cayo District of Belize. After the destruction of the older capital Belize city by the Hattie hurricane in 1965, the city of Belmopan became the capital of Belize, the seat of the government of Belize. Belmopan is located at a distance of 48 miles from Belize city and is the smallest capital of the world.
The buildings housing the government offices of Belize are mostly located in the city of Belmopan. Accessible via road from almost all major towns and cities of Belize, the main bus terminal of Belmopan is Novelo. Belmopan is home to a population consisting mainly of the government employees and their families.
The lush green surroundings provide a beautiful setting for the city of Belmopan. At the center of the city of Belmopan is the Independence Plaza, the site of most of the government offices, the University of Belize, a hospital, and various embassies connected by walkways. The Market Square near the Independence Plaza teems with buyers and sellers.
Various tourist attractions of Belize are accessible from the city of Belmopan. The Guancaste Park with its reserve of rich and diverse flora and fauna is at close proximity to Belmopan. Other tourist attractions include Belize Zoo, Inland Blue Hole, Caves, etc. The hotels of Belmopan offer accommodation to the visitors.