Belmopan is the capital of Belize. It was founded in 1979 as a more storm resistant location, to the then capital, Belize City which was destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961. It is one of the smallest capitals in the Americas, and also one of the newest in the world. Located in the Cayo district, it is commonly referred to as “Garden City”. The National Assembly Building, the seat of government is located there and is designed to look like a Mayan temple thus reflecting Belize’s Maya heritage. Most of Belize’s foreign embassies, although originally reluctant to leave Belize City, are now also based there, as is the The Belize Archaeology Museum. With one of the fastest growing populations in country, Belmopan continues to thrive.
Belmopan is one of the inland destinations to fly to for rainforest adventures, and to experience the natural beauty of the Cayo District. The surrounding area is home to a variety of eco-Jungle lodges specializing in birding, medicine trails, caving, archaeology, horseback riding and more.
In 2010, Tropic Air saw the need for an airport in Belmopan to allow visitors easy access to the eco-adventures in the area. Service commenced to the airstrip located on the city’s northern edge shortly thereafter. Today, Tropic Air flies to Belmopan several times a day from the Cayes, both Belize City airports and destinations to the South and West of Belize. In addition, two (day-trip) inland tours by air from the Cayes, to the spectacular Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave and the exhilarating Black Hole Drop, are offered via Belmopan. Read more about these tours in our tour section.