The capital city of Belmopan

Belmopan, Belize: Hibiscus on a fence

The capital city of Belmopan

Belmopan is centrally located in the Cayo District in the interior. The city owes its establishment of a natural disaster. A hurricane named Hattie devastated Belize City in 1961 , the previous capital . After several years of discussion we agree ultimately boils down to relocate the seat of government of the country. The risk of renewed destruction is just too big . 1970 then commenced about eighty kilometers from Belize City to build. Hurricane Secure accommodation included, so that people can find refuge should again sweep such a hurricane over the country. Nevertheless, only a few thousand people have settled in rather quiet Belmopan .

The cityscape is more manageable , but you can reach all important places within walking distance. Everything is planned and thought out , especially of green areas and trees there is no shortage . Independece Plaza marked the city center , so to speak . Here within you can do almost everything important . All major government buildings are located here , as well as the hospital, the post office and the University of Belize. On the nearby market bustle almost daily. It is sold pretty much everything you can imagine . At many levels you also get a delicious meal .

Since the city is still relatively young, there is to see in place hardly something historic for tourists here . If you like peace and tranquility , a room can book one of the hotels in Belmopan and then explore the surrounding area from here. By car you get , for example, within about one hour from Belmopan to Belize City or vice versa. Buses also ply between the two cities every hour.

Belmopan, Belize: Hibiscus on a fence

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secret center of Belize

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Belize City is many things at once : the country’s largest city , business center and main port and provincial capital of the Belize District. A look at the history of the city of Belize City : Life Founder times ( about mid-17th century ) the city was called nor Belize Town. Until 1970 Belize City was even the capital of the country .

Anyone have more and know more precisely wants a big influence on important events in the country and its people over time and wrote the history of Belize, a visit to the museums in the city should not miss : The Museum of Belize takes you on a journey into history the country and the people who inhabited it . One learns how far handed the influence of Maya in this region and what treasures they have left to posterity . The Maritime Museum of interested visitors learn in exhibitions interesting facts about the themes sea, reefs and cayes and the Art Museum Image Factory provide local artists exhibit their works to the audience .

At the beginning of the 19th Century built by the settlers of British bricks an Anglican church . She was given the name of Saint John ‘s Cathedral. Throughout Central America, there are no older Anglican church . It was next to the church even at coronation ceremonies as a backdrop. Around the same time, the white government building was built in the colonial style. Both are in very good condition . The lighthouse at the harbor thanks to the generosity of Belize Baron Bliss . At the foot of the lighthouse , the British aristocracy is buried .

Another building worth seeing located at Haulover Creek. This river runs through the city and divides it into two sides : the Northside with nobler residential areas and hotels and the Southside, where playing the commercial and economic activity. A swing bridge spans the river , creating a path from one side of town to the other. It was built in the 1920s and is still operated by hand even today. Twice a day gives way to the bridge of the ship traffic and can happen hochmastige ships.

Cheers to Baron Bliss!

Every year on the 9th March in Belize City something extraordinary place : a regatta in honor of Baron Bliss . Who was this man and thus he has earned a national holiday ? Well, for the people of Belize , this man has a special significance . They buried him in Belize and even erected a monument to him in the city . The Englishman Baron Bliss (1869-1926) came to British Honduras ( called as the country in his time ) . It was sort of love at first sight , for he saw the mainland only from his ship . Before he could take a visit, died of British aristocrats .

His affection was enough even to the point that he left the country of Belize and its people a small fortune in the form of a trust fund ! Using these funds , numerous buildings and public facilities to be built. Throughout Belize one is still grateful to the benefactor and proves it by festivities throughout the country at his death every year anew the honor .

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Welcome to Belize

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As colorful as the population of Belize is composed of different nations , so rich is the linguistic diversity. The official language is English, but is also spoken Creole, Spanish . Garifuna , Maya, and Plautdietsch – East Prussian Low German , the German -born Mennonites brought with them .

The native inhabitants, the indigenous people and the Maya, just make up around 40 percent of the population of Belize. Almost half is provided by the mestizos , half-breeds of indigenous and white Europeans , followed by Creoles , Garifuna ( ” Yamsesser ” ) – descendants of African slaves who intermarried with the inhabitants of the Caribbean coast, as well as minorities of German origin and Indians.

Another curiosity of Belize: Belmopan , the capital has only 8000 inhabitants, its predecessor Belize City which is economically far more important , about 70,000.

700 of about 23000 square kilometers of the state Belize is composed of small , coastal islands. The state is divided into six administrative districts .

The Mayan culture is one of the main attractions for tourists , such as Cuello in the remains of temples and residential buildings can be seen , which are evaluated archaeologically for decades. Belize has next to the origins of the Mayan culture on a colorful history , but also a history of oppression. Since the 16th Century under the rule of conquerors , Belize was initially managed and exploited by the Spanish Conquistadors . End of the 18th Century won the English in a sea battle an attractive colony. After all, here were tropical precious woods such as mahogany , as well as gold and silver to pick. These resources have been obtained with the help of slaves who eventually made ​​up the largest proportion of the population . The richness of Belize moved already to as a Spanish colony pirates and privateers .

Today oil discoveries make Belize interesting for investors. The population lives mainly from agriculture, forestry and fisheries . One in five of the 230,000 inhabitants are employed in this sector .

The development of Belize as a tourist attraction is sluggish , but just the patchy infrastructure makes the charm of this country from . Pleasant tropical temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees , uniquely beautiful diving spots in the world ‘s second largest coral reef and beaches without building giants of the major hotel chains are attracting more and more fans .

The range of possible activities is very large, and families. In addition to the water sports and the attractive dive sites await guests treks through the unique wooded landscape . The excavations at the sites of the Maya cultures lend themselves to educational travel .

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The Central American Belize has with Mexico and Guatemala very interesting continental neighbors and the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful seas for its magnificent coastal region. Since 1981, Belize is an independent state and offers its international guests plenty of attractions .

While Belize does not cover much more area than the state of Hesse , a variety of interesting landscapes are combined here in a small space . In addition to Belize include numerous small offshore islands, of which there was a worldwide hit for Madonna’s ” La Isla Bonita ” godfather .

Belize’s northern mainland has a geological past as the seabed and is still quite flat. Currently impressed here with the bushveld a dense tropical forest , mature in the noble hardwoods .

The coastal area offers the natural history visitors interested either mangroves or a handsome stock of maple trees and cypresses, surrounded by areas of tussock .

Belize’s center is sandy and full of wide savannah and the native mountain formations . The Pine Ridge and Maya Mountains rise there on up to 1120 meters and the amounts of rain nourishes here numerous streams that feed the two main tributaries of the river Belize, Macal and Mopan rivers . The Maya Mountains are in the south of the country as a watershed that accompany the flow to the Caribbean. Before the adventurous backdrop of caves and rock outcroppings but finds not only the water its way back into the sea. With him fertile silt and clay come to the coastal region. In order for the valuable basis blooming citrus and banana plantations is created.

Belize south to impress with large areas real rainforest , whose breathtaking sight alone is worth a visit due to its tropical climate, literally .

The Caribbean invites the winds direction to Belize with moisture and heat , thus ensuring a pleasant feel-good climate with an average air temperature of just 26 degrees Celsius during the day. Even at night it is never colder than 16 degrees Celsius. During the rainy season (June to October) is for it to tolerate a certain sultriness .

Due to the different weather and climates, alternating between rainy and dry season and the mixture of mountains and plains Belize can offer the visitor a wide range of natural habitats of plants and animals for personal discovery. No fewer than 49 different forest species are native here .

The coastal area of ​​Belize has divers wonderful coral reefs to offer the loose in size and beauty can be measured with the Great Barrier Reef itself . There is also off the mainland more than 1000 small Caribbean islands, here Cayes hot and some are still valuable tourist tips.

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