What to do and see in Belmopan, Belize: The Best Places and Tips

December 17, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Smaller and more intimate than popular resort areas such as San Ignacio and Belize City, the modest capital of Belmopan is nonetheless a vibrant city surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife. Next to the bustling Market Square, Independence Plaza is home to the prime minister's offices, various pedestrian pathways and the National Assembly Building, designed to resemble a Mayan temple. Outside the city lay the spectacular Guancaste Park as well as the astonishing Hummingbird Highway.
Restaurants in Belmopan

1. St. Herman's Cave

About 500 meters from the Hummingbird Highway, Belmopan, Belize +501 621-0312
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 213 reviews

St. Herman's Cave

Reviewed By Jody O - New Baltimore, Michigan

A great adventure tubing through a living cave with our guide Bernaby! We geared up with helmets, life jackets and crocs .The 74 degree Water was refreshing but not unpleasant. We hiked about ten minutes to the cave carrying our inner tubes. The steps into the cave are a bit slick and so is the trail to the back of the cave... your guide will ask you to take your time and will carry your inner tube for you if helpful. We stopped at times for Bernaby to talk about the cave history and to allow time between groups so that we all had a quality, private float. The current was quick enough that it was over way too soon! Cave features were great and we even turned our lights out a couple of times to experience total darkness.... whoa.... very surreal! Want to do this again!! A few bats near the end of the float but sleeping not flying. Be sure to stop by the inland Blue Hole..... it is a cenote fed by the same water source flowing through the cave!

2. Blue Hole National Park

Hummingbird Highway | St.Margaret, Belmopan, Belize +501 615-3156
Excellent
45%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 397 reviews

Blue Hole National Park

Reviewed By Bonairetraveller - Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

The park has quite a bit to do, but I only went for the swim in the natural pool. This is a short trip from Belmopan (about 20 minute drive one way) and not difficult at all to reach. There is like a 5 Belize Dollar entry fee to swim. There are always people around so the place never feel lonely. Normally there is also a park ranger around.

3. Crystal Cave

Blue Hole National Park, Belmopan 00000, Belize +501 615-6523
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 71 reviews

Crystal Cave

Reviewed By Boleslav - Colorado

This cave has it all. It's perfect for people who enjoy exploring the caves, squeezing through few tight spots, getting muddy, moving from small chambers into huge ones.
One really needs to be physically prepared, its not walk in the park. But iit is very rewarding.
There are few sections in the cave that our guide told us. At first you down climb from the entrance deeper inside the cave and enter Wonderland 1 with large formations, stalactites and stalagmites of many shapes, go slow here and enjoy them, as they are well worth the time.
Then we went through a section we dubbed Mudland, it was muddy and slippery, we had to use hands and butts often to controllably sink deeper in the cave, passing Maya artifacts, pottery.
The last section is called Wonderland II, we had to take our shoes off (bring a second pair of socks), and were continuing into the depth of the cave, where the most delicate and intricate crystals and formations are.
This cave had one of the most beautiful live formations we have ever seen.
If you decide to undertake this adventure, please do not touch the stalagtites to wash the mud off your hands, as many before us have done, it was sad reminder how to change the white alive crystals into muddy drying stumps.

4. Jaguar Paw

Belmopan, Belize 1- 877- 624- 3770 or 011-501-820-2023
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Jaguar Paw

From Cave Tubing on Caves Branch River system or Crystal Caves - Rock Climbing and Repelling - Zip Lining through the Jungle Canopy, and so much more. Our newest addition is the Jungle Tumble In New Zealand where it was invented they call it ZORBING. It is the sport of rolling downhill inside a large 11 foot (3.5 meter) inflatable Ball.

Reviewed By Obiewankenobi - Fairfax, Virginia

We took the ATV single driver tour through the Belize jungle. I am 66, old, heavy, but strong. I was joined by my 63 year old wife, and my 28 year old son. They loved it. First and most important - if you think this is a tour where you will see wildlife - forget it. This is about surviving and keeping up with a small caravan of ATVs. This was our first time on ATVs. If you are experienced on ATVs, perhaps you will feel frustrated that you can't go faster or off on your own. For us, it was a new and challenging experience. There are some givens to take in consideration. It is a given you are going to get dirty and muddy. It is a given that it takes some degree of strength and physical ability to control the ATV. The ATV paths are muddy and rocky with ruts cut deep into the trail. I am surprised the ATVs didn't bottom out. There are no guard rails. You go to far over the side of the built up trail, you could turn over. They drive close between trees. If you are an adrenaline junkie, this is a great experience. You have to be 16 and have a drivers license. This is not some scary but safe Disney Pirates of the Caribbean ride. You have to be up for it. It was a big scratch through my bucket list.

5. Guanacaste National Park

Intersection of the Hummingbird and Western Highways, Belmopan, Belize
Excellent
32%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 34 reviews

Guanacaste National Park

Reviewed By Carla J - San Ignacio, Belize

I had a really nice & relaxing time visiting this place with my husband. I really wanted to take a dip in the creek running by but I had only scheduled a 1 hour between the public bus schedule and wanted to visit other attractions nearby. I loved the nature trails and setting. I will go back to this garden place

6. 96 Orchid Garden

7162 University Blvd, Belmopan, Belize +501 605-1959
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

96 Orchid Garden

Reviewed By MelMcc2828 - Ontario

96 Orchid Gardens is beautiful. The selection of orchids, amazing! If you are an orchid lover and you are in Belmopan, take the time to stop by and enjoy the many varieties of orchids on site. They are for sale and you will find the pricing is quite reasonable. The owner even has some Black Orchids on site--this is Belize's national flower, thus is not for sale but is available for viewing.

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