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Belmopan - The Belle of the Belizean Ball

Updated on November 21, 2013
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While nature may have tried, even the devastating Hurricane Hattie in 1961 could not completely destroy the beauty that is Belmopan. Today, it stands majestic with its arms stretched wide to welcome tourists.

Belmopan, a salad bowl of fun, is home to various ethnicity including the Kriols, Garifuna, Maya and Mestizo from Central America. Asians from China have recently added their culture into the mix. Tourists will find a pleasant harmony of things to do, people to meet, and food to eat, but its Belmopan's breathtaking views that make the experience truly unforgettable.

The upbeat Belmopan street filled with tourists and locals

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Belmopan City Market

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Refer to the map to get direction to this wonderful tourist destination

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The largest Chinese restaurant in Belmopan

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Caldo - An Asian-like food in Belmopan

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Bammy - A Belmopan local food served with sea food is great!

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A Taste of the Familiar Before the Unknown

Because of its diversity and large expat community, Belmopan has many restaurants offering various international foods for the homesick traveler. Affordable meals and fellow tourists you can exchange notes with can be found at the Calladium Restaurant, one of the most often crowded sites in Belmopan. Here you can have an excellent cup of coffee whilst browsing the Internet using the restaurant's free Wi-Fi.

Once you've gotten your craving for wings and sandwiches out of the way, it is time for some real local foodie treats. Belmopan's Central American influence brings tortilla, tamales, rice, beans and caldo, a soup made with available local and seasonal ingredients with chicken or seafood. Conch fritters, bammy (small, fried coconut-flavored cassava cakes) are popular snacks while the Bile Up (play on Boil Up), is a hearty meal perfect after a day out in the city. A popular Kriol food, it is a plate of boiled eggs, fish and/or pigĂ­s tail with ground starches like cassava, plaintain or sweet potato. It is topped with a rich, tangy tomato sauce just before serving. To some it may be peasant food, but the flavors are fit for a king.

A common serve of the popular Kriol food (Creole Cuisine)

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Coconut Chicken Curry Soup - Common in Belmopan's every day meal

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Curries, coconut flavored sweet and savory food and spices are common in every day food. Most dishes are made with either chicken or fish and paired with a starchy side. Don't forget to try the famous Belizean pepper sauce made with either fiery habaneros or milder jalapenos. Add it to your soup or use it as a relish for any of the side dishes.

Exploring the Caves Branch River - The Must Try Activity in Belmopan

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Horse Riding through the Banana River Bank

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One of the hiking trails view in Belize

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Put Your Walking Shoes On

To completely experience the natural beauty of Belmopan, walk. With temperatures ranging from 30C to 32C in the afternoons, walking around the plazas and the markets will be a pleasant experience. The crime rates in Belmopan are very low, both to visitors and locals, so feel free to roam around the city. Tuesdays and Fridays are market days when the city's center is filled with inexpensive clothes, Belizean trinkets, local food and fresh produce.

Want to go for a swim? The Belize River is the perfect place to have a relaxing swim and to enjoy the city's natural gifts. You can also go horseback riding and hiking at the Banana Bank Jungle Lodge or the Green Acres Jungle Horseback Adventures where you can experience intermediate to advanced trails. Add some adventure into your trip by visiting Cave's Branch where you can enjoy cave tubing and exploration.

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