Belmopan, Belize: The Garden City
Belmopan is the capital and home of the government of Belize, though that has not always been the case. Following the devastation of Belize City in 1961 at the hands of Hurricane Hattie, it was decided to relocate the capital city and national government to the area that would become known as Belmopan, several miles inland and much further above sea level.
The climate in Belmopan can be described as sub-tropical with trade winds that sometime blow across the city. The temperature in the coastal districts of Belmopan stay around 10 to 35.6 degrees Celsius. The average annual temperature of Belmopan is 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual rainfall varies from 50 to 180 inches and the dry season generally starts from about the month of February and continues up until the month of May.
Belmopan has a population of about 20,000 and is home to the University of Belize, the George Price Center for Peace and Development, and the Belize Zoo.
Next to the Plaza in Market Square is where most the activity takes place. Across the street from Market Square is the bus terminal. If you plan on staying for more than 30 days in Belmopan, you can renew your passport at the immigration office which is directly across the street from the market.
Within a 30 minute scenic drive you will find several national parks, botanical gardens, waterways and recreation areas.
Things to do in Belmopan:
Belize Zoo - Houses over 100 animals indigenous to Belize
Heris Nature Walk and Trails
Inland Blue Hole
If you intend to work in Belmopan, it will be necessary to get a work permit. In general, there are two different avenues for getting a work permit – working for someone else or being self-employed. If you plan to work for someone else it should be possible for your employer to guide you through the process.
The other option is a self-employment work permit, often easier to obtain because jobs are not being taken from Belizeans. The process of getting a work permit is fairly straight forward but does require persistence, patience and some money.
The good news is that real estate costs less in Belize than it does in the U.S., Canada or Western Europe. More good news: There are few restrictions on the purchase or use of real estate by foreigners, legal documents are in English and follow English common law traditions.
Real estate investment opportunities are plentiful, and include everything from private islands to waterfront properties, ranches, hotels, condominiums and single family homes.
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