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The 2024 Belize Lobster Festival Dates

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The Belize Lobster Fest 2024 is not just an event; it’s a cultural immersion, a gastronomic adventure, and a vivid celebration of the Caribbean life that beckons travelers looking for more than just the ordinary.

Every year, Belize transforms into a lively and colorful paradise, inviting both locals and visitors to indulge in the sumptuous bounty of the sea: the lobster. It’s a time when the Belizean shores become even more enchanting, offering unique experiences that cater to the tastes of adventurers, foodies, and cultural enthusiasts alike.

If you’re ready to elevate your travel experiences, the Belize Lobster Festival is where your journey should begin.

The 2024 Belize Lobster Festival dates are out now! The San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Lobster Fest is set for July 1st-13th, 2024.  Join us in paradise for the 2024 San Pedro Lobster Festival in Ambergris Caye, Belize. 

What Is the Belize Lobster Festival?

The Belize Lobster Festival is a vibrant homage to the country’s deep-rooted maritime culture and its long-standing culinary traditions.

Originally conceived to celebrate the commencement of the lobster season, this festival has blossomed into an international spectacle, drawing enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

At the core of the festivities is a shared passion for lobster, prepared and savored in countless ways. Lobster embodies the spirit of innovation and culinary excellence that defines Belizean cuisine.

This celebration extends beyond mere eating; it’s a dynamic congregation of music, dance, and an array of lobster-themed events that radiate through the various host locations.

Each region of Belize showcases its unique interpretation of the festival, creating an immersive experience of the Belizean way of life that excites the entire nation.

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Where is Belize?

Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny country of Belize has become one of the most popular destinations in Central America for adventure travelers and couples.

Belize is just a few hours by air from the United States and Canada, so there is no excuse not to experience this wonderful country.

A Belize vacation will offer lush tropical rainforests,  beautiful beaches, ancient Mayan cities, lobster festivals, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, which are just a few reasons why tourists flock to Belize.

Belize LobsterFest Dates and Events for 2024

Bring your appetite because this festival includes multitudes of lobster so delectable that you might be unable to choose.

Imagine yourself eating lobster for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Imagine butter dripping down your arms and soft, sweet, succulent lobster prepared in every way imaginable. DO NOT MISS THE BELIZE LOBSTERFEST 2024!

Which Lobster Festival Should You Choose?

There are four Belize lobster festivals to choose from for your getaway. These will leave your stomach full and your heart hungry to explore the culture and maybe get adventurous.

2024 Lobster Festival Dates:

  1. San Pedro, Ambergris CayeJuly 1st-13th, 2024
  2. Placencia, Stann CreekJuly 14, 15 and 16
  3. Caye Caulker:  July 14, 15 and 16

San Pedro´s Lobsterfest is one of the biggest and most ostentatious, with many establishments offering free live music and discounted prices on drinks and lobster.

Caye Caulker, the birthplace of Belizean Lobsterfest, puts on the best weekend entertainment. Prices are always better than San Pedro’s, and even the boat rides out to and from the island are heavily discounted.

Caye Caulker just tries harder to please, and it shows. It takes its Miss Lobsterfest pageant tradition very seriously. Teens showcase beauty and charm to win the coveted title.

One of the most popular gastronomic events of summer in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens in June – Lobsterfest time. Lobster season in Belize opens on June 15 and closes February 15.

There is so much lobster available during the summer that prices for this treat are affordable.

The various Lobsterfest events are Belize’s savvy way of celebrating the opening of the lobster season.

It’s held every year starting mid-June, in four parts of the country, Belize City, the northern cayes to the southern coast: Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Placencia.

The fun consists of three-day long weekends (San Pedro’s fest runs a week which is milking the poor lobster for all it is worth) with plenty of outdoor food booths with everyone´s favorite seafood prepared fresh every which way, from lobster on the grill, to lobster thermidor, to lobster ceviche (which is ideal as the conch season is closed in June),  lobster kebabs and even lobster chowder.

It’s not a touristy place; it caters mainly to residents of Belize City who do not want to go out of town to get a bellyful of lobster.

Placencia holds its own Lobsterfest, which often occurs on the same weekend as Caye Caulker’s. Some judge this event as better than the San Pedro or Caye Caulker Lobster Fest.

Let’s face it: Placencia has the best beaches in Belize, and you can drive or catch the bus if you do not like the puddle jumper aircraft or tend to get seasick.

I suggest attending Placencia Lobsterfest as it is known for its legendary beach party and has the largest crowd. 

If you can’t decide which festival you should attend, just try a different one each year, and it will give you a reason to return.


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The Islands of Belize

Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island, extending from the Belize Barrier Reef to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. San Pedro is the island’s largest city, filled with restaurants, resorts, and some of the best views in the world.

Ambergris Caye offers diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, or kayaking.

Caye Caulker is a more laid-back island that is popular with couples wanting to relax.

Places to Stay During The Belize Lobster Festival

Belize has fabulous resorts for everyone, including honeymooners, families, and couples who need to reconnect.

My husband and I stayed at Ka’ana Belize, a boutique resort in San Ignacio, on the island’s opposite end. The resort was gracious enough to drive us to Placencia for the day to experience the lobster festival, explore waterfalls, and see the jungle.

Weather During The Belize Lobster Festival

In my opinion, the best time to travel to Belize is during the wet season. Belize’s dry season is from late November to mid-April, and you will probably want to pass on visiting during April and May when temperatures reach triple digits.

Expect occasional showers and strong winds from June to mid-November. If you want to beat the tourist rush and don’t mind getting a little wet, go during the rainy season in September and October.

When is The Best Time To Travel To Belize?

“Lobsterfest” is an excellent way for the community to celebrate and share its culture with tourists. There is so much to do, from raffles to fun contests, DJs, arts and crafts, and cocktails of your choice.

Travelers are planning their entire vacations around the culinary scene of a destination that makes Belize the Ultimate Culinary destination.

Conclusion of Belize Lobster Fest 2024

No matter which of these destinations you select for your summer in Belize vacation, Lobsterfest time is an ideal reason to head to Belize.

You can tell your friends back home that you had so much freshly prepared lobster in Belize that you won’t go near a Red Lobster joint in a while!

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  1. I’m allergic to lobster but my boyfriend would love this event. I would enjoy the live music though.

  2. Belize is on my list of places to visit, actually. The food looks sooo good! I’ve developed an allergy to crab but not other crustaceans (which is weird) so I think I’d find something to eat at the Lobster festival lol!

  3. Lobster is my fav!!! The best I ever had was in jamaica where the man went out and got it out of the ocean and cooked it right there on this makeshift grill… Dear god! I never knew lobster like that before…

  4. The food looks amazing even if the event was a bit of a bust. I wonder why they have so many festivals or the same kind so close together.

    My stomach is growling and my mouth is drooling.

    1. They have 3 differ lobster festivals all within one month of each other so it’s a guessing game on which one will be the best event. I wasnt too upset but because we had been on so many tours and just decided to go back to the resort and chill by the pool

  5. Wow, I’ve never heard of a Lobster Festival, but I guess there’s a festival for everything. Too bad you were a bit underwhelmed but from the looks of these dishes, at least you ate really well LOL I would love to visit Belize one day!

  6. Marching band vs. relaxing by the pool, I probably would have chosen the latter too! Everything looks like it is delicious!

  7. I’ve never heard about this lobsterfest but sounds right down my belly’s aisle plus I’ve been dying to go to Belize. Oh, the photo of your hotel looks fab.

  8. Hello The Placencia dates are not correct. It is June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The are always after San Pedro and before Caye Caulker. I confirmed this information with the Placencia Village Council

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