What Everybody Ought To Know About The 2021 Belize Lobster Festival

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If you’re wondering when is the best time to visit Belize you may want to read this guide. Here I explain why there’s actually never a bad time to visit Belize but I suggest visiting during the annual Belize Lobster festival.

The Belize Lobster Festival 2021 is one of the most popular events in the country starting the first week of every June as Belize kicks off the lobster season.   Lobsterfest time!

Lobster season in Belize opens on June 15, 2021, and closes on February 15, 2021. There is so much lobster available during the summer that prices are at their lowest which means you can have lobster in every way imaginable. 

The various Lobsterfest events are Belize’s way of celebrating the opening of the lobster season which makes this the best time to travel to Belize.

Any local will happily tell you, it’s always a good time for an unBelizable vacation, and that’s true. Depending on your tastes, however, if you have not heard of the Belize Lobster festival keep reading I discuss what exactly is the Belize lobsterfest, how long the festival lasts, and the best luxury hotels in Belize.  

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What Is the Belize Lobster Fest 2021?

The annual Belize Lobster festival is not your ordinary crustacean festival.  The Lobsterfest is the kickoff of summer which happens to coincide with the first lobster harvests that continue through February 15th.

This annual festival turns Belize into one of the biggest celebrations of crustaceans. The Lobsterfest is held in four parts of the country, Belize City,  Caye Caulker, San Pedro, and Placencia. 

You can eat as much lobster as your heart desires for three days each weekend so bring your appetite!

You can have lobster on the grill, lobster thermidor, lobster ceviche, lobster kebabs,  even lobster chowder, and even lobster nachos!

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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 both adventure travelers and couples alike.

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 are just a few of the reasons why tourists are flocking to Belize.

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“Lobsterfest” is a great way for the community to come together to celebrate and share their culture with tourists.  There is so much to do from raffles,  fun contests, Dj’s, arts and crafts, and don’t forget cocktails of your choice.

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

Belize LobsterFest 2021

Bring your appetite because this festival includes multitudes of lobster so delectable that you might not be able to choose.

Imagine yourself eating lobster for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Imagine butter dripping down your arms and the soft sweet succulent lobster prepared every way imaginable. DO NOT MISS THE THE BELIZE LOBSTERFEST 2021!

Which Lobster Festival Should You Choose?

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

2021 Lobster Festival Dates:

Seafood Festival Is The Start of Summer In Belize

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 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, lobster kebabs, and even lobster chowder.

  1. 1. San Pedro, Ambergris CayeJune 11 – 20
  2. 2. Placencia, Stann CreekJune 26 – June 28
  3. 3. Caye Caulker: June 29 – July 1
  4. 4. Belize City: June 18 – June 22

San Pedro´s Lobsterfest is one of the biggest and more 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 all-around weekend entertainment. Prices are always better than San Pedro, and even the boat rides out to and from the island are heavily discounted.

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

Belize City’s Lobsterfest is held in July, usually the second week, at the famous Bird’s Isle in the southern part of the city. Birds Isle is an iconic but little-known island tucked away at the end of Albert Street.

Not really 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 is held the same weekend as Caye Caulker’s, and this event is judged by some to be better than either 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 and extends 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 popular with couples who are just wanting to relax.

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Places to Stay During The Belize Lobster Festival

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

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

 

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Weather During The Belize Lobster Festival

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

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

Conclusion of Belize Lobster fest 2021

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 you had so much freshly prepared lobster in Belize you won’t go near a Red Lobster joint in a while!


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36 Comments

  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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