If you are trying to figure out when to go to Belize I have taken all of the guesswork out of that question for you. The best time to visit Belize is during the annual Lobsterfest Season. The Belize Lobster Festival is one of the most popular events starting the first of every June as Belize kicks off lobster season. 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 are at their lowest which means you can have lobster 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.
What Is the Belize LobsterFest
The annual Belize Lobsterfest 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!
Where is Belize
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 festival and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the reasons why tourist are flocking to Belize.
Plan Your Vacation Around Belize LobsterFest
“Lobsterfest is a great way for the community to come together to celebrate and share their culture with tourist. 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 2019
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.
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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.
2019 Lobster Festival Dates:
1. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye: June 15 – 23
San Pedro´s Lobsterfest is one of the biggest and most extravagant of the lobster festivals offering live music and discounted prices on drinks and lobster. Click here to check out my blogger boo Jet with Jen’s article on what to do in San Pedro.
2. Placencia, Stann Creek: June 29 – July 1
Placencia Lobsterfest is the same weekend as Caye Caulker’s. Placencia Lobsterfest will draw a larger crowd because of beaches. Placencia has the best beaches in Belize and you can drive or catch the bus without any issues.
3. Caye Caulker: June 29 – July 1
Caye Caulker started the lobster and they take pride in being the originator and is known for having the best entertainment. Prices are going to be cheaper at the other festivals but Caye Caulker makes every effort to ensure tourist will have a good time and that you won’t even think about the price difference.
4. Belize City (TBA)
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. This is the festival where the local’s hangout and it’s not very touristy.
I suggest attending Placencia’s 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.
The Best Time To Travel to Belize!
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.
The Belize Barrier Reef
Belize has the closest reef to the States. Outside of Belize, you will have to travel to Australia. The reef is probably what draws most of Belize tourist and the main reason why people want to vacation in Belize.
You will see colorful fish, diversity of corals, warm waters and is one of the best places to dive and snorkel in Belize. Caye Caulker and Half Moon Caye are also great places for diving and snorkeling.
The Belize Rainforest
I love nature and wildlife so I had to visit The Rainforest. The hubby and I were in awe from the moment we arrived. Some of the best Rainforests in Belize are located just west of Belize City in the District of Cayo.
I didn’t go zip lining but I hear the best way to see the jungle and zip lining is at Jaguar Paw or Calico Jacks. You’re will see monkeys, birds, and maybe an iguana or two. Don’t forget Belize has some of the most beautiful waterfalls as well.
The Ancient Maya Cities
Another adventure is exploring the ancient Mayan empire of Xunantunich, “Maiden of the Rock” is one of Belize’s top Mayan places to visit with 25 temples and palaces and an on-site museum. You’ll love the view from the pyramid El Castillo overlooking the Mopan, Macal, and Belize river valleys.
You’ll also be able to see into Guatemala from this major ceremonial center, only eight miles away. The culture and history of the Mayans are fascinating, especially if you are a history buff.
Places to Stay
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.
Check out my review of the Boutique Hotels in Belize
The Weather in Belize
Belize’s 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.
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