In Belize, the Lobster Festival is annually celebrated in the three locations of San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Placencia. Here, visitors and locals from far and wide come together to feast on these delicious crustaceans! Not to mention, also enjoy nearly a month full of entertainment across the three locations. Dates are out for 2023! Here are the dates to pencil in your diary for the new year.
Ambergris Caye Lobster Festival: July 04-15th, 2023
Caye Caulker Lobster Festival: July 14 – 16th, 2023
Measuring only about 5 miles long, it’s not hard to find the party on Caye Caulker for Lobster Fest! On July 14th make your way down to the Palapa Gardens where the “Go Slow” lifestyle embedded in every (barefoot) local becomes irresistible here at the festival base, as do the grilled lobster kebabs. Barbeque grills line off and delivery drivers take their two-feet-turbo to hand-deliver a split Spiny Lobster slathered with curry paste and grilled to a fiery-red-shell perfection; underneath, Belizean rice and beans become the perfect vessels to sop up all its buttery gravy.
Founded in 1992 as the oldest of all three events, the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest typically kicks off with the Miss Lobster Fest Pageant on Friday, where onlookers and community supporters break out into an after-party once a Queen is crowned. Although on Saturday, the dancing continues with a beach party and a full roster of performances and family-friendly games; Saturday is considered the ‘main night event’ of the 3-day food festival.
On Sunday, live local entertainment continues, keeping everyone delighted all day long on the beach. Created to celebrate the deep-fishing roots of Caye Caulker, the community donates a percentage of festival profits back into the pool for other community projects.
Details on the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest found here.
Bare feet? Check. Big appetite? Check. Competitive spirit? Check. The only Lobster Fest in Belize you can take your own wheels to (that is unless you own a plane), the Placencia Lobster Festival takes place July 14-16, 2023. Here, Placencia really dives deep into the participation of attendees with a roster of mini-events with entertainment never far away from the cozy atmosphere of Placencia Village.