Belize’s 2022/2023 Lobster Season Closes Soon

by Khaila Gentle

If you’re a fan of all things seafood, then now’s the time to be enjoying Belize’s spiny lobster. That’s because in just a little more than 10 days, the country’s lobster season will be coming to a close. The Caribbean Spiny Lobster, as delicious as it is worth protecting, has a closed season that runs from March 1st to June 30 every year. During that time, anyone found catching or in possession of the spiny lobster will find themselves facing prosecution in accordance with the Fisheries Department’s Fisheries Resources Act. So, make sure you sustainably savor this delectable sea crustacean while you still can.

Some of Our Favorite Lobster Dishes this Past Season

Did you get to try any of these iconic dishes in Belize this lobster season?

Lobster Ceviche

You can’t go wrong with this Caribbean classic.

Photo by Coppola Family Hideaways

A Lobster Roll

Featured at Elvi’s Kitchen during the 2022 Lobster Crawl on Ambergris Caye.

Grilled Lobster

Another classic that’s served up beachside at the cayes. Enjoy it with garlic butter sauce or mix things up with a lobster skewer.

Grilled Lobster Skewers. Photo by Kevin Quischan Photography

In Hudut

This unique cultural creation was one of the winning dishes at the 2022 San Pedro Lobster Fest.

The winning dish: lobster hudut. Image by Ambergris Today

While You Wait: Look Forward to Lobster Fest This Summer

If you’re a true lover of lobster, then you likely already have your sights set on this summer. That’s when Belize celebrates the opening of the lobster season with the annual lobster fest. It takes place in three locations: Placencia, Caye Caulker, and Ambergris Caye, and the dates are already out. Here’s are the dates to keep in mind for Lobster Fest 2023.

  • San Pedro’s Lobster Fest is a week-long event and takes places from July 4th to 15th, 2023
  • Caye Caulker’s occurs on July 14th, 15th, and 16th
  • The Placencia lobster fest also takes place from July 14th to 16th

Featured Photo by Elvi’s Kitchen

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