OUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR IS HERE, LOBSTER SEASON!
As we jump into summer, fishermen are jumping into the sea, on a quest for the Caribbean Spiny Lobster! The lobster season officially opened on June 15th, 2019 and will remain open until February 14th, 2020.
The Spiny Lobster is caught using traps which are placed in the clear waters of Belize, both North, and South of the country. Another popular method of catching them is by the fishermen free diving.
Sold by independent fishermen and at local fish markets, the Spiny Lobster is a top marine export and foreign exchange earner for Belize. It holds economic and cultural significance for many Belizeans, as many fishermen’s livelihood depends on these crustaceans. According to Belize’s Fisheries Department, fishing directly employees over 3,000 fishers.
At the start of the season when there’s an abundance, you can find the cost of lobster at its lowest. In an effort to safeguard the industry, the lobster must meet certain standards in the Fisheries Act of 1948. The tail must be more than 112 g (4 oz.) in weight and more than 7.6 cm (3 in) in length.
Many restaurants around the country offer Lobster dishes ranging between $40.00 to $60.00 BZE.
Whole-grilled lobster, curry lobster, lobster kebabs and fritters are just a few top contenders you will find on menus. Cooking at home, try Flavors of Belize’s homemade Mango Lobster Ceviche Recipe!
LOOKING FOR WHERE TO SAVOR THESE TASTY CRUSTACEAN, JOIN IN THE LOBSTER FEST FUN!
The lobster fest is one of Belize’s most popular food festivals celebrated annually in San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia. Not only a key attraction for tourists, but many Belizeans also head out to the islands to partake in the different lobster themed events, pageants, and parties. The kick-off of the season started off with a bang in San Pedro on June 15th, 2019.
If you missed it, no problem, head on over to Placencia, June 21-23, 2019 and Caye Caulker, June 28- June 30, 2019, Make it a weekend affair, with beach barbecues, fun food contests, live music and local dance performances setting a vibrant and festive tone for the start of the season.