Everything To Know About Placencia Lobster Fest 2022

by Carolee Chanona

Drawing crowds from across the country, the Placencia Lobster Fest is back in July 2022! The 3-day beachside food festival takes place on July 15-17, 2022, fulfilling every foodie’s (past-due) craving for a seafood fête and fresh-caught Spiny Lobster at the season’s opening. This year, the Placencia Lobster Fest will be on the beach and boardwalk at the village Point (the stretch of coast next to the municipal pier, near spots like The Shak). Full of mini-events, live music, and of course, every lobster culinary concoction creative-forward chefs can think of, this anticipated annual food festival is expected to be better than ever in 2022. The Spiny Lobster season opens on July 1, 2022.

Cozy On The Coast

Visiting Belize in the summer means accommodations are cheaper—as much as 40% off—while tourism operators welcome the work, thanks to even fewer crowds in the country. The return of events followed quickly after Belize dropped almost all COVID restrictions earlier this year, meaning favorites like Lobster Fests and newbies, like the 1st International Music & Food Festival, are on the schedule.

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 in mid-July with a bunch of mini-events, dance parties, and lobster menu specials from end to end of the Peninsula. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect during the 3-day Placencia Lobster Fest in 2022.

Friday, July 15

chabil mar grilled lobster belize

A lunch of local lobster. Image by Chabil Mar Villas

The night before the weekend activities are just the warm-up, but you can ease into the fun thanks to local restaurants and bars leading a lobster-themed night. Featured DJs, special menus, and any other promotion to take advantage of the influx of guests during a traditionally slow tourism season. On this day, get familiar with the village on a walking tour from Pointe to as far as your legs take you.

Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17

Saturdays are the big shebang. Tents face the Caribbean Sea on the Pointe where food vendors, small businesses, and DJs line the beach all day long. Placencia really dives deep into the participation of attendees with a roster of mini-events, too, including a few only-in-Placencia specials; a race to reel the first kayak in (with a person inside), a cast net competition to catch a shilling coin in the sand, and impeccably aiming to land your fly-fishing fly in the center of a circle drawn in the sand. Not to mention, a full-on day fishing tournament, too.

Once you’ve had your fill of lobster on the beach and are ready to wine your waistline off, head to Tipsy Tuna—a stalwart in the Placencia Lobster Fest celebrations known as ‘the big white building on the beach’ to those unfamiliar with Placencia. Cut through the foot traffic on the sidewalk that cuts through the village (which functioned as the main form of transport before the paved roads) then veer off at the Tipsy Strip toward the beach; or, follow the music, straight onto the stage for Tipsy’s signature dance competitions.

In the distance: Tipsy Tuna. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Dancing goes until late, but stuffed fry jacks in the morning bring you back; try one from local restaurants like Wendy’s and De’Tatch. That Sunday, take it easy with sun lounging and swimming as you wait for Rotary’s rubber duck race; the fundraising derby means all ducks are numbered and participants buy a ticket to try their luck. The first lucky duck wins a cash prize!

Despite summer being a traditionally slow time, the start of Spiny Lobster Season marks a small uptick as locals, the Belizean diaspora, and tourists alike flock to celebrate the season opening of the three festival locations. Resort and hotel rates are expected to be discounted still, but they may fill up fast. Don’t wait—book now. Find where to stay in Placencia here. We’ll also keep updating this blog as we learn more about what’s planned this year!

Hungry for more? Plan to hit up all three Lobster Fests in Belize.

All images courtesy of Kevin Quischan Photography (@BelizeMyTravels)

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