Most tourists travel to Belize during the high season that runs from November through March, when the weather is generally dry and cool, but summer can be a good time to visit Belize. Accommodations are cheaper, by as much as 40%, airfares are lower, tourism operators very eager to please, and yes, it is generally less crowded. Summer in Belize is a time when you can find more local events and cultural festivals, and local families are out and about enjoying the time when school is out.

One of the most popular gastronomic events of summer in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens in June – 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 for this treat are at their lowest.

The various Lobsterfest events are Belize’s savvy way of celebrating the opening of the lobster season. It’s held every year starting mid-June. The fun consists of three-day long weekends, with plenty of outdoor food booths with everyone´s favorite seafood prepared fresh every which way, from lobster on the grill, to lobster thermidor, to lobster ceviche (which is ideal as the conch season is closed in June), lobster kebabs and even lobster chowder.

San Pedro´s Lobsterfest is one of the biggest and more ostentatious with many establishments offering free live music and discounted prices on drinks and lobster.

Elbert Greer