San Pedro LobsterFest 2014: Take it one lobster at a time

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The bunting and banner are all hung with care, a sign that San Pedro's LobsterFest soon will be there....
The bunting and banner are all hung up with care, a sign that San Pedro’s LobsterFest soon will be there ….


Yes! It is time for LobsterFest in San Pedro!

Yes! It is time for World Cup in San Pedro!

No, wait. It is time for Belize Electricity Limited to turn the power off in all of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Welcome to Belize. Bring a flashlight.

I suppose there is never a good time to shut down the power for an entire community and I know the power company wanted to do this a week ago. Except that it rained.

And they do have a lot of work to do: “To replace poles and insulators on the transmission line, replace radiators on the San Pedro Substation transformer and conduct maintenance works on several sections of the island’s power distribution system.”

On the plus side, a lot of the LobsterFest events take place at night — or they involve barbecuing lobsters on an outside grill at Caribbean Villas on Sunday. And the World Cup has only just started so who cares about Switzerland vs Ecuador (10 a.m.) or France vs. Honduras (1 p.m.) — unless they are in your bracket?

It could be worse. They could have done the work today, like when England plays Italy at 4 p.m.

But I don’t know who is in charge of suppressing revolts in Belize.

Well, there are four weeks of World Cup — and yes, this island is as football-crazy as the rest of the world, with the exception of the United States and places where hockey is popular. And there is a whole week of festivities for LobsterFest.splobster

In fact, if you are here and wondering, here is the entire schedule for LobsterFest. Like me, you might find it a bit maddening that the official website has hardly any information whatsoever on these events. You know, times, nature of the event, addresses … or maybe that the content under the LobsterFest Events button is from 2012 — so like an island.

Absolutely no worries. Getting information in San Pedro is a lot like shopping for food: You make several stops to get everything you want.

So, after you have visited the official site, turn to the local weekly newspaper, The San Pedro Sun, for a list of events with times. The Sun also lists prizes available for participants who get their LobsterFest passport stamped at each event during the week.

Each night, a different restaurant will feature a lobster dish. Eat and get your passport stamped. Easy.

Now, if you want a more informative narrative on the various celebration locales, turn to San Pedro Scoop, where Rebecca Coutant has assembled the most complete coverage in advance of the festival.

Remember to pace yourself. not because it is a long week but because still to come are the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest and the Placentia Lobster Fest.

This is my first Lobster Festival so I’m following the advice of more seasoned islanders:

“Just take it one lobster at a time, bro.”






9 thoughts on “San Pedro LobsterFest 2014: Take it one lobster at a time

    johnhenryeast said:
    June 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Bob a small point – unless you are a football fan – the World Cup runs for slightly more than 4 weeks (12 June – 13 July).
    There’s good news re the power outage. It’s now scheduled for 6am to 2pm. Get your coffee and shower in early!


      Dan said:
      June 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      John, I was there at the SP L-fest as well as the Placencia L-fest last year. Awesome times at both! We missed them this year; just got back from Corozal and Hopkins on this trip though. Another great trip to Belize, but I miss SP. We did take a day trip one day from C-town (the 1st and last flights out and back). Saw lots of friends convienently as it was an ad hoc affair. Perhaps we can meet next time we’re on the island? Regards, Dan and Sonja Jamison


        johnhenryeast said:
        June 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

        Hi Sonja and Dan. Every trip to Belize is a great one. The only negative is when it’s time to leave! Lobsterfest is in full swing here on Ambergris Caye and, as always, it’s a fun time to be here.
        It would be great to meet up when you are next here. Just drop me an email and we can make arrangements.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      June 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks John. Guess I was in too big a rush to get downtown! Fixed it to four weeks and 2 p.m. Coffee to start brewing at 5 a.m. I’ll nod to the north where I am sure you’ll be on the veranda!


    johnhenryeast said:
    June 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Become a philistine like me and drink instant and you only need a couple of minutes for a coffee! Lazy ? Absolutely .


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      June 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Actually instant does taste good but I think the bean habit is just too strong! Think I’ll save time by not shaving instead …


    Laura Susskind said:
    June 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Bob, I didn’t know it was this easy to write to you or I would have long ago! Having said that, now I’m not sure you will be able to receive this! I’ve read every one of your blogs and each time marvel at what a gifted writer you are! I’m anticipating that novel you keep threatening to write! Please tell Rose how much I truly miss her! And that I’m thrilled she’s again teaching; she has so much to give! I’m hoping we will get to have you as house guests when you journey to norcal. You are so welcome to stay with us for whatever piece of your trip you can. Fondly, Laura


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      June 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Laura!
      Thank you so much for those kind words. I’ll make sure Rose reads the message. We are so anxious to see our friends in late July and August.
      The other night she was going through some of the jewelry from your collection and mentioned how much she misses you. It brings back fond memories! And looks good on her!
      Rose is so happy with her classes and they are growing as word gets out (12 students today!)
      See you soon!


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