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.
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.
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.”