Placencia Lobsterfest 2024 - All You Need To Know

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Placencia Lobsterfest 2024 Dates

Mark your calendars! The highly anticipated Placencia Lobsterfest 2024 is scheduled for July 5th - 7th, 2024. This annual celebration of the opening of lobster season in Belize attracts seafood lovers from around the world.

Placencia Lobsterfest 2024 Location

The Lobsterfest takes place right on the beautiful beaches at the point (near the municipal pier) in Placencia Village on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize. With its sparkling turquoise waters and laid-back vibe, Placencia is the perfect setting for this delicious festival.


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Lobsterfest 2024 Events

In addition to all the mouth-watering lobster dishes, Lobsterfest 2024 will feature a variety of fun events and activities including games and activities for kids, a beer drinking contest, a "biggest lobstah" competition, a lionfish tournament, physique contests, tug-of-war, wing-eating contests, kayak races, and classic Placencia events like trying to cast a net over a coin in the sand.

The organizers also book local bands that play live music until midnight, creating a fun atmosphere to dance barefoot in the sand.


Lobster Cooking Demos

Don't miss the chance to learn from the masters! Lobsterfest will host cooking demonstrations from celebrated local chefs showing off their talent in preparing delectable lobster dishes. You'll leave with recipes and tips to impress your friends back home.

Where to Stay in Placencia 2024

For the ultimate Lobsterfest experience, stay right in the heart of the action at Tranquility Beach Suites on the Placencia Peninsula. Our beachfront suites put you just a 10-minute drive away from the festival grounds at point Placencia while providing a tranquil oasis to relax between all the festivities. Book your stay at to secure your spot for this popular event.

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How to Get to Placencia 2024

Placencia is easily accessible by flying into the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (2.5 hours from the USA) near Belize City and then taking a short hopper flight or driving a few hours down the peninsula. Once you arrive, the Lobsterfest fun is just steps away!

Direct International Flights To Belize

Belize Flight Information

Belize has recently introduced new direct flight routes. Travelers from North America can now easily access direct flights from major cities such as Toronto, Calgary, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, LA, Denver, and others. For those traveling from Europe, there is a direct flight from London, Heathrow to Belize with a short connection in Miami. All international flights arrive at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) located in Belize City.

Direct Flights from Canada to Belize

Direct non-stop seasonal (Nov to Apr) flights to Belize are available from Toronto with Air Canada and from Toronto and Calgary with WestJet.  

Direct Flights from USA to Belize

Direct non-stop flights to Belize are available with United AirlinesAmerican AirlinesDelta Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
Direct non-stop seasonal (Nov to Apr) flights to Belize are available with Sun Country AirlinesSouthwest AirlinesJet Blue and Frontier Airlines.

Direct Flights from Cancun to Belize

Tropic Air has 2 daily flights from Cancun to Belize International that offer good connecting opportunities. 

Seamless Flight Connections from the UK and Europe to Belize

American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights with short connection times in Miami, New York, Dallas and Houston. 

Tips on Searching for the Best Flight Deals to Belize

The internet is the main place to find the best prices and routes for airfare. Google Flights is a great place to start, it is non-biased and produces all available routes and prices.  Online Travel Agents (OTAs) such as Expedia and Orbitz are also popular.

Airline Website Directly: 

We recommend checking airline websites directly for the best fares. Here are links to major airlines flying to Belize City (airport code BZE). All other cities connect via these gateways.

  • Alaska Airlines- Has direct flights with at least one landing daily from either Los Angeles LAX and Seattle SEA.
  • Air Canada- Departs Toronto weekly on Sundays
  • WestJet– Weekly from Toronto on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and Fridays and Saturdays from Calgary
  • American Airlines- daily via Miami, FL or Dallas, TX
  • United Airlines- daily via Houston, TX and on weekends from Newark NJ, Chicago MI, Denver CO
  • Delta Airlines- via Atlanta GA
  • Southwest Airlines- via Houston Hobby TX, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Denver CO
  • Jet Blue- New York to Belize Direct on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Frontier Airlines- via Orlando, FL on Fridays and Saturdays & Denver, CO on Saturdays
  • Avianca Airlines- via San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Copa Airlines- via Panama City, PA
  • Tropic Airlines- via Cancun, Merida, Roatan, San Pedro Sula, Flores MX        

We highly recommend purchasing flight cancellation insurance to ensure coverage in case of non-changeable/non-cancellable flights.

Local Flights To Placencia

On average, a one-way local flight from Belize City costs $160US per person and takes approximately 45 minutes. There are only two local airlines in Belize that offer daily flights: Maya Island Air and Tropic Air. You can book directly from their website.

Best Lobster Dishes in Placencia

From classic boiled lobster with drawn butter to creative fusions like lobster fajitas and curries, you'll find no shortage of incredible lobster dishes at the fest. Local chefs pull out all the stops to showcase their talents. Don't miss specialties like:

  • lobster ceviche
  • lobster pizza
  • lobster fritters
  • Lobster Eggs Benedict
  • Lobster Creole
  • Lobster mac and cheese
  • Lobster stew
  • Lobster soup
  • Grilled lobster
  • BBQ lobster
  • Lobster pies
  • Lobster burger
  • Lobster grilled cheese sandwich


Lobsterfest Food Stalls 2024

Over 50 food stalls and booths will line the beach offering up the best lobster dishes along with a variety of other mouthwatering Belizean cuisine options. In addition to lobster, be sure to try lionfish dishes, local fruits and veggies, chicken, pork, and beef preparations.

Lobsterfest 2024 Ticket Prices

Entry to the 2024 Placencia Lobsterfest is free for everyone! You'll simply pay for any food, drinks, or activities once inside the gates. Very affordable food and beverage prices make this a tasty bargain.

Lobsterfest 2024 VIP Packages

Contact the organizers at for availability and package details.

History of Placencia Lobsterfest

The Lobsterfest was started in 1998 by the Placencia chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association as a way to boost the local economy during the low season and coincide with the fishing cooperative's Fisherman's Day festivities. From humble beginnings with just a single table, it has grown into Belize's biggest food festival. 


Cultural Activities at Lobsterfest 2024

In addition to all the delicious food, Lobsterfest celebrates the rich culture of Placencia through live music performances, artisan vendors, games, and dance. It's the ultimate immersive experience of Belizean life.

Lobsterfest 2024 Safety Guidelines

To ensure a fun and safe festival for all, security staff (normally by the Belize Police Department BPD) will be on-site to monitor everything. Alcohol will not be served to minors or intoxicated persons. Areas will be designated for food consumption to maintain cleanliness.

Lobsterfest 2024 Rules and Regulations

For an enjoyable experience, all Lobsterfest patrons must abide by the rules that prohibit public drunkenness, littering, and offensive behavior. Violators may be removed from the premises without refund. Reusable "stadium cups" and biodegradable containers will be used throughout to keep things green.

Whether you're a lobster fanatic or just love amazing food festivals, the 2024 Placencia Lobsterfest is not to be missed. Start planning your trip today by booking your accommodations at the beachfront Tranquility Beach Suites. We'll see you there!


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