The 2020 Placencia Lobsterfest

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A Brief History of The Placencia Lobsterfest

The Placencia Lobsterfest began in the summer of 1998. The Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) recognized a need to improve the local economy and decided to create an event that would attract visitors from all over world to Placencia Village. They planned for the event to coincide with the start of the Placencia Fisherman’s Cooperative annual Fisherman’s Day festivities and with the start of lobster season.

From Humility to Greatness

It was in June of 1998, at the Placencia fishing harbor with just a single table, the only party represented was The Green Parrot Resort of the Maya Beach Community from the northern Placencia Peninsula. They served lobster bruschetta and the proceedings went forward rather quietly. The small gathering invited the public to play a few makeshift carnival games to raise funds for the Placencia Chapter of the BTIA. But the humble event was successful, drawing enough patronage to double in size two years successively.

In the summer of 2000 The Placencia Lobsterfest had grown considerably, stretching down the beach beyond the docks and attracting foreign visitors. Local artisans of every stripe and performers came to contribute to the atmosphere.

Lobsterfest was well on its way to becoming an annual event to rival those of New Orleans.

A Tradition of Festivity

To keep up with the exponential growth of the Festival, the Placencia BTIA collaborated with the village council and moved the event to the Placencia Village Beach Front. Now there was ample room for the event’s 60+ booths and carnival games. Visitors enjoy the full range of Belizean sea-food treats and delicacies such as lobster fajitas, grilled lobster, stews, pies and an array of novelty confections.

Guests and participants enjoy the thrill of the Lobsterfest raffle, a fully stocked bar which is operated by the village council, terrific live music acts- all of which come together famously to create a three-day event, summertime celebration.

Since 2011, the Placencia BTIA has incorporated the Placencia Fisherman’s Saltwater Tournament in order to make room for the Southern Environmental Association’s first annual Lion-fish Tournament as a response to the environmental threat this invasive species presents to wildlife throughout the Atlantic seaboard. This, like the La Ruta Maya river racing event, has become not only a massive celebration- but it is also a great event for environmental conservation and serves as an example to the world of what can be achieved by combining grand festivals with conservationism.

Placencia Lobsterfest 2020

placencia lobsterfest 2020

 

Scheduled from June 26 -28, 2020, the Placencia Lobsterfest is a grand celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize attracting thousands of local and international visitors. The event is organized by the Placencia BTIA and the Placencia Village Council and has long been a traditional mainstay of Placencia’s economy.

What to expect at Placencia Lobster Fest 2020:

  • Game for kids
  • Belikin beer drinking contest
  • Biggest lobstah’ competition
  • Lionfish tournament
  • Mr. & Ms. Physique
  • Tug-o-War
  • Tipsy tuna toss
  • Hot spicey wings eating contest
  • Kayak racing
  • Placencia Lobsterfest Classics
  • Throw the cast net – A Placencia Lobsterfest original. Throw the cast net over the sand and try to scoop up a schilling!
  • Reel in the kayak – That’s right! Grab a fishing rod and reel in a kayak with one person on board to shore!
  • Fly fishing on the beach – Throw your fly fishing rod and land your fly in the center of a circle drawn in the sand. If you can do this, you are a real champ!

This is the most popular event of the season in Placencia so we hope to see you there!

Contact us today for more details on the Placencia Lobsterfest 2020!

 

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Enjoy a Fabulous Jungle and Beach Vacation in Belize This Summer

Belize is a small Caribbean nation sandwiched between Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula but the country has been blessed with fabulous weather and incredibly diverse natural landscapes. Ranging from unfathomably beautiful tropical islands in the east to lush jungles, majestic waterfalls, and pristine rivers in the west, Belize truly has something for everyone.

The best way to see and experience all the best that Belize has to offer is with a jungle and beach vacation package from Chabil Mar. You can choose from exciting offshore activities like fishing, snorkeling, sailing, and scuba diving the islands and atolls of the Belize Barrier Reef and mix it with adventures on the mainland, including hiking through vast, trackless rainforests, zip lining through the jungle canopy, and exploring ancient ruins left behind by the Maya more than 1,000 years ago.

Belize’s small size makes enjoying a day out on the water one day followed by an exciting tour of the mainland the next simple and easy. Some beach and jungle packages offered by Chabil Mar include staying at the famous Caves Branch Lodge, home to five-star luxury tree houses and exciting nighttime explorations of the jungle.

Other options include heading to the heart of Belize’s western Cayo District and staying at The Lodge at Chaa Creek while enjoying trips to see butterfly farms and exploring ATM Cave, rated by the Discovery Channel as the number one sacred cave in the world. You can also choose to visit the gorgeous Gaia River Lodge located in the heart of the vast Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve where you’ll get a chance to see the tallest waterfalls in Central America.

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located right on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. For the beach portion of your vacation, you can choose from sea kayaks to explore the nearby islands, boat safari trips up the pristine Monkey River (where yes, you will definitely see plenty of monkeys), and hiking tours of the Cockscomb Basin Nature Preserve, home to all five of Central America’s big cat species, including jaguars.

Chabil Mar’s jungle and beach vacation packages have everything you’ll need to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize. Packages include transportation, accommodations at Chabil Mar as well as a partner jungle resort, exciting tours, meals, and other exciting amenities like professional massages, special nature events, and complimentary use of all of the resorts’ facilities.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

 

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What You Need to Know About Belize’s September Celebrations

With so many fun festivals and national holidays packed into just one short month, September is one of the best times to visit Belize.

Below is the complete guide to all of the best September celebrations in Belize:

Battle of St. George’s Caye Day Festivities

 
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In 1798, Spain and Britain contested rule over the area with a tremendous maritime battles in the waters offshore of St. George’s Caye. After a week of close-quarter fighting, the British ultimately prevailed, sealing the fate of Belize as a British colony for the next 200 years. Belize has been an independent country since 1981 but continues to celebrate the momentous battle every September 10 that led to Belize being the only nation in Central America where English is the official language.

Independence Day

 
Portrait of a boy with the flag of Belize on his face.
Portrait of a boy with the flag of Belize on his face.

September 21 marks the official commemoration of Belize’s independence from Great Britain with parades, street parties, and throngs of people proudly waving the red, white and blue colors of Belize’s flag. September 21 is the national holiday but Independence Day festivities begin up to two weeks earlier with the period between Battle of St. George’s Caye Day (September 10) and Independence Day being a virtually non-stop explosion of musical celebrations, parades, dancing, eating, and imbibing.

Expo Belize Market Place

 
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More than 17,000 people are expected to attend this popular event that showcases the products and goods of Belize. Activities include dancing, singing, sampling a wide variety of local food, and plenty of shopping from booths set up by local vendors. Expo Belize Market Place will be held around mid-September in 2019.

Carnival

 
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Similar to events in New Orleans and throughout Latin America, Carnival is a colorful display of parades, music, dancing, and partying spectators that line the streets of Belize City. Elaborately-costumed individuals will march and dance in their efforts to be crowned the king and queen of Carnival.

J’ouvert

 
Belize J'ouvert
This unusual festival takes place in the streets of downtown Belize City, with thousands of exuberant party-goers celebrating the opening morning of Carnival Day with a riotous mix of chocolate and paint.

Chabil Mar

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The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is one of the best resorts to stay in Belize. Guests can partake in all of the popular September festivals by booking now.

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