Best season to travel to Jamaica

Lobster Season

What can be better than feasting on the fresh lobster?

Best time: July–March

Lobster Season

Lobster is not always in season in Jamaica. The Annual Lobster breeding season in the waters around Jamaica arrives in late spring and ends in early summer. That's why each year, April 1st through June 30th, is considered to be a 'closed' season.

Even if the lobsters are frozen, they are only allowed to be used during the first 21 days after the shut-down of the season. During the closed season, fishing for lobsters is illegal, and no lobsters should be kept alive in any holding device. However, lobsters unintentionally captured in the fishing gear must be put back into the sea right away.

If you’re lucky enough and have arrived in Jamaica before April 21st, you still can find some lobsters as the stock is allowed to be registered by March 31st.

The Jamaican lobster represents a giant crayfish. It has smaller claws compared to the lobsters from Maine, and their meat is a bit firmer. You can try it jerked, steamed, curried, grilled, or taste a lobster in salads or soups. But until the end of June, don't even dream of finding lobster on the menu in any place in Jamaica.

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