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Lobster Season is Here!

Lobster Season is Here!

July 19th, 2019 | Key West Events & Festivals

Spiny lobster season is just around the corner! In tow is mini lobster season, Lobsterfest, and of course, spiny lobster appearing in dishes across Key West. Don’t know where to start?  Let us be your guide.

Mini Lobster Season: July 24-25

Mini lobster season is like a pre-game to the regular lobster season that begins Aug. 6. What is it exactly? The annual, two-day event allows everyone to catch lobsters before the big commercial boats do. This year, the mini season falls on July 24-25.

Mini lobster season isn’t exactly a free-for-all. There are rules that are enforced both on and off-water. Brush up on the Monroe County mini-season requirements to ensure you enjoy the mini lobster season and play by the rules.

Key West Lobsterfest: August 8-12

The Key West Lobsterfest has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? There’s no better way to celebrate spiny lobster season than with a lobster boil. In its 23rd year, the event draws lobster lovers to Key West to partake in chowing down on one of the island’s favorite crustaceans.

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The lobster boil set for Aug. 8 on the rooftop of the Waterfront Brewery includes lobster, shrimp, crawfish and more. There’s also the annual Duval Street pub crawl and street fair, featuring the island’s favorite crustacean in all its edible splendor.

Lobster Season: Aug. 6 through May 31

Good news for out-of-towners: lobster season runs eight glorious months of the year, so chances are you’ll run into a spiny lobster plate during your trip to Key West. Spiny lobster isn’t as sweet as its northern cousin, nor does it have claws to yield claw meat – it’s all in the tail. The spiny lobster cooks well with other ingredients, and tastes more like crab legs than Maine lobster. If you’re in the mood for lobster, here’s a guide to the best places to eat lobster in Key West.

Catching lobsters


Into the idea of catching a lobster? There are useful techniques to “tickling” a lobster out of its covered area. Florida Keys Reel Adventures offers charters led by fishermen versed in the art of catching lobsters. Book their special lobstering charter here.Want to know what to expect? Check out Salt Strong’s guide to catching lobster in the Florida Keys without using scuba gear.

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