The mini florida keys lobster season is always held on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year. If you can remember this, planning for the next year is a breeze. Hotels and the Boat Ramps are packed, so plan ahead to get in a room reservation.
License requirements are important to know on the islands. A recreational saltwater license (buy at Walmart and tackle shops) and a crawfish permit are needed for harvest.
It is a big deal as countless boaters take to the ocean each July to uncover the first of this seasons Spiny Florida Keys Lobsters. The party is special and we love to get a jump-start on the main season during this traditional two-day summer mini-season.
Where to buy lobster in Key West? Mangoes is the spot for really good lobster recipes off the menu. My personal favorites are the Seafood Quesadilla, which combines grilled shrimp, lobster, scallops, flour tortillas, roasted green chili sauce, scallions, jack cheese, pineapple salsa, sour cream & guacamole. I have to give the top prize to the Fried Lobster Wrap (Lobster flash fried, with diced tomatoes, onion, lettuce, tarter sauce, black beans, wrapped inside of a huge flour tortilla. See all at the Lobsterfest!