The Caribbean Capital of Lobster

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It’s not quite clear why there are just so many lobsters in the waters of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands, waters teeming with large, juicy Caribbean spiny lobsters.

Maybe it’s the warmth. Maybe it’s the reefs. Or maybe the lobsters come here to vacation. If it’s the latter, they need a better travel agent — because for them, this is a decidedly one-way trip.

Anegada, you see, is the Caribbean capital of lobster, with more than you heart’s desire, freshly caught and always perfectly prepared.

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And Anegada is filled with terrific lobster restaurants, from Potters By the Sea (above), the beach restaurant you see the minute you arrive at the islands main dock (that’s also home to a mean rum punch), to Big Bamboo on the ultra-white sands of Loblolly Bay to the wild Wonky Dog bar and restaurant.

Cow Wreck is perhaps the island's most famous beach bar.

Cow Wreck is perhaps the island’s most famous beach bar.

Perhaps most special is Neptune’s Treasure hotel and restaurant, where the lobster preparation is as much of an event as the meal itself.

Neptunes' Treasure is one of a number of charming small cottage-hotels in Anegada.

Neptunes’ Treasure is one of a number of charming small cottage-hotels in Anegada.

And while the lobster on Anegada is a major draw, this island itself a Caribbean gem, with small hotels and villas and a number of perfect untouched beaches.

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But it’s the lobster that will ultimately bring you here. And now there’s a reason to go even sooner than you think: The Anegada Lobster Festival, the annual rite that’s part of the BVI Food Fete culinary extravaganza.

It lasts from Nov. 26-27, with top local chefs on hand to serve lobster dishes at restaurants across the island.

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For those attending the festival, it means a lobster safari of sorts, with the option to try three different lobster samplers at three restaurants at just $12 per plate.

So what are you waiting for?

For more information, check out the BVI Food Fete.