Our January 12 post, noted that our San Blas sojourn afforded us the opportunity to begin to answer a number of life’s persistent questions. Here we humbly share the answer to question 1: Is it possible to eat too much lobster? Before entering Guna Yala we heard tales that Caribbean lobsters were so plentiful in Guna Yala that one could tire of it. Thus, the question persisted as we explored the San Blas, would the spiny delicacy eventually bore us.
Our effort to answer this question began our first morning as a local fisherman cruised through the anchorage in his motor driven ulu (canoe) holding aloft a fine specimen. We beckoned him over to Elizabeth Jean and soon had three aboard, ranging from small to large for $20.00. We repeated this ritual with minor variations throughout our stay.
Lobsters welcomed Jean and her boy friend Max the day they arrived. Photo credit: Max Friedman
For Christmas dinner we bought one monstrous critter that handily fed Beth, and the two of us.
Sometimes the fisherman arrived under sail, rather than by motor.
For New Years we bought two lobsters and two pan sized Bonita for $10.00.
Sometimes, we actually turned down the fisherman and declined to dine on lobster (variety after all . . . ).
But tire of lobster? No, we never tired of lobster. The delicacy, whether grilled, sauteed in garlic and butter, or steamed au naturel, richly flavored our Guna Yala visit.