Food + Wine

Beach Food for Hungry Surfers

by Cathay Che

Sayulita and Ketsi at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico

Ride the waves: Sayulita, a charmingly scruffy village 20 minutes north of ritzy Punta Mita, has been on the verge of being discovered by the masses for at least ten years. The town's warm water and two waves—one for longboarders and beginners fronting the village's main drag, and a faster intermediate break one beach north—have been luring international surfers for decades. (And occasionally turning them into expats.) The reliable year-round waves are a little more intense December through April, when the north swells hit.

Tide your appetite: If you like your beachside dining kicked up a few gourmet notches—say, with lobster tacos and guacamole prepared tableside—head to Ketsi, chef Richard Sandoval's informal restaurant at the Four Seasons' Punta Mita Resort. The Ketsi Salad, with zarandeado-style shrimp, jicama, chile-dusted watermelon, and tamarind dressing, is a standout on the Mexican-Latin-Asian menu, the oceanfront tables are shaded by a traditional thatched-roof palapa, and flip-flops are welcome.

Ketsi
Four Seasons Punta Mita
Punta Mita, Bahía de Banderas
Nayarit, Mexico
Tel: 52 329 291 6000
Dinner entrees $32–$45

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