Located just outside the entrance to the famous La Lancha Surf Spot, Makai is the perfect place to stop for lunch after pretending to be Kelly Slater even though you just wiped out for two hours. It’s right next to a gas station, and the blue and white decor and wooden curtains make it feel as though you’ve just walked into some kind of surf shack in a tropical paradise. 

The ceviche is excellent, made with local tuna and white fish and served with tostadas—all of it together hits just the right crunchy, flavorful, and spicy notes. Get a couple of tuna tostadas to split, and don’t miss out on the catch-of-the-day sashimi that’s marinated in a refreshing mix of cucumber, chile, and herbs.

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