One of the funny or not so funny things we noticed going up and down the beaches early morning were the palapa crazy people. There seems to be all kinds of rules concerning these palapas from place to place. We are early morning coffee people that loved strolling the high rise and low rise beaches before sunrise. We were amazed to see these people up before sunrise hanging their beachbag up on the palapa pole. Many would put trinkets on the table like coral, coconuts or shells to mark their palapa. Some even putting white T-Shirts around the top of lounge chair in case of towel crook, I guess! Who would steal an old T-Shirt? You would see them dragging sometimes 5 or 6 beach lounges next to their palapa and spreading out a towels on them with clips or maybe a pair of sandals. Then run off to their room having saved the best location. This is not so funny when many hours later they still just saved it and never sat down at them. We read some signs on palapas that read two hours- not here you will loose it. But it seems this is not a high security concern. Where are the palapa police when you need them? Also some palapas state that before 7 am no saving allowed unless your with your palapa. That looks like where grandma or grandpa or the nanny comes in. They must sit there all alone in the dark saving the sacred palapa for the family! We talked to alot of people about this crazyness and they said you have not seen anything like it untill high season. One guy even said he saw a fight over the saving of a palapa. Its funy to see after a heavy morning or afternoon rain, 6 wet towels on the chairs- still no people sitting there. They werent even around to make sure the towels were under cover during the rain. Another person told us that this is their same palapa every year and people know not to take it! If you have a good palapa story we would love to hear it! This just amazed us!
Sean and Susan