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    Smile Holiday Inn Palapa

    Does anyone know how the palapas are now reserved at the Holiday Inn? Are people still getting up at ungodly hours just to get to the beach to get a palapa? I heard a rumor that the HI was going to come up with a better system. Anyone know anything? Thanks

    Arriving Christmas day. What a gift!!

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    I am pleased to be able to make your Christmas even brighter. The Holiday Inn now has palapa sign up at 4 pm.

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    Thank you, thank you. We are not early morning people (we have teenagers, need I say more) and we were never able to get a shaded spot, even if I was up at 8:00 to walk the beach. We always had to keep moving around a palm tree as the sun changed positions in the sky. Happy Holidays!

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    Last week when we were there, a group started lining up between 1-1:30pm for the sign up that starts at 4. We never got in line before 3:30 and got pretty good locations when we wanted them. I don't really care if we are front row or not, though. I am pretty sure the hotel was not at capacity last week, but even so I just do not understand why people would wait in the line for 2-3 hours to get a hut that they have to leave to go wait in line to get again the next day. It really doesn't make sense to me.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I just do not understand why people would wait in the line for 2-3 hours to get a hut that they have to leave to go wait in line to get again the next day. It really doesn't make sense to me.
    I always wondered the same.

    The Radisson has the same system. In June when we were there, my dh asked a couple of folks point blank why they bothered showing up so early when there were going to be more palapas than people to sign up.

    The answer was, that to them, it was a way of socializing and getting off the beach and "doing something".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I always wondered the same.

    The Radisson has the same system. In June when we were there, my dh asked a couple of folks point blank why they bothered showing up so early when there were going to be more palapas than people to sign up.

    The answer was, that to them, it was a way of socializing and getting off the beach and "doing something".
    Ha Ha to funny that is.

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    Palapas

    So, these palapas that every one is talking about...are they the only shade available on the beach? Are these considered umbrellas or can you also buy or rent beach umbrellas or are they against the rules?

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    You also have the option of finding a tree with some shade or renting an umbrella from the vendor at Moomba Beach which is between the Holiday Inn and Marriott.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    yes
    pretty much they are the only shade on the beaches.

    but, some of the beaches also have trees, fofotis, divis, palms and some folks sit near i the shade there.

    typical beach umbrellas are not good as they become projectiles in the wind.

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    Oh yeah, I forgot about the tradewinds..yeah, that wouldn't be good. I guess we will have to sign up for a palapas if we go! Thanks.

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