Does anyone know how hard it will be to get a palapa at the Riu (the end of July)? Have read quite a bit re. having to be on the beach at 7 am if you're gonna get one. Have also read about tipping the "beach staff" and getting one. If true ....how much per day, etc. Posted similar question a couple of weeks ago under hotels (received no responses). Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks, W.Davis
I stayed at the Riu last year. And yes, you have to get out to the beach shack by 7 am in order to get a palapa. Be prepared - folks start lining up well before 7 am. On the days we got one, I would tip the guy $2.