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    Beach Palapas and Lounges @ Your Resort?

    How does your resort handle the lounges/palapas/guests?
    How do you go about getting your lounge and shade there?

    We own at LaCabana and get out on the beach early to snag a 1st or 2nd row spot.
    (Often what we do, is we make camp at the pool. We head over to the beach to jump in the ocean a couple of times a day. Not leaving our spot at the pool for more than an hour at a time)
    There is no line up or reservation on the afternoon before....It is first come first served on the morning that you want to be on the beach.
    Some people go out there as early as 5 am, others at 10 am.



    Some resorts offer the opportunity to reserve the day before.

    Some resorts charge $ for prime shade/lounge (Marriott is one of them)

    I am intereseted in reading your situation and opinions

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    At the Divi AI we would just throw our stuff under the palapa on the way to breakfast and we never had any issues. That was usually around 7:00 am. The one time we stayed in the high rise area we paid $25 a day so we wouldn't have to stand in line and wait for a palapa assignment. Didn't care for that system at all! Our November trip will be our first Bucuti stay and from what I read chaises and umbrellas are never an issue as there are more umbrellas then guests.

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    At the Radisson/Hilton we always paid to make sure we had shelter. At the Hyatt we just got lucky....and at the Ritz, there is plenty so we just take what is available.

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    At Playa Linda it is first come, first serve. Depending on the time of year, front row can be taken as early as 4am, but rows further back are still open much later. Chairs are left out so people can sit under their desired spot and chat, read, sleep, etc. Someone from the resort comes around about 6 or 7 am to take down your room number, then you are considered reserved and can leave. I typically stay on the beach from whnever I wake up, usually 5-6am and stay until.Jon comes down around 7 or 8. We then grab breakfast and are back down within an hour to hang out for the day.

    We took the plunge and got the Holiday Inn credit card to get Platinum Elite status. I confirmed by email woth the resort that our palapa will be reserved for us for our entire stay based on our status. I'm not quite sure if we will have any say in where it is, but it's only 2 days and they are all pretty close to the water there.

    From what I've read, Aruba Beach Club is pretty strict about checking palapas every 2 hours in the morning to make sure you are using the one you have reserved. They do an initial check, then 2 more in 2 hour increments to make sure someone is there using the palapa. My understanding is that after 8am, Casa Del Mar guests are welcome to any open palapas at ABC. I'm interested in see how this works out for us. We have a grouND floor room and are hoping to reserve in the area near our room, closest to Manchebo.
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    At Amsterdam Manor it is always first come, first served. During the spring and fall months we can go out as late as 9-10am and still get a palapa in the front row. When we were there a couple of times over New Years Eve (high season), we sometimes didn't go to the beach until around noon-ish and were still always able to find an open palapa somewhere on the beach.

    Sometimes we'll go to the beach around 7:30-8ish to have a mimosa by the water (no one on the beach at that time so it's quiet and serene). We'll leave our towels on our chairs when we're done, go back to the room for breakfast, pack the beach bag, etc. and then be back to the beach in about an hour or so. No one ever bothers our towels or our stuff.
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    I understand that the beaches are public and anything on the beach that is permanent, the palapas, are all for public use. The lounges are owned by the resorts; therefore are not for public usage. I don't understand how a resort can charge for the use of a palapa when it is on public property. Can someone explain?

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    At the Divi Village it is also first come first serve but there are about 15 couples and we all sit at one end of the pool which has about 6 or 7 palapas and we all know where we sit and in 16 years never had any problems also it is August its busy but not High season busy. Dick.
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    Manchebo..... We just stroll out anytime for a palapa.... no problem! The Radisson was wait in line in the PM for an assignment or pay for premium.

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    excellent question.
    beaches and the fixed permanent palapas in the sand palapas are indeed public.
    there is NOTHING anyone can do about you and or i, hauling our own personal chair and parking ourselves under an unoccupied palapa.

    god only knows how some of the resorts are "allowed to charge $" to rent a spot.
    my guess is they are being "rented" the chair.


    Quote Originally Posted by 0321 View Post
    I understand that the beaches are public and anything on the beach that is permanent, the palapas, are all for public use. The lounges are owned by the resorts; therefore are not for public usage. I don't understand how a resort can charge for the use of a palapa when it is on public property. Can someone explain?


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    At MVC, it's also first come, first served. Usually leave our towels on the chairs at 8 under a palapa. Come back about 830 and one of us usually stays there unless we are going for a short swim. I don't think palapas are rented here, just lounge chairs. We had an unfortunate encounter with another tourist though. We went into the water and came back. He had thrown our stuff and chairs out from under the palapa. He was ranting about the palapas being public. I told him that was fine, but it wasn't fine to take over our spot that way. Another couple then said they were leaving and gave us their spot, but this man was very unpleasant.

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