What is a Palapa?
A palapa is a construction made from wood and palm leaves. They provide shade and form the roof of permanant or temporary structures.
This is what wikipedia says:
A palapa (a Spanish word of Mayan origin, meaning “pulpous leaf”) is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common in Mexican beaches, such as in Acapulco. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of Philippine culture to Mexican West cultures.
Palapas are also common in Honduras and other Central American countries
They can be very basic or very fancy depending on their use and location. They are everywhere in Mexico, used as roofing for beach and pool areas, bars, sun-shades, bbq areas, restaurants and even houses. They are a beautiful and natural solution for creating shade and / or roofing for outdoor areas. Palapas come in all shapes and sizes, a few examples follow.
A palapa is a great place to set up camp. Put your tent up underneath a palapa to keep it cool.
A palapa is made of a wooden frame and layers of palm leaves.
A palapa can be the height of luxury…
..or a basic temporary structure.
Either way, a palapa is always a good place to get out of the sun, enjoy the view and relax.
- HIDDEN TREASURE – Puerta Morelos , Mexico (travelpod.com)