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What is a Palapa?

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What is a Palapa?

Palapa at the Hyatt Regency Aruba.

(c) Susan Breslow Sardone.
Question: What is a Palapa?
Answer: A palapa is a thatched-roof, open-sided structure (see palapa photo). The material to cover the roof of a palapa typically consists of dried and woven palm-tree leaves. A palapa is sometimes referred to as a grass or tiki hut.

The most common place to see one is in the tropics, where it provides shade and refuge from the hot sun.

Palapas are constructed in a variety of sizes. Some resorts set up a bar or serve meals under a larger one; others devote the shaded area beneath the palapa to massage services.

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