After I secure a palapa, is there a limit length of time I can have it for? Can I step away to eat lunch and come back to it? How do they or one know if someone left already?
Yes, you can leave your palapa to head to lunch. Just be sure to return in a reasonable amount of time. We usually leave our beach towels on our chairs along with a float, maybe a tube of sunscreen, to show that we intend to return.
If your towels are on the chairs, no one should take it. When there’s no stuff there (towels, beach bag, floats, cooler, etc) then you know you can walk up and take it. Simple as that.
As others have said it is not an issue. We have left our palapa, walked all the way up to the Ritz and stopped for lunch on the way back and have never had a problem.
We leave our things on our Palapa all day long. We often go for walks..eat lunch etc and don't think twice about it and we have never had any issues. I would just leave more than a hotel towel...book, inexpensive cheap bag etc...
Thank you everyone for your experience.