Palmilla Beach Gets Upgrades

Bathrooms and new palapas are among the additions
BY: SANDY BEECH

Palmilla Beach has had some changes made to it recently, and we think beachgoers are going to like what’s been done. We visited the beach to check out what was new and spoke with Luis Angel, who’s in charge of the information booth on the beach. He gave us the rundown on the new amenities.

One of the most welcome additions is the new building that houses the bathrooms. They’re on top of the one-story building, along with a large shaded area with picnic tables and benches. It’s a good spot to get out of the sun and enjoy the view of the beach. There’s also a playground for the kids, if they get tired of splashing around in the water.

The showers, which are really just pipes and spigots attached to the wall, are on the bottom level of the building, facing the beach. They’re nothing fancy, but they were clean when we used them and they get the job done.

palapas.JPGOn the beach, ten new palapas were put up, providing much needed shade for those who don’t have umbrellas. But they’re first-come, first-serve, so if you get there late you might have to endure the sun until someone moves. There’s also a palapa that’s designated for handicapped people, although the wooden ramps and walkways that start at the parking lot don’t reach all the way to that palapa. Guess you’ll have to figure out how to maneuver that wheel chair in the sand.

The bathrooms and the palapas are all you get, as far as amenities at Palmilla Beach. There are no activities sold there, and there are no restaurants or food stands, so bring a fully stocked cooler when you go.

The parking situation at the beach is manageable, with two lots available. The main lot is the one you drive through to get to the beach. It’s a decent size, but it’s also used by hotel employees who take us precious parking spaces. On a recent Friday afternoon, the lot was nearly full even though the beach wasn’t that crowded. Luis told us that parking can be a problem not only because of space, but also because the hotel employees all park at the front of the lot, which makes it look full when it’s not.

A smaller parking lot is on the other side of the bathroom building. The entrance is a bit hidden; you can’t really see the dirt road that leads to it until you’ve entered the main lot and have already started circling around back towards the entrance. Luis warned us that the sand can get soft in this lot, since it’s literally part of the beach, so be careful not to get stuck there.

If you want to go the taxi route, you won’t have any problem getting a taxi when you’re ready to head home. The taxi parking area sits right before the entrance to the parking lot, and there were at least eight taxis sitting there when we visited.

The fishing pangas still go out from the beach, and you can see them lined up on the shore when they’re not in action. A large palapa, located between the parking lot and the beach, houses the fish cleaning station, which has running water. Average beachgoers don’t really notice these types of things, but trust us, this a big deal for the guys cleaning the fish. Some stations don’t have water; can you imagine fileting a fish without it?

A few other things to note about Palmilla beach: There’s a lifeguard stand, and when we visited there was an actual lifeguard on duty, too (that’s not always the case on other beaches). Luis also said they have someone who cleans the beach every day, so you’re less likely to step on beer bottle caps and cigarette butts as you’re walking along the sand. ,