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Tropical Shade Imports, established in 1986, Contractor’s License #992809CA Lic  , quickly became the center for tropical decor and palapa kits and installations.  We specialize in installations in the greater San Diego, Las Vegas, and Palm Desert areas and have been the southwestern centers for thatching materials and palapas for nearly 30 years now.

We are the first commercial builders of palapas in the industry in the United States, and have been in business continuously since 1986, which is a nod to our quality and reliability.  We’ve pioneered many of the innovations to create not only a beautiful product, but a durable and reliable product.  Our Master Wood Craftsmen have been with the company for over 18 years.  With their help, we have been able to specialize in hand-carved faux-bamboo wooden poles for our custom jobs, a skill and product that no other company has been able to replicate.  We believe in quality products. We know what it takes to last.

***Please keep in mind that palapa fabrication is done by hand.  To schedule we require a 50% deposit to hold your install date.  Standard KIT lead time is approximately 1 week, and materials must be paid in full to start fabrication of new kits or products.  Custom projects lead times may vary.  This may vary depending on the size of the structure you have or want to purchase.***

***Office Hours may be extended by appointment***

Tropical Shade Imports ships nation-wide or builds/installs locally (Southern CA and Southern NV) offering grass hut, palapa kits, and thatching materials directly to the public or commercial businesses. We invite you to browse our site for all your palapa structure needs – to create a tropical expression in your backyard or tropical theme at your business. Order online or by phone and we’ll ship your kit, complete with instructions, right to your door.  For local customers in Southern California, you also have the option of the services of our professional installers.  Questions call (858) 272-1598,  or email us at

** Engineering Plans now available with purchase of KIT or installation!!**

We are the leaders of the industry.  We provide renderings on any project over $1000 and can supply engineering for DIY kits and custom projects.

CA Contractor’s License #992809, (C61/D03);  NV Contractor’s License #59815