Floating Mexican Waterfront NanaimoFresh Squeezed Margarita

Penny’s Palapa

Authentic Mexican dishes with a west coast flair. Customers from all over Nanaimo are drawn to the harbour, to enjoy the fresh summer breezes on our licensed floating patio. Our Tasty Tacos and Fresh-Squeezed Lime Margaritas will transport you to a warm tropical vacation.

On cooler days we’ve got you covered. Heaters, blankets, and heart-warming dishes like Enchiladas and Tortilla Soup.

We will re-open April 2021!

OPENING SOON! We will be open the week of April 19th for full dine-in service on our outdoor floating patio!

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Opening soon!

COVID-19 Update

Please see Penny’s Palapa’s comprehensive Work Safe plan here.

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22 hours ago
Penny's Palapa

We know you're all dreaming of Palapas on the beach, we are too!!
Penny's Palapa will be opening soon!
Can't wait to see you a!!
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We know youre all dreaming of Palapas on the beach, we are too!! 
Pennys Palapa will be opening soon! 
Cant wait to see you a!!

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Tequila shots or Lime Margaritas .... Yummers ! .....

5 days ago
Penny's Palapa

Hola, Amigos and Amigas! We are looking for line cooks for the rest of our busy season, full-time or part -time hours available. This position is ideal for students with culinary experience who are looking for summer work and those currently in the industry looking for more hours over the summer.
Competitive wages based on experience plus tip out. So if you are looking to make some extra cash this Summer then stop by with a resume between 10am and 3pm.
Please feel free to share with friends looking to make some summer time $$$!
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#10 Wharf Street,  Penny’s Palapa is located down on the Dock of Float H, in Nanaimo’s Waterfront Marina. Down the ramp closest to the Wharfinger’s office. Click on map for a custom tour of local amenities.
For more info see 'Explore the Waterfront'


NEW: 3 hour courtesy moorage!  Contact Wharfinger office to assure your spot.  VHF Channel 67  Phone: 250-754-5053

Pioneer Plaza Parkade on Front Street is closest to the marina.

The Port Theatre has a parkade located at the corner of Wharf and Front Street.

Port Place mall has parking located on Front Street across from the marina.

More info and map see ‘Visit Penny’s’