The word means shelter. Traditionally a ramada is a simple, fixed structure with a roof and no sides which offers shade from the sun, shelter from rain or snow. The drive-through at the bank is a ramada, an open gazebo is a ramada, or covered areas in public parks or campgrounds would be considered ramadas. Ramadas are typically built of steel, aluminum or wood, are often free-standing or open on three sides. The roof shields from weather and the open sides allow air to move unrestricted which results in cooler temperatures below.