Mangel Halto Beach
Mangel Halto Beach
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  • Susan A
    Forest Hill, Maryland40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and relaxing
    Kind of hard to explain… paradise in a non- touristy area. People are awesome, lots of stray, friendly dogs. Been here twice. Not a party place… more of of a laid back, loving life place where you jump in the water and watch the sunset. Very gorgeous and relaxing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Elise G
    Hudson River Valley, New York1,277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed the peace and quiet!
    Spending the afternoon at Mangel Halto Beach was ideal. Given how shallow the water is, it made it very comfortable for me to practice snorkeling! I imagine that if you're not a swimmer, this would be a great spot for you, too! There are many spots along the roadside for one to park their cars and set out their beach chairs. Those who chose that option had to climb down a ladder, or steps to get to the water. As rickety as it was, we enjoyed putting our beach chairs on the deck and having easy access to the water. There weren't many people at Mangel Halto Beach; it was nice to have peace and quiet. If you'd like a quiet and shallow beach experience, this one is for you!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • jericanary
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Non-tourist. Safe. Paradise at the Sea.
    This is a gem of a spot. Non tourist. Safe. I traveled solo for a month. The beach is mangrove trees. Snorkel, swim, kayak onsite. Experience the local vibe of the island. I highly recommend staying in this area. With a rental car or my choice was a taxi you can access every part of the island. Explore!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 February 2024
  • Karen M
    Clarksburg, Maryland4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best snorkeling!!!
    We went to a few places to snorkel but this is the best place by far in Aruba! We saw an octopus eating out of a conch shell. There are tons of beautiful fish everywhere in crystal clear water. I read some reviews about this beach saying you have to be an expert swimmer. Not sure what they are talking about! The water is calm and easy to swim in. You can find fish the moment you step in.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
  • GemmaR2012
    Bristol, United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach and snorkelling- glad we went
    This was my second visit to Aruba. We didn’t visit MH last time on account of the warnings about unfavourable swimming conditions. This time we visited the donkey sanctuary so thought we’d take a look as it was nearby and I am so glad we did! I’ve heard the snorkelling there is ‘not for beginners’ and currents can be strong etc but actually we didn’t even go out to the main reef as there was plenty to see in the shallows and the beach was very sheltered due to the mangroves. So, actually it is possible to go and enjoy snorkelling there without going far. I think a lot of pictures show the steps going down into the water but there is also plenty of shallow beach access. There are two areas with palapas and then a mangrove area in the middle with shelter under the trees, all along a stretch of nice sandy beach. There’s a very shallow bay on the left side where the water is calm and sheltered. Here there are lots of rocks to explore and find hermit crabs etc. It’s mostly rocky along the shore here so beach shoes are recommended but there is a small sandy area for easy entry. We saw 3 eels and lots of crabs in the mangroves when exploring the shallows. Around the corner is the main sandy stretch for entry to the water. I snorkelled here with my 10 year old and we had a great time whilst not even out of her depth. The rocky areas provided plenty to see. Then, along to the right a bit more is the area where the sea can be accessed by steps from the carpark so there are a few different options here. I’ve heard this place is popular with locals and we ended up there on Saturday at Midday but there was still parking and shady spots. It wasn’t very busy. The visibility here was much better than anywhere else we went on this visit to Aruba so I’m really glad we went and will definitely visit again next time.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2024
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Banana Adventure
Aruba5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The view is Amazing and thanks to Sendo is such a nice Tour Guide for the Kayak a must go to Experience! As soon as you start until finish Sendo will guide you through the way completely!
Written 28 May 2024
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GemmaR2012
Bristol, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was my second visit to Aruba. We didn’t visit MH last time on account of the warnings about unfavourable swimming conditions. This time we visited the donkey sanctuary so thought we’d take a look as it was nearby and I am so glad we did! I’ve heard the snorkelling there is ‘not for beginners’ and currents can be strong etc but actually we didn’t even go out to the main reef as there was plenty to see in the shallows and the beach was very sheltered due to the mangroves. So, actually it is possible to go and enjoy snorkelling there without going far. I think a lot of pictures show the steps going down into the water but there is also plenty of shallow beach access.
There are two areas with palapas and then a mangrove area in the middle with shelter under the trees, all along a stretch of nice sandy beach. There’s a very shallow bay on the left side where the water is calm and sheltered. Here there are lots of rocks to explore and find hermit crabs etc. It’s mostly rocky along the shore here so beach shoes are recommended but there is a small sandy area for easy entry. We saw 3 eels and lots of crabs in the mangroves when exploring the shallows. Around the corner is the main sandy stretch for entry to the water. I snorkelled here with my 10 year old and we had a great time whilst not even out of her depth. The rocky areas provided plenty to see. Then, along to the right a bit more is the area where the sea can be accessed by steps from the carpark so there are a few different options here.
I’ve heard this place is popular with locals and we ended up there on Saturday at Midday but there was still parking and shady spots. It wasn’t very busy. The visibility here was much better than anywhere else we went on this visit to Aruba so I’m really glad we went and will definitely visit again next time.
Written 17 April 2024
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Companion694464
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I snorkeled at Mangel Halto, Tres Trapi, and Boca Catalina and of the three locations, Mangel Halto had the best views of the reef and fishes. It is definitely a bit of an advanced swim, even in the morning, to get out to the reef but once there, it was amazing to see all the wildlife.
Written 7 April 2024
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Karen M
Clarksburg, MD4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We went to a few places to snorkel but this is the best place by far in Aruba! We saw an octopus eating out of a conch shell. There are tons of beautiful fish everywhere in crystal clear water. I read some reviews about this beach saying you have to be an expert swimmer. Not sure what they are talking about! The water is calm and easy to swim in. You can find fish the moment you step in.
Written 28 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jericanary
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This is a gem of a spot. Non tourist. Safe. I traveled solo for a month. The beach is mangrove trees. Snorkel, swim, kayak onsite. Experience the local vibe of the island. I highly recommend staying in this area. With a rental car or my choice was a taxi you can access every part of the island. Explore!
Written 28 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elise G
Hudson River Valley, NY1,277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Spending the afternoon at Mangel Halto Beach was ideal. Given how shallow the water is, it made it very comfortable for me to practice snorkeling! I imagine that if you're not a swimmer, this would be a great spot for you, too!

There are many spots along the roadside for one to park their cars and set out their beach chairs. Those who chose that option had to climb down a ladder, or steps to get to the water. As rickety as it was, we enjoyed putting our beach chairs on the deck and having easy access to the water. There weren't many people at Mangel Halto Beach; it was nice to have peace and quiet.

If you'd like a quiet and shallow beach experience, this one is for you!
Written 2 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mi S
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Went snorkeling with the family. As others mentioned, it was a bit challenging which is ok but in my mind, and kids, it wasn't worth it. Rocks, current, waves. I struggled getting to the reef and back, I was prepared though with floats which I would highly recommend for this site. Not the greatest place for swimming, there are far better beaches in Aruba.
Written 29 December 2023
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Byron L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Came to this beach for snorkeling. Found some info on a snorkel blog prior and was impressed. Have to go beyond the rocks to get to the other side - water was rough- but worth it- best snorkeling in Aruba we found.
Written 13 December 2023
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Ilovepalms
80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A really little beach for snorkeling or taking some pictures , as you want to discover the island. There is only (still) Eagle Beach worth in this Island.
Written 24 October 2023
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Susan A
Forest Hill, MD40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Kind of hard to explain… paradise in a non- touristy area. People are awesome, lots of stray, friendly dogs. Been here twice. Not a party place… more of of a laid back, loving life place where you jump in the water and watch the sunset. Very gorgeous and relaxing.
Written 30 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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