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 August 29, 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 February 2, 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 February 28, 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 March 28, 2024
  • GemmaR2012
    Bristol, United Kingdom113 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 April 17, 2024
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Larry P
Windsor Locks, CT64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The beach is great it has a snorkel area and it is right in front of a reef area.
there are permanent shade areas setup all over and you can park right there and they have a small food and drink place right before you go on to the beach. We went there 3 times during our stay. It gets really crowded with locals every night and definatly sunday all day. Fun place
Written January 28, 2020
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Zafirah A
Brooklyn, NY2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I would 100% go back! This part of Aruba was my favorite of the entire island. So unbelievably beautiful. However. this is not a typical beach and if you fare wanting to lay out and relax here, this isn't really that type of area. You will probably want to get into the water. This area is also further from the main city and a trip by taxi is the easiest way to get here. I came here, as it is one of the best places to snorkel, but if you are not a strong swimmer or have a good sense of the ocean, it is not a goo idea to trek out without a guide. Regardless, almost the entire stretch of the beach is shallow water. Pictures don't do this place justice! I fell in love with this beach! Can't wait to visit again!
Written February 8, 2023
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R. Wilson
Toledo, OH124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is not a traditional beach like Eagle Beach or Palm Beach! It has a small Beach area that is tucked in the mangrove trees. One you find a place for your things, you can go wade out in to the shallow water. It is very warm water that gradually, over several hundred feet a deeper. If you’re going snorkeling head toward the channel marker. As you head toward the yellow channel marker, the water got cooler, deeper,more choppy and you could see more sea life.
This is definitely a beach that you should see to get a different perspective of Aruba.
Written July 23, 2022
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jubileeAtl
Atlanta49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I loved the natural beauty of this beach with the mangrove trees and calm water. I would have rated this a five, but I didn’t get in the water. Our tour guide, Jair, was fantastic. He gave us a lot of information about the area, including the fact that the mangroves are protected. I plan on visiting again and actually swimming (lol).
Written April 11, 2023
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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 December 29, 2023
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didobas
New York City, NY409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The first time we came to snorkel at Mangel Halto, we enjoyed crystalline visibility, great schools of fish, and gorgeous coral landscape. The second time, not so lucky - the waves crashing against the reef looked too dangerous to come in. Hope there will be another chance!
Written August 4, 2020
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GemmaR2012
Bristol, UK113 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 April 17, 2024
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SWF111111
Baltimore, MD1,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Rented a house right across the street and spent hours and hours and hours in the water swimming and snorkeling. The reef out past the yellow channel buoy is fantastic! It can be a bit murky close in, but still shallow with lots of colorful fish. Out of 7 days in the water, only 1 day had a strong current. Saw thousands of fish, squid, sea turtles, sea snakes, eels, etc. Great area to stay - a few people we met are here for a month or longer. Ditch the resorts and have a real vacation at Mangel Halto!!
Written November 21, 2020
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Mangel Halto Beach is an excellent white sand beach with a fair amount of parking and easy beach access. The water is shallow above the reef for a very long distance so there is excellent snorkeling and very safe for swimming far out. There are lots of Mangroves so relatively easy to find a shady and secluded spot. If I were to vacation here for an extended period instead of just a day from a cruise ship, this is the beach where I’d go so I’d stay nearby.
Written February 29, 2020
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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 March 28, 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.

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