Beachfront paradise carries a couple of apartments which are beachfront and gives you the true island experience. Relax and enjoy the nicest beach in aruba.
3 nights minimum stay.
From Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 10, 2018 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
From Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 10, 2018 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
Rent with caution. As much as we wanted to love this place, we were highly disappointed. One of the reasons we selected this house was because of the great reviews. The problems started before we got to Aruba. We reached out several times to Alessandra to get details on what to do when we get there. After sending messages and getting no response for days, we called the Miami phone number listed multiple times and the voicemail was full. Another day went by so we ended up having to call the Aruba numbers and John did fortunately call back immediately. Upon arrival, John greeted us and showed us around. It is a really cute property and right across the street from the ocean. He gave us dinner suggestions and was very welcoming and friendly. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. The house is a refurbished shipping container which has so so so much potential and could be really nice. There were just a lot of small things that added up. There was no window covering on the front door so anyone can see in and it is not a large space-you can see the entire house from looking in the door. If you wanted privacy you had to close the bedroom door and adjust the blinds or cover them up with clothes because they were broken. The bed was obviously old as there was a huge sinkhole in the middle so it was not the least bit comfortable for two people. The pillows were also old and very dirty. There was no hot water and the window/blinds in the shower were broken as well as the shower head so you had to hold it up. The toilet seat really needs to be replaced also as it was very discolored and dirty. Needless to say, after one night we cancelled and got a hotel for the remainder of our time in Aruba.
Our first trip to Aruba, and definitely not the last. Marie and John were extremely wonderful hosts. We felt very much at home in their apartment, and were treated like family. The unit is in a shipping container that has been converted to a lovey home. The courtyard which it shares with one other unit is absolutely perfect. They have tortoises in an enclosure, a big beautiful tree for shade that dons hammocks and a swing, and a lovely little kitty that visits throughout the day (if you're missing your pet, feed her and you will feel right at home!) Right across the street is Mangel Halto. It is a super beautiful and quiet place in comparison to the islands other popular beaches. The snorkelling is a must! We saw baracuda, flounder, eels, clown fish, etc... Super breathtaking! We did not rent a car while we were visiting, and were kindly driven for groceries, into Oranjestad, and offered lifts to other beaches on the island. Marie also arranged taxi's for us. We do recommend renting a car if you want to experience the Island to its fullest, but it isn't completely necessary. Taxi's are reliable and will arrange to pick you up from wherever they deliver you. There is a bar/Chinese restaurant at the Mangel Halto beach that is within 5 minutes walking distance. The food was surprisingly good(and we are foodies) and very reasonably priced. There are multiple mini markets and grocery stores with anything you may have forgotten, and basic groceries (fruit, veg, meat, cheese, eggs and packaged goods) all within walking distance. The larger grocery store is about a 15 minute walk which can be very daunting in 33 degree weather, but it has much more selection. Don't expect to find organic products though! Tia Rosa snack shack is also within 15 minutes walking distance, and is super delicious for arepas and patacons! We ate here multiple times. Do check the hours before you set out, as they close midday until dinner. While in Aruba, we also stayed at a high end resort - The Manchebo, but preferred the shipping container and Mangel Halto experience. You get to live like a local, and Arubans are a very happy and privelaged people - no poverty on this island! We always felt safe, safer than we do in Toronto. Be mindful of leaving out any food, or crumbs. A tiny drop of unnoticed ice cream on the floor was swarmed with hundreds of ants within minutes. They do bite, and mosquitoes and ant bites are plentiful if you are hanging out in the courtyard at night. Also, there are some huge cockroaches in the unit - so clean up after yourself and go to bed early if you don't want to see them. This is normal for the Caribbean, but if you are squeamish, and think this could ruin your stay - you may want to go in another direction. If you want an authentic yet safe experience of...
This place is so affordable and right on the most beautiful beach with amazing snorkeling. John was friendly and made our stay comfortable and like home. We stayed here for three nights and then the last three at a resort. Highly recommend because we got to spend time near local hang outs then end the trip in a more pampering way.
This Airbnb was the best Airbnb we have ever stayed in. Jon was the best host of all time, the location is incredible - you literally walk outside and BAM! Beautiful crystal clear water is right there. There was snorkeling equipment for all guests to use and the proximity to restaurants was perfect (love me some tia Rosa arepas!) If you're looking for a relaxing way to enjoy true Aruban culture and get away from the tourist traps that come with Caribbean cruise ports, this is the place for you!
The homeowners are friendly and helpful. The location is perfect to stay away from the resorts, traffic, and busyness. The very best snorkeling is literally right across the road from the guest house, and the area of Mangol Halto is beautiful and peaceful. I'm glad we stayed here for three nights. It is a small guest house, but there's a nice courtyard and across the street are chairs along the shoreline. There are insects both inside and outside, but that's part of the off-the-beaten-path feel of the area. You should get a car though to get groceries and try restaurants in the San Nicholas/Saveneta area. Not much is within walking distance (it's really too hot for much walking!). I recommend a car in order to visit the shopping and restaurant areas further west on the more touristy part of the island, too. After our three nights at the guest house, we spent the remainder of our vacation at a low rise resort so we could experience the more luxurious side of Aruba. I'm really glad we did both locations. Aruba is an amazing island for vacationing!!