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Thread: A Warning About Mangel Halto Beach Area

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    A Warning About Mangel Halto Beach Area

    We were in Aruba in October and had a little trouble on Mangel Halto. Just wanted to do a public service announcement. We've been to that beach many times before and had never had an issues. This time, however, we picked the beach hut right next to the mangrove area on the left side of the beach. While we were in the water, someone came through the mangroves and stole our cooler and 2 camera bags. Unfortunately one contained a really nice camera as well as one of our party's driver's license & credit card! The bags were emptied out in the mangroves and the "good stuff" was taken. We did file a police report and the officer was very nice. We thought the police should know where thefts are occurring even though we knew we'd probably never see the stolen items again. Just be aware. It sure is going to make us more cautious in the future.
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    Thanks for the PSA.
    I am sad to read of the loss.

    if you go to the search menu and type in pacsafe you will be directed to threads about locking personal possessions at the beach or pool.

    we ALWAYS lock our stuff here and at our community pool.

    be as proactive as possible wherever you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babybeach View Post
    We were in Aruba in October and had a little trouble on Mangel Halto. Just wanted to do a public service announcement. We've been to that beach many times before and had never had an issues. This time, however, we picked the beach hut right next to the mangrove area on the left side of the beach. While we were in the water, someone came through the mangroves and stole our cooler and 2 camera bags. Unfortunately one contained a really nice camera as well as one of our party's driver's license & credit card! The bags were emptied out in the mangroves and the "good stuff" was taken. We did file a police report and the officer was very nice. We thought the police should know where thefts are occurring even though we knew we'd probably never see the stolen items again. Just be aware. It sure is going to make us more cautious in the future.
    In our 18 years of coming to Aruba, Mangel Halto is the only place I have ever had an incident. My wife and I were asked for money and beer from a man who was either drunk or on drugs....we both felt unsafe.....we haven't been back to Mangel Halto since other then a drive by.
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    So sorry to hear that. We bring a vacation vault with us when we go out too. We also buy a couple disposable cameras for our travel days. I have a waterproof phone case too. We also pay attention to travel alerts like yours. Your experience make us all a little wiser. Thanks so much for posting.
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    We were there the other day staying in the same area. We had a Kyss bag and a pac safe but there was still always someone there. We decided we don’t like it there any more.

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    Sad to hear it. Aruba is not immune to petty theft unfortunately. When we go to the beach we usually just take the essentials and leave everything else in the car. Petty theft can happen anywhere.

    Also, good job on going to the police! Most people wouldn't, but those facts and figures can help improve regulation. If they see its a recurring problem, they might send notices out for tour operators and/or increase police presence in the area to deter these people from stealing again. Not reporting it means they can basically keep doing it without repercussions.
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