A small enclave between Oranjestad and Palm Beach, Manchebo lets sailors dock in relative peace while being very close to all the action Aruba has to offer. Tourist already on the island will likely find a few excursions leaving from the area, especially from the handful of beach resorts that line the coast.
Not everyone who wants to get out on the water will have the skill-set to so it on their own. Fortunately, there are plenty of local sailors and companies that offer day sails or various excursions that find their guests out at sea such as diving, snorkeling, and fishing. You'll never have to worry that you won't be able to see the sea when you're vacationing in Manchebo since sailing is such a popular pastime.
If you are just wanting to spend some time on the water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. Wondering what's included and how long a trip lasts? Take a look at the listing that follows for information on area day sailing companies.
|De Palm Tours||(297) 522-4400||142 LG Smith Boulevad - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|The Tranquilo||(297) 594-2173||Renaissance Marina - Downtown Oranjestad|
|Wave Dancer||(297) 582-5520||Ponton 90 - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
If you are evaluating the option of renting a boat, you can contact one of these area firms:
|(297) 586-6938||Salinja Cerca 25 A - Macurima|
|(297) 584-3987||Pastoor Hendrikstraat 91 - San Nicolas|
|(297) 586-6560||Noord 128 P - Sabana Lider|
...numerous marinas and anchorages...
Many tourists arrive in Manchebo aboard their own water craft, one they have chartered and sailed themselves from the southern U.S. State of Florida. Aruba is welcoming to yachters, and there are numerous marinas and anchorages where they can dock – after going through the legal process of gaining clearance and legal entry the country.
The process begins by flying your yellow quarantine flag as you approach Aruba's waters, and put in a call over the VHF radio to channel 16/11 where you will reach the Aruba Port Authority. They will direct you to Oranjestad, which is the official port of entry for all watercraft on the island. Here, you will dock your boat and head first to the on-site Immigration building to have your immigration form stamped, before going to customs to be officially cleared. Make note that while you've got your boat docked at Barcadera, you will be charged $10(USD) per hour during the week and $20(USD) per hour on the weekend. Once you've been cleared, you'll be free to sail on to Manchebo. Check the chart below for listings of marinas in the area.in
Evaluating the option of visiting Manchebo using a vessel you own, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? Take a look at the table that follows to get information concerning nearby marinas.
|--||The vicinity of Palm Beach|
|(297) 583-6000||Downtown Oranjestad|
If you'll be sailing in Aruba, it is important to be aware of the difficulties you may face, including heavy trade winds, shallow waters near the coast, and flourishing coral reef systems. Keep these things in mind and you're sure to do just fine sailing to this destination.
|Eagle Beach - Eagle Beach||12.55218136||-70.0587415695|
|0.7 mi. (1.1 km) South-Southwest of Oranjestad||12.5082745518||-70.0315547016|
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