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It’s on the south shore, before San Nicolas. Coming from town (Oranjestad), when you see Drive Inn you'll find yourself encountering a stop light and on the first turn you get go right, you go straight down, then you find the Tkruising and go left. Keep on riding on that street till the fourth right turn, and turn in the fourth one. Then you just keep going in the south direction till you reach the sea. On a good day you can see it breaking outside the Mangel Halto beach. Then you search the mangels, park your car there and walk through the mangel, then you find a part in the mangel where you can go straight or right, turn right and at the end you find my sanctuary: Boa Baranca........... :D
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Private access
Alternative name Mangel Halto
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionSouthEast
Good wind directionNorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Shark protected
Tip : if you don't see white-water outside Mangel Halto there's no waves. In that case keep on going straight and find your way to Dos Playa.
Well this spot is not very known in Aruba, it's like abandoned. It's really a good spot to sit down and just chill watching the waves break. Riding a wave there big or small can bring this scary feeling in you. It’s because 1.5 meter beneath you there is some sharp coral and rocks so you don't want to bail. But still for those scary fun happy and crazy seconds it feels great, a feeling that I only get by riding Boa Baranca.
Like everybody in Aruba says, if you go to Aruba you have to ride Dos playa, but they don't realise that the waves at Boa Baranca are perfect (in my point of view) on a good day. The only problem is that it doesn't break that often, but when it happens it really happens. It’s like a sleeping giant, when it's really big it brings up some great pipes.
By Alpajoda@hotmail.com , 12-06-2007
locual Boa Baranca DKer haha Lolz SSR Allan - This is my home break and the reef is getting better atlas it's fixing the destruction off horacane Lenny. In 2006 is was on like 10 times in the year that's allot for this spot and now in 2007 it's already on like 15 times so it's getting better and the surf is getting longer and it started to pitch in some barrel's to i caught my first drop knee barrel here to day. yea I'll try getting more pics to put on the site. And the swell from this week is looking good so if you get the chance drop by this friday :P
By Allan , 13-03-2007
waw legend off boa baranca is true - man i heard allot of storry's of this place how good it was hoe you could ride perfect hollow barrell's but i never expierienced it i waited a year for this 2 happen but it did it was just crazy man 4 poeple in the watter no sun almost no wind big swell shallow reef a meter or 2 benth you what else can you ask for man couldn't yake no picture do but i have some from the first but not the epic big day man but back 2 the story it was just perfect man i remebering seeing 2 mter hi waves man breaking remebering paddleing and seeing a good locked in a barrell i coat few good one 2 but that wave was the one that i couldn't get out my head it was aswome dark blue big and 2 top it off i little off shore blow it was a pretty big wave he charged i'm like he's not gonna make it but he made the drop full pulled in a sick barrell and he came out 2 wave of the day
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