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Flamingos have been living in Aruba for years. Approximately 15 years ago a flamboyance of flamingos (it’s really called like that) made their home on the Renaissance Private Island, living on the beach and mingling with visitors.. It wasn’t until around 3 years ago when the island became popular and its pink inhabitants started rocking Instagram. So here’s how to visit the flamingo beach in Aruba.
How to Visit Flamingo Beach in Aruba on the Renaissance Island
Let’s make something very clear to avoid disappointments. If you’re coming to Aruba for the flamingos remember that t’s not like you step your foot on the island and you can see flamingos everywhere. The flamingos you keep seeing on Instagram aren’t actually an attraction open to public and if you want to see them, you need to plan ahead.
Day Pass for the Renaissance Island
The place you want to see the famous flamingos is the Renaissance Island, a privately owned island by Renaissance Aruba Resort in Oranjestad. Guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort have free access to the island, but you can buy a day pass for $100 and visit the island as a non-guest.
However, I don’t actually recommend counting on getting the day pass. You can’t pre-book day passes and you need to come to the reception in the morning to find out about availability. Renaissance Hotel doesn’t always sell the passes in order not to make the island too overcrowded. So if the hotel is fully booked, non-guests aren’t able to buy the passes.
This is why if you care to see the flamingo beach, spend at least one night of your stay at the Renaissance Resort & Casino, to avoid disappointments.
Are kids allowed on the island?
While kids are allowed to come to the island, unfortunately they aren’t allowed at the Flamingo Beach. The hotel wanted to minimize the disturbance of the flamingo population. What makes the beach a perfect spot for couples and those who enjoy quiet spaces.
How to get to the flamingos in Aruba
The only way to get to the Renaissance Island is by boat. The boat leaves from the lobby of the hotel every 15 minutes, so it’s impossible not to spot it.
What to do at the flamingo beach?
Apart from watching the playful flamingos, you can enjoy the beach for an entire day. Flamingo Beach is a full-service beach (with chairs, towels, bar, restaurant, bathrooms etc). You can pay for everything in both Dollars and local currency – Florin.
Opening hours of the Renaissance Private Island
The island is open from 7 am to 6 pm, but once a week you can also have a romantic dinner starting at 7 pm. You can pre-book the dinner at the reception. And trust me, it’s worth it. Even if you’re not a couple you’re going to have a great time.
There is a small vending machine that sells food for the flamingos. The machine takes only US quarters. It’s much easier to tempt the flamingos with food on your hand, but if you arrive too late, they might simply ignore you. In the end they’re still wild animals that do their own thing as they please. So don’t be disappointed if your pink friends walk away instead of posing for you 🙂
Disclaimer: Recently every news site have featured my photo with the flamingos, misquoting me and basing entire articles on assumptions that the flamingos are kept captive on the island and die of malnutrition. I wanted to set the record straight. Flamingos living on the Renaissance Private Island came there on their on 15 years ago. One flamingo actually left the island and one died because of his age. The current inhabitants aren’t in captivity. The also live in the their natural environment – the mangroves. In fact, last year there were more flamingos on the island, because some others came to visit and stayed for some time.
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What else is there to do and see in Aruba?
Arikok National Park – Global Day of Discovery at Renaissance Hotels
While beaches are what the majority of tourists come to Aruba, the island has way more to offer. Aruba is also home to colorful flora & fauna, mysterious caves, a diverse landscape & rich history.
Fortunately for me, because I was staying at the Renaissance Hotel I experience of Aruba thanks to the Global Day of Discovery. Every year in May, each Renaissance property arranges a special activity for all their guests to experience ‘business unusual’ trips. This past year Renaissance Aruba took me to Arikok National Park for a morning hike, followed by a delicious local breakfast.
This massive park is 21 square miles, about 18% of the island. Arikok is full of cacti on rough terrain and it’s home to Aruban rattlesnakes, parakeets, whiptail lizards, iguanas, goats, donkeys & migratory birds.
Arikok also gives you a chance to see the island’s earliest inhabitants’ marks left in the Fontein and Gaudirikiri caves. The drawings are at least 1000 years old and some say they resemble an image of Madonna.
A typical hike there lasts for around 2 hours, but I’d say it’s easy enough for everyone. At the end of the hike you can also see a replica of a traditional Aruban house, as the original has been destroyed by a hurricane.
The capital of the Dutch Aruba obviously has a Dutch name. You might fall in love with Oranjestad if you like colorful houses and Creole cuisine. It’s a nice place to have a stroll in the afternoon.
Have you been to Aruba? Do you have any questions? Let me know!