Have you seen the famous flamingos on Instagram and now you’re considering heading to Aruba to experience it for yourself? The place to go to see the flamingos is the Renaissance Resort in Oranjestad (a privately owned Island) in Aruba.
The island of Aruba is 21 miles (33 km) long, 6 miles (9 km) wide and has an area of about 75 square miles (193 square km). Aruba is mainly flat with a few hills and is renowned for its white sandy beaches. Here’s how to visit Aruba’s famous flamingo beach!
Things to know about Flamingo Beach in Aruba
- Flamingo Beach is located in Aruba, an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- Aruba has a population of approximately 104,000 inhabitants.
- The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, but English and Spanish are also very widely spoken.
- If you’re not a citizen of USA or EU, you need a Schengen Visa to visit. Learn more.
- The Flamingo Beach is located in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital named after the Dutch Royal House of Orange.
- The Flamingo beach is an adults-only beach and children are not allowed on the premises.
- Towels, hammocks, recliners and umbrellas are available for free for guests.
- Day passes for non-hotel guests are available HERE and included complimentary drinks and a meal.
- The island has two restaurants: Papagayo Bar & Grill and the Mangrove Beach Bar.
- The beach is open everyday from 7 am to 7 pm.
- September-November is the low season in Aruba, so accommodations and activities are more affordable .
How to get to Aruba
Book a flight to Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad (IATA Code: AUA), where it’s easy to reach the island’s main tourist and hotel districts. From the airport you can take a taxi, rent a car from one of the major car rentals or make use of the excellent public bus service – a viable low-cost option if you are staying in downtown Oranjestad or in one of the major hotel districts.
Where is Flamingo Beach and how do I get there?
Just 4KM’s from the airport, you’ll find Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, home to a private island named Renaissance Island also known as Flamingo Beach. The beach is only reachable by private boat or ferries, that are operated by the Renaissance Hotel and leave every 15 minutes. The beach is accessible to Renaissance Aruba resort guests for free and non-guests have to purchase a day pass for $125 (USD). The property has a limited number of tickets for non-guests, so it’s recommended that you purchase a ticket a day in advance HERE.
Example: if you want to visit on the 19th of December, you can only purchase a day pass on the 18th of December after 7 AM. Tickets sell out fast and the resort doesn’t allow you to purchase for more than 1 day in advance.
Is Bird Photography Ethical
These exotic birds populate Renaissance Island but never migrate like other birds do. This has led to people believing that the flamingos have had their wings clipped, which was never confirmed by Renaissance Resort & Casino. However, the Resort claims that they came to the island on their own over 15 years ago and live there in mangroves – their natural environment.
How to take pictures with flamingos
Beach goers are allowed to take pictures with the flamingos on Renaissance Island. All you have to do is walk up to them and pose for a picture, if they walk away or ignore you don’t try and force them by pulling them. I wouldn’t recommend getting too close as they are wild birds and anything can happen. However, I’d recommend buying food for the flamingos from the vending machines. The machine takes only US quarters, so be prepared.
What else is there to do on Renaissance Island?
While Aruba is a popular honeymoon destination, there are many fun activities to do other than going to beach, like these 10 fun things to in Aruba.
How to stay safe in Aruba
Get travel insurance. Anything can happen anywhere and you don’t want to be stuck in a bad situation or having to pay a ton of out-of-pocket expenses. Whether for a potential accident, sudden illness, or unforeseen travel cancellation – I always choose World Nomads, because you can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.