The Caribbean island of Aruba is famous all over the world for its white sandy beaches and azure waters. Located around 29 kilometers off the northern coast of Venezuela, Aruba is often clubbed with the islands of Bonaire and Curacao to be known as the ABC islands. Aruba has been the favorite travel destination for beach bums for decades, and offers some of the most beautiful seascapes in the world, along with opportunities to dive and snorkel among some of the most exotic sea species. Aruba is also blessed with a diverse ecosystem which includes mangroves, beaches and cactus strewn landscape that fosters a wide variety of animal and plant life.
One such spot is the Flamingo beach, which as its name suggests is famous for its resident flamingo population. The Flamingo beach is one of the only two privately owned beaches in Aruba - the other being Iguana beach. Both these islands are the property of the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino which is located on the Renaissance Island, a ten minute boat ride from the main island of Aruba. Here is some more information that you will find useful while planning your trip to visit the Flamingos in Aruba.
Aruba is actually a constituent country of the Kingdom of Netherlands, being a part of what is known as the Dutch Caribbean along with other islands such as Curacao and Sint Maarten. Its capital city is Oranjestad, which is also the first spot most travellers fly to before going further to explore the island.
Aruba has a long and interesting history which includes inhabitation by the Caquietio Amerindians, colonization first by Spain, briefly Great Britain and then the Netherlands. As a result, the culture of Aruba has become a mix of all these influences with a Caribbean twist.
Flamingoes on the Flamingo Beach in Aruba. Photo by Donald
Aruba is around 32 kilometers long and measures 10 km across its widest point. It has semi-tropical semi-arid climate which stays in the high 20 degree Celsius throughout the year. The island lies outside Hurricane Alley, which marks it safe from the yearly onslaught of Caribbean hurricanes. Aruba earns more than three quarters of its Gross National Product through tourism and other related activities. The local currency is florins, but dollars are accepted in many places.
The Flamingo beach is located on the Renaissance Private Island, just off the coast of mainland Aruba. The island itself is owned by the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino. The tiny strip of the island is only a ten minute boat ride away from the main island of Aruba, but entry is restricted by the hotel. It is important to note that flamingos are not native to Renaissance island or Aruba. They were brought on the island by the Renaissance resort and have settled there for the past fifteen years. Apart from the Flamingo beach, the island also has an Iguana beach which fosters a slaughter of iguanas.
The Renaissance resort restricts entry into the private island. As a result, the only way to get to the Flamingo beach is by booking a room at the resort. Day passes are also available for travellers who aren’t patrons of the hotel, but only in case the hotel itself is not fully booked. The day passes cost $100 and include complimentary drinks and a meal. Once you get a pass, you will be ferried into the island by the hotel boat. From here you can access the Flamingo beach.
The Flamingo beach is an adults-only beach and children are not allowed on the premises. This is so as not to disturb the flamingo population residing on the beach. Topless sunbathing is also possible on the beach but nudity is not allowed. Towels, hammocks, recliners and umbrellas are available for the hotel patrons, along with food and drink, courtesy the Papagayo Bar & Grill and the Mangrove Beach Bar. The beach is open everyday from 7 am to 7 pm.
Friendly Flamingoes on the Flamingo Beach in Aruba. Photo by Bob
The flamingos themselves are quite friendly and it is possible to go up close and observe them. Viral instagram posts with guests taking selfies with the flamingos have made the beach even more popular.
The beach itself is kept extremely quiet, serene and peaceful. It is perfect for a couple’s hideout, with minimal disturbances and ample privacy.
Nearly 20% of Aruba is a designated national park which hosts a huge range of animal and plant life. These include the Aruban whiptailed lizard, Aruban cat eye snake and the extremely endangered rattlesnake. There are also many caves, beaches and natural pools that demand exploration within the park premises.
The town of Oranjestad is unique in terms of its beautiful Dutch colonial architecture and colorful buildings. Its also a paradise for someone who is a fan of creole cuisine.
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