Beaches are not all created equal. Some offer beautiful white-sand and others offer epic surfing. However, there is only one beach in the world that has flamingos. We’ve been to hundreds of beaches on six of the seven continents. The one beach we keep returning to is Flamingo Beach on the idyllic island of Aruba. Located on a private island owned by The Renaissance Hotel, this beach offers the most unique beach experience in the world. Take advantage of our experiences and use our Flamingo Beach travel guide to plan your trip!
Flamingo Beach Location
Flamingo Beach is located on a private island owned by the Renaissance Hotel. It is on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba. The Renaissance Aruba is located in Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad. The Renaissance Aruba’s private island is a five to ten minute boat ride from the hotel.
How to Get to Flamingo Beach Aruba
Flamingo Beach is one of Aruba’s most popular attractions but the beach is regulated. To access the beach, you either have to be a guest at the Renaissance Aruba (~$200/night) or if the hotel is not at capacity, you can buy a coveted day pass. There are a limited number of day passes so if you’re not staying at the Renaissance Aruba, we highly recommend booking your reservation well in advance. A day pass costs $99/person and it includes lunch, a drink, and transportation to and from the island.
Flamingo Beach is open from 7 am to 7 pm daily. To access the beach, you have to take a ferry that departs from the lobby of the Renaissance Aruba. This ferry leaves every fifteen minutes so you’ll never wait too long to access the flamingos.
Taking Pics with Flamingos
You’ll be greeted by picturesque pink flamingos standing in crystal clear Caribbean waters. Have your cameras ready because this is one of the most exceptional experiences in the world. The flamingos are more friendly if you approach them with food. Me and the flamingos have that in common! In order to feed the flamingos, you need to bring U.S. quarters with you. You can purchase flamingo food out of a gumball machine on the beach. Place the food in your hand with your palm flat and join the flamingos in the water. Finally, have a camera or phone ready for some amazing photos!
Every visitor will have access to a lounge chair, but there are also prized hammocks scattered throughout the beach. For a truly exceptional experience, inquire about renting an overwater cabana!
Flamingo Beach shares the island with Iguana Beach. The Renaissance Aruba owns both beaches. Flamingo Beach is an adults-only beach while Iguana Beach is a family friendly beach. Children are allowed to visit Flamingo Beach from the hours of 9 am to 10 am.
While the flamingos are the main attraction, Flamingo Island also has plenty of other activities. Visitors can swim in pristine waters, relax on hammocks, and eat and drink at the Mangrove Beach Bar.
Overall, a visit to Aruba wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Flamingo Beach at the Renaissance Aruba. Have you been to this unbelievable beach? Tell us about your experience below in the comments!
Collette Stohler, thanks! And thanks for sharing your great posts every week!
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I’ve been to Aruba but never to Flamingo Beach. Though after watching your video I want to go!! I just wish the day passes were a bit cheaper.
Thanks for sharing your adventures!
It is a bummer that the passes are so expensive, but they do include a drink and food! Also, keep an eye out for great deals at the Renaissance. As a Renaissance guest, you have free access to Flamingo Beach.
thanks for your amazing post on Aruba. Must say the Flamingo Beach, which we missed, looks like an amazing spot to hang out.
Love the photos, great job!
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There are a limited number of day passes so if you’re not staying at the Renaissance Aruba, we highly recommend booking your reservation well in advance. A day pass costs $99/person and it includes lunch, a drink, and transportation to and from the island.
Your beach photos are awesome! They really add a lot to your article. Do you use a high end camera to get such great shots?