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Imagine lounging on a beach chair on a white sandy beach, refreshing drink in your hand. A cool breeze blows the leaves of a palm tree. In front of you, in the clear blue water, flamingos frolic. That is the magic of Flamingo Beach. While Aruba enjoys many beautiful beaches, Flamingo Beach is a splurge to make your trip memorable.
Ever since we decided to vacation in Aruba, I knew that I had to see two things: Flamingo Beach and the Natural Pool. I scoured every blog I could find. Although I really wanted to go, the price of admission was pricier than what The Common Traveler usually does on vacation and there was a chance we couldn’t even get an admission ticket. I’m changing that for you – read on to find out the NO-FAIL TIP on how to guarantee admission!
The Renaissance hotel owns a private island featuring two beaches: Flamingo Beach and Iguana Beach. Flamingo Beach is for adults only, while Iguana Beach is for all ages. You can only get to this island by taking a short boat ride from the Renaissance hotels – either from inside the lobby of the Renaissance Marina hotel or at a dock at the Renaissance Oceanside hotel.
Getting to Flamingo Beach in Aruba:
Flamingo Beach and Iguana Beach are reserved for the enjoyment of Renaissance hotels guests. The Renaissance Marina is an adult only resort. Across the street, the Renaissance Oceanside accepts families. If you are not a guest of one of the hotels, you will need to purchase a day pass. A day pass is $99. The catch is, hotel guests have priority access so a limited number of tickets may be sold on a given day to non-guests. Tickets go on sale at 7am. IF they are even available, they sell out fast, so come early!
While checking in around 11:30am, a family next to us tried to purchase tickets. The front desk person informed them they had been sold out shortly after 7:00 am. The father explained that they had just gotten off the cruise. Unfortunately for that family, when the tickets are gone, they are gone. They ended up walking away, looking sad. While there are many beautiful beaches in Aruba, none of the others have flamingos and you’ll have to make last minute plans for how to spend the day.
What comes with your Admission to Flamingo Beach in Aruba:
Each beach provides lounge chairs for your enjoyment. There are even a few swings or three person loungers available. Each resort guest can also pick up a towel upon arrival. This is all the admission entitles you to receive. Floats, snorkeling equipment and kayaks rentals may be rented for an additional fee. The background of the photo of me with the three flamingos at the top of this post shows a float and cabanas available for rent (and shade!).
If you would like to feed the flamingos (one of the more popular photo ops), make sure you bring some US quarters with you. You can buy food from a machine that only takes quarters (similar to what you find at zoos). Keep in mind that the later you go, the more food they’ve been fed and the less likely they are to want more from you.
These birds are not at all shy and are used to all the fanfare and attention. If you get too close to one, they will let you know by squawking until you back off! And then they and their buddies will walk away from you and you’ll be persona non grata!
There is very little shade out on Flamingo Beach, with slightly more shade on Iguana Beach, so make sure you pack your sunscreen!
Food and drinks at Flamingo Beach in Aruba
Order a refreshing drink from the bar or place an order from the menu. The couple next to me on the beach ordered a full pizza that came in a box (just like a delivery!). I didn’t see others eating on the beach, but that may be due to the intruders that approach you while you’re trying to enjoy some food. A full service restaurant on Iguana Beach serves food for both beaches. If enjoying a romantic sunset dinner on Flamingo Beach is part of your plan, make reservations ahead of time. We did not partake in that luxury.
Flamingo Beach in Aruba is an Adult-Only Beach
There are absolutely NO children on Flamingo Beach. This means no babies or teenagers either. The regulation protects the flamingos from children who may not follow the no touching rules. If you choose to go with children, realize that you will need to leave them on Iguana Beach if you want to visit Flamingo Beach. Because who doesn’t want a photo op with the flamingos?
As an adults-only beach, guests are free to go topless or even nude. If you don’t want exposure to either of these things, reconsider the visit or plan on mostly enjoying Iguana Beach. We saw no one nude, but other guests told us that they had on prior occasions had a surprising experience while snorkeling!
HOT TIP – Book a Hotel Room!
My tip to visit Flamingo Beach in Aruba? Book a room – it doesn’t matter if you are staying at a different resort, staying with family or at a B&B, or enjoying a day’s excursion on a cruise. It will likely be equal to or cheaper than buying a day pass, especially for a family. And you won’t risk getting turned away because the beach is too crowded! As a member of Marriott Rewards we received a 10% discount on the price of the room and an upgrade – sign up for those free memberships!
Another advantage of booking a room is that you have access to the beach starting at 7am on the day that you check in until 7pm on the day that you check out. Even if your room is not ready when you check in, you can leave your luggage with the concierge until you return from the beach. The same thing happens on your day of check out – the concierge will hold your luggage.
Are you visiting Aruba on a cruise? The same tip applies to you – if you reserve a room, you can access Flamingo Beach when you check-in, no matter when your ship docks. Don’t lose face in front of your family by risking that passes for the day are sold out.
Even though we travel affordably, we kept our room at the Manchebo Beach Resort while staying one night away at the Renaissance. I recommend planning your visit to Flamingo Beach either at the beginning or end of your trip to avoid paying for two hotel rooms at once.
Flamingo Beach in Aurba is worth the visit!
Would I spend this kind of money again? Absolutely! Visiting Flamingo Beach was even better than I expected. The beach was crowded but clean and beautiful, plus you can’t compete with flamingos!
Annick, The Common Traveler