Everything you need to know to get to Flamingo Beach in Aruba:
There are only two ways you can reach this incredible beach in the Caribbean.
Flamingo Beach Aruba is on a private island owned by the Renaissance Aruba.
Which means you can either
A) Stay at the Renaissance Marina Hotel or their sister property across the street at the Renaissance Ocean Suites. The boat ride with unlimited access to Flamingo and Iguana Beach would be included at no extra cost to hotel guests.
B) Purchasing a day pass which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Availability for day passes depends on the occupancy level of the hotel. Click here for Renaissance Island Flamingo Beach Day Pass availability. The ticket is $125 per person (non-guest).
If you are purchasing more than one day pass or for more than 1 person than it may make more sense to purchase at least one night stay at one of the Renaissance properties in Aruba!
Keep reading for how to get the most out of Flamingo Beach at Renaissance Private Island
3 Boat Departure Locations:
- Renaissance Marina Hotel right in front of Starbucks facing the Lobby/Ocean. (During High Tide only)
- Lucy’s Restaurant- directly across the street from the Renaissance Marina. Cross over the bridge and keep walking to the port. There will be a sign on your left and seating to wait for your boat on the right in a covered tiki hut. (Take during Low tide)
- Renaissance Ocean suites pick up in further down in the Marina.
Boats start at 7 am and go until 6:45 pm. They advertise that they leave about every 15 minutes but sometimes the wait can be a bit shorter or possibly longer. Depending on the time of day. You show your room key to get on the boat transfer to the private island.
Insider tips for Flamingo Beach Aruba
- Bring Quarters- for the bird feeder. I heard you can get change through the bar, BUT the bar was not opened when we were there in the evening or early morning. The Flamingos will come to you with bird feed in your hands. PLEASE DO NOT CHASE THEM. It’s not cool, they are very gentle and sweet creatures, please be respectful.
- Towels are provided for you next to the gift shop on your way to Iguana Beach (family beach).
- Children are only allowed to visit the “Adults Only” Flamingo Beach from 9 am to 10 am supervised. Although I did see kids there at other times but always with their parents.
- The super photogenic “over the water cabanas” will run you about $300 U.S. and include service and other goodies. Prices from when we traveled in February 2020.
- Lounges on the beach are free
- Food and Drink available for purchase at the beach bars
- Sunset Dinner available on Wednesday for an extra fee on Wednesdays
- There is a Nature Walk on the island
- BEST TIME FOR PHOTOS = Sunrise- it is less busy before 10 am, which means you could have the beach practically to yourself. Although sunset is gorgeous there will be a much larger crowd at that time.
Click here for Instagram Stories traveling to Flamingo Beach and more information about the experience. Including videos of the island, boat transfers, and flamingo beach at sunset and sunrise.
We did not spend any time on Iguana Beach but we did walk over from Flamingo Beach just to check it out.
About a 5 minute walk.
We only saw 1 Iguana there at the time. So if you are thinking this is like the Iguana Beach in the Bahamas you may be in for a letdown.
I believe there are many more iguanas there than we happened to see but we both agreed we would rather stay at Flamingo Beach for our time on the Private Island experience in Aruba.
Renaissance Marina Hotel vs. Ocean Suites
We opted to stay at the Renaissance Marina Hotel because it was “Adults Only” luxury and on the trendy side vs. the Ocean Club which is geared more towards families.
Location of Renaissance Aruba Marina Hotel
Located downtown right in the heart of Oranjestad which was ideal for us to spend our first few days. Yummy restaurants, bars, and colorful picture taking all within walking distance.