How To See Flamingos In Aruba
These insta-famous pink flamingos need no introduction.
You've mostly likely stopped scrolling when these majestic birds have popped up on your Instagram feed and thought, "I am definitely adding this to my bucket list".
Well friend, we're here to tell you exactly how you can make that wanderlust dream come true!
WHERE ARE THE FLAMINGOS:
It may come as a surprise that flamingos don’t roam in the wild throughout Aruba. The pink flamingos reside on Flamingo Beach, a private island owned by the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino.
HOW TO GET THERE:
There are two options to visit Flamingo Beach: stay at the hotel or purchase a day pass.
If you choose to stay at the Renaissance, you can visit the beach as much as you want for free.
If you choose to buy a day pass, the price is $125 per person and includes lunch and a drink.
Day passes are not guaranteed. They go on sale at 7am the previous day and typically sell out in a matter of minutes.
As the private island is not connected to the mainland, you will need to arrive by water taxi... Cue your James Bond moment!
A speedboat collects you from the reception of the Renaissance and whisks you away to their private island. In a matter of minutes you will arrive to a little slice of paradise.
Boats run every 15 minutes from 7am until 6.45pm.
Take the first boat ride of the day at 7am if you want a chance to get some epic shots with your new feathery friends without other people in the background.
This was the number one attraction we wanted to see when we landed on One Happy Island and thankfully we booked a night in the Renaissance ahead of time to secure our chance of frolicking with the flamingos.
Let me tell you, this did not disappoint!
It was everything we dreamed of and more.
TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN:
Flamingo Beach is adults only although they do allow children to come for one hour early in the morning between 9 - 10am to meet and greet the flamingos. Children must be supervised at all times during their visit to Flamingo Beach. However they do have Iguana Beach which is located on the other side of the island and is family friendly where children are welcome to stay and play.
There are a total of 15 cabanas available, which are divided between the two island beaches. Remember that the cabanas on Flamingo Beach are for adults only. Our girls are almost adults and were allowed to stay on Flamingo Beach. The price per day for a cabana starts at $370 and you can make your reservation at https://renaissancearuba.ipoolside.com/. Cabana 4001 on Iguana Beach even has a waterslide!
In order to rent a private cabana you have to be a resident/guest at the Renaissance and you must reserve a cabana in advance via the hotel due to limited availability.
A bottle of sparkling wine, Voss still and sparkling water, towels, floats, snorkel masks, a refreshing snack platter and butler service are all included in the cabana rental price.
FUN FLAMINGO FACTS:
They are given shrimp as a treat to maintain their pink colour.
Fully grown flamingos stand between 4 and 5 feet tall.
A vet comes in on a regular basis to check their health.
Flamingos are monogamous by nature, and only lay around one egg per year.
They are people friendly.
A flock of flamingos is called a stand or a flamboyance.
Hang out quietly in the water and they will come to you.
You can purchase flamingo food on the island for $.25. So make sure to bring US quarters for the food dispenser.
We highly recommend hiring a local photographer to take some pro shots whilst on the island. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it would be such a shame to miss out on capturing the moment while truly enjoying the experience and not having to worry about taking your own snapshots.
We contacted the wonderfully talented Edrick Krozendijk. He is a young content creator, photographer and videographer, born and raised on One Happy Island. He was a joy to work with, made us all feel at ease in front of the camera and knew all the best spots on the island to take photos. We will treasure these vacation memories forever.
If you would like to hire Edrick when you visit Aruba you can contact him via his website here: www.edrxck.com Make sure to contact the hotel to get permission to bring a professional photographer to Flamingo Island.
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