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Renaissance Aruba Private Island Tips

Pink flamingo
Renaissance island is know for its pink flamingos. Credit: Pixabay license
The Renaissance Aruba Private Island is an accurate name for one of the best tourist attractions in Aruba.

It is the only private beach around Aruba, and it is owned by the Renaissance Marriott hotel chain.

Vacationers who stay at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, 82 L.G. Smith Boulevard, can take a free eight-minute boat ride from their hotel to the island. Boats come and go every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The resort has one of the more interesting ways of getting there. Guests can jump into a boat right in the indoor hotel lobby, go through a tunnel under L.G. Smith Boulevard and out to the island.

Island Attractions


The 40-acre island has two quiet coves with white sand beaches and seawalls that ensure calm waters. It also has a spa, water sports, beach tennis and well-stocked fitness facility. I used the fitness room and was the only person there.

One of the coves known as Flamingo Beach is adults only. Note that some adults go topless. The other cove, known as Iguana Beach, caters to families.

Flamingo Beach is an accurate name. It is known for the pink flamingos that wander among the guests. They often walk within a few feet of them looking for food. Guests should avoid feeding them directly.

Coral Beach is a third attraction that is used mainly for weddings.

The recreation center has snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing cruises for sale. Floats, ocean kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent.

Private cabanas are available at $300 per day. “The cabana comes with 2 bottles of Voss still water, 2 bottles of Voss sparkling water, a bottle of sparkling wine, refreshing food amenity, personalized cabana butler service, towels, 2 water floats and 2 full face-snorkeling masks," Marriott says.

Unfortunately for other Aruba visitors, Marriott no longer sells guest passes to the island for people who don't stay at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. The company now uses the island as a selling tool to attract guests to the hotel. At the time of this writing, it isn't even available to guests at the other two Marriott properties on Aruba, which have their own beaches.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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March 23, 2020
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