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Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Postby presserffg » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:30 am

While beaches are what the majority of tourists come to Aruba, the island has way more to offer. Aruba is also home to colorful flora & fauna, mysterious caves, a diverse landscape & rich history.

Fortunately for me, because I was staying at the Renaissance Hotel I experience Aruba thanks to the Global Day of Discovery. Every year in May, each Renaissance property arranges a special activity for all their guests to experience ‘business unusual’ trips. This past year Renaissance Aruba took me to Arikok National Park for a morning hike, followed by a delicious local breakfast.

This massive park is 21 square miles, about 18% of the island. Arikok is full of cacti on rough terrain and it’s home to Aruban rattlesnakes, parakeets, whiptail lizards, iguanas, goats, donkeys & migratory birds.

Arikok also gives you a chance to see the island’s earliest inhabitants’ marks left in the Fontein and Gaudirikiri caves. The drawings are at least 1000 years old and some say they resemble an image of Madonna.

A typical hike there lasts for around 2 hours, but I’d say it’s easy enough for everyone. At the end of the hike, you can also see a replica of a traditional Aruban house, as the original has been destroyed by a hurricane.The capital of the Dutch Aruba obviously has a Dutch name. You might fall in love with Oranjestad if you like colorful houses and Creole cuisine. It’s a nice place to have a stroll in the afternoon.An actual press release about it is coming out soon. Yes, there were a lot of articles recently saying that the flamingos are maltreated, and as I said some even misquoted me about it and the rest just reprinted it (because no journalist will actually check facts with sources these days). These articles were based on assumptions and they even said it themselves unfortunately.
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Re: Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Postby graduateduser » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:19 am

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The island is open from 7 am to 6 pm, but once a week you can also have a romantic dinner starting at 7 pm. You can pre-book the dinner at the reception. And trust me, it’s worth it. Even if you’re not a couple you’re going to have a great time.

There is a small vending machine that sells food for the flamingos. The machine takes only US quarters. It’s much easier to tempt the flamingos with food on your hand, but if you arrive too late, they might simply ignore you. In the end, they’re still wild animals that do their own thing as they please. So don’t be disappointed if your pink friends walk away instead of posing for you.

Recently every news site has featured my photo with the flamingos, misquoting me and basing entire articles on assumptions that the flamingos are kept captive on the island and die of malnutrition. I wanted to set the record straight. Flamingos living on the Renaissance Private Island came there on their on 15 years ago. One flamingo actually left the island and one died because of his age. The current inhabitants aren’t in captivity. They also live in their natural environment – the mangroves. In fact, last year there were more flamingos on the island because some others came to visit and stayed for some time.
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Re: Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Postby roomftrhaver » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:23 am

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Yes, you read that correctly, Flamingo beach is a real thing! I don’t know about you, but pink flamingos have always fascinated me. When I heard about this place and saw pictures, I immediately added it to my bucket list. I mean, who wouldn’t want to relax on a dreamy Caribbean beach while pink flamingos wander around? If you’re interested in experiencing Flamingo Beach, then keep reading because I’m going to tell you everything you need to know in order to visit this beautiful destination.

You can’t find beautiful, pink flamingos on just any old beach. The one and only flamingo beach is located in Oranjestad, Aruba on the private island of the Renaissance Resort & Casino Hotel. The island boasts two private beaches. Flamingo beach, which caters towards adults only while the other, Iguana beach, is perfect for families. If you’re an adult you can visit both sides of the island, however children must remain in Iguana beach only. I am assuming the reason is to prevent any issues between these pink feathered creatures and small, grabby hands.
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Re: Flamingo Beach in Aruba

Postby presserffg » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:20 am

Ever since we decided to vacation in Aruba, I knew that I had to see two things: Flamingo Beach and the Natural Pool (look for a separate blog on that soon!). 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. Flamingo Beach

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