Forget Disney... Renaissance Aruba's Private Island is THE most magical place on earth!
This 40-acre tropical paradise is truly paradise. These are the only private beaches on Aruba, and they are only accessible to guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino. No worries if you are not staying at the hotel. Day passes are available! While they are pricey ($99), the way I look at it, if you would spend $100 + on a massage or a round of golf, then $100 to relax on a secluded beach surrounded by wildlife is well worth it!
The island is about a 10 minute complimentary water taxi from the main hotel in Oranjestad. When you arrive on the island, you are not only greeted by a smiling face welcoming you to the island but also by giant iguanas!
There are two beaches, one for families and one for adults only. The family beach (a.k.a Iguana Beach) has a restaurant and a Red Sail sports facility right on the beach where paddle boards and beach toys are available for rent.
The swimming area is a sheltered cove which protects the beach from the open seas. The water is crystal clear blue and the sand feels like you are walking on cotton!
The other beach is Flamingo beach where 6 flamingos frolic in the water. You can have a flamingo literally eating out of the palm of your hand! If you are looking for a more "party" atmosphere, Flamingo beach is for you! There's a bar and a DJ and they do allow topless sunbathing (I didn't do that but my teenage son enjoyed the view ...insert eye roll here!)
There is so much to see on this island I don't think I spent 5 minutes on my lounge chair! There are hammocks suspended over the water with pelicans swimming below.
Of course, the highlight of my day was that I was honored to have the opportunity to teach a beach yoga class at sunset.
My kids have never been to Disney. They can go there one day with their own families. What #RENARUBA offers is a respite from commercialization, technology, and junk food! No long lines and no cotton candy. Sorry Mickey.