ARUBA CARIBBEAN PHOTOGRAPHY

ARUBA: THE ISLAND OF FLAMINGOS AND IGUANAS

September 2, 2016
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Recently I have seen a lot of pictures of Aruba on my Instagram feed. Pictures of gorgeous traveling girls with beautiful flamingos on the beach have shown up in countless popular hashtags. However, it’s not like you step on the island of Aruba and you see flamingos and iguanas everywhere. There are certain “secrets” behind these beautiful photos. In this post, I will reveal my 3 top photography spots in Aruba.

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1) FLAMINGO & IGUANA BEACH AT RENAISSANCE RESORT

Flamingo Beach and Iguana Beach can only be reached when you visit Renaissance Island, a privately owned island by Renaissance Aruba Resort in Oranjestad. Guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort have free access to the island, but you can buy a day pass and visit the island as a non-guest.

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Flamingo Beach is an adult-only beach. It offers quietness and a spectacular view of graceful flamingos walking the shoreline in brilliant pink hues. Renaissance Aruba Resort has decided not to allow children to minimize the disturbance of the flamingo population; therefore, this secluded beach with its tranquil turquoise water is a perfect spot for couples’ romantic getaway, tasty cocktails, and open-air massages.

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Just like Flamingo Beach, Iguana Beach can only be reached when you visit Renaissance Island. Iguana Beach is a family-friendly beach. From time to time iguanas will appear out of nowhere and this gives children the opportunity to observe these interesting animals. Despite their scary look, these reptiles are harmless and very friendly.

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At noon, the hotel staff organizes a “lunch time” for children to participate in feeding the iguanas and it’s such an awesome sight to see so many iguanas crawl out from all the bushes to the beach and eat leaves from your hand.

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2) PRIVATE CABANA ROMANTIC DINNER AT BUCATI & TARA BEACH RESORT

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is Aruba’s most romantic adult-only island paradise and was named #1 resort in the Caribbean for 2 years in a row on TripAdvisor, and #1 hotel for romance in the world! The resort is serene and peaceful, catering exclusively to couples and honeymooners.

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The beach at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort was named one of the few “Dream Beaches of the World” with breathtaking views of the sparkling-clear blue-green sea. However, you don’t have to stay at this expensive resort to enjoy their beaches. Despite Bucuti’s marvelous beaches and luxurious style I still prefer the Renaissance Aruba Resort because of its convenient private access to the Flamingo and Iguana Beaches, but I highly recommend that you book Bucuti’s romantic dining package.

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It’s magical to enjoy an intimate, romantic experience as your own personal waiter provides attentive, solicitous service under a private cabana on the beach apart from the dining terrace and you can take as many pictures as you want with the powder white beach, the swaying palms, and the beautiful sunset.

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3) ORANJESTADS COLORFUL HOUSES

Oranjestad is the historical Dutch capital city where the tall multi-colored houses combine carved wooded doors, traditional Dutch tiles and Aruban-style roofs. The island’s colonization by the Netherlands shows in Oranjestad’s Dutch colonial architecture.

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Stroll past the colorful, Dutch-style facades, and soak up some local atmosphere in the numerous cafés and bars round the yachting harbor. The pastel colored Dutch houses make an excellent backdrop for your Instagram-worthy pictures and will transport you to a tropical “Amsterdam.”

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6 Comments

  • Reply Suze - Luxury Columnist September 2, 2016 at 10:02 am

    It must have been such fun feeding the iguanas! As for the flamingos, they are spectacular – we have some in London at the Roof Gardens but I’d love to see them on a beach

  • Reply Leo September 9, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I visited Aruba every year for 4 years and none of my photos look like that! Then again I never visited Renaissance Island. I am going back, if only to capture what you did!

  • Reply Christobel February 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Beautiful post. Very inspiring nice romantic holiday

  • Reply Gabrielle Agostini (The Trini Traveller) March 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Hey where do you recommend staying in Aruba? Are there any villas or hotels interested in collaborating with bloggers?

    • Reply Yvette July 11, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Try al lthings aruba on facebook Gabrielle

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