Renaissance Island

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This long, thin strip of 40 acres off Aruba's eastern shore is a private island accessible to those staying at the Renaissance Resort & Casino. $75 will also get you access, and the price includes lunch and use of a beach mat. A wide array of water sports are also available, organized by Red Sail Sports.

Set on the island of Aruba, Renaissance Island is on the West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Although the area isn't crowded with buildings, many tourists choose this beach since it has such a relaxed atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
If you're not staying at the Renaissance Resort, you can still come to the island for $75. Either way, taking a boat is necessary.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beaches at this tropical retreat are blindingly white, but shade can be found under the many palm trees. Beach volleyball and tennis courts are available on land, while snorkeling, wave-running, kayaking, paddle-boating and more are available off shore. There is also a separate adult beach where toplessness is more than acceptable. Facilities here are top class.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. There all types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in Aruba, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

There is also a snack bar here.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Additionally, there are lounge chairs available at this destination. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

You should remember that the area right around Renaissance Island is an urban area, meaning you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the West coast of Aruba; this area boasts other attractions such as Casa di Cultura, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you want to learn more about the history of Aruba, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the nearest historical attractions is Fort Zoutman, which is not a great distance from the shore, and is accessible in a taxi or on foot.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Renaissance Island
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casa di Cultura Dinner Show and Theater 0.6 mi. N Aruba
Trinidad Stadium Sporting Event Venue 0.9 mi. NNE Aruba
Aruba Numismatic Museum Museum 1.2 mi. N Aruba
Seaport Casino Casino 1.2 mi. NNW Aruba
Fort Zoutman Historical Site 1.2 mi. NNW Aruba
Museo Historico Arubano Museum 1.2 mi. NNW Aruba
Crystal Casino Casino 1.4 mi. NNW Aruba
National Archaeological Museum Aruba Museum 1.5 mi. NNW Aruba
Alhambra Casino Casino 1.8 mi. NNW Aruba
Parkietenbos Paintball Field Paint Ball Excursion Operator 2.1 mi. ESE Aruba
Aruba Aloe Balm Museum Museum 2.8 mi. N Aruba
Art Studio Insight Art Gallery 3.1 mi. NE Aruba

Cities and Towns

Renaissance Island is very close to Oranjestad, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Guests visiting Renaissance Island who are looking for a little additional excitement might want to think about heading to Oranjestad, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Aruba.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Though beach-goers will find few accommodations nearby, those accommodations closest to the beach are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Renaissance Island
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Talk Of The Town Hotel And Beach Club 0.6 mi. N Hotel
Surfside Beach Marina Hotel 0.6 mi. N Hotel
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino 1.1 mi. NNW Resort
Wonders Aruba 2.0 mi. N Hotel
Aruba Harmony Apartments 2.2 mi. N Hotel


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. Nikky Beach Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves American food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Renaissance Island
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Nikky Beach Restaurant 582-0153 American -- 0.5 mi. N
Barefoot Restaurant (297) 588-9824 Aruban, International Informal 0.6 mi. N
Moonlight Grill (297) 582-3380 -- -- 0.6 mi. N
Pinchos Grill & Bar (297) 583-2666 Eclectic, International Informal 0.6 mi. N
The West Deck (297) 587-2667 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. NNW
BLUE (297) 583-6000 International Informal 1.1 mi. NNW
Café de Plaza (297) 583-8826 Eclectic Informal 1.1 mi. NNW
CILO (297) 588-7996 International Informal 1.1 mi. NNW
Papagayo Bar & Grill (297) 583-6000 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. NNW
Solé (297) 583-6000 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. NNW
Café The Plaza (297) 583-8826 Dutch, International Informal 1.2 mi. NNW
Waterfront Crabhouse Restaurant (297) 583-5858 International Informal 1.2 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Renaissance Island is just one of many beaches you can visit in Aruba.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Druif Beach, found only a short distance away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Andicuri is just right. It's found five and a half miles to the east-northeast.

Another location you may want to try is North Renaissance Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Aruba; then again, taking a swim at Renaissance Island is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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