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.

Located toward the center of the island of Aruba, Renaissance Island is on the West coast of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify Aruba's beaches, but Renaissance Island offers those same relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and Aruba is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to try local specialties is right next to the coast. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option.

Renaissance Island does have public restrooms for your convenience. Additionally, visitors can access lounge chairs at this spot. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Still, make sure you realize that even though there are luckily some comforts available at Renaissance Island, it can be found within a major tourist area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, there is an appropriate motivator to plan ahead to beat all the other tourists, maybe arriving in the morning. If not, you may run the risk of all the amenities being overwhelmed.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Aruba; the area hosts attractions such as Casa di Cultura, which is pretty close, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

Historical attractions such as Fort Zoutman provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Renaissance Island, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Aruba's past, without having to stray too far from the beach. In fact, this shore is only a walk or a short cab ride from this interesting historical site.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The closest attractions are found 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 a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Renaissance Island tourists looking for additional places to explore should consider going to Oranjestad, because it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Aruba.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

While there aren't many hotels nearby, the ones found closest to the shore 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

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest restaurants is Nikky Beach Restaurant. This restaurant serves American cuisine. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table 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
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.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Druif Beach, found just a short distance away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Andicuri offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located five and a half miles to the east-northeast.

Travelers may also want to consider North Renaissance Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.

Perhaps Renaissance Island is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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