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There's a beach in the Caribbean where you can swim with flamingos

Harper's Bazaar (UK) logo Harper's Bazaar (UK) 25/05/2017 Emily Thornhill

Pink flamingos have been taking over our Instagram feeds this year in the form of luxury inflatables, but now you can get a photo with the real deal, by visiting a hotel-owned private island in Aruba in the Caribbean.

Originally spotted by the Metro, the Renaissance Resort & Casino hotel owns its own 40-acre private Renaissance Island which guests can visit and the hotel describes as: "Aruba's only private beaches, reserved exclusively for guests of the resort.

After a brief ride aboard a complimentary water taxi, your island greets you with open arms."

There's a beach in the Caribbean where you can swim with flamingos © Instagram There's a beach in the Caribbean where you can swim with flamingos The island consists of two beaches - one being Flamingo Beach - but this luxurious island also features chaise lounges for sunbathing, a children's playground, water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and sailing cruises.

Sadly, according to the Metro, there is a dark side to this seemingly magical island. Unlike wild flamingos, the flamingos that inhabit this beach don't migrate and stay on Renaissance Island all year round.

The website reports that according to TripAdvisor, some holiday makers have claimed that the flamingos have had their wings clipped to stop them from flying away. The Renaissance Resort & Casino are yet to comment on this however.

If you want to meet a flamingo in an ethical and cruelty-free way, you're better off visiting islands such as the Galapagos, where the birds are protected in their natural environment.


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