Flamingos go hand in hand with tropical paradise daydreams. We aren’t talking about the tacky murals that adorn cheap Miami motels or though, we're talking about the actual pink bird.

One place where you can get up close and frolic with this feathered beauty is at Renaissance Aruba Private Island, a 40-acre, man-made island off the coast of Aruba, part of the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. It's home to Flamingo Beach, where flamingos decorate the shoreline in brilliant rosy hues. Guests at the resort can visit the beach for free, while other travelers can purchase a day pass for $99 USD, allowing them to visit the beautiful birds, drink up at the Papagayo Bar and Grill, and soak up the sweet, sweet serenity of the private island.