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Aruba’s Annual Beach and Coastal Cleanup

The  Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA) will be sponsoring its 9th Annual Beach and Coastal Cleanup on November 13.

This year’s clean up sounds pretty ambitious. It will include Havana Beach through Wilhelmina Park, Parke Arikok, California Dunes, Wariruri, Baby Beach(pictured here), Bachelors Beach, Boca Grandi, Zeewijk Beach, Mangel Halto, Santo Largo, Bushiri Beach,Tamarijn Beach, Arashi, Anaboei, and the Bubali Bird Sanctuary.

Aruba has become a much more ecologically aware island in recent years.  The Vader Piet Wind Farm opened in December of 2009,providing a green source of energy to residents and tourists. Since 1994 the Aruba Reef Care Project has been underway, removing refuse from reefs, beaches, and shallow waters.

Many grassroots environmental groups have sprung up on the island in support of various causes, including Turtugaruba (Save the Turtles),Salba nos Buriconan (The Donkey Sanctuary),Fundacion Aruba Limpi ,which engages in litter cleanup along main roads, and StimAruba, an environmental advocacy group that facilitates love and respect for nature.

According to its website, the AHATA has been around in one form or another since 1965.  Originally known as the AHA(Aruba Hotel Association),the organization was formed by Hotel owners to unify their efforts to promote tourism on the island.

Those who wish to volunteer for the cleanup can send an e-mail to

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