Updated: Sep 18, 2022
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*Aruba is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten; the citizens of these countries are all Dutch nationals
Aruba-the Dutch Caribbean island-is a 19 miles (30 km)- long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea. It's also just 15 miles (24 km) from the coast of Venezuela.
Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. It is about 50 miles (81 kilometers) west of Curaçao, and about 108 miles (175 kilometers) west of Bonaire. Aruba is not surrounded by an ocean of its own. The surrounding ocean is the Caribbean Sea which is connected to the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast.