Over the years I've found when boarding tell the driver where you want to go & sit up front, he will tell you here's your stop.
To the OP... I feel for you... I am looking for the same piece of helpful information. So far the only map I have been able to find is a blurry photo of a 'route map' found on the ARUBUS Stop.
I'll take everyone's advise and communicate with the driver/stay up front... however I must say that it is a little surprising that a government funded transportation service doesn't maintain a detailed map of all normal stops.
Oh well... I guess that's part of the adventure right?
Which is the line which does not have a "normal" schedule posted Line 10.
Line 10, is what I affectionately call the tourist bus, but also supplies transportation to numerous hotel employees, runs from Oranjestad to the Marriott, onwards towards Malmok and turns around at Arashi.
The reason there is no "set" schedule is that the Aruban bus drivers are considerate enough to acknowledge people would like to be dropped off at a specific stop.
How would you know if you arrived somewhere if you have never been before? Again, the bus drivers are kind and considerate enough to inform you that it is indeed where you asked to go.
Thus, as Sunny Beaches (God rest his soul) stated "Over the years I've found when boarding tell the driver where you want to go & sit up front, he will tell you here's your stop. "
ad re: that tourist route.....lo/hi rise area arashi
the bus stops are every few hundred feet.
the bus seems to stop out in front of each or at least every other resort.
i have ridden the bus infrequently over the years.
but have been in a car BEHIND a bus many times and the bus stops LOTS at real bus stops and at "not so real stops"
I think this is just a point of view issue. I understand, will take to heart AND use all of your advise and inform the driver as to my destination and listen to the driver when he tells me we have arrived.
However... (this is the part that could be taken as argumentative, but that I am saying is more tied to 'point of view'.) you mentioned that ARUBUS "does list areas and normal stops for all lines but one". This is where our 'Points of view' differ... because 'listing' and 'mapping' are completely different, especially when you are completely unfamiliar with an area.
I TOTALLY understand the benefit of courteous drivers that are willing to stop at any and all 'DESTINATIONS'. However... it would be nice to look at a map with a highlighted route AND all 'Normal Bus Stops' identified with some kind of 'icon/pushpin etc...'.
To answer one of your questions: "How would you know if you have arrived if you have never been before?"... Well... first of all I will have my map of Aruba in my hotel room my map along with Google on my Laptop. And 'IF' ARUBUS had a MAP that identified all 'Normal Bus Stops', I would be able to cross reference the 'Destination Location' on my map with the 'Normal Bus Stops' on an ARUBUS map and with this information be able to make several decisions:
1. Do I need to bother with asking the driver to stop any 'closer' to my destination? Answered by knowing where on the map the normal bus stop is.
2. Which bus 'route/routes' are options for me to take? Answered by seeing the highlighted routes AND the locations of the normal bus stops along those routes.
I think why this is so surprising to me is that for a place that thrives on tourist dollars, you would think that making every aspect of navigating the island easy to understand would be a top priority. I come from the Bay Area between San Francisco and Sacramento California, with BART, MUNI, Golden Gate Transit and every local transit authority that connects us to those larger ones.
And not just some but ALL of those have every stop identified on a map for ease of navigation, not just for the locals but for the world at large. San Francisco is after all one of the worlds leading tourist destinations as well.
So maybe that's the way to put it... as much as I'm sure I will enjoy and appreciate the hospitality and assistance from the people of Aruba... I am alas an urban citizen, most comfortable with planning and being aware of all of my transit options.
I'm sure by the end of the week in Aruba... I'll be more comfortable with just winging it...