After our experience last week, we decided that next time we will definitely rent a car for our time in Aruba. We did not have a pleasurable experience using the bus and it ended up being a very stressful situation.
First, the bus drivers didn't even know where they go, as we were told to get on different buses. I already knew we needed bus 10, but we were told 10A, then told either 10A or 10B, then told again to get on 10A. Because of this, we ended up not getting on the bus while it was there and had to wait 45 minutes for the bus to come back.
We finally made it to the stop where we had to get off in the bus stop circle and had to walk down the street to actually reach Boca Catalina. The driver told us the times that the bus comes back around, so we could plan our afternoon. We arrived to the bus stop 10 minutes early......2:20pm arrived, which is the time the bus was supposed to arrive. No bus. We waited.....45 minutes later, still no bus. By now, we knew that we were cutting it close getting back to the ship. We didn't even see any taxis in that area, so we decided to start walking and hope we could flag down a taxi.
After we started walking through the bus stop circle area, a car pulled up near us & asked if we were still waiting for the bus. We replied with yes and the couple in the car advised they drove by us earlier and we were waiting & when they drove back by, they saw us walking. They asked if we were trying to get back to our hotel and we advised that we were on a cruise ship and needed to get back to town. They offered to take us into town and we said yes! I normally would have never accepted a ride from strangers, but my gut told me it was okay. Turned out they were 2 angels sent from above from someone watching over us. We never would have made it back to the ship in time by walking. They were an awesome couple from Boston and they were vacationing there at their timeshare. We talked and laughed the whole way back to the ship and we told them we would never forget their act of kindness!
Our lesson from this?? We will rent a car next time & never, ever, depend on the bus system in Aruba!!