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GPS work in PR?

I have a Garmin GPS. I am renting a car in San Juan and driving to the hotel in Fajardo. Should I be alright with my GPS unit, or do I need to rent one from the rental agency?

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1. Re: GPS work in PR?

A GPS will work anywhere. Sattelites (yes). You need to ask yourself if you have the correct maps on your GPS. Only you will know that.

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2. Re: GPS work in PR?

Garmin works fine, mainland and Vieques.

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3. Re: GPS work in PR?

If you have the Canada & PR maps bundle or the PR map installed, it will work fine.

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We brought our GPS with and used it to travel all over the island. We found it worked best in the more populated areas like San Juan and on the northeast coast (Fajardo area). On other parts of the island it worked fine generally but was more 'off' with specific directions. But it would always get us to the general area and we could figure it out from there. I imagine if you stay in the more populated San Juan and NE area, you'll be fine with your GPS.

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The GPS on my little iPhone 3GS worked as well!

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It works fine. But if it is only for a trip from the airport to El Con, you don;t really need it. If you have an Iphone or blackberry, travel light and leave the Garmin home.

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7. Re: GPS work in PR?

I used a Garmin with newly updated maps to drive around the island.

somewhat unreliable even when taking major highways. Everyone told me

not to depend on GPS in PR as it was not reliable so I don't know if you'd be better off getting one from rental car company. of course they want you to use theirs. I also got a map from tourist office which was almost useless. Get directions from your hotel. We went to las croabas cement dock on PR987 in Fajardo for biobay tours and used the hotel directions from gran melia which were very good.


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I used Microsoft Streets and Trips in 2004 on a laptop and found it to be failrly accurate. We went all over PR, in the central mountains, sounth, Ponce, etc.

We are going back again in April, and polan on doing the same.

I would have to suispect that the Garmin maps should be better than Micorsofts.

The only issue I have run into is that address conventions seem to be different in PR, and probaqbly tou will spend time on the phone with your destination to make sure you are oriented correctly on the map...

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