Will a GPS work on ...
 

Will a GPS work on USVI?  

Page 1 / 2
 

butchCondor
(@butchCondor)
Advanced Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 57
January 23, 2016 7:07 pm  

From what I’ve been reading about addresses and getting directions on USVI you have to know where the old tree is and to turn left when you see and so on. The logic of descending numbers with even number house address are on one side of the street while odd numbered houses are on the opposite side doesn’t happen in USVI. From what I understand directions for people new to the island are difficult.

I have very good Garmin GPS, it served me well in Europe, I was wondering it a good GPS will work on the USVI?

I want to thank LoveUSVI, I wrote an email to your friends and received a helpful reply. I hope to be involved in veteran affairs as well when I arrive. Also, Alann33, you more or less confirmed my suspicions that most likely, there are more job opportunities on STT also STT is close to the main land and other islands. To answer your question, I’m an Artist who is also a disabled veteran receiving disability benefits from both the VA & SS. My wife is the one who will be looking for a job.

Thanks to all you guys for your help and patience with dealing with new comers who keep asking the same questions over and over.


Quote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 12216
January 23, 2016 7:13 pm  

I have had vacation guests in the past attempt to use GPS to find their way around. It was always a fail. Maybe others have had better luck?

The islands are small tho and one can always find your way back to a main road.


ReplyQuote
OldTart
(@the-oldtart)
Expert
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 6523
January 23, 2016 7:31 pm  

It seems that on the main routes they work just fine - but really on the main routes you don't need them! On the other, as Alana notes, they're not consistent at all off the main routes. A prime example personally was when friends came over to my place for dinner. I'm good with directions and gave them really concise ones as they're not familiar with the North side where I live (directly off a main North side route) but they opted instead to use their GPS from the East end. Lord knows where the GPS took them and by what route as it took three 'phone calls from them to figure out where on earth they were and they finally reached an hour late after taking a ridiculously long and circuitous journey! It was pretty darned funny.


ReplyQuote
butchCondor
(@butchCondor)
Advanced Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 57
January 23, 2016 7:56 pm  

I am really bad with getting around, I’ve lived in Albuquerque for years and still, if I don’t know the area, I use my GPS. The vast majority of the time, my GPS works just fine. I have a Garmin nuvi 3590LTM, it talks to me and tells me where I am and where to go. Only a few time in Europe did it give me an experience like your friends had, which sucked big time.

I was hoping to hear something different, that I could depend on my GPS to help me. When I arrive I’m going to be going to different locations checking out apartments, O’well, I’ll have to rely on trial and error till I figure things out and know my way around the block.


ReplyQuote
ms411
(@ms411)
Expert
Joined: 10 years ago
Posts: 3554
January 23, 2016 8:10 pm  

Most people will give you directions to get to their location, and they just automatically start rattling them off. Make sure your phone is working so you can call if you have questions.


ReplyQuote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 12216
January 23, 2016 8:21 pm  

If you're renting a car, make sure they give you a road map.
AT&T cell phones work pretty well here but there are some dead spots. Ditto for dead spots for internet so best to ask what options are available for a rental.


ReplyQuote
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Trusted Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 533
January 23, 2016 8:47 pm  

The GPS will get a coorinance fix. If your mapping software covers USVI you will be able to get turn by turn directions. Having said that my car mapping software covers North America only. I use my iPhone in Carib for nav guidance.


ReplyQuote
butchCondor
(@butchCondor)
Advanced Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 57
January 23, 2016 9:03 pm  

STTsailor; thanks for the input, I was hoping that might be the case with a solid coorandances fix, Sometimes, getting a correct fix with the right format is a little difficult, a format converted is needed. I had this problem in Europe, a location was given with a format that was different from the format my GPS was using. Just being a freckle off makes all the difference in the world.

I had to buy a GPS map for coverage in Europe, but it was money well spent. If I have to, I'll make sure my GPS has USVI coverage. Thanks for the valuable information, a point on coorandances will work.


ReplyQuote
crazyflamingo
(@crazyflamingo)
Advanced Member
Joined: 7 years ago
Posts: 78
January 23, 2016 9:16 pm  

Try the app maps.me. It's free and does not use any cellular data. The maps you download are free as well. I use it regularly when I travel abroad or to an area I am not familiar with. I've had really good luck with it.


ReplyQuote
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Expert
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 12216
January 23, 2016 9:28 pm  

Thanks for the tip CF.
Hope all is well.


ReplyQuote
specialk
(@specialk)
Trusted Member
Joined: 10 years ago
Posts: 579
January 23, 2016 11:03 pm  

GPS and online mapping programs are unreliable here. I've had several vacation rental guests try using them, against my strong advice not to, and all got lost trying to find the house. One guy works for Google Maps!

Nope! Down here we are very much a directions by landmark society. Get used to terms such as speed bumps, mailboxes, guts, painted utility poles, the rusty water tank that is now blue, and where (fill in the name of a business) used to be. It adds to the adventure.

And oh yeah...keep left!


ReplyQuote
wanderer
(@wanderer)
Trusted Member
Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 596
January 23, 2016 11:08 pm  

My Garmin GPS served me well on both STX and STJ, except a few cases where it directed me to take non-existing roads. A GPS which is occasionally wrong is better than no GPS.


ReplyQuote
STTsailor
(@STTsailor)
Trusted Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 533
January 23, 2016 11:28 pm  

Ha.
Yes, we have antiquated location system here. 90% based on dumpster location and broken utility pole.
Streets have no names. Usps doesn't deliver to the house. That is why burglars can't find us. I meet my vendors at the corner. Between 4 corners and Sibs. I give them exact mileage from Sibs but it's not always helpful. Annoying but true.


ReplyQuote
wanderer
(@wanderer)
Trusted Member
Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 596
January 23, 2016 11:49 pm  

That is why burglars can't find us.

What happens if you need paramedics, fire department, or police?


ReplyQuote
watruw8ing4
(@watruw8ing4)
Trusted Member
Joined: 13 years ago
Posts: 850
January 24, 2016 12:43 am  

That is why burglars can't find us.

What happens if you need paramedics, fire department, or police?

VI had started a few years back to convert to emergency road names and addresses. I've personally only seen one or two changed on STX. I suppose the project is being done on island time. Fortunately, the police we've dealt with have been familiar with the landmarks we gave the dispatcher.


ReplyQuote
jj00802
(@jj00802)
Advanced Member
Joined: 7 years ago
Posts: 74
January 24, 2016 1:16 am  

Keep in mind that St. Thomas is roughly 35 square miles.
There are only a few major roads (south side of the island, north side of the island, and down the middle of the island). All the small roads feed off of the main roads. It does not take long to find your way around and it is best to rely on locals providing directions rather than getting frustrated with a GPS.

I also had a potential tenant refuse my directions and insist on using his electronic mapping ---- He got here after 2 phone calls to clarify locations and he circled half the island (1 hour driving per his mapping instead of 10 minutes with my directions). He was in such a bad mood by the time he arrived.


ReplyQuote
specialk
(@specialk)
Trusted Member
Joined: 10 years ago
Posts: 579
January 24, 2016 1:22 am  

What happens if you need paramedics, fire department, or police?

You give them the best directions you can. If, when they get to the area they can't figure it out, they stop and hit the siren every 15 seconds or so in the hopes someone will come out to flag them in.


ReplyQuote
wanderer
(@wanderer)
Trusted Member
Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 596
January 24, 2016 1:51 am  

You give them the best directions you can. If, when they get to the area they can't figure it out, they stop and hit the siren every 15 seconds or so in the hopes someone will come out to flag them in.

What about mail? Does everyone have to have a P.O. box?


ReplyQuote
reghunnicutt
(@reghunnicutt)
Advanced Member
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 21
January 24, 2016 8:00 am  

My old Garman with North American maps loaded works as good in STX as back in North Carolina. A compass works too.

Frequent visitor since 2003.


ReplyQuote
OldTart
(@the-oldtart)
Expert
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 6523
January 24, 2016 8:45 am  

What about mail? Does everyone have to have a P.O. box?

There is home delivery in many areas, otherwise residents rent USPS or private mailing company boxes.


ReplyQuote
lescooper
(@lescooper)
Advanced Member
Joined: 5 years ago
Posts: 157
January 24, 2016 12:39 pm  

I have found that an app called Waze works very well. Google Navigation works but doesn't give voice guidance like it does in the states. Waze does and even found all the restaurants and retail stores by name.


ReplyQuote
butchCondor
(@butchCondor)
Advanced Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 57
January 24, 2016 1:20 pm  

All;

This forum is amazing! I want to thank all of you for your very useful and informative information. I like the tip about the burglars not being able to find you. Because of the help you all gave me, I think I’ll do just fine with finding my way around, nothing is perfect but some help is better than none.

butchCondor


ReplyQuote
CaptainMalibu
(@CaptainMalibu)
Advanced Member
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 90
January 24, 2016 1:43 pm  

My wife and I were in St. Croix for the month of July on our pre-move experiment and used a GPS. Initially it was not useful but went online and downloaded VI maps from Garmin for $10 and it worked like a charm and was very helpful.

On a side note, part of the experiment included being able to receive an Amazon package. Being a locale where directions do often include turning right where the old mahogany tree used to be, I actually felt pretty confident that my package would find me. I didn't have an actual street address but simply put my name, the Unit number I was staying at and the name of the complex and my package arrived about 5 days later, no problem. I did the same a couple more times and no poblems then as well.

On our very first trip to St. Croix, the airport had to deliver out luggage the day after we arrived on island. I didn't have an address but told him we were in the 4th house on the left past Cocnuts on the Beach (a beach bar) and within minutes the driver was there. I think that's when I knew I was home.


ReplyQuote
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Expert
Joined: 11 years ago
Posts: 8750
January 25, 2016 12:11 pm  

a gps had some people from up near the airport who were on their way to the home depot after it was built ,end up at the casino


ReplyQuote
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
Trusted Member
Joined: 8 years ago
Posts: 2290
January 26, 2016 2:56 am  

STX it will work OK. On STT - no.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!


ReplyQuote
Page 1 / 2
Settlers Handbook

Thinking about moving to the Virgin Islands?

The Settler's Handbook is a Indispensable Guide

The current 18th Edition, will help you explore your dream of island living. A solid reference book, it was first published in 1975. That's 40 years of helping people move to the Virgin Islands.

Order Today $17.95
Close Menu

Please Login or Register