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Will a GPS work on USVI?

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Just got back from our PMV. Waze (phone app) worked great from one end of the island (STT) to the other!! We did not have any trouble finding restaurants, beaches, stores etc...

Posted : January 27, 2016 5:14 pm
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Yea everyone in Costa Rica was all about Waze. I couldn't figure it out lol.

Posted : January 27, 2016 5:44 pm
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I use Waze everywhere I go. It is an amazing app as long as you have a decent data plan on your phone. Last winter on STT, it got us lost once which wasn't too bad. On STJ, it was fine in Cruz up to Maho and along Centerline but the signal dropped near Chocolate Hole and was pretty worthless around Coral Bay. On STX, it worked great until I got a little deep into the rainforest. Then I was running on luck and instinct. I eventually found my way out 😀

Posted : January 27, 2016 6:12 pm
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I went to the Garmin site, and for $65 I can get a chip to download on my GPS for coverage of USVI. I'll buy the damn thing and hope you're wrong.

Posted : January 27, 2016 9:15 pm
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It's really not that hard to find your way around an island that's 39 square miles. Good luck with your GPS map.
Let us know how it works.

Posted : January 27, 2016 11:08 pm
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While it's true that it difficult to get lost on an island, there are many destinations (beaches, restaurants, tourist attractions, rental offices, buildings, shops, supermarkets). To get there, my preference was to use the GPS voice guidance. This came especially useful after sunset, which is between 6 and 7 pm in USVI. Many streets are unmarked, and are totally dark after sunset, so it would be quite a challenge to rely on one's sense of direction.

Would be nice if GPS could understand the "take me to where the mahogany tree used to be" command, though.

Posted : January 28, 2016 1:31 am
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I use my Garmin on STX all the time. It's true it doesn't always find the ideal route and sometimes also possible it wants to take you on donkey trails that aren't actually roads. But as someone said it's better than nothing. The Garmin doesn't care about road names, it will still tell you to turn. The current map doesn't know where Home Depot is so we have it as a favorite by coordinates and it thinks we are "navigating off road" when we get there. It's also good for seeing the road curves before you get to them, especially at night, regardless of whether you are using it for directions or not.

Posted : January 28, 2016 2:35 am
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