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    GPS ---> Aruba Travel Maps --> Anyone used them

    We always rent a jeep for the entire time we are in Aruba.
    While we are familiar with most areas of the island, even inland, it can also be pretty confusing trying to find some places so we decided to look for a GPS app with Aruba.
    Last year we used one available on the apple app store "Aruba GPS map" and it worked for the most part but interface was so odd that we ended up not using it that much.

    This year I found a map you can download into any garmin device and decided to give that a try.
    --> Aruba GPS Travel Maps

    Has anyone tried this?

    It cost $20 which was not bad and I loaded it onto my Garmin last night (very easy). After it loaded up I started punching in some coordinates (that I found on Google Earth) that we know we will need. Everything punched in fine and looked accurate. I will be interested to see how it does.

    Ill make sure to post back our results, we leave in 3 days. :-)
    Jamie

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    We looked at GPS maps when we first started going to Aruba but the reviews and detail weren't great and most people we talked to said you can get by without them...

    But, I'm a stickler for knowing where I am: enter Google Maps which is surprisingly accurate!

    We once charted a destination from the Noord to downtown but forgot to switch to "car" and left Maps on walking route. We were wondering why Maps kept taking us down dirt roads until we realized we were doing a walking route. The byproduct of all this is that we were really impressed by the level of detail Google Maps has - seriously, dirt roads? - and have used it ever since.

    Because we have a Google Nexus 6 phone, it's also easy to take a picture of a landmark or place and then, later, open the picture and choose, "Take me here" and Maps will route you to the destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    We looked at GPS maps when we first started going to Aruba but the reviews and detail weren't great and most people we talked to said you can get by without them...

    But, I'm a stickler for knowing where I am: enter Google Maps which is surprisingly accurate!

    We once charted a destination from the Noord to downtown but forgot to switch to "car" and left Maps on walking route. We were wondering why Maps kept taking us down dirt roads until we realized we were doing a walking route. The byproduct of all this is that we were really impressed by the level of detail Google Maps has - seriously, dirt roads? - and have used it ever since.

    Because we have a Google Nexus 6 phone, it's also easy to take a picture of a landmark or place and then, later, open the picture and choose, "Take me here" and Maps will route you to the destination.


    That is really cool and I feel stupid for asking this because I am a tech geek have just gravitated toward Apple for phones and stuff.

    If you have an android device can you cache maps (save it to your phone for use without a data connection ) or do you have a data plan on the island?
    I would absolutely use my normal mapping apps if we had data on the island but we go into airplane mode when we get there. :-(

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    Not stupid! You know what's stupid? I once tried to use Blackberry Maps to get around the island <<shudder>>. We ended up in Antarctica on a trip to the Marriott Casino.

    Yes, you can cache maps (weirdly, not in France and Spain the last time we checked... not sure what that's all about).

    We always have a data plan with Setar - they have a kiosk right as you exit the luggage/arrival areas at the airport. You need an unlocked phone for it to work though (which I'm assuming you already know but... just in case!). I think it's $50 for a bunch of gigs for two weeks. And the SIM card is $10. They set it all up for you right there.

    Check out this post I made about Apple Maps in Aruba when the app was first launched LOL:


    Apple Maps

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    I purchased a large plasticized road map of Aruba 5 years ago. It shows every road on it that existed at the time. It cost me about $10. I just find where I am going on it and go. On one side it has the whole island and on the other side it has Oranjestad and San Nicholas.
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    I use both GPS and the laminated map of Aruba (by Borch) referenced above by Arubabob (you can order that one easily on-line). The GPS works ok but not great. With the combination of the two references, we have put the GPS in "teaching" mode so we can save our own routes. That has become a handy reference for return trips because then all our favorite destinations are saved in the GPS.

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    I trust our Borch map to get around. GPS is fine, but I think the map is sufficient. Plus part of the fun in Aruba is kind of getting lost and see where we wind up. You find some interesting places that way. Plus you're never really lost, keep driving and eventually you'll hit the water.

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    I always try to disconnect when there and keep the iPhone in Airplane Mode, only checking e-mail and Facebook occasionally. However, I seem to be able to use Google Maps to find things, which I don't understand. How can I do that in Airplane mode? We've found more than a few restaurants that way.

    Rhys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys View Post
    I always try to disconnect when there and keep the iPhone in Airplane Mode, only checking e-mail and Facebook occasionally. However, I seem to be able to use Google Maps to find things, which I don't understand. How can I do that in Airplane mode? We've found more than a few restaurants that way.

    Rhys
    The gps capabilities still work even when you're in airplane mode. That's why the blue dot (your location) updates as you move.

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    Yes it does. Sometimes I carry the iPad with is and other times the phone.
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