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liacin87 Mar 13th, 2010 03:08 PM

Best Driving MAPS - Costa Rica?
 
What do you think are the best driving maps for Costa Rica? Are they available online or in a store somewhere?

My fiance and I are traveling to Costa Rica for our honeymoon in June and are going to be driving (renting from Tricolor). We are traveling from Alajuela to Arenal, then to Monteverde, and then back to Alajuela.

We are staying at Hotel Villa Bonita in Alajuela, The Lost Iguana Resort in Arenal area, Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde area, and finally the Hotel Bougainvillea in Santo Domingo de Heredia (about 15 minutes from SJO).

Thanks for the help!!

hipvirgochick Mar 13th, 2010 07:22 PM

You can get good directions between those places on yourtravelmap.com. Estimated driving time too.

Hang20 Mar 14th, 2010 09:29 AM

http://www.cupotico.com/information_costa_rica.html

I found this site helpful.

qwovadis Mar 14th, 2010 11:52 AM

www.mapcr.com

my fav...

hsmithcr Mar 14th, 2010 04:25 PM

I live in CR and I agree with qwovadis - the map you can purchase at mapcr.com is the best I have seen.

SEBERHART Mar 14th, 2010 08:14 PM

Get a GPS from your rental company. (Don't leave it in your car though). Many roads are dirt and turns are not clearly marked.

liacin87 Mar 15th, 2010 02:33 PM

Thanks for the tips. We will probably get a GPS as well, Seberhart, but I wanted to have maps as well just so that I've got all my bases covered! I will be sure to check out all those sources.

liacin87 Mar 25th, 2010 08:56 PM

I know that GPS's can sometimes take you to dead ends, so we want to be sure to have both maps and a GPS...

shillmac Mar 26th, 2010 04:19 AM

Our favorite is the laminated Berndston & Berndston. We bought it at Barnes & Noble, but it can be ordered online.

qwovadis Mar 26th, 2010 04:37 AM

www.mapcr.com best waterproof laminated quality map

I have found

liacin87 Mar 26th, 2010 11:42 PM

Shillmac, I noticed a lot of people seem to like the map from www.mapcr.com. Have you seen or used this map? Why do you think that the Berndston & Berndston map is better?

To everyone, do you think GPS's are reliable, or is it better to use maps? I know we definitely want to have maps no matter what, but I am wondering if GPS's are worth it. I know they can be wrong and unreliable sometimes, at least here in the states.

traveler2005 Mar 27th, 2010 06:39 AM

I bought the same waterproof map on Amazon. The reviews there rated it well. It does look like it will be helpful. Your hotels in Monteverde and Arenal are marked on the inset maps for those areas. (I didn't see the other two, but could have missed them.)

We haven't been to CR yet, but the map is helpful as we plan.


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