Best Driving MAPS - Costa Rica?

Old Mar 13th, 2010, 04:08 PM
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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!!
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Old Mar 13th, 2010, 08:22 PM
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You can get good directions between those places on yourtravelmap.com. Estimated driving time too.
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Old Mar 14th, 2010, 10:29 AM
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http://www.cupotico.com/information_costa_rica.html

I found this site helpful.
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Old Mar 14th, 2010, 12:52 PM
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www.mapcr.com

my fav...
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Old Mar 14th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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I live in CR and I agree with qwovadis - the map you can purchase at mapcr.com is the best I have seen.
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Old Mar 14th, 2010, 09:14 PM
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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.
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Old Mar 15th, 2010, 03:33 PM
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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.
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Old Mar 25th, 2010, 09:56 PM
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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...
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Old Mar 26th, 2010, 05:19 AM
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Our favorite is the laminated Berndston & Berndston. We bought it at Barnes & Noble, but it can be ordered online.
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Old Mar 26th, 2010, 05:37 AM
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www.mapcr.com best waterproof laminated quality map

I have found
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Old Mar 27th, 2010, 12:42 AM
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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.
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Old Mar 27th, 2010, 07:39 AM
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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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