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#1 Iris

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:35 AM

Jim and I are planning to go to Costa Rica this winter and I wanted to bring our Garmin 2730 there.
I also wanted to be able to put the maps on my computer and be able to make routes.

I have had some converstations with someone from SmartWays and it seems like they're reputable. I have read reviews and horror stories from other companies (particularly GPSTravelMaps, I think it was).
I was wondering if we had any fjr Forum members that live in CR.

Anyway....thanks in advance.

Oh, and also....I didn't know where to post this because there didn't seem to be a Central America region.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:45 AM

You might ask about this over on the advrider.com forum.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:07 AM

You might ask about this over on the advrider.com forum.


... or more specifically Proven GPS Maps of Costa Rica

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:25 AM

Excellent find Rick! Wish I could go there and test how they work!
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:43 PM

That is a great find. Thanks!!
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:52 PM

Here is the Memory Detail Link in the 2730 and how it works:

http://www.gpspassio...TOPIC_ID=107423

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:53 AM

Thanks for the replies.
I downloaded the one for the PC. It works with MapSource and it has routing capabilities and looks authentic. I am only concerned that it's not that accurate. Time will tell.
I was hoping to find someone that has actually used it so I'll check that ADV rider forum (as suggested) and see what they have to say.
Unfortunately, sometimes the people who are making the programs pretend to be the end users and their opinions are biased.

Well, worst case scenario we'll use maps (the old fashioned way).

Thanks again.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:33 PM

I was there in August...didn't use a GPS, just a GOOD paper map and an Ipod Touch. We found EVERYTHING we were looking for incredibly easy (with the exception of Santa Elena...it was dark and raining and we somehow bypassed it and came in from the opposite direction). You guys are going to have a blast!!! Also, as far as timing, we went in August. It's CR's "rainy season" but the weather was perfect! not too hot, not too cold, and you could get a GREAT room for CHEAP (it's their off season). We spent about $500.00/person per 7 day week (not counting the car+insurance {get the FULL insurance if you rent}) for food, lodging, tours, hot springs resort (Eco Termales near La Fortuna...make a reservation the day before, they limit the # of people to keep it uncluttered), etc. It was the BEST vacation I've EVER taken! HAVE FUN!
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