Popular Questions About GPS In Puerto Rico



It’s funny.  I launched this site less than a year ago.  Since then I’ve covered close to 100 destinations in Puerto Rico and published over a dozen posts about beautiful places to see.  I’ve shot videos for our YouTube Channel, posted on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and sent out thousands of emails promoting our site.  And the questions I receive the most are these:

  • Will our GPS unit work in Puerto Rico?
  • Does Turn-By-Turn GPS work in Puerto Rico?
  • Can I rent a GPS unit in Puerto Rico?
  • Do I need a GPS unit in Puerto Rico?

And the answers to these four questions are yes, yes, yes, and maybe, it’s up to you.

Let’s take each question individually. Will your GPS unit work in Puerto Rico? All three major GPS manufacturers work perfectly in Puerto Rico.  Those are Garmin, Magellan and TomTom.  Of course, you’ll need to verify that your particular unit has the maps for Puerto Rico installed.  But other than that you shouldn’t have any problem at all.

Now let’s talk about the second question.  Does turn-by-turn GPS work in Puerto Rico?  And the answer is yes.  In fact, it’s your best bet because in many regards Puerto Rican roads follow unconventional signage standards.  If you would like to learn all about that take a look at the following video.


So why is turn-by-turn GPS so useful in Puerto Rico?  Because it will take you straight to your destination regardless of signage standards, or the lack of them altogether.  Especially when you have the exact coordinates like we provide for every destination on Puerto Rico By GPS.  You’ll go straight to the destination every time.


Now, let’s suppose that you don’t own a GPS unit: can you rent a GPS unit and Puerto Rico?  The answer is also yes!  Most car rental companies rent GPS units for around $10 a day.  And, of course, if you’re planning to stay several weeks on the Island you’ll probably be better off buying your own.

In that case we strongly recommend Amazon.com.  You can find [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Garmin units here” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”accuratcommun-20″]Garmin units here[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”Magellan GPS Unit” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”accuratcommun-20″]Magellan units here[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”TomTom GPS” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”accuratcommun-20″]TomTom units here[/easyazon_link].  And yes, we are an Amazon affiliate, so by buying your unit through our links you’ll be putting a few dollars in our pocket without spending a penny more than you would have anyway.

Furthermore, certain luxury models bring the GPS unit factory installed.  But the daily rental fee for those vehicles is a lot steeper.

And that brings us to the fourth question: Do I need a GPS unit in Puerto Rico?  And the answer to that question is both yes and no.  In fact, I wrote an entire post about that subject titled (you guessed it) “Do You Need A Dedicated GPS Unit To Visit Puerto Rico?”

The fact is that Puerto Rico can sometimes be a little confusing to get around.  The reasons are explained in the video above.  But cellular technology has advanced so much during the last five years that you can get around just fine by just using your iPhone or Android phone combined with the Google Maps app.

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In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I’ve lived in Puerto Rico for 51 years, so I hardly need a GPS to get around.  But on those rare occasions that I do, I simply use my iPhone.


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I bought a little base on Ebay for close to $10 that clips to the sun visor of my SUV and holds the phone straight in front of my eyes.  And with the turn-by-turn GPS navigation that Google Maps provides I arrive at every destination on a dime.

So I hope this post puts these questions to rest once and for all.  But if you still need any additional help feel free to drop me a line at info@prxgps.com or call me at 787-664-7494, ext 110, leave me a message and I’ll get back to you in a few minutes.

And above all, enjoy Puerto Rico,

©2014,Orlando Mergal, MA

Bilingual Content Creator, Blogger, Podcaster,
Author, Photographer and New Media Expert
Tel. 787-750-0000, Mobile 787-306-1590


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