Do You Need A GPS To Drive To Mexico?

If you want a GPS, you want a Garmin

Do you need a GPS receiver for Mexico? No. Will it come in handy? Yes. Will it help you have a better trip? Only if you show it who's boss. A GPS receiver will give you a sense of security perhaps, but it won't tell you what you are missing. Please, don't be one of those people who plug your ultimate destination into your GPS, then turn off your brain and steer.

If you drive through Mexico without paying attention to the wonderful country you are driving through, you are missing the point. Breathe, my pasty friend! Breathe. That's good advice for meditation, yoga, exercize and drivingt through Mexico. Enjoy the trip. That's where my trip-planning with road logs and downloadable maps of Mexico come in. I can help you not to miss all the neat stuff on the way. The GPS can get you around cities way better than I can. Together we are a win-win for the Mexico traveler.

Garmin makes the best GPS (Global Positioning System) units for Mexico. Yeah, some of the cheaper brands offer Mexico maps and they will pretty much get you from point A to point B, but Garmin is the gold standard. It only costs a nickel more to go first-class, as my dear mother used to say.

Don't have a GPS yet? No problem. Here is a link to my store on Amazon with GPS units, more books and, well, everything Amazon-ish.

Talk about an uplifting story! There was a small company in Mexico called BiciMapas. They were created by Mexican map and GPS enthusiasts because they could not find decent GPS maps for Mexico. I was honored to be their representative for several years. Well, the Big Boys recognized BiciMapas excellence and Garmin started making them their map of Mexico. It could not have happened to a nicer group of people. I am very happy for them, even though I can no longer sell their maps (which was rather lucrative for me). So, if you already have a Garmin and need to update your Mexico map, you will get the same high-quality map I used to sell.

However -- you only get the BiciMapas maps are Garmin's "topo maps." You get the City Navigator with your unit and have to pay extra for the better maps. Are they better than the Navteq maps Garmin preloads? Yes. Are they worth an extra $80 to you? They are to me, but I get off the toll roads. I don't go offroading, but I do go on secondary roads. You will have to decide for yourself. See if Garmin will provide you with a sample to help you make up your mind.

Now, if you don't already have a GPS unit, how about buying it from Amazon via my link? You get the same great Amazon service and I get a few bucks.

I spent a couple of weeks comparing GPS units. I read every review on Amazon, went to the Garmin site to compare features and generally was obsessive-compulsive about getting the best deal for the least money. I can save you a lot of time and recommend the one I bought - the Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT a couple of years ago. There are newer models now. I got the LMT because of the lifetime updates. The 5 inch screen is a great step up from older models (like I had). This unit does not scold you with "Recalculating." That alone makes it a winner.

No GPS is perfect, so don't surrender your common sense.