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April 28, 2009
From journal Sunny San Juan
The Villages, Florida
July 30, 2006
From journal Puerto Rico for the First Time
January 13, 2003
When you arrive and park you'll be directed to a large, modern-looking, covered, building-type thing (that's the best way I know how to decribe it--if you want to see what I'm talking about, look at the picture). Make tour arrangements and get your pass for the tour and tickets for drinks. You're going to have a little bit of a wait until your tour group is called to the tram to begin your tour of the facility. There is a gift shop that you may want to enjoy. You can take advantage of your two free drinks. The tour is not that impressive. It's more of a show than a tour. We wanted to see them actually making the rum--that didn't happen. There was some "staged" things that showed the process of making rum, but not the actual workers bottling the alcohol. . .but it's free.
Once they drop you back off at the modern-shaped building thing, you can use your tickets for some rum drinks or buy your gifts for folks back home. The prices are indeed better than in the stores--well, slightly. The cheaper price is more a result of no taxes, then of Barcardi's generosity to provide booze at reduced prices. There are also some different rum flavors that you might not be able to get back home. All and all, it was a worthwhile few hours (about 3 hours total). It is one of those things that you aren't sorry you did, but now that you've done it, you're not going to do it again. . .confused yet? I would not pay any tour operator to take me on this tour. It is free to the public and is very easy to find and tour on your own.
A few tips: go at about lunch time (noon) because the crowds are less; don't hand the bartender your drink tickets (make him ask for them--we got a few extra freebies that way); don't buy anything from the gift shop until after your tour (you don't have to carry all your crap with you that way); and don't let your driver drink (you'll be better off with a sober driver going home).
From journal New Year's in Puerto Rico