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Review of Don Lucas Cigars

Don Lucas Cigars
Ranked #2 of 35 Shopping in Punta Cana
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a complementary outing - complete with hotel pick up/drop off, tour of the Don Lucas cigar factory (with demonstrations & samples!), the rum factory (with samples!), and the chocolate factory (again, with samples!). Of course, we purchased some cigars, some rum, some jewelry (silver with stones called Larimer, specific to the DR), and some chocolate products (chocolate tea, cocoa skin lotion, chocolate jam, etc.) - all made either at the Don Lucas complex or in the DR - but you don't have to buy anything. It was a very interesting and enjoyable excursion.

Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Upon entering, we were asked if we would like to try a cigar. Nearby two men were making cigars by hand. We were offered very little information. Because I insisted, Ernesto Rivera took me to the humidor where they keep thousands of Don Lucas cigars and also the room where they store tobacco leaves in large sacks for months. He explained to me how the strenghth of a cigar depends on whether the leaves are taken from the top or bottom of the plant. He said that they can not let all of the tourists into the humidor. However, I have to believe that most people would have enjoyed a bit more information.

Now the huge cigar store (temp. and humidity controllded) on the second floor is a different story! They probably have every possible Dominican and Cuban brand for sale. There you are also invited to try several cigars.

BUT DON'T MISS THE CHOCO MUSEO next door. There they promote the fact that they will explain chocolate "from bean to bar!" And they do. You are not offered sales or samples until you have had a chance to learn about the plant and to taste unsweetened ground roasted chocolate beans. You can even make an appointment to return to make chocolate in their kitchen.

Transportation from the resort to Don Lucas was free.

2  Thank craig h
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

It was a good tour, learn and sample the cigars they make. Try 3 different types of rum, and enjoy delicious chocolate. Highly recommend the chocolate tea they let you sample. Prices aren't bad in the cigar and rum shops but chocolate prices are a little high.

1  Thank PapaSiggy
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place was by far the most interesting excursion we did, and it was FREE! We asked our hotel concierge about a cigar tour and he recommended this one. The pickup was free, which we were not expecting. When you get there they offer you one of their hand rolled cigars to smoke while you go on the tour. You get to see them actually rolling the cigars and then they show you all the gifts they have. Then we went on to the Rum factory tour, Oliver Rum. They let us try just about every Rum they offer and we bought a good amount to bring home because of it. They explain the process and what goes into making each one. Then the final stop was my favorite, the ChocoMuseo. A guide shows you around the small shop and tells you all about how Cacao is harvested and processed and the history of chocolate. As before, they give you a sample of anything you want and don't push you buy anything. We ended up buying a lot of different products. The best thing there is the Chocotea which is made from the husks of the Cacao pods. SO GOOD. I would recommend this for a fun, relaxing excursion and for a chance to try all the Domincan has to offer in delicious chocolate, rum, and cigars.

2  Thank weekendtripper42
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

This was great additions to our trip to punta cana. The tour and explaination of the products were awesome, we loved it and go back without a doubt. Our driver Eduardo was too cool, I left my phone on the shuttle and he made sure I got it back, please tell him I said thank you, guys.

Thank 216Clevelandboy
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