My boyfriend and I are 28 and 29. We enjoy having fun and having a few drinks on vacation and thought this would be a really great tour. Not so much.
We were told we would only have to pay a 50 cent each way ferry to get there and it was a quick tour and you get free drinks. So we said sure why not. The ferry is quick and cheap but what you don't know is you have to take a cab from the ferry to the factory. Don't walk - it's a seedy area and it will legit take you like an hour and you have to go a little bit on a parkway. Pay for the cab and stay with a group of people.
We were excited to get 2 free drinks each. That was nice. But the tour killed our buzz. It was SO boring and consisted of a replica of the inside of the old buildings, an unnecessary 9 minute video, and a few different "stations" that you have to wait for the entire group and tour guide for. If we could walk through freely without a guide it would have maybe been better. But they make you wait to get in a outdoor shuttle "for safety reasons" to go like 200 feet across the parking lot to go back and forth.
Everyone was bored. It just wasn't what I thought it would be. I agree with another reviewer who said skip the tour and go for the free drinks and gift shop. But drinks in Old San Juan aren't super expensive anyway. We missed the ferry back by one minute so we walked across the street to Don Tello's Restaurant and the happy hour had Bacardi drinks for $2.50. But we had to wait a half hour for the ferry to come back.
It definitely wasn't a terrible experience but it wasted a lot of our time that we alotted for Old San Juan (almost 4 hours between waiting for ferries, the time we waited for the tour to start, and the actual tour itself). Personally, we wouldn't go back. If you're interested, have nothing better to do, and you have time to kill, go. If you're looking to have fun, I wouldn't recommend it. The gift shop was cute and we got a few things for our parents, but would I take a ferry and cab to go all the way to a gift shop? No.
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