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“Waste of time...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Bacardi

Casa Bacardi
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Old San Juan Segway Tour
Ranked #1 of 43 Museums in San Juan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The new BACARDI Distillery Tour seamlessly blends contemporary architecture and modern technology; with more than a 150 years of heritage and tradition. If you are visiting Puerto Rico, or simply thinking where to go, visit the largest premium rum distillery in the world - the BACARDI Rum Distillery, where more than 85% of the BACARDI rum of the world is distilled. Here you will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the history and tradition of the most awarded rum in the world, BACARDI. Tours: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
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“Waste of time...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Bacardi tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We drove to Casa Bacardi and took the last tour of the day. It is about a 45 minute tour that describes the rum distillation process, but the interesting part is the family story and artifacts. Then back to the gift store, we were vacationing with another couple so we had the bottle of the 24 year old reserve engraved with our names. It was very nice. There were deals on the rum. Then - we each had 2 free drinks. Doesn't even use up a half day

Visited August 2013
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“Go for free drinks if you have extra time !!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

I visited here with my husband ... though we are not much of touring people we had some extra time in hand as our flight was late hence decided to check the spot out . Well.. its nothing much exciting !! As most reviews say basically you take the ferri to cantona and then take a taxi to distillery. You wait here till they pick you up and give you a ride for 2 minutes and then take you to different rooms ( 3 rooms all together ) with a brief narrative history , a short documentary and then a demonstration of how to make few cocktails . Then you are on your way out . Oh yes, you can take pictures and email it our to your friends while you are there !! Also the taxi's run only with 4 people so make sure you have a party of 4 or make few friends with whom you can share the taxi or else you will be waiting .
The best part was the free drinks that you get while waiting for your ride .
Unless you are a die hard fan of Bacardi , I don't think there is anything you will miss !! unless you wanna kill your extra time with free drinks ...Try the dragon berry it was amazing !!!

Visited July 2013
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“Be careful for dishonest van drivers”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The trip started out nice, with a short fairy ride to the island where the Bacardi distilary is. As soon as we get off the fairy though, we're right into a van with other visitors heading to the Bacardi distilary, as soon as we get there, we are required to pay the van driver 3 dollars per person for what seemed to be a complimentary ride to the distilary, this is 3 dollars to Bacardi and 3 dollars from Bacardi. My point is, before getting into any transportion, make sure you ask if the ride is free and or if you have to pay. The bar tender is light on he rum by the way so don't expect the best of buzzes

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Went here in the late afternoon. Free tour and free drinks. TWO free drinks to be exact. It is very easy to drive to. Must follow directions on website.

We purchased the drinks for sale there and the bartender had an extremely heavy hand. Needless to say.....we were quite buzzed from just one drinks. And we go to keep the glass cup it came in.

Great place. Must go. Historic. Beautiful. Fun. Free Buzz. Cheap liquor. You cannot get any better than this.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Kizz N
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