Chumley's Bear Cruise 2009
Chumley's Bear Cruise 2009

Day Four: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Today was our second port of call, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and our second excursion.

The day on shore began with a bus tour of historic San Juan. We stopped first at the Provincial Capitol building, constructed in the 1520's. Next stop was Fort San Cristóbal, the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. I got lots of great pics of the city and the port from there. Afterwards we drove by Fort San Felipe del Morro, and then by several historic buildings in downtown San Juan. One such building was a house where the pina colada was created. We stopped in a town square for lunch (a Wendy's of all places) and a little walking around.

The second part of the day was a tour of the Bacardi factory. Definitely of interest to me as I am a big fan of rum. Before the tour started we were given two free drinks at the rum bar. The tour itself didn't go to the production areas for safety reasons, but rather to a large visitors center. Inside there was detailed information and exhibits on the history of the Bacardi family and on how their Rum was created. After the tour we had a few minutes to shop in the company store where we took advantage of the very cheap rum prices. We also picked up a few bottles of their Reserva Limitada, rum aged for at least fifteen years and only sold at Bacardi's factory stores.

That evening we joined a group of bears at the buffet, then finished things off with a trip to Dante's disco.

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