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St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Visit St. Lucia Distillers for a behind-the-scenes tour and tasting on this excursion from Castries. Learn about how sugarcane is turned into rum from your local tour guide, then enjoy tasting some of the over 25 rums that the distillery produces, including treats like white rum and flavored rum creams. On the round-trip drive (offered from select hotels,) enjoy views of Marigot Bay and the area's verdant banana plantations.
  • St. Lucia Distillers rum tour from Castries
  • Tour the island’s only rum distillery with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the rum-making process and about the history of rum production in St. Lucia
  • Taste several different rums and rum liqueurs
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from North Island included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (North Island hotels only)
Local guide
Rum tastings
Entry to St. Lucia rum distillery
Visit to Castries Market
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9:30 AM
Following pickup at select hotel locations in Castries, travel out of town to St. Lucia Distillers. Pass banana plantations and appreciate views of Morne Fortune on the way to the distillery, located near Marigot Bay.

Meet your 'Rum Ambassador,' the distillery's specialized guide, for your behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery. Several different brands of rum are manufactured here, including Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum, 1931, and Admiral Rodney. Learn about the rum-making process, from sugarcane to finished product.

Visit the 'rum buffet,' to taste several distinct rums and liqueurs, including Marigot Bay Liqueurs' chocolate orange and coconut flavors. Ask your guide if any additional premium rums are available for tasting; the selection varies by the day. Take this opportunity to purchase any standouts to bring home with you.

Then head to Castries Market, a 100-year-old farmers market, for a chance to purchase spices, fruits, or locally made souvenirs.

After enjoying your tour steeped in the culture, history, and taste of rum, head back to Castries for drop-off at select hotels.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Castries Market
Over 100 year old Farmers Market. Local Arts and Crafts, perfect for Souvenirs. Opportunity to purchase local spices and fruits.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Morne Fortune
Panoramic view of the Castries harbor and city. Views of the official residence of St. Lucia's Governor General, which is over 120 years old.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Marigot Bay
Picture perfect views of the famous Marigot Bay and the lush surrounding landscapes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Lucia Distillers Ltd
Travellers will get a guided tour of the Island's Rum Distillery, where they will learn about the process and machinery used to make rum. They will also get to sample several of the most popular rums, along with the opportunity to purchase their favorites.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age to consume alcohol is 18 years old
  • Please note: Hotel pickup and drop-off included from North Island hotels ONLY. If you are located in a South Island hotel you will need to arrange for your own transportation.
  • CLOSED SHOES ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EXCURSION.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Barefoot Holidays
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by St Lucia Rum Tasting and Tour.

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35 Reviews

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star-1
Tour canceled last minute by operator
Michel_C
, May 2022
Tour company canceled last minute. We were disappointed about this and it was too late to make other arrangements.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Mr. Cockery. We are sorry that you were unable to take part on the day that we suggested. We do hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in St. Lucia. Kind regards.
star-3
Rum tour
lisa_c
, May 2022
We were promptly met by our driver tour guide and his son who took us on a run through a couple of parts of St lucia before arriving at our first destination of the rum distillery of St lucia. The rum tour was brief with 2 quick videos and then a run though the rum making process being shown the machinery they use and every stage through the process. It was a basic and quick tour, after you are free to sample a selection of rums to see if any meets your preference ( careful at this point as they have different strengths and you could walk away pretty drunk if your not cautious) after you can go to the shop if you choose to purchase the rums. Be advised they are mainly cheaper than the shops you may visit elsewhere so keep that in mind if you want bottles of bounty, marigot bay or chairman's reserve! After we were taken to the Castries shopping market and left to our own devices for an hour to discover and purchase anything you like. Don't be afraid to say no if your not interested as you shouldn't get hassled and move on to the next part. One half mainly has the same types of souvenirs available, if you cross the road you will have more wooden gifts, paintings and a food market.. there is also a duty free shopping area so take a photocopy of your passport to get the discount I hope this review is helpful to most as this is an honest review and account of our trip
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Lisa. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review and for sharing some shopping tips with the audience. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in St. Lucia. Have a lovely day!
star-5
Rum-tastic
Dionne_M
, May 2022
Some many rums to try, learned a lot and learned so much about the banana plantations from our driver.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for participating and thank for taking the time to share this review. We appreciate you. We hope to see you again real soon.
star-4
Just Right Rum & Shopping Tour
Gregory_W
, May 2022
The rum tour and tasting was awesome - you get to see the rum distillery up close and our tour guide at The distillery was very knowledgeable. Stan, our driver from Barefoot Holidays, was great - kept things moving and was on time for pickup and very pleasant. The tour lasted about 3.5 hours with pickup and drop off from the hotel
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you very much for this wondeful review and thank you for the kind words mentioned about our Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia driver, Stan. We appreicate you. We hope that we can welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards.
star-2
Poor tour and sympathies to the driver
Peter_L
, May 2022
We found ourselves sharing the transportation with three of the most obnoxious and selfish people I have had the misfortune to come across. The three women were from New York and were loud and lewd. The foul language they were uttering every other word showed no respect for us and the driver. We felt really sorry for him as he behaved impeccably in the face of this onslaught. They insisted that we stop for a photo opportunity, snacks/drinks and KFC on the way to and returning from the distillery. When we arrived at the distillery they we shocked to find that they needed face masks, like everywhere on the island. They started screaming and shouting looking for the driver to berate him that they hadn’t been warned and wanted their money back. We gave them some spare masks just to shut them up and save the driver from more harassment. However, this wasn’t reason for the low score, in fact the courtesy and behaviour of the driver bumped it up to 2 stars. The tour was very disappointing. We were escorted to see 6 deep vats with fermenting rum then down to stand by some distilling equipment with a 5 minute talk on how rum is made. There was a short video and then a row of different rums to taste. The tour was moderately informative and over in a flash. We then we given 45minutes at Castries market (partly down to the antics or the fellow passengers from hell) which was nowhere near enough time. We decided to stay longer in Castries so spent additional money on a cab back to Rodney Bay. It was worth it not to spend another minute with our insufferable American travel companions.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Peter. First let me thank you for taking the time to share this review. We appreciate it. I apologize on behalf of everyone at the company. We are so sorry that you had a negative experience. We care deeply about our customers and do our best to ensure that every activity is fun and exciting. Your comment was read and discussed at lengths at our team meeting that was held this morning. Thank you again for your feed back. Kind regards
star-2
Wouldnt call it much of a tour video and one room
Steven_g
, May 2022
Only real good part was the person that took us to the rum tasting giving history of island as we drove to the rum tasting
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Steven. Thank you for taking the time to share this review. We are sorry that the tour did not satisfy your expectations. We will certainly discuss this feed back with the team and make necessary improvements. Kind regards
star-4
Ask for Vincent !
KATHERINNE_R
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide Vincent truly made this tour worth it . Picked us up at our hotel and took us on an engaging tour along the island to the Rum Distillery. Stopped at a few sites for photos (Marigot Bay, Local University, coconut tasting). The rum tour was fine . Very quick introduction and tour of the distillery. The rum tasting was the highlight . Plenty of options to taste from . Would recommend (if only for Vincent’s tour ).
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for this very lovely review. I will share it with Mr. Vincent. He would be very pleased to receive it. At Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia, we do our best to offer great experiences. We look forward to welcoming you back real soon. Warm regards.
star-5
Best tour
Krystal_R
, Mar 2022
Very good tour. William the tour guide made the trip very enjoyable. He’s amazing. Main thing to remind when booking never call the call always email back the same email in which you book. There’s some miscommunication somewhere. Will definitely visit this tour again. Brought lots of rum on my way back home
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Krystal. Thank you for taking the time to share this nice review. We are very happy that you've enjoyed the experience. William would also be very pleased when we relay this information. We look forward to welcoming you back to Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia real soon. Have a lovely day!
star-5
Fun with Rum, William and Sammy
Patti_D
, Mar 2022
William is an excellent tour guide! He was fun and entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip learning many facts about St Lucia on our way to the Rum Distillery. And we can’t say enough about the excellent driving skills of Sammy! We highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Wow! Thank you. We are so happy that you enjoyed the Rum Tasting Tour and the time spent with our Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia team memberss, William and Sammy. We appreciate you! Have a great day!
star-5
Fun trip to rum tasting with Vincent!
Gary_P
, Jan 2022
What a wonderful private tour with Vincent to enjoy the rum distillery tour as well as other sights along the way. He was very conscious of what we might want to do on the way to and from the distillery, including a road side stop where Vincent bought us a fresh coconut for a wonderful taste of the coconut water. We ended up with a guide at the distillery that was very hard to understand, but the tour was still amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the lovely review about the Rum Tasting Tour and Mr. Vincent. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience. Have a lovely day!
star-5
GREATGUIDE-GREAT TOUR-GREAT DAY
Richard_C
, Jan 2022
What a great day!! Our tour guide, Sammy, was one of the best we have had on any of the Islands we have visited, and there have been many!! His knowledge of the island was superb and his anecdotal stories kept us in stitches. Not only did we do all that was on the stated itinerary, Sammy took us up to where the Universities are located and pointed out the differences to us in the building styles of the French and the English during their varying and alternating periods of occupation. Then it was off to a vendor of the many banana products and by-products produced on the island by the vibrant banana industry that thrives here, having overtaken the once dominant sugar cane industry. From there we went to the distillery where we learned the fine art of making rum from sugar cane and molasses. Once educated, we had the opportunity to sample some of St. Lucia's finest, and they surely were fine. Sammy coaxed me in to trying a shot of the DOUBLE, 160 proof rum, before we left, Boy, will will that set you back on the seat of your pants!!! From the distillery we cruised back to Castries for a 20 minutes tour of the open air market; quite the experience!! Then we went to lunch ( also not on the schedule) at the Coal Pot for a very enjoyable lunch to conclude our tour. For the price, this is a tour not to be missed, Sammy was just fantastic and we do this tour again with him as the guide.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful review with us. Sammy consistently goes over and above to ensure that our clients are happy. We are very pleased that you've enjoyed the experince. We look forward to seeing you again, real soon. Have a great day!
star-5
Excellent tour, great fun
Gary_T
, Dec 2021
Our driver Samuel couldn’t do enough for us, nothing was too much trouble. Very informative, pointed out lots of interesting facts whilst showing us different places
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Gary, we are pleased that you enjoyed the Tour with Sammuel. He loves his job and he goes over and above everyday to enusure that his clients are happpy. We appreciate this feedback. Thank you.
star-5
Great tour
Seth_C
, Oct 2021
Our driver Victor took very good care of us and made sure that we were comfortable the entire time. He was very knowledgeable and showed us many beautiful and historical sites along the way.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Seth. Thank you for posting such kind comments about our driver, Victor. We make every effort to provide service that is above and beyond your expectations, so we are pleased to see that you enjoyed your excursion. We look forward to sharing your comments with Victor and our team. Thank you for choosing Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia . We hope to welcome you again soon. Take care!
star-5
Vincent is amazing!
Kelsey_M
, Sep 2021
My husband and I booked a rum distillery tour while honeymooning in St. Lucia. We expected to be picked up in a van with other couples; however, we had a private air conditioned vehicle with the absolutely purest form of a tour guide - Vincent. Vincent not only took us to our tour but took us around the city of Casteries to see notable sites such as beautiful look outs, the Governor's home, and he stopped to buy us fresh coconuts to drink the coconut milk. My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Vincent. If you decide to do this tour, make sure to request to have Vincent drive you and prepare to bring a fair amount of cash to tip him, because you will want to!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Kelsey_M, we thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so happy that you both enjoyed your tour with Vincent. We will send him a copy of this reveiw. He loves taking special care of his clients! Thank you for choosing Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia. We appreciate you!
star-5
Educational Trip
Matthew_D
, Sep 2021
Samuel was very knowledgeable of the local history of Saint Lucia and gave us a bit of an education during our trip to the distillery.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for choosing Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with Sammy. He loves taking special care of his clients! He was very pleased to see this review! Thank you so much. We look forward to welcoming you back real soon.
star-5
Great tour with accomodations on transportation
Colin_B
, Jul 2021
Viator helped with communication with the excursion management in order to set up special transportation from the southern part of the island to this northern excursion. The tour was informative in the history of rum on the island and how rum is made. We did not get to walk through sugar cane or sugar beet fields, but got to tour inside of distillery. The rum tasting was great, and we got to taste every single thing the disterally makes. After your and tasting we got to purchase full bottles of spirits at the cheapest price on the island. Highly recommend for those who like rum.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Colin_B. Thank you for this wonderful detailed review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for choosing Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia. We hope to welcome you back real soon!
star-5
Yohoho and a Bottle of Rum
Kathryn_A
, Mar 2021
Very interesting well run tour. Many items available for tasting (15 plus). Good product. Our driver showed us many interesting things we had not seen seen before. Worthwhile.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Kathryn, we are so pleased that you enjoyed the Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia Rum Tasting Tour. Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely review, we appreciate you. Have a great day! Come back soon!
star-4
It was a fun experience and our tour...
Ashley R
, Jun 2018
It was a fun experience and our tour provider Samuel really went out of his way to make it special.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Thank you so much to Stan for...
Tracy_M
, Oct 2016
Thank you so much to Stan for spending the morning with us. We had a fantastic time! I remember every detail, unlike my husband !! The rum tour was very interesting!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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