The Rum Diary is an adaptation of Hunter S Thompson’s vaguely autobiographical novel about his time served at the San Juan Star. As far as Johnny Depp and co. are concerned, the film is about many stories (romance, buddy movie, corporate intrigue), all of them revolving around expats versus locals in 1960s Puerto Rico. But regardless of what you think of the plot, the movie is a gorgeous peek at the east side of the island of Puerto Rico.
TRD lets you bask in the clean mod architecture of the wealthy coastline, dart through the lush jungles aboard a round of questionable vehicles, and watch staticky TV via your neighbor’s apartment across the alley in el Viejo San Juan. Plus there’s a bedazzled turtle. I mean, not that this is meant as a tourism PR piece (pretty clearly stated as such in a couple of the plot’s strands), but considering the real deal is just a couple hours’ from the East coast, it’s worth a trip. See for yourself. And on the flight there, watch this. (But do not try to best that record of 161 nips.)