Bacardi fans will love this insider’s tour of the distillery that produces one of the world’s most famous rum brands. Enjoy a complimentary libation and learn the history of the company before checking out some of the greatest sights in historic Old San Juan.
The tour starts with an afternoon pickup by minivan from select hotels in San Juan. Then proceed on to Cataño, the facility also known as Casa Bacardi. What is now the world’s largest rum distillery was founded in Cuba in 1862, before moving to Puerto Rico in 1936. Savor a handcrafted rum cocktail in the building’s pavilion before moving on to learn about the company history and distilling process.
Continue with an interactive exhibit detailing the lineage of this celebrated spirit brand and family-owned business. Check out a re-creation of the company’s original operation in Cuba, and admire artifacts and photos showcasing the brand’s unique heritage. Take a few minutes to sniff different varieties of rum before heading to the bottling plant for an overview of fermentation and production. Before you leave, peruse the gift shop for a few rum and Bacardi-themed souvenirs.
Next climb aboard your minivan to head to Old San Juan, a charming neighborhood first-settled by the Spanish in 1513. Listen to details of the area’s history while admiring the Capitol Building, bedecked in white marble, and the beautiful Moorish-inspired Casa de España.
Then take a look at La Muralla, a monster defensive wall nearly 20 feet (6m) thick and up to 60 feet (18m) tall, which was used by the Spanish to guard the city from invaders. Next move on to San Cristobal Fort, where you’ll get out of the minivan to hear an overview from your guide about its unique layout and history defending the city. In the distance you’ll see great views of San Juan Bay and El Morro.
End your tour with some time to shop among the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, before your drop-off back at your San Juan hotel.