Bacardi Rum Factory, Puerto Rico
Enjoyed the Bacardi Factory :10 outside of Old San Juan and the airport. This is a run down of the tour we took: When we got to the Bacardi gate, we said we wanted to take the tour and the guard gave us a parking pass for the dashboard (it has rum drink recipes on the back!).
After parking, we walked into an open-air area — with a huge bar, chairs and tables set up. We stopped at the desk to the left and the Bacardi greeter gave us tickets for the tour (in either English or Spanish) and 2 free drink tickets per person. The tours are every 20 minutes (alternating English and Spanish). So there may be time for a drink before the tour, but no drinks are allowed on the tour, so drink fast — or wait and have the drinks after the tour. I was impressed with all the exotic flavors of Bacardi, they recommended mixers & all were delicious.
Our tour was called quickly, so we boarded the tram. The driver talks a little about the company and a sculpture on the quick drive to the tour building The tour is not of the actual factory – but a new tour building. The tour is an hour of a glitzy, informative, entertaining commercial for Bacardi. They began with the history of sugar cane in the Caribbean and the origins of rum making. Then there is a nice movie about the Bacardi family history, and the Bacardi rum making process. Then they brought us to a reproduction of the original factory and the guide told us how the rum was made and shows you how it is stored in burned oak barrels. Then we saw old Bacardi memorabilia – pictures, original bottles, documents and a section to smell the types of rums. Then we were ushered into a "bar" where a bartender shows you how to make Mojitos and a Cuba Libre. He also explains what Bacardi rums are available and how to use them. But there were no samples here.
Then back on the tram and a quick buzz past the actual factory where they tell you what is going on inside and then they whisk you back to the starting visitors center. Of course you get dropped off so you have to go through the gift shop. But the prices are about the same or better than in the supermarkets on the island, and they have all sorts of neat Bacardi clothes and accessories available. Almost everything was available for the same price at the airport.
Unfortunately, photographs weren't allowed! The tour was free and is available 7 days/week — Mon – Sat from 9 am – 6:00pm (last tour @ 4:30pm) and Sun 10am – 5pm (last tour @ 3:45pm). Open 357 days a year- closed only 3 Kings Day (1/6), Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day
We took the ferry to Catano, and hopped the local bus which dropped us off right in front of the Bacardi Factory. We registered in the office and waited for the tram, which took us all around the Bacardi grounds. You don't actually get to go inside the factory, but you do get a history of rum making and sugar processing in a simulated factory. It is really more interesting than I am making it sound. :-) After the tour, you get coupons for FREE drinks at the bar area, so you can sample the rum. The bartenders will mix a drink for you, or you can have it straight up. **Please remember to tip your bartender**
We really enjoyed this excursion - although, you really need to remember how to ask the bus driver to return you to the ferry dock... Since we didn't (and had imbibed some at Bacardi), we just watched out the window until we saw the dock, then pulled the cord on the bus... :-)
When my husband and I visited the Bacardi Factory, we had the chance to enjoy free Bacardi mixers till our tour was ready to take off. Alos, take a picture of the flags, the crooked plam tree, and El MOrro across the water. It is beautiful.
The Bacardi Factory is alot of fun. And I don't even drink...well not much! :) It is interesting and they got cute bartenders to boot. :) They have a fun booth where you can send a video email to friends for free and they give you 2 free drinks at the end of the tour. MMMMMM I had a Mojito and a Cuba Libre (AKA Rum & Coke). What more can you ask for. ;)
This is a unique opportunity to see some of the world's best Puerto Rican rum being made. They give guided tours and you will need to check their website to see when they are available. You also get a free cocktail sample while you are enjoying your visit. You learn the history and about the family and the trademark bat symbol. It is a rare and unique look at Puerto Rico's industrial side in motion.
This is a great activity to get a little tipsy and learn about the world's best rum producer. It's located in Catan~o about a half hour outside San Juan. You get 2 free rum drinks, which includes just about any of their rums in about a dozen concoctions. You may be able to get a few more drink tickets if you ask nicely. You also learn the history behind the company in a short tour. It's worth the trip for someone on a budget.
Peel yourself off the beach for an afternoon tour of the Bacardi Rum Distillery, the world's largest rum distillery. Learn about the modern production techniques while sipping on a free cocktail. Wander through the streets of the 500-year-old capital city, filled with colonial Spanish architecture, cozy cafés, and art galleries.
Take a ferry from Old San Juan cost you $.50 each way and taxi $2.00 each way. Bacardi Rum Factory tour is free with 2 free drinks.
Bacardi Rum originates from Cuba, famous for the drink called "Cuba Libre," Mojitos, and other cocktails. Drink responsibly!
Early in December, there's a Festival at Bacardi where lots (and I mean lots!!) of people go to sing, dance to the plena and the salsa, eat bacalaitos and alcapurrias and buy handcrafts. This is an all-day event, and runs in 2 weekends, no party on weekdays!
Cool place to be and hang out while drinking Medalla (puertorrican beer).
Visiting a factory is not high up on the excitement list, but in comparison to other food/drink factory tours, the Bacardi factory tour is very good. Although the tour itself is interesting, riding around those tourmobiles and seeing all the different processing rooms while learning about the history of rum and the Bacardi family, the end of the tour is what everyone waits for.
Outside under pristine white tents is where you taste the different rums while looking out on the bay. Not bad for a factory!
I wouldnt say that the RUm factory is a must see if you are only there for a few days, but its definitely worth checking out if you have extra time. THey give you a voucher for 2 drinks, which they serve in their outdoor bar.
THe interesting thing about the rum factory is the little bit of history you get with your mojito. THey tell you about the Bacardi family and their troubles in CUba, how the mojito was invented, and how CUba Libre(or rum and coke) came about...
its a fun lil history trip for rum drinkers..
Visit the Bacardi Rum factory
It is interesting to see how they make Bacardi Rum, there is a nice tour and FREE tasting. And you can buy cheap Bacardi rum overthere.
Visit the Bacardi Plant. Home of the famous Bacardi Rum and home of the real Pina Coladas.
If you like rum, you will enjoy this tour. Learn about the process of making rum and the history of the Bacardi Rum. There is a bar and gift shop.
the bacardi rum factory... gotta love those tiny bottles of rum... hey, do you get less drunk if you drink it out of little bitty bottles ?
Bacardi Distillery Cataño. A relaxed tour around the premises of the Bacardi distillery. Free samples, interesting information and a gift shop.