Bacardi Rum Factory
If you’re in Scotland, you drink scotch. But in Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean, the drink of choice is rum. Just ask Captain Jack Sparrow. And when it comes to rum, there’s no other brand to choose but Bacardi. And that company is based right here in Puerto Rico. So would you like a Bacardi Tour?
- From Old San Juan, you take a ferry along with the residents in the area, and then you take a short taxi ride to the Bacardi Rum factory. If you have your own car, the guard will give you a parking pass which you should keep because there are rum recipes printed on it. Take your pictures here, because it’s not allowed when the tour starts.
- When you get there, just tell the guard that you and your friends are there for the tour. Then you will be led to an open air area where you wait for the tram to arrive. The greeter gives you the free tickets for the tour and passes for two free drinks per person.
- The tours start every twenty minutes, and it alternates between English and Spanish. So you have time to enjoy a few drinks while you wait. If the tram arrives too early, you can always enjoy your free drinks after the tour. You can’t drink during the tour.
- When the tram arrives, just board it and it will take you to the tour building. The driver talks a bit about the Bacardi company and about the statue on the grounds. The trip to the tour building takes only about a minute.
- The tour proper begins, and it’s chockfull of information. This isn’t just info you can get online. You view a film and you get to see actual memorabilia. The old ads are great. There are also demonstrations on how you make Mojitos and a Cuba Libre and how to enjoy rum in general. You can also use their computers to send video e-cards to folks back home.
- Then you go back to the tram, go past the actual factory and you’re back at the starting visitors’ area. There’s a gift shop, and it’s very hard not to get some Bacardi rum for a souvenir. The price is generally the same as (or even cheaper than) the prices in the local stores, and sometimes you can get limited types of rum that are more difficult to find on the island.
- There are also lots of other Bacardi paraphernalia, including clothes and other accessories.
- You can still drink in the visitor’s area, and the bartender can mix you some nice rum-based drinks to really enjoy the day. Just don’t forget to tip the bartender!
So that’s the Bacardi tour: it’s a great way to spend an hour or so for “historical and educational” purposes and you also get free drinks besides. If Jack Sparrow was around, he’d probably be here every day.
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