This. Was so. Cool. Three and a half USD will get you a ferry ride from the docks at San Juan to those of Catano *and* a bus ride to the famous Bacardi distillery. Some friends and I arrived for a mixology tour at 2:30 p.m. We spent the first 45 minutes or so learning all about the history of the brand. I was surprised to learn that although it’s a behemoth of a company, it’s still family owned and operated. Their primary distillery was originally located in Cuba, but the unrest in the 60s moved the family to Puerto Rico for good.
We also learned about the complexities of the quintessential Caribbean spirit (I had no idea there were so many kinds!) and learned how to make three of Bacardi’s signature cocktails. Our pass included a tour of the distillery itself, and a visit to the outdoor bar where we sampled bits of a variety of rums. In addition to all of that, the architecture of the establishment itself was incredible – sculpture, clean lines, and super bright colours gave the whole thing a very art deco feel. The hundred-some acres of immaculately pruned gardens around didn’t hurt either.
Kids under 18 get in free for the Historical Tour, but are not allowed on the Mixology or Rum Tasting Tours.