The Bacardi Rum Factory is entwined with the history of the Caribbean itself, and the factory’s new visitor center traces the company’s early roots as a small distillery in Cuba through American Prohibition, the Cuban Revolution, and beyond. Today, Bacardi is a well-known brand with a global presence, and its factory in Puerto Rico is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.
Bacardi may evoke memories of late-night parties or mojitos on the beach, but there’s island history and culture too to be explored on a tour too. There are three tour options: the Historical Tour, the Rum Tasting Tour, and the Mixology Tour, and each opens with a welcome cocktail. Combine a visit with a guided tour of Old San Juan for a more holistic look at regional history.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Bacardi Factory is open daily with shorter Sunday hours.
- The tour is a must-do for history buffs and those seeking insight into Caribbean culture.
- Bring your photo ID if you plan to drink and are 18 years or older.
- You may be buzzed by the end of the visit—be sure to arrange safe transportation to your next destination.
How to Get There
A ferry ride will get you from Pier 2 in Old San Juan to Cataño, where you can catch a shuttle or taxi to the Bacardi Factory. Driving is not recommended for those doing the tasting tour or mixology tour, but designated drivers can take Highway 1 from Old San Juan to 22 West and then take the exit for Cataño.
When to Get There
The Bacardi Factory is open daily until 4:30pm, making it an easy activity to tack onto your San Juan itinerary. It is most popular in the afternoon and on weekends, so plan to visit earlier in the day (or earlier in the week) if you want a more intimate tour experience.
Viva Cuba Libre
Bacardi claims that the famous mix of rum and Coke with a lime, or Cuba Libre, was invented by American soldiers stationed in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Regardless of origins, you can enjoy the drink knowing it has withstood the test of time. Pick up a bottle of rum in the gift shop to take the experience home.