On our very last day in Puerto Rico, we had a few hours to kill before our flight after checking out of the hotel. Casa Bacardi was on our way back to the airport & seemed like a fun stop. The tour is free & includes 2 drinks to sample Bacardi rum at the end. You can even take a pedestrian ferry over from Old San Juan instead of taking a cab or renting a car.
A little trolley takes you from the lounge & bar area to their tour building where you start out with a bit of company history. I loved all the old distilling equipment and hearing how the family was exiled out of Cuba. There is a short video & then the group is ushered into a replica of an old time still & the company’s first offices in Havana.
My favorite part of the tour (besides the free drinks), was the bar lesson where they showed us a few of the most popular rum drinks & the story behind such drinks at the Cube Libre and the daiquiri.
There is a room filled with every imaginable trinket containing the Bacardi bat logo, and we were a tad disappointed that we didn’t get to see inside the world’s largest rum distillery where they make the rum.
Back at the visitor pavilion, I tried out 2 new fun rum drinks & we browsed their well stocked gift shop that had some very cool souvenirs and high-end rums. So glad we stopped here- both to learn about rum, brush up on our Cuban history and for the free drinks!
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