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Bacardi Rum Factory – Tour & Drinks

Una Visita a la Destilería de Ron Bacardí

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Nov 2014- Now the tour and 1 welcome drink in a plastic Bacardi souvenir cup cost $12. For $23 more, you get a “Factory tour” plus either a 4 premium rum tasting or a drink “Mixology” course. Nothing is free anymore :-( But there have been improvements to the whole place.

Bacardi Rum Factory

We took a trip to Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour to see the tour. I admit, the free drinks were also a draw for me! I have been on other sugar cane and rum tours on other islands and always enjoyed them. This was different, more of a tour about Bacardi that takes place at their factory, but not a factory tour. But it is generally entertaining.

Two things before we start:

  • it is freezing inside the tour building – I was happy to have a sweater with me!
  • bring the e-mail addresses of friends so you can send them a video e-card from the tour.

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 the bar and 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.

Our tour was called quickly, so we boarded the tram. The driver talks a little about the company and a sculpture on the 1 minute drive to the tour building (we could have walked there!). 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 start with some 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. I love the music in that movie!

Next you go into a reproduction of the original factory and the guide tells you how the rum was made and shows you how it is stored in burned oak barrels. Then you can look at all sorts of old Bacardi family memorabilia – pictures, original bottles, documents and a section to smell the types of rums.

Then you go 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. No samples here. :-(

Then onto a neat section where they display all sorts of old Bacardi drink ads from magazines from the 1940′s to today – kind of cool! They also have computers available so you can send out a video e-card to friends at home. We made complete fools of ourselves and sent it out so everyone could get a chuckle!

Casa Bacardi

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. Also, some rums (Bacardi Reserva Limitada) are available at only a few places in PR, so they make nice souvenirs. (Note 6/10: Limited Reserva is now available at the Duty Free store in the airport for about $84).

The bartenders will make all sorts of mixed rum drinks or rum straight up. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders- they really appreciate it!

All in all the tour takes about an hour and then we chilled out with the drinks for about another half hour, so it is a nice, free way to spend a half day. No pictures are allowed in most of the inside portion of the tour, but one can have your picture in front of Casa Bacardi!

We recently revisited the Bacardi Factory Tour and found that they’ve completely remodeled the gift shop.

Bacardi does not charge for the tour – it’s free! The Visitors Center tour and 1 drink costs $12, Seniors 65+ $8. Local residents with ID cost $6. However, if you go with a tour operator, it will cost you about $50 per person. That is a rip and the regular tour isn’t worth that much. Once at the facility, after paying the initial entrance fee, an additional fee of $23 will get you other tours, with multiple drinks and tours of other facility areas….Soon we will have a new article that will have that experience.

The tours are 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

Allow 2 – 3 hours.

phone: 787-788-8400

website: www.casabacardi.org

Drink responsibly and Don’t Drink and Drive.

Directions from San Juan – By car, get out of San Juan, go on Rt 18 until Highway 22 W, get off at the exit for Catano / Road 165. There is a little brown Bacardi sign. Take Road 165 until km 2.6 – follow the brown Bacardi signs. The Bacardi factory is visible on the right side just before the exit. You can also turn right at the light at Int 888 (it is in an industrial park area).

From Old San Juan – Take the ferry from Pier 2 to Catano, for $0.50 pp, each way. When you arrive in Catano, go to the right for a taxi to the factory for about $3.00 pp each way.

The drive from our house in Rio Grande takes about an hour and 15 minutes. It should be about 20 mins from the San Juan area.

You may be able to get some of the rum cheaper at the Duty Free store in the airport.

Bacardi Rum Factory

Le hicimosos una visita a la Planta de Ron Bacardí hace un tiempo atrás con el propósito de tomar su comentado tour. ¡Lo admito, las bebidas gratis son muy atractivas para mí! He estado en el tour de la caña de azúcar y otras visitas guiadas de rones en otras islas y siempre las disfrutamos mucho. Esta fue diferente, más que una excursión por una destilería, fue una visita guiada instructiva que trata mayormente de cómo se produce el Ron Bacardí allí en esa planta. La pasamos bien.

Dos cosas antes de empezar:

  • La temperatura en el interior del edificio es muy fría. – ¡Me alegro de haber llevado un suéter conmigo!
  • Lleve con usted las direcciones de correo electrónico de sus amigos para que les envíen tarjetas electrónicas con video de la excursión.

Resumiendo la gira, les comento que cuando llegamos a la entrada de la Bacardi, informamos que deseábamos tomar el tour e inmediatamente el guardia nos dio un pase para ponerlo en el cristal del carro en el estacionamiento. (¡Tiene recetas de diferentes mezclas de bebidas de ron en la parte posterior!).

Luego de estacionar el auto, entramos en un espacio al aire libre – había una barra, sillas y mesas. Nos detuvimos en la mesa de la izquierda y el representante de la Bacardi nos dio entradas para la gira (se pueden hacer en inglés o en español) y también nos dio dos vales por persona para ordenar bebidas gratis. Las salidas para el tour se hacen cada 20 minutos (las mismas se alternan). Este podria ser el momento adecuado para tomar una copa antes de salir a la próxima visita guiada, pero no se permiten las bebidas en el tour, así que debe beber rápidamente – o tomar las bebidas al final de la excursión.

Nos llamaron rápido y de inmediato subimos al tranvía para comenzar el tour. El conductor comenzó hablando un poco sobre la compañía y de una escultura que se encuentra en los predios y en un minuto llegamos al interior del edificio. (Creo que hubiese sido igual el haber podido caminar ese tramo tan corto). La excursión  no se hace en la planta real – sino en un edificio nuevo donde se llevan a cabo dichos tours. El recorrido es de una hora y es mayormente un vistoso y algo ostentoso comercial informativo del ron Bacardí.

Comienzan con un relato histórico sobre la caña de azúcar en el Caribe y los orígenes de la elaboración de rones. Entonces enseñan una película agradable sobre la historia de la familia Bacardí y el proceso de fabricación de su ron. ¡Me encantó la música de la película!

Luego vemos una reproducción de la destilería original y el guía indica cómo se hacía el ron y muestra la forma en que se almacenaba en barriles de roble quemado. Más adelante se pueden apreciar algunos artículos de la historia de la familia Bacardi – fotos, botellas originales, documentos y una sección para catar o distinguir los tipos de rones por medio del olfato.

Entonces te dirigen a un "bar" donde un camarero muestra cómo hacer mojitos y cuba– libres. También explican cuales son los rones que Bacardi tiene disponibles. No dan muestras en este momento.

A continuación, pasan a mostrar todo tipo de anuncios y comerciales de Bacardi de revistas desde la década de 1940 hasta la actualidad – bastante bueno. También pueden enviar un correo–electrónico a sus amigos. ¡Hicimos un poco el ridículo al enviarlo a todos nuestros amigos que supongo se habrán muerto de la risa!

Casa Bacardi

Luego, de vuelta al tranvía y en un dos por tres pasamos por la destilería real donde te indican lo que está ocurriendo en el interior de la misma y luego te llevan de vuelta al centro de partida o sea, el centro de visitantes. Por supuesto que te dejan en un lugar donde tienes que pasar por la tienda de "souvenirs". Pero los precios son casi iguales o mejores que en los supermercados de la isla, y tienen todo tipo de ropa bonita de Bacardi y accesorios disponibles. Además, algunos rones (Bacardi Reserva Limitada) están disponibles en muy pocos lugares en Puerto Rico, por lo que podrían ser recordatorios  interesantes (Nota 6/10: Reserva Limitada ya está disponible en la tienda Duty Free en el aeropuerto por alrededor de $84).

Los camareros hacen todo tipo de bebidas mezcladas con ron. No te olvides de darles una propina. ¡Ellos te lo agradecerán mucho!

En total, el recorrido dura aproximadamente una hora y luego nos relajamos con las bebidas durante otra media hora, por lo que esta es una manera agradable, gratuita de pasar un día y medio. No se permiten fotos en el recorrido interior de la excursión, pero se pueden sacar fotos frente a la Casa Bacardí.

Recientemente hemos revisitado la fábrica de Bacardí y comprobamos que han remodelado completamente la tienda de regalos.

Bacardí no cobra por la gira – ¡es gratis! Nov 2014- $12. Sin embargo, si usted va con un operador turístico, le costará $ 40 por persona. Un precio excesivo y en mi opinión el recorrido no vale tanto.

Los tours están disponibles los 7 días – Lunes – Sábado de 9 am – 6:00 pm (última visita guiada @ 4:30 pm) y domingo 10 am – 5 pm (última gira @ 3:45 pm) Está abierto 357 días al año–cerrado sólo para el día de los tres Reyes Magos (01/06), Viernes Santo, Domingo de Pascua, Día de las Madres, Día de los Padres, Acción de Gracias, Navidad y Año Nuevo.

Separe 2 a 3 horas.

Teléfono: 787–788–8400

página web: www.casabacardi.org

Por favor, beba responsablemente. Si bebe no guie y si guía no tome.

Cómo llegar desde San Juan – En auto, a la salida de San Juan, tome la carretera 18 hasta la autopista 22 W, salgase en la salida de Cataño / carretera 165. Hay un pequeño letrero color marrón de Bacardi. Tome la carretera 165 hasta el km 2,6 – siga los letreros brown de Bacardi. La fábrica de Bacardi es visible en el lado derecho justo antes de la salida. También puede girar a la derecha en el semáforo de la Int. 888 (que se encuentra en una zona del parque industrial).

Desde el Viejo San Juan – Tome la lancha de Cataño en el muelle 2  ($0.50 por persona en cada trayecto). Al llegar a Cataño, diríjase a la derecha para tomar un taxi a la Planta de Bacardí ($3.00 por persona en cada trayecto).

Desde nuestra casa en Río Grande se tarda aproximadamente una hora y 15 minutos. Aproximadamente 20 minutos desde la zona de San Juan.

Usted podría conseguir algunos de esos rones más baratos en la tienda Duty Free del aeropuerto.

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Utilice el siguiente mapa para localizar los lugares mencionados en este artículo. Puede hacer clic en cualquiera de las marcas de posición para ver las coordenadas GPS de ese lugar.

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  1. Sir:

    We are coming on a crusie ship on 8/16/08 and we should be docking at 3 pm. Do we have time to see Bacardi??? We were at your plant 2 years ago and happen a great time. We took the boat over ourself but with this docking time will we have time again. I hope so. Please let me know. There going to be 4 of us. Thanks Lou

  2. Sounds like you’d be cutting it pretty close. With the ship scheduled to dock at 3pm, there’s no telling when you’ll actually get off. By the time you catch the ferry and pick up a taxi to Bacardi, you just may be too late for the last tour (which starts at 4:15).

    Why not just stop by the Casita or the Don Q shop for some free rum drinks?

    Hope this helps.

  3. Just like Lou, we are planning a cruise which arrives at 3pm (October 21). Using your other suggestions, where is the Casita or the Don Q shop?

    Thanks.

  4. Both the Casita and Don Q are on the waterfront across from Pier 1. Acutally, the Casita is a little to the west of Pier 1. This map will help.

  5. Is there a way to get there by bus or taxi? What would they charge? Instead of taking a tour down there…

  6. I’m going to assume that you’re stay in the San Juan / Isla Verde area.

    There’s no easy way to get from that area to Bacardi via bus. It’s possible, but not practical for tourists.

    A taxi would cost around $28 one way.

    Your best bet would be to get to the ferry terminal (pier 2) in Old San Juan and take the ferry to Catano and then a taxi to Bacardi. The ferry is 50 cents one way. And the taxi ride to Bacardi from that side of the bay is only a couple of bucks.

  7. how far is it from the pier the curise ships pull in, to the ferry terminal #2

  8. That really depends on at which pier your cruise ships docks.

    If it’s one of the piers in Old San Juan, then the walk is less than 5 minutes.

    If you dock at the Pan American pier (on the south side of the bay across from Old San Juan), you’d have to take a taxi to get to the ferry pier. If you’re at the Pan Am pier, I don’t know which makes more sense: taking a taxi to the ferry pier, then the ferry to Catano, and then another taxi to Bacardi, OR to just take a taxi directly from the Pan Am pier to Bacardi.

  9. As one of the most ardent fans of Bacardi on the planet [im irish so there is no limits]
    i enjoyed this article thank you.

  10. I actually did this tour with my boyfriend about a month ago after a long day in the Morro and Old San Juan and thank god we did because the factor was very informative and the drinks where delicious.

  11. We justed cruised 2 weeks ago to Old San Juan, read the comments before we sailed and went to the Bacardi factory. Thank you so much for your info. We took the water ferry for 50 cents and a $3.00 taxi ride. Bacardi Factory had a great tour and the drinks weren’t bad either. We went with 17 people and all enjoyed the excursion without having to pay 4 times that amount to the cruiseline! Thanks again!

  12. I would like to know if if necessary to make an appointment to go to the Bacardi Factory tour.
    Thank you. We are planning to go Saturday or Sunday (Dec 19th or 20th.

  13. No reservations necessary. Just show up and enjoy your free drinks until it’s your turn for the tour.

  14. Thanks for the GREAT information and the links. I am going to Old San Juan next December and this was on my list of things to do!

  15. We’re going to San Juan next month. Hopefully nothing has changed as far as the tour and transportation. We will be staying on Ashford Ave in Condada, how far is that from the Old San Juan ferry?

  16. Condado to the Cataño ferry terminal in Old San Juan? It’s about 2.75 miles, or a $12 taxi ride.

  17. Must see! We went to PR for Christmas and decided to go to the Bacardi tour. It was one of the most fun I had on a trip! The tour is great and the people are so friendly. We visited the gift shop and their prices are pretty reasonable. The drinks were pretty good, too. One thing that you must try is the rum flavored cake in the snack shop…Yum! Next time I visit PR I’ll visit the tour again for sure!

  18. can i get bacardi reserve in the us?

  19. do they have an age limit? I’m well over 21 but my younger sister isn’t.

  20. There is no age restriction on who can go on the tour, as long as minors are accompanied by an adult. The drinking age in PR is 18. Obviously, they won’t give alcohol samples the minors … their “free drink” tickets will get them a soda.

  21. Yes. Bacardi Reserve is now being sold in the States.

  22. I took the tour Dec 2012 after we docked in San Juan (Carnival Cruise Dec 2012) It was one of our day trips and the rum was out of sight, very nice tour also. Our tour guide was great, very informative. I wish I had bought some rum home, they had it on the ship.

  23. Just three days ago I visited your Casa de Barcardi in Cantano w/my friends who never took the time to visit your wonderful place. But I missed the opportunity to pick up a sweat shirt w/the barcardi logo and wondered if you have a website that I can tap to and order a few items. Please advise. I want to show off a little at the job……..

  24. I suggest you contact the Bacardi company. They may be able to help. The numbers I have for them:787-788-8400, 787-788-1500
    Good luck!

  25. I took the tour when in the navy years ago, one of my favorite memories of Puerto Rico. Do this one, you will be glad you did.

  26. I have been using the Bacardi frozen alcohol drinks for years, but the last few years I have been unable to find them in any stores in California. Could you let me know where they can be purchased.
    Thank you,
    R. Strong

  27. Robert, we aren’t associated with Bacardi, but I bet you would have better luck asking your local supermarket manager.

  28. We will be visiting Vieques later this month and want to take the tour… How would you recommend getting there from Vieques?

  29. It is past San Juan, so you would somehow need to get back to the mainland of PR and then get there. It would be a real out of the way thing to do but…you can fly to Isla Grande and take a cab to Bacardi. That would be a very expensive trip just for the tour and 2 free drinks! You could take the ferry and then rent a car and drive yourselves. But honestly, the Bacardi tour is not worth the effort.

  30. I noticed there was a mention about drink tickets. Is there a limit on how many drinks you can have before or after the tour? When can you sample, is it before or after the tour?

  31. just re-read your post and saw what you wrote about. Thanks for the info

  32. If you tip the bartender they give you more drinks :D

  33. Forgot to ask, what time does the ferry start & end & how often does it run? Thanks

  34. Is there plenty of parking at Pier 2 & do you have to pay for parking? The tour sounds like fun!

  35. There is no parking at Pier 2. There are a couple parking garages on Calle Recinto Sur, a block or 2 from the Pier.

  36. Info about the Catano ferry is http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/catano-ferry/

  37. If owe arrive to the distillery at 4 will we still be allowed in?

  38. M-Sat the last tour is at 4:30, so yes you will be able to go. Sunday, the last tour is at 3:45,so on Sunday you won’t make it.

  39. Our you going to be open thanksgiving day. we are on a curise and would like to vivited

  40. Bacardi will be closed on Thanksgiving (and any other holiday).

  41. What is the availability, i.e., waiting time, for getting a taxi back to the Catano pier after the tour? Especially when there is are cruise ships in town. . . .

  42. I am not sure, but they might just be waiting at Bacardi to take the last tour people back. You could always get the phone number of the guy that drives you from Catano pier and then call him when you are ready to go. It is important to get the timing right as the ferry only leaves Catano every hour mid day and every 30 mins (during rush hour 3:30-6:30).

  43. The tour is interesting, but when we were there, it was over an hour wait. We asked for additional drink tickets and they were given because of the wait time. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting a bottle of the Bacardi Limitada 12yr (avg) rum ($85 when I was there) – it is quite amazing!

  44. The best way to get there is take 165 to the 888 exit. On 165 from the airport there are brown distillery tour signs but getting off in Catano you will get lost. The sing for 888 is not there but as soon as you get off 165 on 888 you will see the Bacardi front gate.

  45. So am I correctly assuming that the tour is free, but if you go through an outside tour company or book through a cruise line it is 40$??? Other than the taxi ride of 3$ pp and the cost of the ferry to Catano, are there any other charges for the tour?

  46. The Tour and 2 drinks are free. Getting there is the only cost.

  47. Awesome information. I was looking for a way to take this (free) tour without paying the $50 that the tour guides were asking for. Thank you so much, headed to Old San Juan for that ferry :)

  48. Hey, this sounds like a really cool trip. We are staying in Rincon for the rest of our stay. Can you get to the factory from here if you drive. We were told it would be a couple hours to drive but will we still have ferry??
    Thanks

  49. It will be about 2.5 hrs drive and you can drive right to the plant. But maybe you can do it on your drive back to the airport? Otherwise, it really wouldn’t be worth the trip- IMO

  50. Un cordial Saludo:

    Me gustaría saber su dirección postal para poder enviarles una carta, seria tal vez a relaciones publica, sobre una consulta que tengo. Gracias

  51. I assume you mean Bacardi’s address. I don’t know it, but they have a contact us page: http://www.bacardilimited.com/contact

  52. Took a tour today and it was fun. Left the Intercontinental hotel and had the Taxi drop us off at pier 2 for $21 bucks. Bought a ticket to the ferry for .50 cents each and waited around 40 minutes for the Ferry. Took about 10 minutes to cross the lagoon. Plenty of taxi’s waiting on the other side for a short trip to Bacardi for $3 bucks per person. We each got two free drink tickets. We each used one while we waited for our English tour. The tour was interesting. Then back to the welcome center & gift shop. Used our last drink ticket and jumped into a waiting taxi. There were plenty of taxi’s at 6:00 PM. Got to the ferry just as it was docking. Got a dollar bill out and bought two tickets. Jumped on board and 10 minutes later arrived in Old San Juan. We went straight to Raises for dinner. Take $5 or $10 dollar bills for Taxi’s. They did not take to kindly to $20 or $50 dollar bills.

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