Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Become a Mixologist at Casa Bacardí

If you like rum drinks and would like to learn a little bit of bar tending, the Mixology “class” at Casa Bacardí is for you. Heck, even if you just want to have fun and drink some cocktails, this class is for you!

Casa Bacardí is located in Catano, maybe a 20-minute drive from San Juan (or a short ferry ride from Old San Juan). This is the place where Bacardí rum is made, so many rum enthusiasts make a visit. It is a fun place to spend some time, enjoying a drink and learning about Bacardí, from the origins of the brand, to how rum is produced today. They offer 3 different tours: a Historical Tour, a Mixology Tour, and a Rum Tasting Tour. We recently went for the Mixology Tour, and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Casa Bacardi Mixology

Our Mixology Tour

They ask you to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled tour, in order to sign in, etc. They give you a commemorative glass, and a token for a complimentary drink. We had some time to kill before the tour, so we wandered to the bar and I exchanged my token for a Bacardi Sunrise, and Ray got a Cuba Libre. We enjoyed the drink in the open air pavilion, it was breezy and cool on this warm, sunny day. Great photo opportunities here … you can see Old San Juan and El Morro from the pavilion.

When it was time for our tour, we boarded the tram, and took a short ride around the distillery grounds. As we were taking the short ride, the tour guide explained the different buildings, and artwork that we passed. We stopped at the “Cathedral of Rum”, which is part of the actual factory.

Casa Bacardi Mixology

Downstairs they told us about the origins of Bacardí, some history about how rum is made, and they showed us some of the rums they produce, and the discussed the differences between the various rums. After our history lesson, we went upstairs, where they gave us a brief glimpse of the rum production facility (the fermentation process). There were lots of big tanks full of promise!

Then we went to the roof, where you can see the “back lot” and a great view of Old San Juan and El Morro, and areas west. They explained more of the rum-making process. An interesting tidbit is that the rum is shipped to Florida where it is bottled (since it’s more cost-effective to ship the rum up there, than it is to ship the empty bottles to Puerto Rico).

Then we walked over to the classroom building, along the way learning about sugar, and the sugar cane train. Once we got to the classroom, hand-washing was a requirement before entering the classroom … No dirty fingers when making drinks please!

Casa Bacardi Mixology

We were assigned to our bar-tending stations, and the tour guide explained the supplies we had, and the use of each. For each of the three drinks that we made, the guide gave us the history of the drink, and step-by-step directions on how to make the drink.

First up was the Cuba Libre … that one is easy … and it goes down quickly. But hang on, you have to start making your second drink before you’re finished drinking your first! Next up was the Daiquiri. That is a yummy drink too! Now you have two drinks to finish, and you’re starting to mix your third one … the Mojito. A little more complicated, but still easy enough to make. It also was delicious … compliments to the bartender … oh wait … that was me! At the end, they give you a cute “Bacardí Mixology Certificate” with your name on it, proclaiming you to be an “Honorary Bacardí Mixologist”. Mom would be so proud!

Casa Bacardi Mixology

So yes … you counted correctly. In about 45 minutes you have made, and consumed, three 12-ounce cocktails. You don’t have to chug them down. You do have your commemorative glass that you can fill up with whichever cocktail you didn’t finish drinking, and enjoy it “to go” on your way back to the pavilion.

Like any tour, the exit is through the gift shop. Here you will find all sorts of Bacardí merchandise for purchase … rum not available elsewhere, and even a chance to bottle your own special aged rum. Of course, they have a photo e-card you can send (free) to your friends!

From the gift shop, there is a short walk back to the pavilion, where you can relax for a while, while your body processes the rum you’ve been feeding it. They have free Wi-Fi, that is a nice touch (especially for cruise ship visitors), so you can send pictures to friends of you enjoying yourself at Bacardí!

Casa Bacardi Mixology

Details

The cost of the tour is $75 per person, for adults 18 and older. Kids under 18 are not permitted on the tour.

The Mixology Tour is offered 7 days a week at various times, check their calendar for exact dates/times.

The tour itself takes about 90 minutes, plus time to relax in the pavilion before/after the tour. I think we were there a total of about 3 hours.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink & drive. Uber and taxis are available to/from Bacardí.

You can book your tour online to guarantee space on the tour at the time you want . You can visit their Facebook page for more information or to ask them a question.

Directions from San Juan – By car, get out of San Juan, go on Rt 18 until Highway 22 West, get off at the exit for Catano / Road 165. There is a little brown Bacardí sign. Take Road 165 until KM 2.6 – follow the brown Bacardí signs. The Bacardí 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 (or bus- whichever is running) from Pier 2 to Catano, for $0.50 per person, each way. When you arrive in Catano, call for an Uber to take you to Bacardi. There may be taxis around in Catano to take you from the terminal, but they don’t wait around since the ferry stopped working. .

It should be about 20-minute drive from the San Juan area.

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

Ads & Sponsors

Other Puerto Rico Resources …

Coqui's Hideaway Rainforest Villa in Rio Grande Located in the Foothills of El Yunque