Take a minute to partake

We wouldn’t want to forget in this spreadsheet of tropical fun one of the more spirited sites the San Juan area has to offer. Casa Bacardi – yes, that Bacardi – the world’s largest premium rum distillery, lies just 20 minutes north, in Cantaño. With a short, scenic ferry ride from Old San Juan, visitors can to tour the new facility at no charge, and learn about the Bacardi family and its centuries-old traditions that imbue history’s most award-winning rum. Old San Juan also offers various premium rum tours and tastings in the city center, and a day-trip to the small island of Vieques, off Puerto Rico’s east coast, will net you a tour of the crumbling, haunting Central Playa Grande Sugar Mill Ruins – a true study of rum’s origins via the exploration of this long-abandoned sugar mill.