Tasty Tropical Food & Drink Tours in Puerto Rico
When on vacation, our family of foodies loves to explore new cuisines and learn about the local history. Our family of four (including my husband and my two daughters, then aged 10 and 13) took a break from relaxing on Puerto Rico’s stunning beaches to immerse ourselves in the food, drinks and history of San Juan. I highly recommend incorporating these two family-friendly Puerto Rico tours into your stay in gorgeous San Juan.
TASTY PUERTO RICO FOOD TOUR #1: Flavors of San Juan
WALKING (OR RATHER EATING) YOUR WAY THROUGH SAN JUAN
Mofongo, empanadas, mallorcas, ceviche and more…delicioso!
My gang LOVED every minute and morsel of our Flavors of San Juan walking food tour. It was a foodie’s dream-come-true. We visited six different restaurants and leisurely walked about 2 1/2 miles along the atmospheric cobblestone streets of the Old San Juan.
While obviously the food is the star attraction, our expert guide was equally entertaining. Friendly, funny and well-versed in Puerto Rico’s unique cuisine, history and architecture, he made the entire experience even more yummy.
Our first stop was Aromas, where we sampled Puerto Rican coffee, fresh tropical juices for the girls, and mmm mallorcas (grilled ham and cheese sandwich in a sweet roll sprinkled with powdered sugar). Next we cooled off with Señor Paleta’s gourmet ice pops in a shaded park with a spectacular bay view which was refreshing to the palette…and the soul. Then, we made a brief stop at Café el Punto for scrumptious empanadas and zesty ceviche with just the right amount of kick. I loved how my girls discovered new tastes!
Moving on, we arrived at what turned out to be my girls’ favorite stop, Rosa de Triana. In the ambiance of a classic old-time Spanish restaurant, built into a secret tunnel, we all smashed our own mofongo (mashed fried plantains). My girls worked their mortar and pestles like pros! To be honest, my hubby and I enjoyed it as much as they did. Our reward was feasting on our delicious creation, plus heaping servings of rice, beans and chicken.
Onto another family favorite, Casa Cortés Chocobar, the largest chocolate manufacturer in the Caribbean. Like the locals, we dipped a slice of tangy cheddar cheese in a cup of thick rich hot chocolate.
Our final stop was the cozy retro-bar, the Mezzanine at St. Germain, where we sampled several tasty appetizers and tropical piña coladas (non-alcoholic for the kids of course). Flavors of San Juan’s website says their goal is “to feed your mind as well as your belly.” Goal accomplished!
Tips: I highly recommend doing this tour on the first day of your trip. It’s a fabulous way to get acquainted with the local foods so you can try your favorites again. This tour also helps you get your bearings in the city. Don’t forget your camera! The tour passes some of Old San Juan’s most picturesque stops. Finally…do NOT eat before this tour!
TASTY PUERTO RICO TOUR #2: Bacardi Tour
YO HO HO…AND MANY, MANY BOTTLES OF RUM!!
Yup, believe it or not, the Bacardi Rum Tour turned out to be a family-friendly highlight!
Bacardi’s symbol is the bat and it is virtually everywhere you look. We even got a history lesson about how this iconic logo evolved over time.
As we waited for the historical tour to begin, we were offered handcrafted drinks by the Bacardi bartender. My girls enjoyed their non-alcoholic beverages, and my husband and I were excited, too — a magical mojito for me and a perfect piña colada for him.
Next, our guide escorted us to the high-tech visitor center. There we all enjoyed visiting a reproduction of the original factory, hearing stories of pirates, and watching a movie about the Bacardi brand. We then perused some Bacardi family memorabilia and walked through an interactive rum museum. On the tour, your guide will escort you in a covered tram around Bacardi’s scenic property and tell you about the scientific rum-making process. We found it to be very educational and cool for the kids.
Puerto Rico Restaurants
After spending almost two weeks in Puerto Rico, we compiled our family’s list of the 10 best restaurants in Puerto Rico for families. Many have menus de niños (kid’s menus) and all are kid-friendly…and kid-approved! Buena comida!
Where to stay in Puerto Rico
Consider staying at the beachfront Caribe Hilton, San Juan’s kid-friendly top-notch resort. Our family loved it! Our family filled our days in Puerto Rico searching for aliens, bats and caves, snorkeling in the tropical waters, ziplining through the lush forests, taking food and drink tours, and relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Truly, a perfect vacation!
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Flavors of San Juan and Bacardi provided Lisa’s family with complimentary tours to be able to experience them firsthand so that she could include them in her reviews.