Oh when the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin’
When the sun goes down we’ll be feelin’ alright…
Oh how those iconic Chesney lyrics ring true. When the sun falls in the Caribbean it’s time to head in from the hiking trails, put the snorkeling gear away and prepare yourself for a little indoor fun. For many, the ringing of slot machines and excitement of the dice are to much to resist.
Many Caribbean Islands are known for their casinos. If you crave the high-stakes excitement, head to one of these islands known for gambling. Casinos can be found on such islands as Aruba, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Curacao and Bonaire, and are often in large, beachside resorts. Whatever your choice of chance and skill – all the big card games, dice, roulette, slot machines and even horses – you’ll find it the Caribbean.
Here are my picks for the top 5 Caribbean Casino Destinations
1. Paradise Island, Bahamas
When day turns to night on Nassau Paradise Island, the excitement continues at the Atlantis Casino. This huge complex spans a seven-acre lagoon complete with skylights and windows to bring the sweet sea air indoors. At the Paradise Island Casino, resort guests discover a world class casino games experience featuring 90 table games—including Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat & Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker and Let It Ride. The Bahamas largest casino also offers over 850 of the newest slot machines each equipped with a state of the art player tracking system. And it’s easy to become a rated player on Paradise Island. Guests just insert their room keys into any slot machine or present it at any table game and they begin earning comps such as discounted room rates and invitations to sports book events and gaming tournaments.
2. St. Maarten
St. Maarten is the Dutch side of the small island it shares with its neighbors the French. All casinos on the island are located in the southern Dutch part of the island. Visitors to St. Maarten have over a dozen casinos to try their luck at. Unlike most islands, the majority of the casinos in St. Maarten are stand-alone operations and not located in hotels. A new addition to the casino scene is the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort. The hotel features over 5,000-square feet of casino space and has 260 slots and 10 table games.
The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is home to the Casino Royale, which boasts more than 400 slot machines and a VIP section that is part of their highorollers club. Just in St. Maarten for a layover? The Casino Royal, Mullet Bay Resort & Casino and the Atlantis World Casino are close to the airport so you can get a few hands of black jack in before your departing flight.
Welcome to Jamaica mon. Home to beautiful beaches, kick ass beach bars and yes, casinos. Here you’ll find a selection of stand alone casinos and casinos located in resort hotels. You’ll find most casinos to be located in Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston. Resorts with casinos include the Riu Negril Club in Negril, the Hedonism resorts in Negril and Ocho Rios, and the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort. For some larger venues try Acropolis Gaming & Entertainment Center in Kingston and the jungle-themed Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Each will have enough gaming options to keep you entertained all night long.
If you’re vacationing in Curacoa and have gambling on your mind try the Veneto Casino at the Holiday Beach Resort. It’s the largest casino in Curacao, with a 29,800-square-foot gaming floor and enough slots and gaming table to make your head spin. Then you have the beautiful Breezes Curacao, it features a 15,000-square-foot casino, and the Hotel Kura Hulanda has a European-style casino with the only seven-card stud poker game on the island. The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino and the Hilton Curacao each have smaller casinos on-site. The Otrobanda Hotel and Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino and Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino are a few others are easily located in downtown Willemstad.
5. Dominican Republic
You can find over 120 casinos in the Dominican Republic. You’ll find most in the major resort areas of Punta Cana, Playa Dorado and the capital of Santo Domingo. The Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo is the largest casino on the island, but if you are traveling with kids, you may prefer the family-friendly Amhsa Paradise Beach Club & Casino. Like most casinos, the DR casinos are open until the early morning hours, just incase you get on a hot streak. One good bet is the Playa Dorada Casino in the Allegro Playa Dorada.
You can find casinos all over the Caribbean. From Antigua and Aruba to St Kitts and St. Maarten, Lady Luck is waiting for you. These world-class casinos offer a full range of gaming thrills in beautiful tropical destinations. For some, it’s just what doctor ordered.
US casinos or Caribbean casinos, you tell me where you’d rather get your gamble on.
Let me know what you’re favorite Caribbean island is for gaming.