Caribbean Casinos

Gaming and gambling are big hits in casinos found throughout the Caribbean

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Caribbean Casinos
 

Visitors to the Caribbean can find all sorts of activities to suit any interest.  For those who have dreams of the neon lights of Las Vegas, but prefer the beautiful islands of the tropics, Caribbean casinos can offer the best of both worlds. Gambling in these casinos can add a little spice to any vacation. Keep in mind that each island's gambling laws will be distinctly their own.

Casino games most often include slot machines, video poker, blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, craps, and roulette. Some casinos include multiple restaurants or clubs, often featuring meringue music. Many casinos are flashy and look like they came right out of Vegas, but others are in an old French-style. Beware that in some casinos, especially those in Puerto Rico, you may be expected to dress formally since many of the islanders like to make a night out a night to remember. Some casinos even keep their doors open 24 hours a day.

Popular in many Caribbean casinos, Caribbean Stud Poker is played by many of the same rules as regular poker, but has one big difference. The players, instead of playing against each other, play against the dealer only. Another small difference is that all of the players can see one of the dealer's cards, which he deals face up. With this information, players are free to make bets. This type of poker is extremely popular both in the Caribbean and on cruise ships, which makes sense because the game comes from Aruba.

Many of the islands have gaming zones where casinos are allowed to be built, or certain laws regarding the locations of the casinos. On some islands, there may be only one city that is home to casinos, while on others they are scattered throughout. Some Caribbean islands may have very few casinos, or no gambling at all. 

Caribbean Countries with Casinos
Anguilla No
Antigua Yes
Aruba Yes
Bahamas Yes
Barbados Yes
Belize Yes
Bermuda No
Bonaire Yes
British Virgin Islands No
Cancun Yes
Cayman Islands No
Curacao Yes
Dominica No
Dominican Republic Yes
Grenada No
Guadeloupe Yes
Jamaica Yes
Puerto Rico Yes
Saba Yes
St. Barts No
St. Eustatius No
St. Kitts Yes
St. Lucia Yes
St. Martin/Maarten Yes
St. Vincent Yes
Trinidad and Tobago Yes
Turks and Caicos Yes
U.S. Virgin Islands Yes

There are many Caribbean islands that do not offer gambling, and those that do may have very different styles of casinos. Consider the following islands before making any casino choices: Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While these are not the only islands to offer gambling to their visitors, they are some of the most popular.

  • Antigua has five popular casinos, including the notable King's Casino, which is the largest on the island.

  • Aruba was the birthplace of Caribbean Stud Poker in 1988 and is home to 11 casinos, which are usually open from midday to nearly dawn.

  • The Bahamas are home to many casinos including one of the largest gaming facilities in the world, the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, which is open 24 hours a day.

  • The Dominican Republic makes up only two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti, but has the highest concentration of casinos in the Caribbean.

  • Puerto Rico is home to many very unique casinos. However, keep in mind that as island laws state, you probably will not be able to drink alcoholic beverages while you're playing here.

  • St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands is home to the Virgin Islands only casino, the Carina Bay Casino.

When you plan your trip you may want to remember a little extra spending money if you are visiting any of the many islands with legalized casinos. Whether just for an afternoon activity or a night out on the town, casinos in the Caribbean are certainly something special.

Listed below are some of the most well-visited casinos throughout the Caribbean.  As you review the list you'll notice that many are located at big-name resorts, such as Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas and Iberostar Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  This is great for tourists who want to enjoy glitz and glamour without having to travel far from their hotel room.  In Puerto Rico, you'll see, it is more common for casinos to be found in shopping centers, but many have shuttles that will pick up potential gamblers from their hotels and deposit them back at the end of the night.  Take a look to see if any of these Caribbean casinos pique your interest.

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