Dressing up for a night on the town, and heading over to a local casino to enjoy a few beverages and often live entertainment as they gamble the night away is something many vacationers look forward to when planning their Caribbean vacation.
Unfortunately, this vision cannot come to fruition on Dominica, because gambling, and casinos, are illegal on the island.
Long ago, locals determined that they wanted to focus of life on the island to be the island herself, rather than the distractions that many diversions such as night clubs and casinos bring along with them. Year after year, the national motto Après Bondie, c'est la Ter, or "After God, the Earth," reminds them of this, and prevents them from allowing casino gambling to enter Dominica.
...no reason to change your plans...
While this may be a disappointment, it is no reason to change your plans and decide to visit another Caribbean island. Dominica is filled with a wealth of important attractions and fun activities that will keep tourists busy from morning until night – and missing out on a trip to the casino may not even cross your mind as you experience everything the county has to offer. The uncrowded beaches, ample opportunity for diving and snorkeling trips (it is one of the top places in the world to do both, after all), and touring all of the national parks, are all worth distractions.
If you absolutely must make your way into a casino during your Caribbean vacation, Guadeloupe and , the two closest islands to Dominica, each have a pair of casinos that visitors willing to island hop may visit. Daily ferry services can provide you with affordable and scenic transportation to both islands.
The lack of casinos on Dominica will certainly not take away from what is sure to be a memorable vacation on the island. Still, those fiending for a little slot action can further enhance their trip by visiting a nearby island.
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