The Dominican Republic Casinos

The Dominican Republic offers a variety of ways to test your luck

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When you are on vacation, many choices may seem like a gamble. From taking chances on unfamiliar cuisine to risking it all trying a new activity, there are plenty of ways to test your luck.

However, if you’re looking for a true gambling experience during your next trip to the the Dominican Republic, try your luck at one of the many casinos located on the island. Whether you’re a hardcore poker player or just want to soak up the exciting vibes, the casinos on this popular Caribbean island promise to leave you coming back for more.

There are dozens of casinos located throughout the the Dominican Republic, although the majority are concentrated around Santo Domingo. Once you have booked your ideal lodging facility, scope out which casinos are centrally located near your accommodations for easy access. Stop by your hotel’s front desk for advice on the best venues.

More Options than just Casinos

Although the most common way to test your luck is by visiting a nearby casino, many travelers prefer alternative gambling options instead of the standard slot machines and poker tables. Luckily for visitors in the the Dominican Republic, this island nation offers a variety of gaming choices that are sure to please any gambler.

If your ideal style of gambling involves betting and spectator sporting events, consider attending a local race. Many tourists will feel more familiar with horse racing, but dog racing is also a popular sport. Patrons pick their favorite animal, and place bets on which creature they anticipate will bring home a victory. More adventurous travelers may want to check out a cock-fighting event, although this gambling option is highly controversial and not recommended for families or anyone unfamiliar with the process.

For a more subdued, yet still exciting day in the Dominican Republic’s gambling realm, head to a local Bingo parlor for some good old-fashioned fun. This activity is a great idea for families because the atmosphere is more relaxed and kids can often partake in the game. Check with your travel agency or hotel front desk for more information about Bingo parlor locations and possible age restrictions.

Where to Find Gambling

Looking for a bit of action? Visitors wanting to test their luck in some gaming action will have lots of options. To get full details, click the name.

Barceló Santo Domingo Casino is located in downtown Santo Domingo. The casino is open from noon through 5:00 am.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, consider giving Catalonia Bavaro Casino a try. Located at the Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf, and Casino Resort, this casino is one of the busiest spots for nighttime entertainment on resort property. With rows of slot machines and a floor filled with game tables, you're sure to find your high or low stakes niche in no time.

Club Bahia Principe provides a wide array of games for gamers to try out, including Blackjack, Poker, and Roulette. The best time to game in the Dominican Republic is between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The following table has a few details regarding the gambling venues you may enjoy.

Gambling In the Dominican Republic
Name Located At Phone Location Island
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe (809) 686-5797 3.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Friusa Hispaniola
Barceló Santo Domingo Casino Barceló Santo Domingo (809) 563-5000 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Barceló Santo Domingo Casino Barceló Santo Domingo (809) 563-5000 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Casino Dominicus -- (809) 685-1717 The vicinity of La Romana, Eastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Casino Playa Chiquita -- (809) 571-3416 Sosua, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Casino Riu Palace Macao Riu Macao (809) 221-5555 2.3 mi. North of Central Friusa Hispaniola
Catalonia Bavaro Casino Hotel Catalonia Bávaro Resort (809) 412-0000 4.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Pueblo Bavaro Hispaniola
Club Bahia Principe Bahía Príncipe San Juan (809) 226-1590 4.4 mi. West of Central Rio San Juan Hispaniola
Dreams La Romana Casino Dreams La Romana (809) 221-8880 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Casino Grand Paradise Playa Dorada (809) 320-3663 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Playa Dorada the Dominican Republic
Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana (809) 731-0000 3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Friusa Hispaniola
Hodelpa Gran Almirante Casino Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel and Casino (809) 580-1992 Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Matum Casino Matum Hotel And Casino (809) 971-3222 Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Ocean World Casino -- (829) 237-1380 3.8 mi. Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Omni Casino -- (809) 685-2867 Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic
Paradisus Punta Cana Casino Paradisus Punta Cana (809) 687-9923 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Friusa Hispaniola
Puerto Plata Beach Resort Casino -- (809) 261-2282 Puerto Plata, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic

Bear in mind, you can find plenty of other types of attractions. Those needing to find out more about other attractions here.


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