Yucatan Peninsula Casinos

As long as you are not a serious gambler, the Yucatan will do just fine

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Simply put, the Yucatan Peninsula is not the best place for gambling in the Caribbean. With card games and roulette still illegal, you will be limited to video poker games and slot machines. Still, if you are itching for a quick game, the casinos in the area should be enough.

Where to Find Gambling

Looking for a bit of action? Those interested in trying their luck in some gaming action have lots of venues where they can do so. Click on the name of the venue to get more information.

Caliente Casino has a restaurant, which provides added convenience before or after you try your luck. Set at the east end of Paseo Cancun Plaza, Caliente Casino features a '70s inspired decor, with two bars, and a clean environment.

If slot machines are part of your plans, consider giving The Palace Casino a try. At the Palace, you can place your bet at one of four Blackjack tables with a unique house made token. Bets are taken by the lovely dealers in both US and Belizean dollars, allowing you to play in whichever currency you feel most comfortable.

Dubai Palace Casino: A favored pastime amongst tourists, spending some time in the casino is a great way to pass some time and have some fun. Dubai Palace is one of the few casinos in Mexico with a bilingual staff, which makes this particular spot even more popular amongst American visitors.

The table just below provides you with a few details regarding the gambling venues you might be interested in.

Gambling In Yucatan Peninsula
Name Type Located At Phone Location
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade -- (664) 682-3110 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Caliente Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop -- -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
Casino Palace Bingo Parlor -- (998) 884-8594 Downtown Cancun Mexico
Dubai Palace Casino Slot Machine Arcade Plaza Las Americas Mall -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
Las Vegas Casino Casino -- (501) 423-7000 Corozal District, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Belize
Playboy Club Cancun Casino -- -- 3.0 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop -- -- 0.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone Mexico
Recorcholis Arcade Gambling Arcade -- -- Downtown Cancun Mexico
The Palace Casino Casino -- (501) 226-3570 San Pedro, Southern part of Yucatan Peninsula Ambergris Caye

If you want to learn about a wider range of attractions beyond this category, you might want to look at other locations. If interested, you can find more details concerning other attractions by clicking here.

Brief History of Gambling in Mexico

Gambling has been a part of Mexican culture since the time of the Aztecs, despite the legal indecision over the matter in the last century. French-style casinos could be found throughout the country during the 19th century, though these facilities fell out of favor after the Mexican Revolution.

In the 1920s, casinos began to gain popularity once more as U.S. citizens began entering the country looking for places to gamble legally. The casino boom ended once more in 1947 when the government passed a law making gambling illegal. For years, various states in Mexico had been challenging the ban by opening casinos only to have them immediately shut down by the government. Then, hotels in Cancun began finding ways around the ban by hosting casino nights in which no actual money exchanged hands. From there, the boundaries were pushed even further by casinos that opened offering only computerized gambling.

Slowly, but surely, the government became more and more lax regarding casino regulation, giving in to the idea of millions of dollars of profit that it could be benefiting from.

Today, the legal aspects surrounding gambling in Cancun remain hazy and are always in flux. As more and more casinos pop up on the map, though, experts are sure that the rules will continue to relax until casino gambling is fully legal.

Take caution when planning your trip to Cancun, and avoid planning your days around the casinos. Because the regulations regarding licensing could change at any time, it is best to have a Plan B. With so many other options of activities to participate in, it's easy to forget you ever wanted a casino night included as part of your trip. Days can be filled with tours, shopping, and snorkeling, while checking out the local bars and night clubs are always a fun way to spend an evening.


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