Casinos in the Caribbean

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS - FEBRUARY 03: Recording artist Rihanna performs during the Z100 Party Plane with DKNY JEANS held at the Atlantis on February 3, 2008 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)Casinos in the Caribbean are usually part of an extensive resort complex, attached to a hotel. These Las Vegas-style hotel and casino resorts are becoming increasingly popular around the world and islands in the Caribbean have jumped at the chance to offer guests all-inclusive holiday destinations in some of the most exotic settings on the planet.

The Caribbean is the perfect place to create a spectacular resort in a tropical paradise, with its prevailing combination of dazzling white beaches, bright skies, cobalt waters and relaxed island lifestyle.

The latter shines through in the atmosphere inside casinos in the Caribbean, which is far less formal than casinos in North America or Europe, and most of these island casinos do not stay open 24 hours a day.

Some of the top gambling destinations in this region include the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao and Antigua.

The Bahamas

South African resort magnate Sol Kerzner’s company, Kerzner International, is based on Nassau in the Bahamas, and the world-famous Atlantis Bahamas on Paradise Island is the largest casino in the Caribbean.

The other biggest casinos in the Bahamas are the Crystal Palace Casino on New Providence Island, as well as the Crowne Plaza Golf Resort and Royal Oasis Casino and Our Lacaya – both on Grand Bahama Island.

Puerto Rico

There are about 12 casinos on the spectacular island of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican law states that all casino must be located on a hotel or resort property, so all of these casinos follow the Vegas-style resort complex formula.

A number of Puerto Rico’s decadent casinos can be found in the historic city of San Juan, boasting grand classical décor and one of the top gambling scenes in the Caribbean.

Gambling Laws

It is vital to keep in mind that the many islands in the Caribbean have their own gambling laws and rules, although the legal gambling age of 18 applies throughout the region.

Many casinos in the Caribbean vary their opening hours depending on the season, so be sure to check on the island/resort you wish to visit.

Top Caribbean Casinos

For further information on some of the Caribbean’s top hotel and casino resort complexes, follow the individual links below: