,Costa Rica Casinos – As the most popular tourist destination in Central America, it is fair to say that the nation’s hotels and leisure industry specialists know more than a little about how visitors like to relax. Despite changing times and evolving leisure habits, an evening spent at a top casino remains the perfect example of a great night out.
Casinos have a certain magical quality for which they probably have Hollywood to thank. From Bond films like Casino Royale to classic caper movies such as Ocean’s Eleven it is not so much what happens in a casino as the overall atmosphere of fun, glamour and maybe just a little bit of danger that remains a constant draw.
Remaining relevant in the 21st century
Of course, anyone who has not spent the past decade living on another planet will know that today’s casino goers are as likely to indulge their hobby online as in the real world. There are literally hundreds of online sites that offer tempting promotions and free offers, as seen here at comparison site Casino Reef. However, far from tempting people away from land-based casinos, sites like these have actually encouraged more people to try their hand at blackjack, roulette and the rest. And once they have developed their online skills, they are keen to put on a dinner jacket and try them out in the real world!
Here, we take a look at three very different locations in Costa Rica where they can do so.
1) Hotel Cocal, Playa Jaco
This ocean-front hotel in Playa Jaco offers under-stated comfort at competitive prices. The casino has the usual range of slots and table games. No high-rollers here, the focus is on fun, and a warm welcome is assured. It is an ideal location for those who might be new to casino culture. There is also a golf course in easy reach, should you tire of the beach during the day.
2) Croc’s Casino Resort, Playa Jaco
Just to the north of Hotel Cocal lies Croc’s. This luxury destination is one of those places where tourists can arrive on day one and never need to leave the boundaries of the resort, should they so wish. The resort offers a five star pool, a spa and beauty salon and a choice of restaurants and bars.
The Vegas-style casino claims to be the most modern gaming facility in the central pacific. It boasts more than 150 slot machines and a range of table games including blackjack, roulette and poker.
3) Hotel and Casino Taormina, San Jose
From the wide open expanse of the pacific, we move to the hustle and bustle of the capital. San Jose has several casinos of its own, and the Taormina is one of the best-known. Its central location makes it a popular destination for locals, tourists and business travellers, so this is a venue that always has a lively, cosmopolitan feel.
The casino is airy and welcoming – nothing like those hushed and darkened rooms from the movies – and as well as the usual slot machines and tables, there are frequent raffles, competitions and special events.