By Vince Font
If your love the beach, but also enjoy trying your luck in casinos, what could be more perfect than a summer vacation at a coastal casino and resort? Whether you want a just a little gambling with your beach or a little beach with your gambling, here are a few gorgeous spots that marry your love of chill and thrill.
Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino
Think of it as your own 40-acre island escape, this resort has the only private beach in Aruba. Whether you’re a couple wanting an adults-exclusive experience or looking for a family-fun spot, the Oranjestad, Aruba gem has two distinct lodging options for you. In the on-site casino play Black Jack, roulette or just enjoy the action in the only casino in Aruba that looks out on the Caribbean. Eight restaurants will tempt you.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana
If you’re a little bit rock ‘n roll, check out this slick hotel. The casino has been called, “the hottest casino in the Dominican Republic” and earned that rep – 45,000 square feet of gaming fun.
But don’t forget to spend some time in your rock-star pampering room with its private balcony. When you venture out to one of the nine restaurants, plan your next day to include a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan, Puerto Rico
Maybe you’re not a rock star, but you want five-star pampering in luxurious surroundings. The property combines the ambiance you expect at the Ritz plus a casino that stepped out of a James Bond movie. If you love to gamble, why not do it elegantly? Baccarat anyone? You’ll need something sumptuous to eat after, so enjoy one of the Ritz-Carlton’ San Juan’s five fabulous restaurants.
Vince Font is a travel writer with a deep love of weird, wacky, and off-the-beaten-track vacation destinations – as long as staying in a luxury hotel is part of the deal.