Aruba Casinos Make for High-Stakes Excitement Any Time of Day
By Liliana Erasmus
Aruba Local Expert
Head for one of our listed casinos, or try out several during your Aruba vacation. Opportunity calls and experience doesn’t matter, as long as players take a chance at winning big. Bear in mind that many casinos, and state legislation itself, mandate age limits for entrance. But if you’re among the lucky ones who are allowed to get in, and you’re a newcomer, don’t despair. Many casinos, like the Alhambra Casino, offer free gaming lessons, so everyone gets a fair shot. High rollers and rated players looking for a VIP treatment are in the right place. Aruba’s casinos offer plenty of options for a little gambling as well as for the high betting limits and extensive international tournaments. There’s always a new gambling venue or a casino renovation taking place in this gaming paradise. The Palm Beach Casino at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort is a perfect example of these latest developments. A good thing that travelers can rely on the insights from the Local Experts at 10Best to keep an eye out for them. Visiting the island of Aruba is and must always be about having fun. And spending is another part of the game, just don't spend it all in one place!
10 The Casino at Radisson
Play under the stars and experience fun with a variety of slot machines, top table games, weekly tournaments and thrilling promotions. Poker players beware: The Casino at Radisson claims to have Aruba's hottest Poker Room Action. There's only one way to find out if this is it: beating the odds. Experience the most advanced technology in the latest video slots with random mystery jackpots. Special events include Slot and Blackjack Tournaments among other unique promotions like Ladies Night, Bingo and Free Play Fever Raffles. Is The Casino your casino? Find out. Join the Winner's Club and start earning points and rewards. (297- 5864045)
9 Excelsior Casino
This Palm Beach gaming establishment with 30 years of experience in the casino industry is located in the Holiday Inn Resort. The Excelsior Casino offers the usual table games and slot machines as well as a sports and race book telecasting horse and dog races from around the world, a tournament poker room with prize money up to $4 million, and 3-4-5 times odds on craps and double-deck blackjack. For slot machine players, there's no need to carry coins to the cashier. This casino offers a Ticket-In, Ticket-Out system. The Excelsior Casino is also a hot spot for vacationing celebrities, so keep your eyes open. (297-5867777, 297-5863600)
8 Aura Casino
The newly renovated Aura Casino at the Occidental Grand Aruba is the place to try your luck at craps, poker, blackjack and roulette tables, or get your adrenaline going with the hot new Slots Machines or the Bingo Powerball. Entertainment reigns as you enjoy a Las Vegas style show in the ballroom or a night of dancing at the Sound Bar. Just make sure to follow up with a spectacular round up of gaming at this friendly casino at the Occidental Grand. The big Jackpot, the Sports Book and the famous Poker Room with lots of exciting tournaments are awaiting. (297-5860705 ext. 322)
7 Palm Beach Casino
As the name suggests, this casino cashes in on its prime location and tropical atmosphere. This is one of the newly renovated casinos on the island, formerly known as Casablanca Casino, which now features the newest state-of-the-art slot machines and video game machines. The MVP players club is free and helps frequent gamers accrue points for free meals, drinks and reduced room rates. Slots are open all day long. Tables open at 6pm. The complimentary beverage and variety of live bands and big-screen plasma TVs promise hours of pure fun: in the casino, at the bar, or in the Palm Beach Lounge. (297-5864466)
6 Cool Casino
If high payout rates are an essential part of your fun and excitement, Cool Casino may just be your winning hand. It was designed with every player in mind. Whether you're a seasoned card player, a roulette wonder or a casual slot machine marvel, this is the place to try your luck and get the thrill or skill of winning. It's where gamblers and gamers bet, play and win to keep their cool. Located in the Riu Palace Aruba, where Caribbean charm merges with elegance for an enchanting holiday or vacation, Cool Casino illuminates its guests with the same flair to keep the fairy tale alive -- and the stakes as high as possible. (297-5280993)
5 Seaport Casino
Savor the harbor views from this 8000 square foot gaming paradise. 310 slot machines cost from 5 cents to $1 and are open from 10am till 4am daily. Table games open at 4pm and feature blackjack, Let it Ride, Roulette and other gambling favorites. Seaport Casino is filled with the latest technology in slot machines, and is Aruba's only waterfront casino, evoking the warmth and tropical atmosphere of the Caribbean while increasing the chances of a winning experience. Hit a major jackpot, a lucky streak at the poker table, or just play for sake of fun at the Seaport Casino, located next to the Renaissance Marketplace. (297-5836000)
4 Crystal Casino
This sophisticated casino attracts an international crowd with its Monaco-inspired lavish furnishings and decor. The Crystal Casino is open around the clock for non-stop excitement. 14,000 square feet houses 11 blackjack tables, 270 slot machines, 4 roulette tables, 3 Caribbean stud-poker tables, 2 craps tables, and 3 baccarat tables. A race and sports betting area offers odds that any sports fan won't be able to pass up. The trendy lounge is the perfect spot to pause for a cocktail or light bite served until 6 am. Win top prizes with Crystal Casino's unsurpassed Players Club, from big cash to a luxury car. Try your luck! (297-583-6000, 800-421-8188)
3 Copacabana Casino
This casino has rapidly become one of the most exciting gaming venues on the island. A Carnival in Rio theme gives the place an energetic vibe that is popular with the high rollers. With over 260 slot machines and 21 gaming tables, a casino bar offering hand-rolled Cuban cigars and exotic drinks, this electrifying casino will keep you entertained night after night. The Copacabana Casino at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort turns up the power and turns on the excitement with top-of-the-line games. There's plenty of hands-on action for blackjack, craps, Caribbean stud players and riveting live entertainment to keep the energy flowing. (297-5861234)
2 Alhambra Casino
Before you enter this Moorish palace, be sure to explore the lively area, which includes the Alhambra Shopping Bazaar and some of the finest restaurants and resorts. The Alhambra Casino is nestled among divi-divi and sea grape trees and just a few steps away from a romantic stroll along one of Aruba's most gorgeous beach strips. This busy casino has over 300 state-of-the-art slot machines, roulette, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, and is known for its friendly staff, non-stop casino action and daily promotions, like Double Points Tuesday, Super Bingo Saturday, or daily specials like Free Table Games Lessons. (297-5835000, 800-3673484)
1 Stellaris Casino
At 18,000 square feet, the Stellaris Casino located at the newly renovated Aruba Marriott Resort, is Aruba's biggest casino and one of the few that are open 24 hours. Table games include craps, roulette, blackjack and several versions of poker, and the stakes are reputed to be the highest on the island. If slot machines are more your speed, the Stellaris Casino has more than 500 of them. And if you run out of cash or just get a little bored with gambling, the casino also offers live entertainment and dancing every night. Enjoy premier gaming experience in this Vegas-style casino. (297-586-9000, 297-520-6665)
About Liliana Erasmus
Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a full-time writer in her native language Papiamento and in Dutch, official language of the Dutch Caribbean.
Liliana has enjoyed a varied career, which includes television work, voice acting, copy writing, reading promotion, illustrating, creative writing classes, column writing and sharing Aruba’s beauty secrets as a local expert.
Currently, Liliana’s finishing her first speculative fiction novel set in Aruba; one of the most extraordinary places on earth, according to her.
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