Embracing The Aruba Casino Scene
There are innumerable reasons to visit Aruba. Among them is that, particularly compared to most other Caribbean islands, Aruba happens to have a fairly strong casino scene. While the Bahamas has the region’s most famous individual casino establishment (Atlantis Paradise Island), Aruba is perhaps rivaled only by the eastern side of the Dominican Republic when it comes to quality and variety in casino offerings.
In Aruba’s case, most of the casinos—at the resorts or otherwise—are on the western side of the island. On the grander side of the spectrum, there’s The Casino at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Some humbler but still popular options include the Seaport Casino, Crystal Casino, and the Orchid Casino. There are additional establishments on this side of the island as well, though these are definitely some of the main highlights.
As for what there is to like about it all, besides the general appeal that most decent casinos hold, there’s actually a lot to draw you to this particular cluster of island establishments.
For starters, the casinos on Aruba have special events from time to time as a way of reaching out to what is essentially an ever-changing clientele built up largely of tourists. The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, for instance, set up a campaign to win a new Ferrari earlier this year. This isn’t a concept that’s entirely unique to Aruba’s casinos by any stretch, but it does add some freshness to the scene, as there’s always something different going on in terms of special offerings. It keeps things interesting for visitors, local or otherwise.
It should also be mentioned that some of these casinos are housed by resorts, and not too much beats a beautiful, high-end resort on this incomparably fabulous Caribbean island. We mentioned the grander casinos in Aruba, and it’s these in particular—The Casino at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba—that fall into this category. While neither resort is quite as spectacular as the Atlantis in the Bahamas in terms of size or immediate visual impact, they’re arguably more pleasant places where a lot of guests can enjoy full relaxation with the casinos simply being one of several recreation options.
Another fun feature of some of the Aruba casinos that doesn’t necessarily apply to all casinos in the region is that at least some of them (Stellaris comes to mind) have their own sportsbooks in house. These are in some cases particularly appealing to the swaths of tourists that come down from the United States, where people are widely obsessed with sports, but where only a few states so far have acted on the recent legislation allowing for regulated sports betting. An in-house sportsbook makes it easy and fun for those interested in this side of casino entertainment to place bets on their favorite sporting events, not just on any given day but for the foreseeable future.
Last but certainly not least, there are also some noteworthy poker rooms dotted around the Aruba casinos. These are closed until the evening, and they can feel exclusive to visitors who aren’t fairly well-versed in poker games. However, they also add an air of professionalism and variety to the casinos. In fact, even those who don’t sit down and start playing may find some casinos more inviting simply because there are poker rooms there. It makes the casinos feel and seem like what we see in the movies, and makes it all the more fun to spend time and potentially play games there.
All of this together makes the Aruba casino scene more than worthwhile. It’s not the primary reason to visit the island by any stretch of the imagination. However, entertainment options like these can certainly help to break up a trip, and the casinos in Aruba offer a wonderful blend of accessibility and high-end quality.