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Caribbean Island Vacation Homes: Gambling in Paradise

Most Americans have gained their knowledge of the Caribbean from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride at Disneyland or from the film series of the same name. What few in the United States realize is that many islands in the Caribbean Sea are literally a gambler's paradise. Tropical beaches with white sand beaches occupy tourists during the day, but the evening entertainment may well include a trip to a glittering casino with an island atmosphere.

Holiday homes on the Caribbean Islands are located in several different nations. Gambling is not available everywhere since local laws vary greatly. One island chain that allows gambling is the Bahamas, which features the Atlantic Casino, located on Paradise Island; the new resort of Our Lucaya, located on Grand Bahama Island, and the Crystal Palace Casino, located on New Providence Island. The Atlantis Casino along features over a thousand slot machines and more than 75 gaming tables, as well as restaurants and terraces. Gambling lessons are available for beginners.

Puerto Rico, a commonwealth that is part of the United States, also has a lively gambling economy. Here, gambling has a bit of an "old world" feel since casinos are located in the historic district in San Juan and require formal dress. American tourists traveling to Puerto Rico do not need entrance papers as the island is American soil.

Other Caribbean islands that offer gambling vacations include Aruba, St. Maarten, Antigua, and the Dominican Republic.

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Below you will find writings from other Caribbean vacation rental owners about the area they know best! It's a great way to learn first hand about the Caribbean region and all that it has to offer!


The Magical, Enchanted Caribbean

Posted by Jim Markovics on Thursday, January 15, 2009
Where else in the world can one find white sand beaches, beautiful azure waters, gentle breezes, bright sunshine, and temperatures within ten degrees of 80F year round? And all of this within half a day's plane ride from the East Coast of the US.

The Caribbean (El Caribe)

Posted by Ariel Ramirez on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Caribbean Islands hotspot consists mainly of three large groups of islands between North and South America: the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, and the Greater Antilles (Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba, and Hispaniola, which includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti). Politically, the Caribbean (sometimes called the West Indies) comprises 12 independent nations and several French, British, U.S. and Dutch jurisdictions. While the hotspot spans more than 4 million square kilometers of ocean, it covers roughly 230,000 km² of land area, with the four islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico making up around 90 percent of land area.

St. Croix

Posted by Kim Lucas on Saturday, November 24, 2007
You've probably been to St. Thomas, longed for St. John, but most likely, you've not heard much about St. Croix. Let me tell you, it's the most charming and wonderful of the three US Virgins, with so much to do - and yet so much peace & quiet! And Frederiksted, the smaller of the two towns on the island, is quiet and laid back - you'll feel as if you've slipped back into the '50's!

St. Croix The BEST island in the Caribbean

Posted by Craig Scachitti on Tuesday, October 16, 2007
“St Croix may be tourist-friendly, but it is not really touristy.” Travel Channel Host Shane-O, on his recent filming trip to St. Croix. St. Croix's history spans the rule of seven nations, each influencing the customs, character, language and architecture of the island. Even with its many modern convinces, St. Croix retains the old world charm that has vanished on many other islands. The pace is slower, and everyone takes time to stop and smell the frangipani! St. Croix is on the same latitude as Acapulco and Hawaii, just below the Tropic of Cancer, it is eternal summer caressed by cooling tradewinds. The average temperature is in the mid-80s. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED for travel to St. Croix. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are exempt from the new passport regulations. While a passport is required to travel to other Caribbean islands, U.S. Citizens do not need a passport to travel to St. Croix because it's considered part of the United States!


Posted by Jessica Perraton on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This island chain includes The Virgin, Windward and Leeward Islands, and are considered the best cruising grounds in the world, with the warm protected waters of the Caribbean Sea, outstanding beaches and exceptional coral reefs. Each island has its own unique setting, from tropical rainforests to endless white beaches, whether its a European flare, West Indian rich culture, or completely uninhabited. These waters offer extraordinary snorkeling and scuba diving, with an abundance of coral and tropical fish. Many species, such as whale and turtles, using its sheltered waters as breeding grounds. You can be in a new location every day, with excellent sailing conditions and breathtaking scenery, this cruising ground is unsurpassed by any other in the world.

Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Posted by Yvonne Thompson on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Great Abaco Island is located approximately 170 miles off the cost of Florida. The Abacos climate allows for all year round enjoyment. The Abaco islands are world known for sailing, boating and fishing. The beautiful crystal clear waters also allows for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Abaco is the perfect vacation spot. The beautiful outlying barrier islands and cays, are just a few miles off shore of the mainland. All the cays offer you fantastic island history and take you back in time. Marsh Harbour has all the conveniences of mainland living and offers you world banking, scrumptious restaurants, duty free shopping, boutiques, souvenir shops, boating marinas, deep fishing, scuba diving, sightseeing, food stores, and much more. With approximately 12,000 inhabitants and 120 miles of islands nestled in clear blue waters, and fabulous white sand beaches, you will be sure to find your perfect and unforgettable spot.

Posted by Ben Finley on Sunday, February 18, 2007
The Caribbean Island of Hispañola is located in the middle of the Caribbean called Dominican Republic. This location is an absolute Tropical Paradise with year round temperatures averaging 80°F. The entire country appearing to be a huge Botanical Garden, we call it the lost Garden of Eden. The countryside goes from romantic Caribbean Beaches to awesome 10,000 foot mountains in the interior. So you can use your own imagination as to the magnificent views to behold throughout this Tropical Paradise.