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Betting in San Juan

Published on: 08/08/2016

San Juan is the capital and biggest city of Puerto Rico. It is an unincorporated territory of the United States and is officially called “Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista” (Municipality of the Capital City of Saint John The Baptist). The area was first settled by Spanish colonists in 1521, who named the city “Ciudad de Puerto Rico” (Rich Port City). Within the Americas, San Juan it is the second oldest European-established city, behind only the Dominican Republic’s Santo Domingo.

Through the ages, San Juan has grown into a major Porto Rican seaport and an important hub for finance, tourism, culture and manufacturing. The metropolitan zone has approximately two million residents, which equates to roughly half of Porto Rica’s population. Of particular historical interest are two old defence fortifications in the city, Fort San Cristobal and Fort San Felipe Del Morro. Another historical feature is the oldest executive mansion in constant use within the New World, known as La Fortaleza. Located on the eastern side of old San Juan beside the Atlantic coast is an area that has become a magnet for tourism. The neighbourhood is known as “Condado,” and its beautiful white sandy beaches and sumptuous hotels attract the wealthy.

Entertainment Company San Juan resort-casinos are renowned for their salsa music and relaxed venues. The Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel is a typical example of their style. It offers 12,500 square-feet of gambling space which houses 400 games machines and 18 games tables for round-the-clock fun, plus live music, multiple restaurants and close to 600 hotel rooms. The property has views of the Condado Lagoon and the ocean. Within the luxurious La Concha Hotel punters will come across the Casino Del Mar. The casino offers 401 games machines, 19 gaming tables, four restaurants and first-class guest suites all of which are available 24/7.

Not far from the beach front is the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. The complex has gained a reputation as being “a great place to enjoy some Puerto Rican rum cocktails and roll the dice in a relaxed atmosphere”. The casino features 482 games machines, 28 gaming tables plus Poker activities. On site there is a bar and restaurants for in-between gambling fun.

The Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel is just one of San Juan’s ocean-facing establishments. It is open 24/7 and offers 500 games machines, 12 Poker and table games, 233 hotel rooms and a restaurant.

The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino is located right on the waterfront and has beautiful views over San Juan Bay. Its 7,000-square-feet of gaming space is always open for players to enjoy more than 300 gaming machines and 10 games tables. The hotel has 240 rooms and two restaurants. Another Sheraton-owned establishment is the Casino Metro within the Sheraton Convention Centre. It is located away from its rivals being next to the city’s airport. It offers 425 games machines and 15 gaming tables for round-the-clock gambling opportunities. The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel accommodates up to 503 guests and is a convenient option for passengers alighting incoming flights.

In addition to the land-based casinos hosted within hotels, the port of San Juan boasts a floating gambling venue called the Carnival Cruise Lines Victory Cruise Ship. Its gaming space covers 9,000-square-feet, comprising of nearly two hundred gaming machines and 17 games tables featuring popular activities such as Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps and Blackjack to name just a few. The cruise ship incorporates a water sports and water slide area, a spa, plus four swimming pools. There are a number of eating options on board such as the Mediterranean Restaurant, the Caribbean Lounge and the Coral Sea Cafe. The ship offers three bars all of which have nautical themed names: the Irish Sea, The Trident and the Aegean.

Horse racing enthusiasts will find the Hipodromo Camarero Racetrack in Canovanas, San Juan. The sand racetrack is oval shaped and one mile in length and hosts events on Wednesdays through till Sundays. The Camarero Racetrack includes a full-service race book plus the Winners Sports Bar and a restaurant.