Call me crazy, but I’m not one for standard casino tourism. That is to say the appeal of just going to a casino resort feels a little bit old fashioned. Sure, there’s usually more than just a gaming selection to enjoy – the entertainment and restaurants can be wonderful – but vacationing simply to enjoy a casino just feels a little bit hollow. This is particularly true when you consider the fact that if you really want to play poker or spin slot wheels, you can now do it online with a few taps of your finger.
With all that said, however, it’s a lot of fun to have the option of ducking into a casino within a broader vacation. And because we all love to have new excuses to check out great beaches, I thought I’d take a look at some of the better coastal getaways where there happen to be casinos around. It sounds specific, but it’s actually a nice combination in case you encounter a rainy or annoyingly windy day, or if you just need a break from the sun for a few hours. So without further ado, here’s my look at some of the best coastal casino getaways in the world.
Atlantic City, United States
Atlantic City is located in New Jersey, which has long been a sort of hub for casino activity in a country where it’s largely illegal. New Jersey can be topped only be Nevada (thanks to Las Vegas) for this sort of attraction, and it’s only going further toward offering gambling entertainment. Just this summer the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a New Jersey sports betting case, potentially opening the door to legalized sports betting as well. But unlike Las Vegas, you don’t go to Atlantic City just for its casinos. During the summer this is a great, somewhat vintage beach destination. There are nice hotels, fun beaches, and a famous boardwalk that almost has a low-key carnival atmosphere. Plus, it’s only a short drive north to New York City, if you want to make a double vacation out of it!
Really, there are a lot of different Caribbean destinations that could be pointed out for their casinos. The biggest and gaudiest establishment in the region is undoubtedly the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. But this, again, is about cool coastal destinations that happen to have casinos – not the other way around. Part of the nation of Antigua & Barbuda, this is an idyllic island paradise known for pristine beaches. More than some other popular Caribbean spots, it functions more or less as a getaway, where you can just enjoy nature and whatever luxuries your hotel, condo, or villa may offer. But it’s nice to know for some that there are also casinos on the island for a bit of traditional entertainment.
Brighton may just be England’s most popular coastal destination. It’s on the very southern tip of the island, so it’s able to enjoy warmer weather than most any other coastal town in the country. It’s also known for charming streets, a lively beachfront, cozy hotels, and a huge pier overflowing with entertainment. In-person casinos, meanwhile, aren’t particularly popular in the UK because the online industry is thriving so much. iGaming sites and software providers are partnering to create the most cutting-edge games online that can be accessed anywhere in Britain. Brighton is one city, however, where you can still enjoy hanging out in a real casino venue if the weather is bad for an afternoon or you want something to do after sundown.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is actually quite famous for its historic casino, and in that sense it goes against the grain of the theme here. But it’s probably even more famous for being one of the true jewels of the Mediterranean. It’s a rich, extraordinary coastal town that essentially serves as a continuation of the French Riviera despite the fact that it’s located in Monaco, near the Italian border. There are legendary beaches to enjoy, and the harbor is one of the most famous in the world. But yes, the Casino de Monte Carlo is certainly one of the main attractions.
And then there’s Cebu! This is a popular and very appealing region of the Philippines that essentially constitutes its own island. It’s known for awesome beaches pretty much all around its coast, so rather than pointing out a particular beach area I’m just singling out the region as a whole. Even within a country known for scuba diving and seaside relaxation, Cebu seems to stand out. It’s primarily a spot for hanging out and recharging a little bit, though plenty of people like to try watersports there as well. And, though Cebu doesn’t have any major resort like some other destinations in Southeast Asia, it does have a few smaller casinos dotted about here and there.