Casinos are one of the biggest draws for travelers to Puerto Rico, but if you want to test Lady Luck, you'll have to visit a hotel to do so. All casinos on the island are located in hotels by Puerto Rican law... which means that, in addition to losing .. er, enjoying a variety of table games, slots and card games, you have access to other amenities and perks, like great restaurants, beach access and more. Here's the full list (for now) of Puerto Rico's casino hotels, plus a little inside info on some of my favorite destinations.
I didn't want to reinvent the wheel here, so I'm starting this list with my top choices for San Juan. And if I had to pick my #1 choice, it would have to be the El San Juan Hotel & Casino. The casino here, annexed to the über-cool and retro-funky lobby lounge, is a lively, fun and entertaining place where there is often live music, all the major games, and the benefit of outstanding restaurants and nightlife just steps away.
Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Condado gets most of the hype, its sister property in Isla Verde deserves its due. Located on a lovely stretch of Isla Verde Beach, it's a pleasant property, and it's 14,000 square-foot Casino del Sol stays open 24/7.
No casino brings you closer to the magnificent El Yunque Rainforest than this one; the Rio Mar Beach Resort is a sprawling property that includes an expansive stretch of Atlantic beachfront, a large and bustling casino, a lovely free-form pool and two terrific golf courses. For the money, this place gives you a lot.
Casinos are nowhere near as ubiquitous once you leave San Juan, and there are relatively few to be found in the south. So it's a good thing the casino at the Ponce Hilton is one of the larger ones in Puerto Rico. Coupled with its golf course, Caribbean beachfront and proximity to the lovely city of Ponce (and reasonable rates to boot), it's a can't-miss choice for those looking for a resort experience in this part of the island.