The city of Cancun in Yucatan, Mexico, is the top tourist destination in Latin America, with more than 6.04 million international visitors in 2018. The reason this destination is so popular is not hard to find – Cancun’s dazzling turquoise blue sea and miles of white sandy beaches have made it Mexico’s most internationally recognizable tourist destination. In addition to the beach, Cancun is a vibrant metropolis that is well served by a number of international airlines, making it easily accessible from anywhere around the world. The captivating night-life, fine dining, numerous water sports and adventure activities are more reasons why so many holiday-makers choose Cancun. It’s also a great place to meet new people from all over the world. Factor in the city’s great casinos that cater for everything from online pokies to sports betting and classic casino games, and it’s clear that Cancun is a hot tip for your next casino break.
Cruising down Kukulcán
A strip of sand 15 miles long shaped like the number 7, Cancun Island is Cancun’s primary tourist area. It’s also known as the Hotel Zone because most people stay there. The only road on the Island is Boulevard Kukulcán – a self-contained world of beaches, catamarans, sunshine, diving, shopping, entertainment and dining bordering on the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupté Lagoon. Beach-front resorts like Occidental Costa Cancún and Occidental Tucancún have every comfort and amenity you can think of, while La Isla Cancún Shopping Village offers a shopping experience like none other, with more than 160 national and international brands – Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany are just a few. For authentic Mexican craft shops and boutiques, head for Kukulcán Plaza with its eye-catching Mayan stained glass. Eateries like La Destilería, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cancún, Cambalache Argentinian steakhouse and El Fish Fritanga serve up the tastiest food accompanied by every variety of tequila.
Finally, to put an exciting spin on a fun day in the Mexican sun, there’s Red, the highly rated casino in the Grand Oasis resort. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the staff speak English. Roulette, craps, Texas Hold’em and baccarat are just some of the games on offer. Live streamed greyhound and horse racing is available for sports betting. Naturally, there is an entire galaxy of pokies. Food and drink are complementary for active players.
Pokies, sports and table games downtown
For something different from the Hotel Zone, head downtown to Ciudad Cancun, the main local residential area. Walking down the main drag, Avenida Tulum, you will come face-to-face with the real Cancun. Here’s where you’ll find delicious street food, including authentic tacos from street vendors. Explore the small shops, relax in the lush green Las Palapas Park, and marvel at the Mexican wrestling! Avenida Tulum is also home to two of Cancun’s most popular and highly rated casinos. The Dubai Palace casino is open all hours, every day. The staff mainly speak Spanish, but there’s always an English-speaking staff member at hand to help out if necessary. The buffet is reasonably priced, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with 11 selections per meal until midnight. Table games include the standard favorites like roulette and blackjack, and there are around 450 different pokies to choose from, selected from offerings by brands such as Williams, Nova Star and Bally. With a floor space of nearly a hectare, Dubai Palace is Cancun’s biggest casino. Also on Avenida Tulum is Cancun’s oldest proper casino, Casino Palace, with two floors of fun and games – pokies and sports betting on the lower floor, and a VIP games room for roulette, blackjack and poker upstairs.