Gambling in Nassau Bahamas means you'll go to none of two places: Paradise Island or Cable Beach. Both have excellent casinos with hundreds of slots, table games, restaurants and Las Vegas style shows.
On Paradise Island, the action takes place at the Atlantis Resort & Casino. If you’ve never been to a casino before, you have to make the trip across the bridge to Paradise Island, even if it’s only to take in the spectacle. After a general $650 million renovation, the new casino covers several acres, all within the greater confines of the resort. It’s all glitz and glass, and rivals anything in Las Vegas. Built over water and invoking the spirit of lost Atlantis, its rooms are themed around the ancient temples of the lost civilization: the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Moon, etc. Five huge glass sculptures designed and built by Dale Chihuly draw the eye from wherever you might be in the building. Surrounding the casino is a massive shopping mall, with 35,000 square feet of retail outlets that cater mainly to the rich and famous, with Lalique, Versace, Cartier, Armani, Gucci, Ferragamo, Bulgari, and so on.
In the casino itself, are slots, hundreds of them, and all the other games of a world-class casino. They have blackjack, craps, poker, Caribbean poker, and more.
At Dragons, the casino’s disco, you can dance away the hours to some of the best music in the islands. It’s the place to see and be seen and a great place for singles. The party goes on all night long. Live music starts at 9 pm. If you’re not a guest at Atlantis, you can still join the party but, on Friday and Saturday, you’ll pay a $25 cover.
Jokers Wild is the casino’s comedy club. The comics, at least three each evening, many of them locals, do a great job. They’re not quite as sophisticated as those you’ll find on the mainland, but extremely entertaining nonetheless. % 242-363-3000.
With its comedy club and Las Vegas-style shows, the Atlantis is the more traditional of the two casinos on New Providence.
The Crystal Palace Casino, at the Wyndham Nassau Resort on West Bay Street, gives its patrons something a little different. There is fast action at the slots and all the regular games of chance, but the Crystal Palace is a glitzy, upbeat establishment; very modern and very bright.
International currencies can be exchanged at the going rate inside both casinos. You will pay the standard commissions charged by local banks for exchanging all foreign currencies, except for the American dollar. Traveler’s checks and most major credit cards are also accepted.
The slots accept coins and bills in denominations from a quarter through $100. You choose the stakes. Some tables limit stakes to between $5 and $15, another might have a minimum stake of $10 with a high limit of $25, while at yet another the minimum stake will be $25, with a high limit of $50. Some games, blackjack and Caribbean stud, take side bets and insurance bets.
The roulette wheels have numbers from 1 to 36, plus a “0” and “00.” You set the value of your chips when you buy a stack.
There is no specific dress code in the casinos, but you will be expected to dress reasonably – casual, but no swimsuits or bare feet are allowed.
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For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.
The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.
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