One of the best Jaco Beach casinos is at Hotel Amapola, offering a low-key, safe and comfortable modern gaming facility in Costa Rica.
Article by Shannon Farley
Costa Rica is not a Las Vegas, or even a Monte Carlo. Most people visit Costa Rica for the exotic nature, dazzling beaches and impressive rainforest. But if you like to test your luck and gamble a little, there are plenty of casinos where you can have fun in the land of pura vida.
Casino gambling is legal in Costa Rica, but the few dozen casinos in the country are concentrated mostly in hotels in the capital city of San Jose and beach resort towns like Jaco. Maybe you are hooked on Texas Hold ’em, enjoy playing games of chance, or simply like the slots – you can find it all in Jaco Beach casinos.
Spend a fun evening or a rainy afternoon in the comfortable and safe Jaco Beach casino at Hotel Amapola. You’ll find a good selection of the latest electronic slots and games along with Texas Hold’em poker tables. The air-conditioned casino is open to the public daily from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
If you have ever been to Las Vegas, you’ll find the atmosphere in Costa Rica casinos starkly different. Generally, they are quieter so that players can focus on their games, with music usually played in the background. Casinos here are not jam-packed, so it is easy to move around and change slot machines or tables.
At Hotel Amapola Jacó Beach, if you get hungry spending and winning money in the casino, you don’t need to leave the resort. The Nueva Roma Pizzeria at Hotel Amapola is open daily for lunch and dinner, featuring fresh pizzas and pastas, local seafood, and a full bar.
Better still, stay at the resort and you can enjoy the casino whenever you want. An hour from the San Jose International Airport, Hotel Amapola offers everything you could want on vacation in one place. The Jaco beach hotel has restaurants, a spa, a huge pool, sports courts, a kids’ play area and a games room, in addition to the casino and 24/7 security. It is located close to all attractions – the best Jacó surfing spots, the beach, shops, restaurants, nightlife, and area tours.