The 4 Biggest Gambling Destinations in Latin America12 January, 2021
Tourism is a major source of revenue for the Central and South American countries. The unexplored terrain, picturesque beaches, and assorted culture play a significant role in drawing tourists to the region every year. Apart from backpackers and casual travellers, gambling attracts a sizeable portion of travellers to Latin America, and the region is home to some of the best casinos in the world.
While Argentina takes the cake since it’s the largest gambling hub in the region, the neighbouring countries line up close behind. And on that note, here’s our list of the best gambling destinations in Central and South America.
Top 4 Gambling Hubs in Latin America
1. Argentina – With a population of nearly 43 million people, the Argentine gambling industry is largely influenced by laid-back regulations. The country is a haven for domestic and foreign punters. Boasting 79 casinos, Argentina is a premier gambling destination in South America. Its capital Buenos Aires is home to some of the most lavish casinos in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Trilenium Casino in Tigre is a prime example. City Centre Rosario is the next in line and combines the thrill of Vegas with Rosario’s famous carnival ambience. Apart from generic casino games and sports betting opportunities, fantastic cuisine and interesting locals are a major draw.
2. Brazil – It might come as a shock to many but gambling is illegal in Brazil. This doesn’t stop locals from regularly participating in underground events, although they don’t like being vocal about it. Needless to say, online gambling is quite rampant in Brazil, and more Australian online casino sites are getting popular in this part of the world.
The country is currently discussing the possibilities of regulating the industry, although tourists can openly wager on sports betting and lotteries. The lack of branded casinos is a problem. However, punters have loads of indigenous options that more than make up for it.
3. Peru – While gambling continues to be unregulated in Peru, the demand on the ground is quite strong. Capital city Lima is the hub of underground wagering activities, and although the properties here do not compare to Las Vegas, they host a whole list of games from poker to blackjack and more.
The Atlantic City casino is the grandest in Peru and is spread over an area of over 3000 sq. mt. But despite the fairly massive size, the crowd is incredibly friendly. One of the best deals about the property is its restaurants, and the eclectic mix of cuisine is sure to get your taste buds tingling.
4. Mexico – Gambling has been an active part of the Mexican culture since the time of the Aztecs. Fast forward to 2021, and the resorts at Cancun and Acapulco are some of the most popular in the country.
The gambler’s paradise in however Monterrey and the city hosts over 15 casinos apart from various other gambling establishments. Needless to say, gambling is quite revered in Mexico, and tourists will find countless gambling opportunities in this part of the world.
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