Located in the Sabana Norte neighborhood of San Jose; a favorite tourist destination in the tropical country of Costa Rica, the Palma Real Casino & Hotel offers up an excellent option for those looking to gamble while on vacation. Complete with a casino, restaurant and many other amenities, the Palma Real is also close to other popular tourist sites in the area.
Situated just a 5-minute walk away from the center of San Jose, you will be glad to hear that the Juan Santamaria International Airport is just a 20-minute drive from the casino. You will be able to pick up a taxi from the airport, rent a car or just take a shuttle bus to the city center before walking to the Palma Real Hotel & Casino. Free parking is also available for guests at the hotel should you use a rental car.
When you are not at the casino or in your hotel room, you will probably want to explore some of the tourist attractions that are in close proximity. One of these is the dormant Barva Volcano which is always popular with tourists or you could also enjoy the farmers market in Paraiso, Church Orosi, Alajuela Cathedral, Lankester Botanical Gardens or the National Park.
Before you can gamble, you have to be dressed casually at a minimum and must also be able to prove that you are 18 or older. The latter falls in line with the minimum legal age to be able to gamble in Costa Rica.
The casino at Palma Real is quite small with the casino floor measuring just 3,000 square feet. Despite its small stature, it does offer up plenty of entertainment for its guests. There are 150 slot machines as well as a handful of table games. The vibe in the casino is a fun and laidback one with the majority of players being guests at the hotel that are enjoying a vacation.
The casino also looks very modern as it was given a facelift in 2010 and has obviously been well looked after and maintained since then. The casino is open from 11 AM until 5 AM daily and you will be pleased to know that they accept US Dollars as well as the Costa Rican Colon.
No casino would be complete without at least a few table games to enjoy – and at the Palma Real Casino, there is a small amount that will provide that enjoyment. Blackjack is one of the more popular tables with guests mainly because it is a game that most players will understand how to play.
Other games available at the Palma Real Casino such as Three Card Poker, Pai Gow and Caribbean Stud are still popular, but are not as well known with casual gamblers so they will not attract the same number of players.
American Roulette is the other table game that many of you will understand and here you will generally notice a fun atmosphere as the wheel spins away. Each of these games will be operated by live dealers and you can expect low limits for most of them.
You will also find a large selection of slots and video poker machines to play at the Palma Real Casino. There are 150 slots in total which is a solid amount for a casino of this small a size. With so many to choose from, you will not have trouble finding one that is available to play. The slot machines on offer include video slots, slots connected to a progressive jackpot in the casino and various other slots such as classic type slots and featureful slots with multiple paylines.
These slots are all modern and have been developed by leading casino slots developers such as Novomatic and Aristocrat. They might not have the biggest limits but the low limits offered are designed more for casual gamblers on vacation rather than serious gamblers that have gone to the Palma Real Hotel & Casino purely to gamble.
Starting at around $150 per night for a room or $200 for a suite, the Palma Real Hotel & Casino has 68 guest rooms in total. Children under the age of 11 can stay for free when with an adult and amenities that can be enjoyed at this 4-star hotel include free WiFi, televisions, a safe, mini-bar and the hotel also has a gym, tennis court, spa, swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi.
A restaurant at the Palma Real Hotel & Casino is open from 6 AM to 10 AM for breakfast, 12 PM to 2:30 PM for lunch and 5 PM to 9 PM for dinner. Those looking for snacks and drinks can also enjoy one of two bars that offer a happy hour between 4 pm and 6pm each day. Room service is available all day as well right up until 9pm each night.
Being just a few minutes walk from the center of San Jose, you will also find countless other restaurants in the area that you can use for your dining needs.