Kentucky Derby Day in Los Cabos

Events, Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Chris Sands on May 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Kentucky Derby Day is not only an occasion for juleps, linen suits, and festive hats, but it also turns ones thoughts towards the more sporting aspects of the Sport of Kings. Los Cabos will never be confused with Las Vegas, but besides the championship golf courses, big-game fishing, and other treasures of our area, one of the things visiting tourists often enjoy are the casino gambling and sports books here. Perhaps, like Cuban cigars, it is a treat not readily available in most parts of the United States, and thus has a sort of curiosity value.

Casino Royale is the best known of the downtown casinos, and James Bond aficionados will recognize the name from the book and movie featuring the international man of mystery. The Royale is not a Monte Carlo type casino with patrons in evening wear playing baccarat for high stakes. This is not the French Riviera, but the Mexican version, and things are done a little differently. Due to the heat here, evening wear is not a good idea. Gamblers at the Royale favor shorts and comfortable shoes, and the games of choice aren’t roulette or chemin de fer, but electronic poker, bingo, slots, and blackjack. These machines are located on the ground floor and see a largely local group of hopeful players.

Casino Royale in downtown Cabo San Lucas.Photo courtesy of Vic Vertigo.

Tourists generally favor the second floor sports book, where they can get their money down on the latest football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and soccer matches, or check the odds on the latest fight or horse race. This is a great place to relax with restaurant and cocktail service on the balcony while you root for your teams on the many television sets. And, this Saturday, it will be the best place in town to sip a mint julep and slap the Daily Racing Form on your thigh, cheering on your long shots as they gallop down the home stretch.

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