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Casinos in Monaco/Monte Carlo

Last edit: hobgoblin7777 on Sunday, 20th November 2016 9:49 pm
Last response by jucifers 26th November 7:25pm

Fellow Readers,

I recently booked a three week trip to Western Europe. Since one of my stops is Paris figured I would stop for a night or two in Monaco/Monte Carlo. Has anyone ever been to Monaco/Monte Carlo? If so,
(A) How long would you recommend staying
(B) Other than the main casino (which I plan of visiting - gotta see were James Bond plays) are there any other must see/highly recommended casinos to check out?
(C) Other than checking out the super cars and yachts (which I plan to do) are there any other activities/restaurants/etc one would recommend for someone visiting Monaco/Monte Carlo for the first time?

Thanks for your inputs and advise!

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 Devastazione responded on Monday, 21st November 2016

I don't know much about the other part of the city or other surroundings areas like Cannes or similars,but Montecarlo Casino is very high class/high limits in the table gaming area,not so much in the slots room tho ( they are kept separated). One thing you have to know like most casinos here in Europe in Montecarlo casino you have to pay to get in ( 10 Euro in MC ). Once you're established as a player your next entrance will be free. Back in 2001 I've spent some solid BJ time at Amsterdam's Holland casino and came back only 8 years later,well guess what I was still in the system and I've got my free admission. And yes,you have to show an ID to enter.
My advice : casino atmosphere here in Europe tends to be pretty serious and quiet. Except for the occasional slot machine tournaments there is virtually no music and "Vegas action" in the gaming tables rooms. Also everyone looks like a russian mafia or at least they pretend to look so. In Montecarlo a proper attire is required too,wich means jacket after 8 pm. Of course the building itself is stunning and the cheapest car in the parking lot may be a Ferrari,still if you are in Paris enjoy the city instead of wasting those 2/3 hrs of train to get to MC. Ferraris and big yachts are the same you can see in Fort Lauderdale. Just my 2 cents.

 jucifers responded on Monday, 21st November 2016

All the beaches are topless. Go in the summer months, or don't bother going at all. Agree with Devastazione's comments. Paris will be way more fun if you're traveling in winter. Check out Chartres Cathedral, if you haven't seen it yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGPPUY40Y7k

 hobgoblin7777 responded on Friday, 25th November 2016

Thanks much to those who have responded. My trip will span three weeks in late Jan to mid Feb. Unfortunately I will miss out on the views of the beautiful topless beaches. Bit of a bummer, but lodging and airfare seem to be pretty dirt cheap during this time. My plan is to do 4 nights in London, 4 nights in France, then go from France to Monte Carlo (stop there for a day/night) and then head off to Venice (and a few other countries after that) so going to MC isn't to much off the beaten path. Sounds like the MC casino is pretty swanky so I definitely want to see that - and it's one thing I can check off my bucket list. Thanks for the tip/video on Chartres Cathedral. I will have to check that out while in France. This is my first ever international trip (I have been to Mexico and Canada but don't really count those as true international). Super Excited!

 jucifers replied on Saturday, 26th November 2016

Sounds like an awesome trip! If you can find an extra day in Italy, check out Florence. It's the most beautiful city in Italy.

Wherever you go, hope you share your travel experiences with a trip report. Maybe it's not Vegas, but it's pretty damn cool!