This article is designed to give would-be visitors to Las Vegas an overview of information, from how to find cheap Las Vegas hotels to how liquor and gambling laws affect families. Las Vegas is one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world, and this information is designed to help families, couples and individual travelers get the most from their Las Vegas vacation or business travel event.
It is an interesting fact that a cheap motel room in Las Vegas for less than $40 a night can actually be more expensive than a better room in one of the upscale hotels that costs $50 per day. How is this possible? It may be true if the seemingly more expensive hotel room also includes bonus discount coupons or other bonus premiums that end up saving you money on breakfasts, lunches, dinners, or entertainment. One further consideration is the location of a so-called cheap or budget accommodation. If it is located farther away from the attractions you want to visit, and you have to spend more money on gas and parking, then the savings are not as attractive as you may originally have thought.
Families wanting to visit Las Vegas are often concerned about whether they would be allowed to bring their children into their hotel if there is also a casino in the hotel. According to Nevada laws, a person must be at least 21 years old to participate in gambling within the state, but that does not mean younger children cannot go into a casino, especially if they need to go through the casino to access the hotel rooms, lobby, restaurant and other amenities that are not related to gambling. Fortunately, the Nevada State laws also say that it is perfectly OK for anyone younger than 21 to walk through the casino, on their way to their room, shops, swimming pool, or other non-gambling activities, as long as they do not loiter inside the casino or stand for a period of time next to a slot machine or other gaming tables.
Similar to the gambling laws, the liquor laws also require that a person must be at least 21 years of age in order to buy or consume alcoholic beverages. But if you are old enough to drink, you will find that Las Vegas makes it very convenient, because casino bars, liquor stores, restaurants, pubs and other stores selling beer, wine and spirits may do so 24-hours a day.
Regarding the weather in Las Vegas, although you will find that just about every indoor establishment is comfortably air conditioned, outside is a different kettle of fish. The average temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 27 degrees Celsius. It is sunny almost every day, with 320 days of sunshine annually. Las Vegas is located in a desert, and the annual amount of rainfall is less than five inches.
Morocco is a largely Arab (with some Berber) country in North Africa. There is only one form of legalized gambling in Morocco: casinos. All other forms of gambling outside of casinos are illegal in Morocco, so there are no alternatives.
The five casinos in Morocco are in three major cities: Agadir, Marrakesh, and Tangier.
Casino Le Mirage
Shem’s Casino D’Agadir
Casino de Marrakesh & Hotel Es Saadi
Le Grand Casino de Mamounia
Movenpick Hotel and Casino Malabata
The largest of Morocco’s casinos is the La Mamounia in Marrakesh which has 37 table games and 640 slot and video poker and games machines.
Morocco, the country, is an amazingly diverse place. In the sands of the Sahara in the south there are the Touareg tribes and over the Atlas mountains, we find the homes of the fair skinned Berbers. The Arabic people are located along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. Morocco has been variously claimed or ruled over the years by Caliphs and Sultans, the Portuguese, the Spanish, and the French. Today, it is an independent monarchy, very unlike the common conceptions of an Arab country.
Alcohol, for example, is widely available and few, if any, of the women wear a veil. For hundreds of years, it was more closely associated with the Muslim kingdoms of Iberia (now Spain) than it was with the Middle East, and it is generally accepted that the Andalucian form of classical music is actually of Moroccan origin.
The food also shows this wide variety of historical influences. While spiced in the manner of much of North Africa (which means quite heavily), the favored meats are chicken and beef with, along the coasts, a lot of fish. This is in contrast to the more favored lamb and goat further into the Arab world. While the Arab and Berber languages are the official ones, the use of either Spanish or French, with older inhabitants, or English with the younger, can make one understood.
The relatively liberal form of Islam practiced there is what allows Morocco’s casinos to thrive, along with the aforementioned alcohol. Morocco is also one of the world’s major growers of cannabis and producers of hashish (in some northern areas it takes up 25% of the available arable land), but visitors are strongly encouraged not to partake. Penalties for locals are trivial, for foreigners, life-changing.
For those more interested in history as an interlude from Morocco’s casinos, the country was also the site of Carthage and its empire. The city itself was destroyed by the Romans (the population sold into bondage and the fields ploughed with salt, as the phrase goes), but much of the ancient architecture in other parts of the country can still be seen.