Review written by Sophie Couard, on June 16, 2016.
Saint-François is a seaside resort that is located south-east in the department of Guadeloupe at the southeastern tip of Grande-Terre facing the Désirade and the Petite-Terre islands. It is popular for the beautiful sandy beaches that are protected from the Atlantic currents by a coral reef, The town has many attractions, starting with a modern marina with 220 mooring places and a famous 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. There is also Pointe des Châteaux nature site, which is a rocky peninsula stretching from the Atlantic tip of Grande-Terre and is dominated by a tall cross monument facing the ocean. If you are a gambler, you will probably want to visit the casino as well. You can find out what the Cogit Casino in Saint-François ahs to offer in more detail in this review.
Slot machines, blackjack and roulette
The Casino in Saint-François is managed by the Cogit group and it is open 7 days a week. The casino has been completely renovated and provides comfort, modernity and entertainment. The games room in designed in blue tones and decorated with a colourful chandeliers. The casino can be accessed by people over the age of 18 who are not prohibited from gambling and it is also necessary to present a valid ID at the entrance.
The slot machines
You can enjoy over 90 slot machines accepting bets from 1 cent in a lively and contemporary space. The slot machines room is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am until 2 am, until 3 am on Fridays and until 4 am on Saturdays and eves of holidays. You can find the following games:
- games that give you the chance to win a large progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- latest generation video slots with digital screens,
- video poker devices in many different variants,
- an electronic English roulette.
The table games
Of course, you can also play traditional casino games in the establishment. These are available Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm until 2 am, until 3 am on Fridays and until 4 am on Saturdays and eves of holidays. There are 3 tables in total that offer the following games:
- 2 tables with blackjack,
- 1 table with American roulette.
A restaurant and a bar
As it is usually the case at the casinos in France, this establishment also offers other services aside from gambling. You can take a break between the games and visit a bar and a restaurant. Unfortunately, accommodation is not offered.
You can visit the restaurant Le Joker with your family or friends, and it is open from Wednesday to Saturday and public holidays from 7 pm to 2 am or 3am. You can order from the following dishes, for example:
- fish carpaccio, a Caribbean salad or a warm goat cheese salad as starters,
- tagliatelles à la cardinale, pork fillet with banana cream or pan-fried Caribbean sea bream as main courses,
- a lemon meringue pie, a crispy white or dark chocolate cup or a scoop of ice cream as dessert.
There are also some set menus available:
- the menu as de pique for €18,
- the menu as de carreau for €21,
- the menu jeton for €18,
- the menu ti moun for €10.
You can also enjoy a piano-bar area with a festive atmosphere and fantastic musical entertainment.
Having a drink
The casino bar is the perfect place to rest and take a break between the games. It is located between the slot machines and the tables and you can have a refreshment without having to leave the complex. The bar is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am until 2 am from, until 3 am on Friday and until 4 am on Saturdays and public holidays.
As I mentioned earlier, you can play, eat and have a drink at the Casino Cogit in Saint-François, but you cannot stay overnight, as accommodation is not provided. Fortunately, as the town attracts a lot of tourists and there are numerous hotels. Near the casino are:
- the Hôtel Golf Village *** starting from €77 per night,
- the Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf *** starting from €106 per night,
- the Plantation Resort & Spa **** starting from €137 per night,
- the Cocoteraie Guadeloupe **** starting from €142 per night.
In short, the Cogit Casino in Saint-François is a very pleasant casino. Of course, it is not really the casino that warrants a trip there, as it is relatively small, but if you are visiting Guadeloupe and like to play games, you should give it a visit.
By car : National roads N4 and N5.
By plane : Aerodrome of Saint-François.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 10 am until 2 am, until 3 am on Fridays and until 4 am on Saturdays and eves of holidays.
Table games : Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm until 2 am, until 3 am on Fridays and until 4 am on Saturdays and eves of holidays.