Monaco, the tiny principality and city-state jutting out into the Mediterranean, is a real-life El Dorado. Over one-third of the population of this gilded playground is made up of millionaires, making the most exclusive and wealthy enclave on the entire planet.
The impossibly wealthy residents of this strange little place are attracted to the 0% income tax that all residents are entitled to, which has naturally helped push up property prices to the point where real estate in Monaco is the most expensive in the entire world. However, it’s not only the residents who get to enjoy the endless thrills and pleasures on offer in this principate.
The principality is a hugely popular tourist destination for people from every corner of the globe, who all come to experience the decadence on offer and hopefully strike it rich in the palatial Casino de Monte Carlo. Here are the best thrills on offer in Monaco, the most glamorous destination on Earth.
Party like Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly, former Princess of Monaco, is probably the country’s most famous resident ever, a symbol the opportunities that Monaco offers. Born into a working-class family in Philadelphia, Kelly had become a member of the richest royal family in the world before she had even turned thirty. Her thrill-seeking and champagne-soaked lifestyle often graced the tabloid covers back in the day, and you too can party like Grace Kelly, if you’re willing to pay.
To do it right, start off your night with cocktails at the opulent Hotel de Paris, preferably on one of the grand terraces overlooking the sea. Once you’ve got a buzz going, it’s time for shots and champagne at Le Bar Americain, followed by dancing ’til dawn at the ancient Fort Antoine. Recover with a caviar and mimosa brunch at La Rascasse.
The Casino de Monte Carlo is where dreams come true, and million-dollar fortunes are made in an instant. You’ll want to rub the imposing statue of Louis XIV that graces the elegant lobby, as you’re going to need it somewhere where the stakes are this high.
Winning big means plenty of skill, whether it’s at the roulette table or the blackjack table. Make sure to get in plenty of practice and work on your roulette skills before you arrive. You may want to spend some time looking up its variants, from French to American and European roulette, as well as the different types of bets, which can range from very specific straight up number bets to column bets and color bets. This may be your chance to enter the gilded ranks of Monaco’s rich and famous.
To maximize the experience, order a dry vodka martini, shaken not stirred, with a twist of lemon, which should accompany you at all times while you’re rolling the dice and spinning the wheel of fortune.
Shop ’til You Drop
Naturally, the world’s most sought-after and luxurious brands have flocked to Monaco in order to satisfy the appetites of its denizens. This is the place to go if you want to get your hands on the latest collections of the most celebrated designers well before the hit the shelves anywhere else. Looking good is a necessity in Monaco, and you’ll want to keep up with locals.
Monaco is without a doubt one of the most exciting destinations in the world, and a trip here is something everyone should experience once in their lifetime.