San Diego Area Casinos

Las Vegas used to have a monopoly on casino gaming, food, and big-name entertainment.  But the days of traveling more than 300 miles from San Diego to get in on wide-open adult fun are long gone.  

About 20 years ago, California voters approved casino-style gaming on California Indian tribal land. With 18 Native American tribes, San Diego county has seen an explosion of gaming and resort destinations since that time, bringing prosperity and independence to local tribal interests.

San Diego area casinos are located on east and north inland county tribal lands.  Here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular casino destinations.

East County Casinos

Sycuan Casino
5469 Casino Way
El Cajon

Sycuan has Vegas-style table gaming, 2,000 video and reel slots, video poker, upscale dining, live headliner entertainment, and a nearby golf resort.  

Viejas Casino
5000 Willows Road

Try your luck at 2,200 slot machines, over 95 table games, off-track wagering, and a 1,200-seat bingo hall.  If gambling isn’t your thing, head to the nearby 57-store Viejas Outlet Center or catch dinner and a show at six onsite restaurants, DreamCatcher showroom, and an outdoor headliner concert venue.

Barona Valley Ranch Casino
1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd

Located on the 5,500-acre Barona Reservation, the casino includes 2,000 slot machines, 80 table games, and many dining options. Golfers can try their luck at a picturesque 18-hole golf course featuring nearly 100 bunkers, lakes, and ponds fed by natural streams.

Jamul Casino  
14145 Campo Road

San Diego's newest casino features more than 1,700 slot machines, 40 live table games, and several restaurants and lounges.

Golden Acorn Casino 
1800 Golden Acorn Way

More intimate but just as lively, the Golden Acorn has 20 table games and more than 800 slot and video poker machines.

North County Inland Casinos

Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah's Rincon Way
Valley Center 

Part of the legendary Harrah’s chain, you’ll experience world-class service at six upscale onsite restaurants, or you can spend a more casual day chilling out by a spectacular pool and spa.  More than 1,600 slots, nearly 50 table games, and several cocktail bars and lounges mean non-stop action.

Pechanga Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway

Pechanga offers options for an evening or weekend away with one of the most expansive gaming floors on the west coast.  It’s larger than the biggest casino in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand, featuring more than 3,000 slot machines and anchored by several world-class restaurants, buffets, lounges, and bars to fit every mood.  You can also take a break from the lights and noise and play golf at the onsite championship golf course.   
Valley View Casino
16300 Nyemii Pass Road
Valley Center 

Aside from more than 2,000 slot machines, dozens of table games, great restaurants, and bars, people come for headliner shows at the casino’s 15,000-seat concert venue.  Past acts have included Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pitbull, and other top performers.

Casino Pauma
777 Pauma Reservation Road
Pauma Valley

Both high and low rollers have fun with a huge selection of penny, nickel, quarter, and dollar slots and a wide selection of interactive video poker and keno gaming.

Pala Casino
11154 Highway 76

If you want a full-on resort experience, Pala Casino will tempt you with 2,000 slot machines, 100+ table games, a full-service spa and fitness center, a swimming pool, and ten restaurants.