Pauma Valley is a lush agricultural center located in North San Diego County off I-15 and SR 76. It is well worth the hour plus drive from San Diego. There are several casinos located in valley or close to it. So bring along some spare change.
For starters, enjoy the miles and miles of citrus trees, the valley is home to some of the best orange groves in Southern California with most of its fruit going to Sunkist packing houses for distribution to markets all over the world. Also located in the valley are avocado groves and one of the largest nursery operations in the country.
The Pala reservation is also home to the third and smallest of San Diego's missions. It is the only mission in California still serving in its original parishioners--the Indians of the Pala reservation. The mission is reached from a well-marked cut-off on Rt. 76 across the highway from the casino.
Agriculture is the primary industry in Pauma Valley, but people come for the casinos.
The first casino on the drive in from I-15 is run by the Pala Indians. Pala Casino has six restaurants, two lounges, 2000 slot machines, 50 Vegas-style tables -- games including Black Jack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai-Gow Poker and more. There are also two well-ventilated, non-smoking rooms. The action goes on 24 hours a day.