Though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, Southern California casinos are ready to offer guests a place to cool off at their resort-style pools.
Many casinos require that visitors are also hotel guests (some of them with age restrictions of 18-and-older or 21-and-older only), while others allow guests to rent cabanas, daybeds or purchase pool passes for access. Some casinos also host live entertainment for a boost in ambiance while others have music playing throughout the day and evening on their sound systems.
All casino pools require guests to wear proper swimwear (no cut-off jean shorts or other non-swimwear clothing items) while in the water and do no permit outside food and drinks. For the most up-to-date information on the property rules and requirements, visit the casino’s website.
Here’s what some of the pools at Southern California casinos are offering.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995. aguacalientecasinos.com.
Pool hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. for cabanas and daybeds.
Who can go: Pool is available to hotel guests only. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pool area: The desert casino has a adult-only chlorine swimming pool inside of the Sunstone Spa and offers an all-ages pool for families to enjoy in its main pool area. The pool area does not have a swim-up bar, but features the WetBar where food and drinks can be purchased. Towels are provided and floatation devices are allowed. Guest can purchase pool noodles inside the hotel for $6.
Cabanas are available to rent and include an outdoor loveseat, television, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, misters, ceiling fan and personal service. They are $150 Monday-Thursday and $250 Friday-Sunday from September through February. From March through Labor Day weekend they are $250 Monday-Thursday $350 Friday-Sunday and $450 on holiday weekends.
There are also daybeds by the pool for $100 Monday-Thursday and $150 Friday-Sunday from September through February. From March through Labor Day weekend they are $150 Monday-Thursday and $250 Friday-Sunday and $350 on holiday weekends. Advance reservations are recommended.
Music: The pool has music playing through speakers and will sometimes host live acts, but there is no set schedule for live performances.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. 760-342-5000. fantasyspringsresort.com.
Pool hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Who can go: Pool is available to hotel guests only.
Pool area: The 103-foot-long pool has a jacuzzi and tanning pool. Cabanas are available for rent for $50 for five hours or $100 for the day. Sun loungers are free and available on a first come first served basis. Guests can reserve cabanas at the hotel front desk.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center. 760-751-3100. harrahssocal.com.
Pool hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Who can go: Hotel guests or guests who purchase a day pass available for $35 on the weekdays and $50 on weekends via the casino’s website. Guests must be 21-or-older to buy a day pass and reserve any cabanas and loungers.
Pool area: Harrah’s Resort Southern California’s Dive includes a 400-foot lazy river open to all ages that flows through grottos and waterfalls and has eight Jacuzzis total. The all-ages lazy river includes two waterfalls, a hot tub, eleven cabanas and seven daybeds. The adult-only pool boasts three hot tubs, a waterfall hot tub, eight cabanas, seven loungers, a fire pit and a swim-up bar that also offers snacks and meals. Floatation devices are welcome and can be purchased in the Dive Shop starting at $10.99 along with other pool essentials.
Cabanas can fit up to 10 people and come with a personal server, a TV and are stocked with water, soda, chips and salsa. They run $230-$740; daybeds and loungers are $100-$220. Prices vary depending on the day, time, location and are available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and can be reserved on the casino’s website. Must be 21-or-older to rent.
Music: Live performances are hosted poolside from 7-10 p.m. select Saturday nights for guests 21-or-older. Some live acts this summer include Save Ferris, Los Garza’z and a Beatles and Beach Boys cover bands. A DJ will also performing from noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 27.
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Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. 951-849-3080. morongocasinoresort.com.
Pool hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily unless noted for special events.
Who can go: Hotel guests and visitors 18-and-older who purchase a $30 day pass. Non-hotel guests can only visit the pool Monday-Friday, while hotel guests get the pool areas to themselves on Saturday and Sunday.
Pool area: The 60,000-square-foot Oasis Pool and Resort Water Park features a sandy beach that leads to a large, heated pool, water slide, a lazy rive and a walk up restaurant and bar. The cabanas range from about $150 to $400 and include a charcuterie board, water, sodas and other small snacks.
Music: Starting June 2 from 9 p.m.-midnight the casino pool space will host Flamingo Friday parties with DJ performances for guests 21-and-older for $25 for hotel guests. Non-hotel guests must also purchase a day pass for $30. Live DJs will also perform Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule for weekend performances will be updated on the casino website.
Pala Casino Resort and Spa
11154 Highway 76, Pala. 877-946-7252. palacasino.com.
Pool hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Who can go: Hotel guests and players club members 21-and-older.
Pool area: The Northern San Diego County Resort Tourmaline Pools boasts a complex consisting of five chlorine wading pools, two hot tubs, a walk-up restaurant and bar, 12 regular cabanas (which can accommodate up to six guests) and two luxury cabanas (which can hold up to 10 guests). The cabanas come with amenities like a refrigerator stocked with waters and assorted sodas, 49-inch televisions, Wi-Fi, personal safe, sofa, arm chair and chaise lounge. Pala also offers an RV resort pool open to RV guests of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The main casino pool provides guests with towels, but the RV pool does not.
Cabana prices aren’t publicly available, but hotel guests and players club members can reach out to the casino’s host team for additional details and cabana availability, by emailing email@example.com.
Music: The property does not provide live music, but has music streaming through its speakers.
Pechanga Resort Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. 877-711-2946. pechanga.com.
Pool hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Who can go: Guests staying at Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula Creek Inn or the Pechanga RV Resort; tribal members; club members who have the Red card level and above. Some parts of the pool complex are for guests 21-and-older including the main adult-only pool. Non-hotel guests can purchase a day pass for the other areas based on availability for $45 plus tax.
Pool area: The 4.5-acre pool complex, at the Temecula resort, The Cove, features four chlorine pools, three whirlpools, two twisty waterslides, an improved chlorine family pool, 27 cabanas, 6 daybeds, a walkup restaurant and a swim-up bar. In 2021, Pechanga expanded the square footage of the family pool by removing an underutilized splash pad and can now fit 217 people. Cabanas and daybeds run at about $175-$400 and include sun care, bottled water, and cabana services which includes an exclusive cabana dining menu.
Towels are provided and no pool floatation devices are permitted.
Music: Pechanga’s pool area features live DJ performances Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule can be found on its website and is subject to change.
Soboba Casino Resort
22777 Soboba Road, San Jacinto. 951-665-1000. soboba.com.
Pool hours: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily from May 25- Sept. 4.
Who can go: All-ages welcome; hotel guests only.
Pool area: The 34,000-square-foot pool area at the San Jacinto hotel features a jacuzzi, deck and lounging chairs. It does not have a poolside eatery or swim-up bar but guests can purchase drinks at the bar near the pool entrance. Private cabanas are available for rent starting at $175 and are stocked with water, soda, snacks and include a flat screen TV, sofas, an overhead fan, storage and cabana food and drink services.
Towels are provided to guests and floatation devices such as water wings, pool noodles, and life vests are available for purchase at Essentials Gift Shop and cost $9 -$36. Rafts and tubes are not permitted in the pool.
Music: No live music, but music does play through the pools sound system.
Valley View Casino & Hotel
16300 Nyemii Pass, Valley Center. 760-291-5500. valleyviewcasino.com
Pool hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Who can go: Hotel guests 21-and-older only.
Pool area: The Northern San Diego property features an infinity pool that offers a view of the Palomar Mountain Range and includes a jacuzzi, sun loungers and deck chairs. No floatation devices are allowed and towels are provided. The property does not have a poolside eatery or bar, but guests can bring in food and drinks purchased at any of its eateries.
Music: Music plays through speakers.
Yaamava’ Resort & Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd, Highland. 800-359-2464. yaamava.com.
Pool hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Who can go: Hotel guests 21-and-older only.
Pool area: The Highland property features a pool deck with two pools and two Jacuzzis and a giant LED television where sporting events are broadcast. There are seven cabanas, which can host up to six guests and are stocked with bottled water, unlimited sunscreen products, after sun lotion, private TVs, and a dedicated VIP attendant. The pool deck can seat up to 390 people including the seating offered on daybeds, loungers, Helix Bar seating and the Radiance Café where food and drinks can be purchased poolside.
Cabana packages are available starting at $500 Monday-Thursday and $1,000 Friday-Sunday. Daybeds can accommodate two guests and start at $175 weekdays and $225 weekends. Guests can call the Serrano Spa at 909-686-7097 to make a reservation.
Music: In addition to the Yaamava’ Theater performances, the property also hosts after parties on its pool deck that are open to all guests not just hotel guests or theater ticket holders. Some upcoming after-parties include ones for New Kids on the Block (June 4), Darius Rucker (Aug. 26) Cole Swindell (Sept. 8) and Khalid (Sept. 9).
The pool deck also hosts its own ticketed shows including The Interrupters on Aug. 19. When live music isn’t playing, the pool’s outdoor sound system plays music.