Gualala is a small quaint town but it is a mouthful to pronounce. The Pomos who originally lived in the area gave the Gualala River a name that meant "water coming down place." The town later took its name from the river. The word the Pomos used was very similar to the present day pronunciation of Gualala.
Gualala is a small community on California's North Coast on Highway 1. It might be small, but Gualala has been the host to many and several movies have been filmed in the area.