Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

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Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

Lake Havasu City vacation rentals

Lake Havasu—a slice of London in the Arizona desert

Lake Havasu gets its name from the Mojave word for “blue”—and as it sparkles in the Arizona sunshine, it’s easy to see why. This expansive reservoir on the Colorado River is a year-round paradise for lovers of water sports and nature walks. It’s also the site of one of the state’s more surprising heritage landmarks—London Bridge, which originally spanned the River Thames in the UK capital. Lake Havasu vacation rentals provide an ideal base for exploring this popular recreation area and the diverse attractions of the lively city on its eastern shore.

Year-round entertainment in Lake Havasu

From Winterfest to Thanksgiving, via spring fishing tournaments and summer regattas, the lake is a hive of sporting activity. Visitors flock to colorful annual events such as the IJSBA Jetski World Finals, the Boat Parade of Lights, and the Havasu Island Balloon Festival and Fair. The city provides an alternative source of cultural entertainment, from stylish casinos to cutting-edge clubs. Enjoying a concert in the Downtown Performing Arts Theatre, shopping in the charming waterfront setting of the English Village, or sampling the local craft breweries are just some of the pleasures waiting on the doorstep of Lake Havasu vacation rentals.

Lake Havasu’s most iconic landmark

London Bridge is one of Lake Havasu’s biggest visitor draws. The historic bridge was disassembled brick-by-brick from its original site on the Thames and carefully shipped across the Atlantic to its new home in 1971. Walking tours of this iconic landmark leave from Lake Havasu City Visitor Center. The nearby Lake Havasu Museum of History chronicles the fascinating heritage of this unique community, from its Native American roots, to the steamboat era, right through to the building of the Parker Dam and the subsequent transformation of a desert backwater into a vibrant 21st-century city.

Lake Havasu’s record-breaking highs

Lake Havasu holds the record for the highest recorded temperature in Arizona since records began. The hot desert climate places a premium on Lake Havasu vacation rentals with a pool, especially in the peak season between June and September, when temperatures typically hit the high 100s. The cooling breeze that drifts off the lake is especially welcome in the sizzling summer heat. Humidity is negligible and rainfall is scarce in this arid climate. January and February are great months to head south for some winter sun and benefit from last-minute bargains on Lake Havasu vacation rentals.

Discover Lake Havasu’s wild side

The Arizona desert is home to coyotes and bighorn sheep, along with many species of reptile, while Lake Havasu supports a variety of fish, notably bass. The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge provides a protective environment for native plants and animals to thrive. Peregrine falcons soar through Topcock Gorge, Beal Lake offers a hospitable habitat for endangered razorback suckers, and Pintail Slough is a magnet for grebes and migrating waterbirds. Maps and guides, along with visitor information and access details, are available from the Refuge Office, open weekdays between 7 am and 3.30 pm.