Destination guide

Discover year-round fun in Big Bear vacation home rentals

Big Bear is a hub for alpine recreation, offering a shimmering lake for summer watersports and challenging slopes for winter excitement, as well as beautiful cross-country trails for any season. Whether you want to test your skills at a fishing tournament, take to the water on a paddleboard, ski the slopes, or take in the mountain scenery, there’s something for every inclination near cabin rentals in Big Bear.

Things to do

Experience the outdoors from getaway cabins in Big Bear

No matter the season, Big Bear has a range of activities for families and adventurers. Cabin rentals can be found near landmarks like the Snow Summit Ski Resort, a bustling ski resort with 31 runs, night riding, terrain parks, and a climbing wall, and the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, a wildlife zoo for rehabilitation and conservation of native species. The Alpine Slide and Magic Mountain has winter bobsledding fun and summer waterslides to escape the heat, and Big Bear Snow Play has winter sledding and activities for kids.


Activities and attractions in Big Bear Lake

Are you hoping to find attractions to see while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Big Bear Lake for its skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Big Bear Lake a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Snow Summit (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Gold Mine Golf Course (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Bear Mountain (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Bear Mountain Golf Course (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near vacation homes in Big Bear

With year-round sunshine, hundreds of miles of forest trails, and seemingly endless shoreline and skiable acreage, Big Bear is an adventure playground for all seasons. Hiking on forest paths, horseback riding through the landscape, or tearing through dirt on a mountain bike are ideal for most seasons, and hitting off-roading trails and challenging terrain in 4x4s is great for thrill seekers. In winter, skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and snowmobiling are popular activities. The waters in Big Bear are teeming with fish, and you can get out on the water for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, and parasailing.


Seasonal weather averages in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is well known for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in January, February, May or March, when snowfall averages 17.63 inches and temperatures average 22°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Big Bear Lake

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Big Bear Lake. These are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pine Knot Park (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Swim Beach (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Meadow Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Aspen Glen Picnic Area (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • North Shore Recreation Area (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Big Bear Discovery Center (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Big Bear Lake

The nearest airport is in San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), located 21.6 mi (34.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), which is 37.1 mi (59.7 km) away.

Restaurants and bars

Best dining in Big Bear

From gourmet dining to homestyle cooking, Big Bear offers a range of cuisine options for every appetite. Steak houses, seafood, pasta, pizza, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and deli restaurants with a culinary twist give you a chance to experience familiar favorites or discover brand-new tastes as adventurous as the region itself, all near the vacation home rentals in the area.

Essential info

Key tips for stays in Big Bear vacation rentals

Big Bear is a destination for outdoor adventure and has vacation homes for all seasons, but it’s important to check local conditions to ensure that parks, hiking trails, and other natural areas are open. At this high elevation, temperatures can fluctuate between elevations and between day or night, so it’s best to pack both cool-weather and warm-weather clothing to prepare. There’s also an abundance of native wildlife and natural predators, so take precautions when hiking or walking in forested areas. Big Bear is serviced by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Dispatch and by several medical centers for medical care.

Family friendly

Family fun near Big Bear vacation homes

Big Bear has plenty of fun activities for adults and kids alike, all within reach of the vacation rentals. Boulder Bay Park, a lakeside area with canoeing and kayaking on the lake and live music at the bandstand, and the Big Bear Discovery Center, a nature center with exhibitions, tours, demonstrations, and an amphitheater, are two top attractions for kids. You could also visit Big Bear Lake, a large, crystal-clear lake for outdoor recreation like fishing and hiking among native wildlife, and Meadow Park, a lakeside expanse with sports courts, fields, picnic areas, and a playground. For little explorers, try out Gold Rush Mining Adventures, a science center with real gemstone and gold mining to inspire young minds and honor the Gold Rush era.

Where to stay around Big Bear?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,069 vacation rentals near Big Bear. From 986 Cabins to 1,740 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Big Bear for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Big Bear?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Bear. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Palm Springs: 6,018 vacation rentals
  • Big Bear Lake: 2,503 vacation rentals
  • Lake Arrowhead: 593 vacation rentals
  • Rancho Mirage: 6,524 vacation rentals
  • Southern California: 33,847 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Big Bear! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Big Bear?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Bear:

  • Palm Springs: 6,018 rentals
  • Big Bear Lake: 2,503 rentals
  • Lake Arrowhead: 593 rentals
  • Rancho Mirage: 6,524 rentals
  • Cathedral City: 5,226 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Big Bear?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Big Bear are:

  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP): 7,199 vacation rentals
  • San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.): 676 vacation rentals
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT): 231 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Big Bear?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Big Bear. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Big Bear Lake: 2,441 rentals
  • Bear Mountain: 2,246 rentals
  • Snow Summit Ski Resort: 2,943 rentals
  • Lake Arrowhead Village: 493 rentals
  • Mission Lakes Country Club: 4,566 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Bear listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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