Big Bear City, CA, USA

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Big Bear City, CA, USA

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Southern California's lakeside mountain oasis

Nestled on the eastern shore of Big Bear Lake, this sleepy unincorporated town feels light years away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California city life. Surrounded on all sides by the sprawling San Bernardino National Forest, the quiet town of cabins and small homes branching off from a quaint main street puts almost nothing between you and nature. Skiing and water activities dominate the scene, offering endless fun for visitors of all ages and enough fresh air to ensure you'll get a good night's sleep at your Big Bear Lake vacation rental.

Get your adrenaline pumping in Big Bear City

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts offer thrills for beginners and pros alike, with family-friendly slopes and expert hills to shred. When temperatures rise, trade in your skis for wheels at Snow Summit's massive bike park. If you never graduated past the training wheels, they have a climbing wall, ziplining, and trampolines, too. You could get lost for days on the endless hiking trails in the surrounding forest (so maybe grab a trail map first). If you're less of an adrenaline junkie, Big Bear Lake is a prime spot for swimming and boating fun, plus some truly top-notch fishing.

The hills are alive and the fish are biting

Most visitors flock to nearby Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts for year-round fun, with skiing dominating the winter and biking taking over in the warmer months. Big Bear Lake is a great place to take a dip or try your hand at reeling in your own dinner when the temperatures rise. A Big Bear City vacation rental also puts you near everything from huge cities to serene nature, with Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and the otherworldly plant life of Joshua Tree National Park all within an hour or two of the town.

Beat the heat in Big Bear City

Since skiing is king in Big Bear City, it's no surprise that you'll see plenty of the fluffy white stuff in the colder months, with temperatures from November through April dipping down into the 20s. Snowfalls are heaviest from December through March, and usually top 4 inches in January and February, so pack up your skis to start the year off on the slopes. Temps are more mild from May to October, with the mercury only rarely breaking into the 80s in the peak summer months of July and August. It's heaven for anyone who hates the heat.

A town of soaring peaks and sparkling waters

At over 6,700 feet above sea level, your Big Bear City vacation rental will wrap you in crisp, clear mountain air (though it may take a minute to adjust to the elevation if you're not used to it). The San Bernardino mountains top 11,000 feet at their highest point, making for some spectacular views. Big Bear Lake is home to bass, trout, and countless other freshwater fish. Nature lovers have a treasure trove of plants and wildlife to discover on the hiking trails in over 800,000 acres of the surrounding San Bernardino National Forest.