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Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

How to get to and around Big Bear City

The nearest airport is in San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), located 25.1 mi (40.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), which is 44.3 mi (71.3 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Big Bear?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 2,473 vacation rentals near Big Bear. From 797 Cabins to 1,396 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 is the best area to stay when traveling to Big Bear?

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

  • Upper Moonridge: 1,280 vacation rentals
  • Whispering Forest: 141 vacation rentals
  • Meadowbrook Estates: 102 vacation rentals
  • Woodlands: 21 vacation rentals
  • Peter Pan: 177 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Big Bear?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation 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 Discovery Center: 2,954 vacation rentals
  • North Shore Recreation Area: 2,960 vacation rentals
  • Gold Mountain Memorial Park: 2,527 vacation rentals
  • Green Spot Picnic Area: 2,545 vacation rentals
  • Juniper Point: 2,955 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Bear listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Big Bear?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 797 Cabins in Big Bear. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Big Bear include:

  • Houses: 1,396 rentals available
  • Cottages: 797 rentals available
  • Chalets: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Country houses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Big Bear?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 120 vacation rentals with pool available in Big Bear. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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