Destination guide

Sun, culture, and nature in Fontana

Looking for a luxury lakeside cabin, a modern city retreat, or a family-sized townhouse? Then check out the wealth of Fontana vacation rentals on offer. Fontana is a mid-size palm-studded city based in San Bernardino County, California. It boasts a relaxed and folksy small-town atmosphere and offers a range of cultural attractions, from local artist exhibitions to theaters. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall for sunny Fontana, too – not only does the city have its own nature center, but it’s also based just a short drive from the lakes, mountains, and rivers of San Bernardino National Forest.

Things to do

Architectural relics and Fontana Americana

Spend a morning ambling around the Mary Vagle Nature Center, a large green-washed park grouped around a shimmering pond, with sidewinding hiking trails, a reptile viewing area, and educational exhibits about environmentalism. Culture vultures can catch a show at the Center Stage Theater, an enormous Art Deco architectural marvel, which dates back to 1937. Lovers of kitsch Americana, meanwhile, can’t miss Bono’s Historic Orange, a giant orange-shaped kiosk just off Route 66. This quirky citrus stand dates back to 1936, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.


Family-friendly fun and outdoor adventures in Fontana

Venture out of your peaceful Fontana vacation rental and visit the city’s activity-rich community centers. In summer, swing by the Don Day Neighborhood Center for a dip in the outdoor pool, or visit Fontana Park, with its sports pavilion, spacious kids’ play areas, and Aquatics Center. Fontana also offers a selection of 18-hole golf courses, with unbeatable views over the copper-colored foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. If true wilderness is more to your taste, visit the San Bernardino National Forest, where you can hike under its shady pines and swim in glistening hot springs.


Fontana celebrates year-round sunshine

Sun worshippers will feel right at home in Fontana – the city enjoys year-round sunshine, and very rarely experiences extended periods of rainfall. For perfectly warm and enjoyable temperatures, travel in the early spring or late fall months – April and November – when the daytime temperature surfs around the mid-70s. This time of year is perfect for exploring San Bernardino National Forest. The height of summer welcomes temperatures in the 90s, and often in the low 100s. So if you do travel in summer, make sure your Fontana vacation rental has air conditioning – and a pool!

Natural features

Nature lovers will adore Fontana’s wild surroundings

California’s wondrous array of plant life and wildlife is on full display in Fontana. In the Mary Vagle Nature Center, animal lovers will find coyotes, fiery-red foxes, swooping hawks, and even rattlesnakes. For real, rough and rugged wilderness, leave the manicured palm-lined streets of Fontana for the San Bernardino National Forest, a 40-minute drive north east. Here, multiple pine species flourish, so too do California black oak, towering Douglas firs, incense cedars, and western junipers. Along the lake shores and hiking trails, you might spot bobcats, beavers, and even black bears.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Fontana

The nearest airport is in Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), located 9.2 mi (14.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), which is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, you can make your way to Fontana Station.

Where to stay around Fontana?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,300 vacation rentals near Fontana. From 2,475 Houses to 756 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fontana for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fontana?

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 Fontana:

  • Anaheim Hills: 480 vacation rentals
  • Arrowhead Villas: 191 vacation rentals
  • Village Bay: 337 vacation rentals
  • Bonita: 31 vacation rentals
  • Crest Estates: 117 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 Fontana?

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

  • Auto Club Speedway: 281 vacation rentals
  • Sierra Lakes Golf Club: 715 vacation rentals
  • Fontana Station: 654 vacation rentals
  • Lake Arrowhead Village: 500 vacation rentals
  • Lake Gregory Regional Park: 883 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fontana 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 Houses in Fontana?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,475 Houses in Fontana. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fontana include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 756 rentals available
  • Cabins: 569 rentals available
  • Cottages: 569 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fontana?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 918 vacation rentals with pool available in Fontana. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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