Destination guide

Experience Big Bear Lake at vacation home rentals

The dramatic setting of Big Bear Lake, nestled on the lakeshore in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, makes it a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. This friendly city provides the ideal base for every activity imaginable, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to mountain biking and freshwater fishing in summer. Big Bear Lake vacation rentals are especially in demand on weekends, when southern Californians hit the highway to shake off the stresses of work with a breath of fresh mountain air and some comforting down-home hospitality.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Big Bear Lake vacation rentals

There are many ways to enjoy this beautiful recreational lake, from kayaking and parasailing to narrated boat tours. Climb aboard a replica pirate ship and hear tall tales of pirates and adventurers, or gain insights into the lake’s history, which dates back to 1845, on board the Miss Liberty paddlewheel. Continue your voyage into the past with a visit to the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum. This fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibits chronicles the city’s rich heritage from its roots in the indigenous Serrano tribe, through the Gold Rush era, to its transformation into winter-sports hot spot.

Activities

Things to do near Big Bear Lake vacation homes

Fishing is one of the prime attractions of Big Bear Lake. This vast expanse of freshwater is home to abundant trout, bass, and catfish. Anglers can rent a pontoon and test their skill against their wily prey, or hire an experienced fishing guide to maximize their chances of a productive catch. Big Bear Lake vacation rentals on the lake offer keen anglers the chance to pursue their hobby to their heart’s content without straying far from home. The Big Bear Troutfest draws huge crowds to the marina each September, offering prizes in various categories along with the chance to compete for prestigious trophies.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Big Bear Lake getaway cabins

The high elevation of Big Bear Lake sets it apart from the rest of southern California in terms of snowfall. This unique climate provided the incentive for the opening of the region’s first winter-sports resort as far back as 1921, and snowfall has been recorded in every month except July and August. The winter vacation season usually runs from late November to late March, when demand spikes for Big Bear Lake vacation rentals near the slopes. Peak temperatures in July are often accompanied by refreshing mountain rain and cool evenings, providing comfortable conditions for outdoor activities.

Natural features

Forest trails around Big Bear Lake

Book a Big Bear Lake vacation rental near the San Bernardino National Forest to be close to a protected wilderness of mountainous terrain that includes 2 of the tallest waterfalls in southern California. The mountains are home to many species of coniferous trees, the ubiquitous ponderosa pine among the most striking. The Big Bear Discovery Center contains a museum of local natural history along with wide-ranging information about the ecology of the National Forest. Guided eco-tours and interpretation programs are just some of the ways to discover this environment.

How to get there

Transportation 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 can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), which is 40.8 mi (65.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Big Bear Lake vacation homes

Big Bear Lake is a year-round destination for families. Vacation homes are available near places like Big Bear Alpine Zoo, a spacious zoo with rescued wildlife and naturalistic habitat, and the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, a year-round amusement with bobsled tracks and summer waterslides. Kids will also like Big Bear Discovery Center, a large visitor center with nature-based exhibitions, eco-tours, and an amphitheater.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake

The idyllic outdoor locations surrounding Big Bear Lake set the stage for a romantic trip. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Boulder Bay Park, a public park with canoeing and kayaking on the water and live music at the bandstand, and Alpine Pedal Path Trail, a paved trail for biking and walking for sightings of native bald eagles. You'll also like Meadow Park, a large park with sports courts and ball fields near the lake.

Can I find a vacation rental around Big Bear Lake?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,493 vacation rentals near Big Bear Lake. From 823 Cabins to 1,384 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 Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Big Bear Lake?

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 Lake:

  • Upper Moonridge: 1,264 vacation rentals
  • Boulder Bay: 672 vacation rentals
  • Fox Farm: 565 vacation rentals
  • Summit Estates: 334 vacation rentals
  • Castle Glen Estates: 529 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 Lake?

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

  • Bear Mountain: 2,233 vacation rentals
  • Snow Summit Ski Resort: 2,935 vacation rentals
  • Big Bear Marina: 2,962 vacation rentals
  • Boulder Bay Park: 3,015 vacation rentals
  • Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain: 2,963 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Bear Lake 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 Lake?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 823 Cabins in Big Bear Lake. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake include:

  • Houses: 1,384 rentals available
  • Cottages: 823 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 110 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 132 vacation rentals with pool available in Big Bear Lake. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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