Destination guide

Escape to Bear Lake, the “Caribbean of the Rockies”

Straddling Utah and Idaho, Bear Lake harbors a reputation as the "Caribbean of the Rockies", with turquoise water, sultry weather, and a glut of recreational activities on offer. Whether you want to soak up the sun on a sandy beach, zoom around on a jet ski or cast a line for your own catch of the day, the town embodies America’s lake culture. Its scenic setting also makes it a haven for family vacations, reunions, weddings, and other special events. Sleeping up to 40 guests, luxury Bear Lake vacation rentals can keep your whole crew together.

Things to do

Tee off at Bear Lake

Open in spring, summer, and fall, Bear Lake is within striking distance of 3 top-tier golf courses. Bear Lake West is an eternal favorite, with waterside greens and a lively clubhouse. If you tire of the lakeside scene, why not day-trip to the nearby town of Paris? It’s anchored by a characterful historic district where you’ll find the ancient Tabernacle Historic Site. Filled with stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine, Minnetonka Cave offers a fascinating glimpse of subterranean Idaho.


Make a splash in Bear Lake

Water sports are the order of the day, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy Bear Lake. The sandy beaches that dot the shoreline are perfect for picnics and paddling, while various docks make it easy to launch speed boats and jet skis. If you don’t want to share your slice of the lake, escaping to a Bear Lake vacation rentals property offers private beach access and uninterrupted views of the water. In winter, Bear Lake is dusted in snow, but the scene doesn’t slow down. From ice fishing to snowmobiling along forest trails, you’ll never be short on outdoor activities.


Raspberry-strewn summers in Bear Lake

Bear Lake booms during the summer when flocks of sun seekers descend on its surrounding towns. Memorial Day to Labor Day sees crowds peak, especially during the annual Raspberry Days Festival. Held in the first week of August, the event features parades, rodeos, fireworks, dancing and even a "Miss Berry Princess" contest. Visit in winter and Bear Lake transforms into a snow-dusted wonderland. It’s a great time to rug up and enjoy a relaxing vacation, or throw on your snow shoes and hit the trails.

Natural features

Birdwatching in Bear Lake

When you arrive in Bear Lake, the first thing you’ll notice is the intense turquoise color of the water. This is due to the presence of suspended limestone. With multilevel floor-to-ceiling windows and sun-drenched decks, Bear Lake vacation rentals make the most of the million-dollar views. Covering a 1700-acre footprint, Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a haven of marshlands, grassy fields, and dense forests. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise, with the chance to spot sandhill cranes, herons, snowy egrets, white pelicans, and a variety of ducks and geese.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bear Lake?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 400 vacation rentals near Bear Lake. From 113 Cabins to 132 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bear Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Utah: 10,416 vacation rentals
  • Idaho: 4,344 vacation rentals
  • Garden City: 394 vacation rentals
  • Bear Lake Marina: 358 vacation rentals
  • Harbor Village: 193 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bear Lake! 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 Bear Lake?

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 Bear Lake:

  • Garden City: 394 rentals
  • Fish Haven: 383 rentals
  • Garden: 370 rentals
  • St. Charles: 390 rentals
  • Preston: 350 rentals

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

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

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

  • Bear Lake Marina: 358 rentals
  • Bear Lake State Park: 406 rentals
  • Rendezvous Beach: 398 rentals
  • Beaver Mountain Ski Resort: 416 rentals
  • Garden City Park: 401 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bear Lake 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.