In 1962, the iconic London Bridge actually was falling down, so the city of London decided to sell it to the highest bidder. Enter Robert McCulloch, founder of Lake Havasu City, who purchased the bridge and relocated it to Arizona hoping to attract tourists to his off-the-beaten-path real estate development. Well, he (re)built it, and as the saying goes, they came. Now known as Arizona’s Playground, this high-energy area has something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a quiet getaway, or the fishing trip of a lifetime, you’re sure to find a vacation rental that’s right for you.

Vacation rentals in Lake Havasu City

When you get your first glimpse of this brilliant lake, you’ll understand why the Mojave named it after their word for “blue.” Take in the views from your lake house rental in Lake Havasu City, which is an ideal home base for attending any of the area’s many festivals, including the world-famous Balloon Festival and Fair, Winterfest, and the Chillin ‘n Swillin charity beer festival. And when the parties are over and the sun sets, you’ll love relaxing with a cold drink at your vacation home with a private pool and panoramic lake views.

Weekly rentals near Lake Havasu State Park

A vacation rental near Lake Havasu State Park provides no shortage of activities. There are hiking trails, a cactus garden, and a wide, sandy beach for swimming and sunbathing. To see things from a different point of view, take to the skies in hot air balloon, vintage plane, or helicopter tour. Or rent a boat (Lake Havasu has no size or speed restrictions) and visit more than a dozen boat-in dining options. When you’re finally ready for a rest, head back to your luxury lake rental and take in the sunset.

Lake house rentals for group trips

Traveling with a large group of friends or extended family? There are Lake Havasu rentals available to suit the needs any size group, whether it be for a long weekend or the whole season. Explore the area from a well-appointed lakeside home with a billiards table, foosball, and even your own putting green. And don’t worry, this lively area has plenty of activities to keep groups busy, including casinos, clubs, and craft breweries.

Pet-friendly vacation rentals

Most dogs are known water-lovers, so why leave your canine companion behind? Lake Havasu offers pet-friendly lake house rentals that provide water access for cooling off, large yards for exercise, and even complimentary kayaks to paddle around the lake with man’s best friend. Stop by one of the many sidewalk cafes that welcome pets, or hit one of Lake Havasu’s 3 dog parks, including one that’s indoors and serves beer. Heading to an event? Pamper your pup at one of the area’s groomers, then leave them in the trusted hands of the local dog-sitting service. Whatever your pet-friendly vacation rental needs may be, from rustic cabins to luxurious villas, you can be sure that Lake Havasu has a lake house rental for you.

Lake rentals for fishing trips

Considered one of the best lakes for fishing in the Southwest, Lake Havasu is known to anglers primarily for bass, but you can also land your share of catfish and bluegill. Several public fishing piers and docks are scattered along the lake, as are a number of marinas and boat launches. You will need a license, though—available online or at any of the numerous bait and tackle shops in the area. Book a cozy cabin near the marina or choose a lakefront vacation rental with a hot tub and a fireplace—some rentals even have private boat slips. Be sure to check the calendar before you go, as Lake Havasu hosts fishing tournaments all year round.

Lake vacations with children

With the tagline “Play like you mean it,” Lake Havasu is the perfect vacation spot for the whole family. Kids will love the area’s collection of miniature lighthouses—in fact, Lake Havasu boasts more lighthouses than any other city in the entire US. Amateur geologists of any age should stop by Lake Havasu Gem and Mineral Society to try out rockhounding, and who knows, you may come home with a souvenir gem or two. Rent a vacation home with a washer/dryer, a game room, and a home theater to keep everyone happy, or choose a summer rental with a large yard and a fire pit, and spend the warm nights roasting hot dogs and singing campfire songs for some memorable summer family fun.