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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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Big Bear Lake, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 2,366 vacation rentals around Big Bear Lake. From 601 cabin rentals to 1,480 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Big Bear Lake?

What a view! That's what you'll find yourself saying when you travel out to the hills and indulge in a wonderful high-altitude getaway. Vrbo has 1,446 alpine vacation rentals available. Alternatively, you might like trying another type of setting. Vrbo has a great range of choices, including:

  • 962 mountainside vacation rentals.
  • 654 village vacation rentals.
  • 619 resort vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Big Bear Lake?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. Offering loads of space to spread out, they're perfect for those who want to live like a local. There are 1,497 options available on Vrbo. Prices begin at $51 a night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other popular lodging types, like:

  • Cabin: 822 vacation homes. Prices start from $63 per night.
  • Condo: 99 vacation homes. Prices start from $67 per night.
  • Townhome: 79 vacation homes. Prices start from $102 per night.

Can I stay in Big Bear Lake in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful trip is catching up with your favorite people in an amazing new place. If you'll be traveling with a big group, Vrbo can help out. The most popular option for larger groups here are house vacation homes, and we have 227 available. Properties in this area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • Are you looking for vacation homes that can sleep 6 of you? We have 555 that will be ideal. Prices begin from just $63 per night.
  • After a place for 8 guests? We have 418 that will be perfect. You can get one for as low as $76 per night.
  • Going away with 10 guests? We've got 288 vacation homes that will be ideal. Prices start from $115 per night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can bring your dad, your cousin and all your mates to Big Bear Lake.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Big Bear Lake?

Vrbo offers an array of fantastic budget-friendly rentals. Treat your loved ones to a fancy night out or stay for a few extra days with all the dollars you'll have leftover. Meadowbrook Estates is a terrific area to take a look at if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 122 rentals, and the average price is an affordable $142 per night. There are another 5 Vrbo rentals awaiting you in or around South Redlands. The average price in this area is $150 per night.

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