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Popular amenities for Big Bear Lake vacation rentals

Stay near Big Bear Lake's top sights

Big Bear Mountain Resort119 locals recommend
Bear Mountain Ski Resort870 locals recommend
Snow Summit906 locals recommend
Big Bear Alpine Zoo723 locals recommend
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain652 locals recommend
Big Bear Snow Play489 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake

  • Total rentals

    4.4K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    226K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.8K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.9K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    490 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    2.1K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Big Bear Lake

All About Big Bear Lake

Though many imagine sun-drenched beaches and Hollywood celebrities when they think of Southern California, Big Bear Lake is that notable exception: a cozy mountain town tucked in the San Bernardino Mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of the sprawling megalopolis below. With exceptional fishing, hiking, and outdoor adventure opportunities in the summer, and amazing snowboarding, sledding, and skiing during the winter (yes, there is snow in SoCal), Big Bear Lake makes for a wonderful escape. The holiday season is an extra special time at Big Bear for those that prefer a traditional snowy Christmas, and the lengthy summers are overflowing with outdoor activity everywhere you roam. Warm, inviting, comfortable, and without the usual tourist trappings, Big Bear Lake is the ultimate mountain escape right in the heart of Southern California.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Big Bear Lake

A Big Bear cabin is one of the more popular options when staying in these mountains. When it comes to the best time of year to visit, there are no wrong answers. If you’re a fan of winter sports like skiing, sledding, and snowboarding, visit after the snow starts to fall during the fall and winter months. The spring is a truly special time at Big Bear Lake, with snow still on the ground and mountain wildflowers beginning to bloom. In summer, there’s no shortage of water sports, lakeside festivities, hiking, and your fill of freshwater fishing.

Top things to do in Big Bear Lake

Snow Summit Ski Resort

Established in 1952, Snow Summit has been one of the favorite Southern California ski and snowboarding destinations for decades. With a surprising variety of terrain and trails with varying difficulties, there’s a slope for every level of snowboarder or skier. And the staff runs an excellent rental shop with lessons that are well worth the money if you’re just learning.

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is a must-do attraction that is packed with terrific freshwater fishing, boating, water sports, and ample opportunities for a simple dip in the cool, clear, clean lake water. The lake’s six marinas are open from spring to fall and can hook you up with everything from pontoon rentals to easy-to-navigate fishing skiffs.

Boulder Bay Park

Boulder Bay Park is a beautiful, untrammeled park right on the lake, where you can fish off the dock or launch a canoe or kayak for a waterborne adventure. Also, there are plenty of picnic tables and a bandstand where bands regularly perform during the summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Big Bear Lake?

    Big Bear Lake experiences all four seasons. Summers are warm with highs around 80°F (27°C), perfect for boating and fishing. In contrast, winters are cold with temperatures often below freezing, ideal for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Spring and fall are generally mild with beautiful scenery.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Big Bear Lake?

    At Big Bear Lake, you can enjoy various activities including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and boating. In winter, skiing and snowboarding are popular. You could also explore the local shops and restaurants in Big Bear Village or visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Big Bear Lake?

    Big Bear Lake is frequently visited all year round. The summer months offer excellent boating and fishing opportunities, while the winter season is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Notable local events include the Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby in June and the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest happening from September to October.

  • What are the best places to stay in Big Bear Lake?

    Visitors frequently stay at Big Bear Village, known for its local shops and restaurants. Moonridge is another popular area, especially for those interested in the Big Bear Alpine Zoo or Bear Mountain Golf Course. Lastly, Fawnskin, on the northern shore of the lake, provides a serene and relaxed atmosphere.

  • What are the best places to visit in Big Bear Lake?

    The Big Bear Alpine Zoo, Big Bear Discovery Center, and the Big Bear Village are popular places to visit. Other frequently suggested sites include the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts, and the Moonridge Animal Park.

  • What are some hiking trails in Big Bear Lake?

    There are numerous hiking trails around Big Bear Lake. The Castle Rock Trail and Pine Knot Trail are popular among hikers. Other frequently suggested trails include Cougar Crest Trail, Woodland Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail which passes through the area.

  • What are some family activities to do in Big Bear Lake?

    Families can explore wildlife at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, or learn about the area's history at the Big Bear Discovery Center. You can also enjoy some outdoor fun with activities like fishing, paddleboarding, or hiking on one of many trails around the lake. In winter, families can enjoy skiing or snowboarding together.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Big Bear Lake?

    Engage in some water fun by renting a kayak, paddleboard, or a boat for the day. In winter, skiing and snowboarding at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain are enjoyable activities. For a more relaxed day, consider visiting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo or exploring the local shops and restaurants at Big Bear Village.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Big Bear Lake?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake. From over 2,240 cabin rentals to over 1,290 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Big Bear Lake?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 2,070 vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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