Destination guide

Take in the lakeside beauty of Big Bear Lake

Enjoy the churches and other features of Big Bear Lake. Renowned for its lake, skiing and mountain views, this city welcomes all visitors. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.


Activities and attractions in Big Bear Lake

Are you hoping to find attractions to see while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Big Bear Lake for its skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Big Bear Lake a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Snow Summit (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Gold Mine Golf Course (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Bear Mountain (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Bear Mountain Golf Course (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is well known for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in January, February, May or March, when snowfall averages 17.63 inches and temperatures average 22°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Big Bear Lake

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Big Bear Lake. These are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pine Knot Park (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Swim Beach (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Meadow Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Aspen Glen Picnic Area (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • North Shore Recreation Area (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Big Bear Discovery Center (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
How to get there

How to get 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're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), which is 37.1 mi (59.7 km) away.

Where to stay near Big Bear?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 3,105 house rentals near Big Bear. From 1,000 Cabins to 1,749 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Big Bear for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Palm Springs: 6,028 vacation rentals
  • Rancho Mirage: 6,518 vacation rentals
  • Desert Princess: 82 vacation rentals
  • Cathedral City: 5,250 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs Villas I: 35 vacation rentals

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

Whether you're travelling 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 Big Bear:

  • Palm Springs: 6,028 rentals
  • Rancho Mirage: 6,518 rentals
  • Cathedral City: 5,250 rentals
  • Ontario: 1,097 rentals
  • Thousand Palms: 6,553 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Big Bear?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Big Bear are:

  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP): 7,169 home rentals
  • Big Bear, CA (RBF): 2,729 home rentals
  • Victorville, CA (VCV-Southern California Logistics): 21 home rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Big Bear?

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

  • Mission Lakes Country Club: 4,595 vacation homes
  • Cimarron Golf Club: 7,658 vacation homes
  • Palm Springs Convention Center: 6,560 vacation homes
  • Escena Golf Club: 7,405 vacation homes
  • Citizens Business Bank Arena: 220 vacation homes

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

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