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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
The first step to a wonderful celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Big Bear is delicious Mexican food. Luckily, Big Bear has you covered with several wonderful Mexican restaurants that offer great food, good service, and a fun atmosphere. The most popular Mexican restaurant in Big Bear is Azteca Grill. They have been voted the best Mexican food in Big Bear again and again, and you’ll see why after you have a meal here. From breakfast to happy hour, Azteca Grill has you covered! Their signature dish is the “Loco” Azteca breakfast, voted the Best in Big Bear for 9 years running. This dish features Mexican rice, a hamburger patty smothered in sausage gravy, two eggs, and a side of country potatoes. For lunch and dinner, you can expect more traditional dishes such as burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. Best of all? They offer a variety of delicious cocktails, including several flavors of margaritas!
Sonora Cantina is another popular Mexican restaurant in Big Bear! Here you’ll find all the Mexican classic dishes, but they are most known for the Big Juan burrito! This 7-pound burrito is a rite of passage for local Mexican food lovers. You can participate in the Big Juan challenge, which wins you a free t-shirt if you can finish this gargantuan burrito in 45 minutes or less. They also are a great place for a Cinco de Mayo celebration as they offer a full bar, featuring a variety of tequilas and margaritas.
Last but not least, for a slightly elevated Mexican dining experience, head to Hacienda Grill. Hacienda Grill offers classic dishes such as burritos and enchiladas, but they specialize in seafood. You’ll find delicious Mexican-inspired seafood dishes including shrimp rancheros, shrimp fajitas, and filete a la plancha. For a party atmosphere for Cinco de Mayo, Hacienda Grill has great cocktail options. They offer almost 30 types of tequila and a half a dozen versions of margaritas! A great Cinco de Mayo celebration needs delicious food and drinks, and the Mexican restaurants of Big Bear have you covered!
Enjoy a Day on the Water
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, warm weather in Big Bear calls for a day on the lake! In May, the temperatures are in the high 60s to low 70s, making it perfect boating weather. For a day on the lake, you can rent or charter a boat for fun activities such as fishing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. If you love fishing, Big Bear is a perfect choice for vacation. Here you’ll find a variety of fish species like trout, catfish, and bass. Whether you choose to fish on your own or book a guided fishing tour, you’re sure to bring home a great souvenir. Another fun lake activity is to get in the water with a kayak, which can be rented at one of the many marinas along the lake. This is a fun way to enjoy the water and the weather while getting a bit of exercise!
Head on a Hike
Although Big Bear is a great skiing location in the winter, once the weather warms up, there are plenty of summertime outdoor activities. One of the best things to do in Big Bear is hiking! There are dozens of trails throughout the Big Bear area that appeal to any skill level. For beginners, the Alpine Pedal Path is a great option. This trail is rated as easy, with little elevation change, and it’s also paved making it easy to navigate. The Alpine Pedal Path, as the name would suggest, is also perfect for mountain biking!
For a slightly more challenging hike, consider Castle Rock Trail. This is one of the most popular hiking trails in Big Bear. It’s rated as a moderate hike, with a high elevation change. However, this trail is well marked, and you are rewarded for your extra effort with beautiful lake views. Castle Rock Trail is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your leashed pooch along on the hike with you!
For those who love the outdoors, Big Bear is a perfect Cinco de Mayo vacation destination. From the perfect weather, seemingly endless outdoor activities, and most importantly, delicious Mexican food, be sure to plan your next Cinco de Mayo adventure in beautiful Big Bear!