Where to Get the Best Views in Big Bear

Big Bear, California is one of the most visited alpine lakes in the country. This is due to some of the best lake leisure around, great skiing, and endless other activities. But it is also because this is one of the most beautiful places in the country. The following are a couple places throughout the Big Bear area that provide the very best views of that beauty.

Castle Rock Trail

You can find beauty throughout this 1.5-mile trail, but the real prize lies at the end of the hike. It culminates with sweeping views of the lake, but also of the incredible mountains that surround. This is often considered the best place to take in the mountains. Not only does this spot provide for some of the best views, but it requires a bit of light exercise. Nothing adds to the pleasure of a pleasant hike like an incredible view. You can find the trail on the southwest corner of the lake off of Big Bear Blvd and Fisher Creek.

Boulder Bay Park

This amazing spot puts you on the shore of Big Bear Lake while providing incredible views of the beauty that surrounds. This is the best place to experience the contrast of blue and emerald water that makes you feel as if you are in the tropics coupled with forests and mountains. This is a truly stunning place. The best vantage point in the park comes from the small, charming dock that takes you out over the crystal blue water. Find this incredible experience on the south side of the lake at the intersection of Big Bear Blvd and Bluejay Lane.

Anywhere on the Water

There are countless opportunities to get out on the water. Among the most peaceful methods of enjoying the views from the water are those afforded by sailboats, but you can also kayak, paddle boat, jet ski, and everything in between. You can rent all your watercraft at Big Bear Marina on the south side of the lake, or from North Shore Landing on—you guessed it—the north side of the lake!

You may come for one recreational opportunity or another, but you are sure to fall in love with Big Bear for the natural beauty that you will find there. Whether it’s the heart of winter or the heat of summer, plan your next trip here and be blown away by the amazing sights you will find.

Pot of Gold Giveaway

Will you be the LUCKY Winner? 

Join us for Saint Patrick’s Day and your home might include a lucky pot of gold.

Our little leprechaun will be visiting 10 homes prior to your arrival and placing pots of gold filled with gold coins and goodies.  One lucky guest will win a FREE two-night stay at Shore Acres Lodge.


10 Lucky homes include a POT OF GOLD

Stay 2 nights over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend (3/16 – 3/18) and your home might include a POT OF GOLD

One lucky guest wins a FREE 2-night stay at Shore Acres Lodge

*All pots include fake gold coins and prizes.

Try new things in Big Bear

The year-round playground of Big Bear has scores of outdoor adventures and family-friendly entertainment, all conveniently located near your luxury rental from Big Bear Vacations. So whether you are visiting for ski season or enjoying the height of summer on the beautiful lake, fun awaits families of all ages.

Outdoor Excitement

After the obvious attractions of the nearby ski resorts of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit and their dozens of downhill trails, Big Bear boasts plenty of other outdoor adventures. Big Bear Snowplay showcases the fun sport of snowtubing, basically sledding on top of giant inner tubes. A variety of courses and slopes await kids of all ages, from 3+ years to teens to adults.

In the warmer months, the lake is the main attraction. Explore it on a pirate ship with a themed tour from Big Bear Pirate Ship Tours, rent your own kayak, paddleboat, or powerboat from one of the local marinas, or take a historical 90-minute cruise aboard the paddleboat Miss Liberty.

Outdoor Adventure!

For those seeking more of a thrill, Action Zipline Tours offers a chance to learn rope climbing during a 3-hour guided tour of the National Forest on foot and by air. You’ll be amazed at the views, even as they whip past you at 30+ mph as you careen through the trees (perfect for kids aged 7+ years, some weight limits apply). The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain offers two different ¼-mile tracks where riders steer their own bobsleds. Kids aged 2-6 ride for free with an adult (under 2 not allowed). The attraction also boasts tubing runs in the winter and waterslides in the summer, 18 holes of mini golf, and go-karts.

Animal Lovers

To get up close and personal with the wildlife of the area, visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, home to a wildlife rehabilitation program since 1959. This small zoo in the heart of town is a hit with kids and features over 140 different species, from red foxes to a family of grizzly bears to mountain lions. They even have resident bald eagles, part of the population that nests here every winter. A fun alternative to hiking is a horseback ride from Baldwin Lake Stables, a terrific way to experience the rugged terrain of the shores of the lake and the San Bernardino Mountains. Tours range from 1-hour trail rides to half-day adventures (kids aged 7+ years).

Indoor Fun

If you need to get away from the great outdoors – or if the weather doesn’t cooperate – head inside to the Big Bear Funplex featuring small thrill rides for kids 7-13. If you enjoy wearing other people’s shoes – or if you just like to bowl – check out the 16 lanes of fun, no-frills, no-holds-barred bowling at the Bowling Barn (ages 3+) and don’t miss the nightly “Glow Bowl.”

The beautiful scenery and outdoor attractions of Big Bear are not the only reason to visit, but they certainly top our list. No matter what you and your family enjoy, you’ll find the perfect family vacation activities here year-round. Visit our selection of rental cabins today and plan your perfect getaway!

Try New Things – Reinvent Yourself in Big Bear

Tried Skiing for the First Time in 20 Years

This week was a momentous week for one of our own Staff members at Big Bear Vacations. Our Front Desk Manager took a chance this week on skiing for the first time since she was a Girl Scout. Here is her story:

Being a Mother with children who works full time it can be a challenge keeping up as your kids grow and develop. My son is 9 and has completed a Beginners Course at Bear Mountain. He has a new passion for Snowboarding! It is very exciting, but also scary! This week he asked when he could go again – and that means someone has to go with! Supermom had to strap in and gather all her bravery. 

First, we went to Getboards and got some gear; Mom got skis. Next, we went to Snow Summit.  We found parking pretty easy and asked one of the many attendants what to do next – he helped us hang our lift tickets on our coats. Then we approached Moms worst fear, the lift. It was the beginner slope but it still felt scary. I told the attendant how I was feeling and she slowed the lift so we could hop on and gave me some advice on how to get off. Off we went! I made it off and slid to a stop, never falling once. 

I can do it!

My boy and I had one of the best days of my life. We went on the lift about a dozen times. We skied and boarded down and I could tell my son was so proud of me. I never got hurt or fell. I just took it slow and tried to remember all I had forgot from 20 years ago when my Girl Scout Troop went skiing. 

Now, I have a new passion I can share with my son. We made some wonderful memories and bonded in a big way. I can tell he really respected me for conquering my fears and getting out there. I am a proud Mom! If I can do it – so can you!

This could be your year to conquer old fears and find new passions in Big Bear. Come stay with us and take a chance! Reinvent yourself and connect with family on a deeper level. Make life changing memories that will last a lifetime~

Spring Festivals in Big Bear

After the winter crowds and the excitement of ski season, Big Bear Lake has plenty to offer. In fact, spring is perhaps our favorite times of year. Catch the last bit of skiing and relax in style as the weather warms and the crowds thin. Witness nature’s bounty burst forth as flowers bloom and the hiking trails lose their winter coats. Spring is the perfect time to see all the lake has to offer!

Open For Business

Big Bear Lake is the largest recreational lake in southern California, and it has much more to do than skiing and snowboarding (though, admittedly, we love the winter sports here). As the calendar flips to March, the lake thaws and all six of the lake’s marinas open for business. Each marina has everything you need for a day of fun on the water, from supplies to permits to rentals. Whether you go cruising in a pontoon or powerboat, or use good old fashioned muscle power to explore in a kayak, the lake offers adventure and excitement for all. If fishing is your pastime of choice, don’t miss the Big Bear Spring Fishing Festival, April 6-8. Go for the record as you battle trout, bass, catfish, and carp. Discount tickets are available for those who booked accommodations in Big Bear.

Music Madness

Boasting an amazing sound system, The Cave is Big Bear’s state-of-the-art concert and comedy venue, and it is the go-to place for live music. A star-studded lineup of tribute bands kicks off the season: Led Zeppelin‘s biggest fans (April 3), rock to the heavy metal symphonies of Masters of Puppets‘ covers of Metallica (May 25), or strut your stuff to the funky beats of Uptown Funk and their pitch perfect tribute to Bruno Mars (June 9). Check out the full calendar here, and get your fill of music from Johnny Cash to Fleetwood Mac!

Natural Beauty

It is easy to lose yourself in nature here in Big Bear. Explore our hundreds of miles of bike trails and hiking paths or wander through the colorful stands of the Tuesday Farmer’s Markets (open every Tuesday, beginning April 3). In spring, Big Bear’s natural wilderness is as accessible as ever, and fewer people means less congestion on the trails. Grab your binoculars and help the USFS count the bald eagles that nest here in the winter, or just enjoy the peaceful solitude of this gorgeous mountain lake.

Big Bear is the perfect getaway year-round, with plenty to offer even after the winter (or late spring) snows melt. Beautiful spring days and cool evenings are the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a family retreat, and there are plenty of activities for all ages and interests. While the day away on beautiful Big Bear Lake, take a nature walk, or curl up in your luxury cabin with your favorite book. Either way, you will love it here just as much as we do. Visit us and reserve your lakeside cabin today!

Experience Wildlife in Big Bear

The Wilds are Closer Than You Think

Big Bear is a land of four seasons and life changing experiences. Many come up the mountain for snow adventure and even our summer concert series Music in the Mountains, however there is so much more! Bear Valley is a photography mecca with opportunities to take high altitude photos of San Gorgonio or Snow Summit, wildlife, people, events, music, lake life, and of course sunsets (we think we have the best!). Come to Big Bear and enjoy the more hidden gems with us at Big Bear Vacations.

Big Bear for Valentine’s Day

With the holidays but a memory, February finds us itching for a reason to do something special. Take Valentine’s Day as your excuse to visit Big Bear, California! The mountain town is more romantic than some people give it credit-full of excitement, beauty, and relaxation, it’s perfect for a trip for two!

Thrill of the Mountains

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are both in full operations during the month of February, and if you don’t think anything can up your heart-rate like the sight of your special someone, try taking them with you down a ski slope! The chill against your cheeks, the scenery rushing by, and the smile of your partner when you reach the bottom-it’s just the kind of thrill you need to spice up your Valentine’s Day! And if you’re new to the slopes, don’t worry-the ski resorts offer lessons and shops both in town and up the slopes sell equipment. You’ll enjoy the (certainly well-meaning!) laughter of your partner as the two of you practice staying upright and making it down your first slope.

Unbeatable Scenery

The mountains are always romantic, skiing or no-skiing. Standing tall and proud and seeming eternal, they’re even more beautiful up close in a mountain town. As they gleam white with winter snow, the view is even more breath-taking. For the best views, find a winter hiking trail, gear up, and visit your vista. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for taking a trail like Pine Knot Trail up to a stunning view to share!

Delicious Dinner for a Romantic Evening

It’s perhaps the most traditional of Valentine’s traditions-going out to enjoy a meal together. The Pines Lakefront makes an ideal spot for the occasion. A charming restaurant with delicious food and gorgeous views of the lake, this is one of the best spots to share your Valentine’s Dinner. The Peppercorn Grille may not be pegged as romantic, but it’s another excellent option. The décor is pleasant and the food is delicious, and best of all, the staff is among the best around-it’s nice to see your significant other treated like the royalty you see them as! Captain’s Anchorage gets honorable mention-the walk-up soup and salad detract from feelings of “upscale,” but the steak and seafood are top-notch, and the dim, cozy, relatively quiet ambiance makes it perfect for a dinner together.

Big Bear Vacations-the Ideal Vacation, All Ready for You!

Focus more on your partner and less on the logistics-book with Big Bear Vacations and we’ll have everything set up for you, so you can go straight to enjoying each other’s company. Contact us today at 877-417-6504 to set up your Valentine’s escape and book your vacation rental home!

Bear Necessities Surprise Visitor

One Stop Shop for Fun and Friends

Bear Necessities is our newest addition to Big Bear Vacations check in experience. You will receive $5 Credit to use for a minimum ten dollar purchase at check in. This is a GREAT start to getting all your family souvenirs or even some basics like Firewood. Avoid the lines in the Village or the big stores and get truly unique high quality gifts and Big Bear Gear.

Why Choose Big Bear Vacations for Property Management

When it comes to rental property management in the Big Bear Lake area, there is no company that is more experienced or ready to maximize your dollar as much as possible as Big Bear Vacations.

A Long History of Proven Excellence

The first reason to consider Big Bear Vacations when deciding who should manage your rental property is our proven track record of success, as there is no company in Big Bear that has done it better for longer. Our history dates back all the way to early 20th century, and we have only continued to grow every year since. We have become a mainstay here in the town of Big Bear, and we believe this can be contributed to two things in particular: our unique business model, and our outstanding customer service.

An Innovative Marketing Campaign that Stands Out from the Rest

The property rental business has really exploded over the past couple of years, so you’re probably asking yourself: How can Big Bear Vacations guarantee I’ll be making money with so much competition? The answer is in our extremely aggressive marketing campaign that we employ for you and all of the properties that we manage. With a strong focus on media marketing on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as an online marketing campaign that focuses on search engine optimization, we can ensure that Big Bear (and your property) will always be near the top of the list whenever anyone looks to rent in the area. We are dedicated to making sure that your property information is out there as much as possible and that you are given the best marketing for your investment.

World Class Customer Service

We can get your property’s name out there all we want, but it doesn’t mean anything if customers aren’t satisfied, right? We understand that a satisfied customer is a customer that will continue to come back time and time again, which means your rental property gets booked more and more! This is why we focus heavily on providing world class customer service both to you and your rental as well as the customers who reserve them. We will do everything we can to ensure that your property is taken care of, including making sure the property is well stocked with items such as linens & towels, toilet paper, hand soap etc. We also provide top-notch service to every customer, including a luxury check-in experience and 24-hour service line so that once they stay with us the first time, they’ll continue to come back again and again.

Give us a call today and see how Big Bear Vacations can make the difference with your property rental today! Contact our New Homes Recruiter Christina Lindsey at (855) 845-6633 for more information or to get started!

Experience Big Bear with Berry

Who is Berry?

Introducing Big Bear Vacations adventurous and fun mascot and friend: Berry. Berry loves Big Bear and is seen about town eating and playing. He has been known to pop in during Birthday Celebrations and at the Tubing Hills. He is unstoppable and well loved by Staff and Guests alike. Join in the fun in Big Bear TODAY!