The lake and mountainside environment lends itself to plenty of outdoor fun in the summer. Get out on the lake for boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and more. Spend time closer to shore swimming, sunbathing, or having a picnic on the beach. Head out and explore the mountains and many hiking trails throughout the area. Marvel at the animals at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo or charter a boat for a fishing excursion or tour of the lake.
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Big Bear Vacation Home Amenities
We know that one thing that keeps families returning to Big Bear Lake is the memories they create there. Great vacation experiences start with your vacation rental. At Big Bear Vacations, we hand-selected over 300 spectacular vacation rentals in Big Bear for you to choose from in the Big Bear Lake area. More isolated than hotel rentals and regularly cleaned, our properties are perfect for your next vacation!
Whether you want to stay within steps of Bear Mountain Ski Resort or on the shores of Big Bear Lake, our unique Big Bear homes for rent come fully furnished with everything you’ll need for you and your group to have a relaxing and fulfilling vacation.
All of our Big Bear Lake homes have a rustic aesthetic that matches the rugged atmosphere at Big Bear Lake. We filled each home with plush furnishings to help you rest and relax in comfort and style. Each home has spacious rooms that can serve multiple purposes as bedrooms, playrooms, and offices. Additionally, each of our homes offer a little extra something that’s unique – several of our homes have large decks with BBQs, fireplaces, hot tubs, pools, plus more! To find your perfect vacation rentals in Big Bear, narrow your search on our website using the Advanced Filters.
Things to Do Near Big Bear Lake
Our team at Big Bear Vacations is passionate about helping you make the best memories out of your Big Bear Lake vacation. Since Big Bear Lake is located in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains, there is no shortage of fun things to do outside.
Explore 600,000 acres of pristine forest in San Bernardino National Forest, frolic on 3,000 acres of crystal clear blue lake at Big Bear Lake, hike on hundreds of miles of hiking trails, ski at one of Southern California’s premier ski resorts, or simply relax by the pool. Also nearby are biking trails, opportunities for fishing, bouldering, and even a year-round alpine slide.
Whether you decide to spend your days exploring the rugged outdoors of the Big Bear area or simply relaxing close to your Big Bear houses for rent, our team at Big Bear Vacations has many suggestions for fun things for you to do.
Visiting Big Bear in the Summer
During the summer, Big Bear’s main attraction is its lake. You can expect the sun to be shining almost every day during the summer months, and the temperatures are usually in the low 80s, making the weather perfect for enjoying the lake. The large freshwater reservoir has more than 23 miles of shoreline where you can lay out in the sun and swim in the lake’s cool waters.
Swimming is allowed anywhere along the shores of the lake. Make sure to wear a life jacket if you aren’t an experienced swimmer and be aware of boats, as lifeguards are only present at certain beaches along the lake. If you want to swim at a beach with lifeguard, check out Meadow Park. The lakeside park has lifeguards on duty, public restrooms, picnic pavilions, a floating dock, and water toys.
If you want to explore the lake on the water, consider renting a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. These active water sports are a great way to destress and explore the lake’s shoreline and inlets, many of which are only accessible by a non-motorized boat. If you are looking for a more passive way to travel around the lake, there are several locations in town where you can rent canopy-covered pontoon boats, fishing boats, and speedboats.
Visiting Big Bear in the Fall and Spring
Temperatures in the fall and spring may be too cool to go for a swim, but you can still enjoy the area’s natural beauty by hiking or biking the miles of trails surrounding Big Bear Lake.
The Castle Rock Trail is one of Big Bear’s most popular hiking trails. Follow the 2.4-mile long path through dense forest where you will pass a seasonal creek and waterfall in the spring or enjoy the beautiful autumn during the fall. The trail ends at Castle Rock, a large granite outcropping that is a popular climbing rock. The trail has a steady climb for the first half-mile, so it can be difficult for some hikers.
For beautiful lake views, hike the Cougar Crest Trail. This path is 4.5-miles long and will take you through towering pine trees, twisting Junipers, and spiny cactus. Once you reach the top of the trail you will be rewarded with stunning views of Big Bear Lake.
Both of these trails require an Adventure Pass to park in the parking lot. Adventure Passes can be purchased at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Dogs are also allowed on both hikes.
Choosing Big Bear Vacations for All Your Big Bear Vacation Rentals Needs
Come discover why Big Bear Lake is one of Southern California’s most treasured vacation destinations. Relax in modern comforts while experiencing the meditative effect of the beautiful mountains by staying in one of our hand-selected vacation rentals in Big Bear. Our rentals make the perfect place for focusing on schoolwork or other personal growth activities.
Whether you want your next Big Bear Lake vacation rental home to be a huge, multi-story rustic mansion or a small, practical ski cabin, or even a romantic cabin tucked in the woods, we surely have the perfect home for you. With over 300 homes total to choose from, we highly recommend narrowing your search using our Advanced Search filters.
Escape the hustle of the Big City year-round and find tranquility at Big Bear Lake. Book your vacation home with Big Bear Vacations today! No matter how long you stay, we have a home for you with our wide selection of long term, monthly and weekly Big Bear vacation home rentals.
Q: How far is Big Bear from Anaheim?
A: Big Bear is an hour and 51-minute drive from Anaheim, 86 miles via CA-91 E.