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 accommodation options 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? Travellers enjoy Big Bear Lake for its skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Big Bear Lake a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • 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 44.78 inches and temperatures average -6°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Big Bear Lake

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

  • 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 centre. 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.

How many holiday rentals are available around Big Bear?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,050 holiday lettings around Big Bear. From 985 Cabins to 1,716 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

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

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

  • Palm Springs: 6,167 holiday homes
  • Rancho Mirage: 6,661 holiday homes
  • Southern California: 34,202 holiday homes
  • Big Bear Lake: 2,473 holiday homes
  • Vista Las Palmas: 714 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Big Bear! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Big Bear?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Big Bear with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Palm Springs: 6,167 holiday lettings
  • Rancho Mirage: 6,661 holiday lettings
  • Big Bear Lake: 2,473 holiday lettings
  • Ontario: 1,101 holiday lettings
  • Crestline: 576 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Big Bear?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Big Bear are:

  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP): 7,334 self catering accommodations
  • Big Bear City Airport (L35): 2,686 self catering accommodations
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT): 236 self catering accommodations

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Big Bear?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Big Bear. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yucca Valley Community Park: 540 holiday rentals
  • Sierra Lakes Golf Club: 727 holiday rentals
  • Mission Lakes Country Club: 4,643 holiday rentals
  • Bear Mountain: 2,215 holiday rentals
  • Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum: 251 holiday rentals

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 of holiday accommodations.

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