Big Bear Travel Guide

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Get Away from the Everyday with Vacation Rentals in Big Bear

Experience California’s Great Outdoors

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles is an exclusive community of Big Bear vacation rentals that offers easy access to one of the most remarkable recreational parks in California. Big Bear Lake and its world-class ski area are a perfect destination all year round with biking, hiking, and water sports in the warmer months and every kind of snow activity you can think of in the winter. Big Bear is the outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true.

Do Vacation Right in Big Bear

Whether you’re traveling alone, with family and pets, or in a large group, you’re invited to discover our large selection of vacation rentals in Big Bear, ranging from luxury cabins and country cottages to quaint A-frame houses and lakeside condos. Once you’re settled in, you can learn to climb trees with a certified tree climbing tour guide or soak in the serenity of the backcountry on a pair of snowshoes. With many properties to choose from, this is your chance to connect to all the great things to do in Big Bear directly from your vacation rental.

Top Sights in Big Bear

Snow Summit

When the snow has melted away, the views at Big Bear are simply breathtaking. Snow Summit offers summer visitors the experience of a lifetime on scenic sky chairs that lift you a mile high into the San Bernardino National Forest. At the top, look across Big Bear Valley at all the beauty that nature has to offer before enjoying a hike and grabbing a snack at the Skyline Taphouse.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Families visiting in the beautiful fall months find plenty of Big Bear activities to keep them busy. The Flashlight Safari at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a unique family friendly adventure that keeps everyone on their toes. Open every weekend in October, this is your family’s chance to get to know the more mysterious creatures of the night.

Miss Liberty

If you want to learn about the history of Big Bear, you don’t have to go to a museum (although the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum is worth seeing). Hop aboard Miss Liberty for a 90-minute narrated tour on a paddlewheel boat that will enlighten you to the lake’s prestigious history. You’ll see the beautiful valley from the water while learning all about the celebrities and major historical events that have shaped Big Bear since the mid-1800s.

Top Experiences in Big Bear

Ski. Snowboard. Repeat.

Two full-service ski areas keep skiers and snowboarders coming back to Big Bear year after year—Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. You’ll rarely get bored with 26 ski lifts, four high-speed chairs and 435 skiable acres to explore between the two. From beginners to the most advanced skiers, you’ll ride high on these remarkable slopes.

Do Some Winter Fishing

Fishing isn’t just reserved for the warm summer months. Winter fishing can be a great time to make use of your favorite fishing pole with fewer anglers fighting over trout reserves and water clarity at its very best. Many vacation rentals in Big Bear provide lake front access, making it easy to cast a line and catch some dinner. Just be sure to grab your fishing license before you do!

Take a Plunge (in the Cold) for a Cause

Support a great cause and dip into the lake’s icy waters during the Big Bear Lake Polar Plunge. Every March, when the waters are still bitter cold, locals and guests come together to donate money for the chance to brave the icy waters and help raise money for the Special Olympics of Southern California. If toughing it out in cold water isn’t your thing, you can still donate money as a “Too Chicken To Plunge” participant and stay nice and toasty during the event in what they call “the chicken coop.”