Our diverse selection of Big Bear vacation rentals in sunny Southern California
are the perfect way to get away from it all - without giving up any of the comforts of home! This popular destination is known for its scenic beauty, ideal climate, and wide range of recreational options year-round. Whether you're looking for a romantic retreat or planning a family escape to a cozy ski rental, Big Bear is the perfect choice for your next vacation!
Where is Big Bear, CA?
In the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest and on the shores of Big Bear Lake, you'll find beautiful Big Bear, CA! This area - popular amongst both tourists and locals alike - includes both the city of Big Bear Lake and the slightly smaller town of Big Bear City.
Less than 100 miles from the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles
and approximately 145 miles north of vibrant San Diego
, you'll enjoy a quiet escape surrounded by California's natural beauty. Big Bear has been a resort destination since the early 1920s and its two unique towns promise an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages!
Things to Do in Big Bear
Approximately 25 miles northeast of San Bernardino, the aptly-named city of Big Bear Lake
sits on the southern shores of the eponymous lake. During the warmer months, you'll find most of the area's visitors and locals enjoying the water and trying to catch a couple trout for dinner. When you stay in one of our fantastic vacation rentals in Big Bear Lake, you can catch a few yourself and bring them home to cook up in your fully equipped kitchen! As Southern California's largest recreation lake, Big Bear Lake is a fisherman's paradise in the summer and beloved for its boating, canoeing, and kayaking, as well!
When the snow falls, our ski rentals are the place to be! With rentals at two winter resorts - Bear Mountain and Snow Summit - you'll have plenty of downhill skiing at your fingertips. For those less inclined towards downhill, the area's hiking and biking trails also transition to cross-country and snowshoeing terrain. After spending an afternoon skiing in fresh powder, head back to your vacation rental and warm up with a mug of hot chocolate in front of the fire for the true Big Bear experience.
Despite its small size, the town of Big Bear Lake has everything you might need during a getaway to the mountains: restaurants, shops, festivals and events, and a farmers market. Almost all of our Big Bear vacation rentals include fully-equipped kitchens, so you can pick up a bounty of local produce and prepare delicious meals right in the comfort of your own home away from home!
Big Bear City
Five miles away from the city of Big Bear Lake, you'll find the quaint and quiet town of Big Bear City
. Located on the eastern shores of the lake, Big Bear City is a mostly residential area. Our vacation rentals in Big Bear City offer a peaceful escape without an isolated location. From skiing and snowshoeing in the winter to fishing and horseback riding in the summer, an abundance of outdoor activities are practically just outside your front door! Plus, you'll never run short on beautiful hiking scenery.
Big Bear proves there's so much more to Southern California than beautiful beaches and boardwalks. Discover the magic for yourself with a stay in one of our luxury lodges, laid-back cottages, or cozy Big Bear cabins!
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