Nestled in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains on the shores of Big Bear Lake, Big Bear is considered the premiere central California destination for outdoor adventures and live music. Come here for a fun, unforgettable getaway surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This is the perfect place for a romantic wilderness escape or a unique family vacation. Make the most of your time in Big Bear by staying in a vacation rental. Vacation rentals are often less expensive than a hotel and conveniently located within easy reach of your favorite activities.
Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and watch the sun rise from your secluded lakeside cabin. Then head downtown to enjoy quaint shopping areas, art galleries, and fun annual seasonal festivals. If you are here during the summer, rent a boat and head out onto the lake for an afternoon of fishing or waterskiing. At night, come home to your vacation rental and grill the day's catch on your private deck for your family and friends.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Go skiing and snowboarding: If plan on visiting during the winter, be sure to book a cozy condo up in the mountains. Pristine skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing slopes draw thousands of visitors to Big Bear every year. Head to Bear Mountain or Snow Summit for your winter sports excursion.
-Visit the Big Bear Discovery Center: This nature center, visitor welcome center, and wildlife museum are the perfect place to start your exploration of Big Bear Parks.
-Visit the Big Bear Solar Observatory: See the sun like never before and learn about the stars at this popular public observatory.
-Go horseback riding: Stables located just outside the town center offer lessons and guided trail rides through the mountains.
-Go fishing: Join a guided excursion or head out onto the lake and quiet waterways on your own for first class trout, bluegill, and pike fishing.
You'll find plenty of fun things to do in Big Bear, and your own private vacation rental in this beautiful natural setting will be the perfect place to unwind and make great vacation memories. By the time you leave Big Bear, you may already be planning your next visit. While you're here, consider extending your stay to explore nearby destinations like Big Sur and San Bernardino.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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