Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Region: Address, Phone Number, Big Bear Lake Reviews: 4.5/5

Big Bear Lake
Bodies of Water • Hiking Trails • Ski & Snowboard Areas
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276 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Big bear lake is beautiful and Idyllic town, however bathrooms can be very scarce. No one really offers Public restrooms so it is something that you should keep in mind. Also this was a last minute trip so I prepared to pay a lot for a hotel and lodging. But in general this is a place you want to book early because it does fill up very quickly especially in the winter time and especially around holidays. To give you an example of what the prices were ranging in December 2021 I paid $800 for a Motel six. That was for two nights well other hotels were averaging $3000 for two nights. Amazing little local shops are great including the fact that they have a lot of tire repair facilities around because my tire pressure was low coming up from Chula Vista where the temperature was much warmer.
Written December 30, 2021
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Linda C
Moorpark, CA1,053 contributions
Apr 2022
We had a very enjoyable week at Big Bear at the end of April when BB was very quiet. We rented a delightful lakefront house by the water, which was an endless source of entertainment as we watched the white pelicans, ducks, waterfowl, a Great Blue Heron, birds, boaters, and fishermen (one in particular quickly caught his limit while others walked away empty handed). Although the lake is down (as much as 15' we were told), it's still a beautiful lake and the surrounding trees and the last bit of snow on the mountaintops and Spring blossoms made it very picturesque. We had an extremely relaxing time on the deck and in the house that had great lake views from five rooms. We also had some really excellent meals at great restaurants and enjoyed a nice drive all around the lake one afternoon. Enjoyable evenings were spent by the stone fireplace, reading. We found all service people everywhere at the lake to be friendly and helpful. There are a lot of places to hike and it's interesting to look at all the woodcarvings in front of homes and businesses and at the two businesses that sell them. Unfortunately, the Solar Observatory was closed. We didn't go to the wildlife rescue facility this time, but I can recommend it from a previous trip. The Village is full of fun shops, and we also like to drive around to look at the beautiful homes. We Southern Californians are soooo lucky to have the sea and the mountains at our doorstep.
Written May 3, 2022
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Long Beach, CA112 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
I really enjoyed my time here. It’s so close to LA but feels like it’s a world away. It’s sort of southern Californians grm. A small town up high in the mountains. Like getting a piece of Colorado or the Rockies in our own back yard

Hiking views lake water sports slides zip lining axe throwing food skiing sledding. So much to do. There’s also a lot of local smaller towns you can checkout or stay in too
Written October 28, 2021
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11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This is our first time coming to Big Bear Lake in the summer with the kids. We picked a cabin so we can walk to the village and onto the lake's edge. Unfortunately, where we stayed just happened to be the area where the lake is receding. The boats and dock are sitting in mud. News outlets weren't exaggerating. The drought has really affected the lake. There is not much to do here. The village is really small and many are not masking or socially distancing. If you're wearing a mask be ready to be stared at and hear some snickering or mumbling under their breaths. Crave Maine Lobster is AHMAZING, but be ready to pay $26 & change for a lobster roll. Could not find a decent coffee shop that is open before 8am. Settled for Dank Donuts, but tossed it and the inedible donuts. We wanted dinner @Bone Side Down BBQ, but it closes at 5pm! There is a lot of hiking to do and the trails are not crowded. The playground at Ski Beach Park is SO small & boulder park is small. We skipped the slide rides as there were so many people in line packed like sardines. Overall, the kids were not thrilled. Winter in Big Bear is the way to go.
Written August 15, 2021
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John M
3 contributions
Apr 2022
Extremely disappointed with this lake community. Not a good vibe going on here like other mountain towns. Plain, boring, and not very scenic. Lack of snow and drought is taking a toll. Resorts can barely stay open and only with snow-making most of the year. A lot of the trees are dead. Big Bear Lake is a dying lake, and drying up fast (the adjoining 'lake', Baldwin, has already dried up!!). No comparison to Mammoth nor Sierras. Basically a place for the riffraff of San Bernardino to come escape the heat.
Written April 19, 2022
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Leslie P
3 contributions
May 2021
What could be more beneficial in these times than to visit Big Bear Lake and City. The old and the new combined to cover all your fantasies. Modern Big Bear Village with stuff for the entire family. Restaurants equal to anything down the hill and funky old places to get a home made ice cream cone that will melt in your hands ( enuf to lick off, one of the best things to do). There is a multitude of things going on at all times, you will not be disappointed, Disneyland and Knots Berry farm all in one place, Then the lake in summer, winter sports to delight all ages. Shopping, visitors center, museum with old buildings you can walk through and a working blacksmith shop. Fishing, lake and boating activities, celebrations galore, horseback riding, the NEW ZOO, churches for all and then there are the friendliest folks who live and work there. Strike up a conversation, you are at home.
Written May 31, 2021
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Ukiah7 contributions
May 2022
Big Bear itself is great fun. But Beware! The local drivers go up and down Hwy. 330 likes bats out of Hades, tailgating at way above speed limit and hugging your bumper. One of our party was nearly run off the (cliff) side of the road by an F-150 doing an illegal pass in my friend's lane going the wrong way! We had to pull over multiple times in each direction due to aggressive tailgaters even though we were going the speed limit on narrow, steep and windy road.

Also, many of the stores will not do any return, for any reason, which they will say is due to "COVID," but will offer you an exchange. That makes absolutely no sense - for an exchange your item is going back on the rack, right? Same as if you did a return. As soon as you swipe your credit card, it's yours, whether you discover a flaw or it doesn't fit, etc. Try on first and examine items closely.
Written May 6, 2022
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Pasadena, CA11 contributions
Jun 2019
A great getaway for Angelinos to be in the mountains and at the same time with a big body of water to enjoy. the lake itself is great for water activities in the summer, and the road around makes a nice biking/running route as well. highly recommended.
Written February 11, 2020
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Oly Ojeda
Redlands, CA32 contributions
Apr 2020 • Family
Big Bear is a great destination for those who want to experience the snow. Going to give you a couple of helpful tips to be prepared & help out the locals a bit. First, be prepared! Most underestimate the snow & go in tennis or bearpaw boots & none water proof gloves, pants & jackets. I know it can be expensive, so buy everything at a second hand store or eBay, but trust me! You want to be prepared or you will get ALL WET! Take everything you need with you, some convenience store are ridiculously overpriced! We do have StaterBros, Vons & Dollar Tree but always super busy & out of certain necessities. Traffic jams & parking, pretty please be considerate of the locals & don’t block or park in their driveways. Please look for other ways to get to your destination to help minimize traffic jams, back streets etc. Last but not least, try to park far & walk a bit, use this time to chat with your family, exercise a bit lol this helps out a lot with traffic jams & congestion. Hope this helps a bit & enjoy!
Written November 20, 2020
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Hesperia, CA18 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
It is a pretty lake for photos. An the Village is just a walk across the street. We ate at Village Pizza which is really good. It was nice weather for it being summer (june) i would love to come up to big bear in the winter when its snowing.
Written June 18, 2020
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