Best Time of Year to Visit Big Bear California 2023

Best Time of Year to Visit Big Bear

Big Bear is one of the best mountain towns to visit, easy to access from anywhere in Southern California and full of outdoor recreation, great restaurants, shopping, and plenty to do. If you are considering planning a trip to Big Bear, you may be wondering when is the best time to visit.

There is really no bad time to visit Big Bear, but each season offers something a bit different. Keep reading for tips on where to stay and when you book your trip.

Where to Stay

If you are planning a trip with your partner or just a friend of two, consider booking one of our cozy mountain vacation rentals in Big Bear.

The Love Shack is a romantic tiny home that is a petite 436 square feet, but fully equipped with luxury amenities to make your stay totally comfortable. Fully updated and renovated, it offers the best of a high end hotel while providing a cozy mountain atmosphere where you won’t have to share space with any other guests. Enjoy air conditioning in the summer and a fireplace in the winter, in addition to a full kitchen, concierge service, private hot tub, HDTVs, and more.

Cabina Dell’Amore is another perfect spot for a special getaway, about twice the size of the Love Shack but still best suited for two guests. The charming mountain A frame cabin features a spacious loft bedroom and a living space that includes kitchen and dining area, wood burning stove, and more. The wrap around deck and top of the line Jacuzzi complete the accommodations so that you might not want to leave!

Visit Big Bear in the Spring

Spring is one of the slower travel seasons for Big Bear, making it the perfect time to plan a trip if you are looking for a peaceful getaway. As the snow melts, you will find beautiful hiking paths with mountain wildflowers beginning to pop up. The climate will likely still be much chillier than your hometown, so that you can enjoy some crisp morning air or chilly evenings in the hot tub. Favorite spring activities in Big Bear include fishing, horseback riding, and walking the Alpine Pedal Path.

Visit Big Bear in the Summer

Summer is a popular time to visit Big Bear, especially for families with kids out of school. In mid to late summer, Big Bear fills up with people looking to enjoy the lake and make summer vacation memories. If you don’t mind the crowds, it’s a great time to escape to the mountains and enjoy playing in the water, with lots of fun summer activities and outdoor recreation to enjoy.

Visit Big Bear in the Fall

As summer comes to an end, many of Big Bear’s tourists head home and the town becomes a bit less busy for a time. This is a great time to visit if you are looking to escape the summer temps that are still covering most of Southern California and enjoy some fresh, cold mountain air. There are plenty of hiking and mountain biking opportunities to enjoy throughout the area, as well as shopping, dining, and entertainment to be enjoyed in town.

Visit Big Bear in the Winter

Winter is one of the busiest seasons for Big Bear, because it’s the time to enjoy the ski resorts. If you want to enjoy a snowy mountain atmosphere or spend some time skiing or snowboarding, winter is the right time to plan your trip. Keep in mind that this is also the time you will be dealing with more traffic and crowds, so if you prefer to vacation in a sleepy mountain town without a lot of hustle and bustle, winter may not be your ideal time.

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