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  • Big Bear Lake
    Reneh Shahin
    5 Apr 04, 2014

    WHY BOOK WITH CABINS4LESS?

    WE'RE THE FUN CABINS OF BIG BEAR!

    We offer FREE sleds & sledding, fishing poles, guided hikes, movies, dvds and wifi. We also have discounted $2 bikes and $5 kayaks ($10 and $25 for non-guests.) Call (909) 963-0816 for a message about fun things to do or CabinsForLess activities. Coming soon: Zip Line!

    WE'RE THE MOST DESIRABLE LOCATION IN BIG BEAR VALLEY!

    "Boulder Bay" Tall Trees, hiking trails, Castles Rock, Boulder Bay Park on the lake - all conveniently located and very easy to get to (especially in stormy weather.) And we're 1 minute to Big Bear Village with all the activities. 1 to 3 minutes to Big Bear Mountain Skiing, depending on our 5 locations.

    WE'RE THE NO-FEE CABINS!

    We don't pile on the extra fees. We have no fees for cleaning or booking. And we have the best pet fee cabin in Big Bear! Call and ask to be on our "No pet fee list!"

    WAIT...THERE'S MORE!

    Cabins4Less is the perfect balance of vintage Big Bear cabins - very clean, zero smell with modern furniture and appliances. Cabin features include:

    Fully-equipped kitchens!

    Recommended for:BackpackersBudget TravelersFamily TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Big Bear Lake
    Harry Waring
    5 Mar 23, 2014

    great scenery and really nice fishing spot. great place to take a canoe or kayak out. be careful if you have a jet propelled boat, the lakeweed will get stuck in the pump and clog it up

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  • Big Bear LakePro 2014
    Richard
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    4 Feb 24, 2014

    One great way to get away from L.A. smog and pollution is going here, enjoy the nature and snow activities.

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  • Big Bear Lake
    James R
    5 Nov 17, 2013

    If you need to ask, you are in the wrong place. Big Bear is southern California's marquee Mountain destination year round - mountain flowers erupt in the spring, summertime the lake comes alive, the colorful trees of Autumn, and a Winter wonderland! The air is better, the skies are clearer, and time moves a little more slowly.
    Live it. Up!

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Amanda
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    3 Nov 10, 2013

    It's a reservoir so no natural flow. A lot of boating activities. Very large but not the prettiest. A lot of areas to fish. Random observatory on one side of the lake.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers
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    Erin K
    5 Oct 24, 2013

    Big Bear Lake is just 2 hours from LA, but seems like a world away. The smell of pine trees, the quaint little town that offers fantastic restaurants and quirky souvenir shops, and the beautiful lake that serves as the centerpiece of Big Bear makes a trip here feel like you're in Colorado or Vermont ski town. I took a trip there in the summer and it was beautiful - can't wait to visit in during the winter.

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFamily TravelersLuxury TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Aileen C
    5 Aug 13, 2013

    Great place to drive to in the winter or summer for a complete change in scenery! Cute downtown area with lots of nice restaurants and things to do. Two nice ski/board resorts, a golf course, hiking trails, lake...... so much to do in all seasons!

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Alice Chua
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    5 Jul 09, 2013

    A 2hour drive from Los Angeles to experience snow skiing and fishing are one of my favorite past time.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Big Bear Lake
    Nicole Von Riesen
    5 Jun 26, 2013

    This easy to get to 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin backs to the National forest. It is close to everything, 1 block to the golf course, 4 blocks to Bear Mountain and the Moonridge Zoo. Hike and bike out the back door for miles. It has a wrap around deck with a hot tub viewing the National forest. There is tons of space on this large double lot with plenty of room for parking. There are TV's in both bedrooms with either DVD players or netflix boxes. It has free wifi free local calling. The kitchen has all new appliances including a dishwasher.

    Check out here for more information: http://www.vrbo.com/422694

    Recommended for:Family TravelersLuxury TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Big Bear Lake
    Hanna S.
    5 Mar 23, 2013

    Such a fun and beautiful place, summer or winter. And the 4th of July fireworks over the lake are the best display I have ever seen, year after year!

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    Becky Mahan
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    5 Oct 07, 2012

    Summer: hiking, parasailing, jet-skiing, boating, fishing, tanning, and swimming. Winter: skiing, snowboarding, toboggan runs, sledding, and warm cozy cabins. There's no shortage of things to do year-round, but keep in mind this is a difficult place to access in the winter, as the dizzy mountain roads leading up to it will be icy and dangerous.

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  • Big Bear Lake
    sossi
    5 Sep 09, 2012

    I have lived at the bottom of the Mountain for 25 years and have loved the short hour drive up to Big Bear. Went camping here for 1st time... The lake is amazing! Lots to do.

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Malon Pakitongkitong
    5 Aug 25, 2012

    Great place to learn how to snowboard!

    It was my first time learning how to board last season and I find this place way more forgiving than Mt. High where its all slush...

    See you in winter!!!

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Pebsmom
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    My grandmother had a house overlooking Big Bear Lake and I would rent a horse for $1.50/hour and ride it up to the back of her house. Now horseback riding costs $20/hr and you have to "walk" your horse with 20 other people and a quide!! So boring!!! I would ride alone for over 2 hours on the biggest horse they would give me and I was 8,9,10 yrs old.

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Bear Cabins
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    See all cabin pictures http://bigbearcabins4less.com/
    See all our Rates at one time (very cool)
    reservations closed at 9pm Please reserve online it's free

    (Cabins 21 to 26) Romantic Big Bear honeymoon cabin - with large spa tubs inside, by fireplaces. MAP

    (Cabins 31 to 33) For a real 1800's treat! Fantastic family vacation in a rustic setting. MAP

    ( Office and Cabins 0 to 9) Walk to Big Bear Lake and fishing. Affordable vacation rentals. Map , You Tube

    (Cabins 11 to 18) Next door to Holiday Haven. Walk to Boulder Bay park on the lake. MAP You Tube

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Greg Martin
    4 Mar 17, 2014

    Fun in the summer and winter. Great hiking and biking and two ski resorts.

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Audra Leigh "SanDiegoCheers.com"
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    5 Jan 03, 2014

    It's absolutely stunning up here. Only 3 hours from home, too!

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBackpackersBudget TravelersFamily Travelers
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  • Big Bear Lake
    Beckie H
    5 Dec 29, 2013

    Big Bear Lake is beautiful year round with seasonal activities both on and off the water.

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  • Big Bear Lake
    Kim S
    5 Oct 24, 2013

    Great fun for the whole family!

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Big Bear Lake
    Liane Z
    5 Oct 20, 2013

    Beautiful surroundings with the pine trees all around the lake. Fun for boaters, fishermen.

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4.5 out of 5
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Description

Big Bear Lake is the largest recreational lake in Southern California. In fact, it is over a mile wide at its broadest section. This makes the lake a perfect destination for fishing and boating. For hikers, Big Bear offers numerous trail options. Its proximity to the San Bernardino National Forrest provides Big Bear Park's guests with access to hiking trails for every skill level. However, this is ... read more
more than just a summer destination. During the winter, the area receives large amounts of snowfall and this makes it ideal for skiing. Few other outdoor destinations offer such a variety of seasonal activity options. With its beautiful scenery and assortment of activities, Big Bear Lake offers something for everybody.

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