ADD TO LISTBig Bear Lake attracts a decent number of travelers visiting the United States, and it can be worth stopping by if you're traveling through the area. Most travelers go to check out the Bear Mountain and enjoy Big Bear Lake's beaches and shopping. Explore this Big Bear Lake travel guide to get more ideas for things to see and do.
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Dont drink and drive. Bring Chains and know how to use them properly Leave early if youre coming to board at Bear or Summit if you want to get a good day in, or sometimes even a ticket at all. Maybe call reservations ahead of time B's Backyard BBQ, Grizzly Manor Cafe, Hacienda, Sonora Cantina, all good spots to grub Chad's is fun but a lot of cops around there Murray's a little Irish pub with karaoke many times but what drunk irishman doesnt sing a good ballad once in a while? The Hot Spot on the main blvd is farther away from cops lookout and closer to the back roads to get home. Only serve beer but cool atmosphere and there are a lot of painted boobs and butts on the walls from prior guests/ girlfriends haha Sandys good sports bar shuffleboard, pool, good food, big beers and good ones on tap.
SPORTING EVENT Big Bear Marathon- come to run and stay to play. The Marathon takes place on Saturday, Sept 12 with races for all levels and ages. Big Bear Lake is known for 300 days of annual sunshine, crisp clean air and resort amenities. The area has ample outdoor activities including; forest hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing, kayaking, hang gliding, horseback riding, a golf course and extensive picnic grounds. The day will also include a half marathon, 5K, Kids Run and Bicycle Tour that mirrors the marathon route.
I recommend bringing a mountain bike with you. There are great trails around Big Bear Lake. If you've never been mountain biking and would rather take it easy, spend a day riding around the lake. You'll find different places that you might want to take a look at (restaurants, marinas etc.). Plus it's a beautiful place, so just enjoy the ride. It isn't a quick little ride, so if you've never been biking before, be prepared for hills... For someone a little more experienced, it shouldn't be too difficult and you'll love it.
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