Hostel in Big Bear Lake, USA

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Get to know Big Bear Lake (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Big Bear Lake. To help you make friends with Big Bear Lake before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Outdoor adventurists should definitely plan to stop at Big Bear Lake on their next trip through California! You have a choice of hostels and this is the largest recreation lake in Southern California, which calls for plenty of fishing and boating.

Even though the lake is the number one reason to visit Big Bear Lake, there are plenty of things to do, even for those who would prefer to stay dry. At the shore you will find opportunities to hike, ride horses, and mountain bike in the summer, or participate in winter activities such as sledding or skiing. Big Bear Lake is in a mountainous and forested region. This is a great area to view wildlife, which includes deer; bobcats; coyotes; foxes; and of course, the namesake bears. Although the population is small, especially compared to typical Southern Californian cities, the Big Bear area is very welcoming to visitors, making it a popular tourist destination.

The local hostels in Big Bear Lake certainly reflect the values of being both traveler-friendly and rustic in the woods. Although Big Bear Lake is nearly an hour's drive from other cities, bus service is available and the journey all the way up the mountains is very scenic. Even if you prefer more urban destinations, Big Bear Lake offers a change of pace in the midst of large Southern Californian cities. The closest big city is San Bernardino, and there are several other large cities about an hour's drive away. Some people say that you can do everything in Southern California, and Big Bear Lake is a rare gem found no place else in the world!

Written by local enthusiast for Big Bear Lake hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Big Bear Lake hostels Jessica Lippe

FAQ about Big Bear Lake Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Big Bear Lake. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Big Bear Lake. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

There is exactly 1 Hostel in Big Bear Lake, USA. compares the prices for this hostel so you can get the best price on any major booking site. compares prices for 1 hostel in Big Bear Lake, USA.

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Your Packing List for Big Bear Lake

Your Packing List for Big Bear Lake

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Big Bear Lake and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Big Bear Lake Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Big Bear Lake, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$33 Average dorm price
$33 Cheapest hostel in Big Bear Lake
9.4 Average rating of all hostels

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San Clemente (112 Km / 69 mi.)
Los Angeles (124 Km / 77 mi.)
Long Beach (129 Km / 80 mi.)

Travel Tips for Big Bear Lake - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Big Bear Lake. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Big Bear Lake. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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