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Highlights Clear Lake

  • Historic downtown
  • Coffee shop
  • Botanical gardens
  • Boat tour
  • Lake activities
  • Plane crash site

Best Vacation Rentals in Clear Lake

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Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County
Vacation Rental • 1991 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
(10 reviews)
Rent a portion of the most talked about vacation rental property in Clear Lake. Rent the upper two floors of the property that people know by the name of The Pyramid House. This two bedroom option gives one 2,000 square feet of living space and has a master bedroom with a king size bed and a 2nd bedroom in the top level of the house that serves as a observation floor with windows on all four walls and a $10,000 glass pinnacle as a pointed roof that is great for looking up at the stars at night.
from $253 / night
Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County
Vacation Rental • 8 Guests • 2 Bedrooms
(25 reviews)
This home on the lake offers large living spaces for guests to enjoy. There is a living room with windows to the lake, an oversized dining room with a lake view and a large table around which to gather for meals and games. There is a lower level family room and walk out to deck. A new deck to the lake, and a private dock will enhance your enjoyment of the sailboat races taking place Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. A boat lift is not included with the property. However, you can arrange to have one put in during your stay. You can ride your bike around our lake for a 14 mile tour of ...
from $268 / night
Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County
Vacation Rental • 4 Guests • 1 Bedroom
(16 reviews)
* Flooring has been updated! New hard floors not pictured. Brand new and haven’t updated photos yet. Wanting to wake just a couple feet from the water with the best view of the lake? My one bedroom lake condo is just that as there is no rental on the lake closer to the water.Great for couples and small families- Bedroom has a comfortable king bed and queen size double stacked air mattress that self-inflates. The lake condo has all amenities of a home as well as a shared spacious patio with plenty of seating and a 300 foot dock for your use!————————Living RoomFull KitchenDining AreaShared La...
from $192 / night

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices in Clear Lake

$837for 8 Apr - 15 Apr
$624 annual average
Average price per week

Vacation rentals availability in Clear Lake

80%for 8 Apr - 15 Apr
46% annual average
Percentage of available rentals

Vacation rentals in Clear Lake

A friendly lakeside destination

Clear Lake, Iowa is known for its small-town community of friendly people, lake activities, nature, and charming downtown district. The year-round destination offers a number of summer activities as well as winter sports options. It’s the perfect place for a summer vacation with your family or significant other, or for a winter sports getaway with a group of friends. Spend your time here enjoying the lake, trying great restaurants, and shopping at fun boutique shops.

Finding your perfect Clear Lake vacation rental

Experience the Midwest charm of Clear Lake from a cozy vacation rental, perfectly suited to your travel needs. Clear Lake rentals range in size, style, and location, offering a little something for every type of traveler. Book a rental near the charming historic downtown district within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cafés. Or, stay in a natural area closer to the lakeside, where you can enjoy peaceful views from a private balcony. Rentals in Clear Lake often include high-speed internet, air-conditioning, heating, and washer/dryer. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.

Vacations in Clear Lake

The area and getting around

Arriving in Clear Lake

Clear Lake is situated in northern Iowa, just a 30-mile drive south of the Minnesota border. The closest major airport is Rochester International Airport. It is a 91-mile drive south of the airport to reach Clear Lake, and the journey takes around 1.5 hours. Waterloo Regional Airport is another nearby airport, yet it is a bit smaller and only offers domestic flight options. Clear Lake is located 87 miles north of Waterloo Regional Airport, and the drive takes around 1.5 hours.,

Getting around Clear Lake

The city of Clear Lake is walkable in certain areas. The downtown area is the most walkable, with many shops and restaurants just a short distance from each other. Any areas outside the downtown district require a car to reach. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are available. It is highly recommended to have a private car during your time in Clear Lake. Car rentals are available at both airports and in Clear Lake.

Travelers and activities

Clear Lake for families

Start the day off right in Clear Lake with an excellent cup of coffee and a light breakfast at Cabin Coffee. The small, cozy café even has a fireplace inside. Grab a delicious breakfast sandwich and your morning cup of joe before you begin exploring the rest of what the city has to offer! Another fun spot to try is South Shore Donut Co. for mouthwatering homemade donuts. It’s the only gourmet donut shop in the area and there’s an impressive selection of options, which includes flavors like cookie dough, birthday cake, and French toast!

Clear Lake for couples

Couples will find no shortage of fun ways to explore Clear Lake. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the vibrant colored Central Gardens of North Iowa. These beautiful gardens are best visited from May through September, when the blooms are thriving and abundant. Get out on the water with a “Lady of the Lake” boat tour. The reasonable $15 boat tour fee includes drinks and snacks, as well as a professional guide who will teach you countless fun facts about the lake throughout the ride.

Clear Lake is shallow, with an average depth of 10 feet!

Top 5 travel tips in Clear Lake

1. Explore the charming historic downtown district

Clear Lake is home to a wonderful historic downtown district. Walk through the Main Street area and explore the side streets as well. You’ll find a fun collection of shops, cafés, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and more! Spend a few hours browsing the shops, buy some souvenirs to take back home, and grab a cold beer to enjoy on a patio bar.

2. Visit Clear Lake State park

If you find yourself at Clear Lake during the warmer months, a visit to Clear Lake State Park is a must. Bring your bathing suits and beach towels and head to the golden sandy beach on the lake to sunbathe and swim. Kids can enjoy building sandcastles and running around the 900-foot shoreline.

3. Visit the plane crash site of Buddy Holly

Rock music icon, Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in Clear Lake. His plane crash site is a popular landmark in Clear Lake and is still regularly visited to this date by fans of the young icon. The site is located just west of 315th Street and Gull Avenue.

4. Stroll through the farmer's market

The Clear Lake Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday morning from May through October. Stop by to meet the local farmers, browse the many kiosks, and pick up some fresh produce. You’ll find a number of goods and products here, from honey, to freshly baked treats, to fruits and veggies, handicrafts, and more!

5. Enjoy water activities at McIntosh Woods State Park

Rent kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, canoes, or a fishing boat and head to the peaceful waters of McIntosh Woods State Park. You can also swim at the lake here. Fishing is popular and can be done either from the shores or from a fishing boat.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Clear Lake

How much do the vacation rentals in Clear Lake cost on average?

Our data shows that Clear Lake had an average price of $508 per night, a relatively high one compared to the cities in the USA.

What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Clear Lake?

Travelers who want to be budget-friendly should visit Clear Lake in February, March, or April, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $385, $399, and $416 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

In which months is it more expensive to rent a vacation rental in Clear Lake?

Analyzing the data from last year, we found that costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of November ($694), January ($610), and December ($608).

Do I need to plan a trip to Clear Lake well in advance?

It is better to plan ahead in Clear Lake as only 26% of the accommodations are available throughout the year, according to last year's data.

What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?

March, January and September are, in order of highest to lowest, the months that have the largest number of accommodations available, with an average availability of 45%, 45%, and 44%. However, even during these periods of time, when the availability is the highest, the average is just 45%. So it is still important you always book your vacation early in Clear Lake.

Are there many vacation rentals in Clear Lake?

Holidu has around 50 vacation rentals in Clear Lake, provided by 2 different partners.

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