Stay, See, and Do in Bella Vista


From Bella Vista you have easy access to a regional airport as well as many popular destinations within driving distance.

  • 30 minutes to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA)
  • 30 minutes to University of Arkansas
  • 2 hours to Branson, MO or Tulsa, OK
  • 3 hours to Kansas City, MO
  • 3.5 hours to Little Rock, AR or Oklahoma City, OK
  • 5 hours to Memphis, TN or St. Louis, MO
  • 5.5 hours to Dallas, TX


Bella Vista is a great place to live. Between the City government and the POA, the area is well maintained. The amenities, such as the golf courses, the tennis facilities and lakes, are well maintained and controlled. For retired age people, there are always a lot of activities happening and for young families, the area is a safe place to raise children. The addition of hiking and biking trails has brought a lot of attention to the area and high approvals from several mountain biking magazines. Cost of living is relatively low versus the rest of the country and the natural beauty surrounding Bella Vista is hard to beat. I have lived in the area for over 35 years and have never wanted to move elsewhere.

Bill L. Resident since 2008

I have been coming to Bella Vista for 30 years, since I was a young adult and have always been so attracted to the natural beauty of this area. Now, living here for almost two years I am just starting to realize all of the other benefits the area brings. We feel welcomed by the community and so have experienced so many ways to be involved, there is a positive vibe and opportunities for both business and growth. The housing market is reasonable and the POA and City are transforming to meet the needs of all demographics.

Judy G. Resident since 2015
Two people fishing from a boat at sunset

Bella Vista has it all. We found the location by sheer serendipity. As we were looking for a retirement location in our full-time RV, a couple suggested we take a look. We did by stopping off at the BV RV park. And, the rest is history. The area had everything on our “must-have list”: fly-fishing, affordable golf, social activity, great health care, an airport, reasonable taxes and amenity dues, beautiful terrain, four full seasons that aren’t extreme on either end. It is our “heaven on earth”. No kidding.

JBResident since 2007
Two golf carts cruising a winding path at Scotsdale Golf Course

Retired to Bella Vista over 15 years ago from California, drawn by the beautiful golf courses and economical living. Didn’t know a soul but quickly made lots of friends through the many social organizations here. Have never regretted it!

Beverly C. Resident since 2001