The Best Beach Towns in the United States for a Bike Ride

The Best Beach Towns in the United States for a Bike Ride

Biking is one of the best ways to explore the beauty of a beach town. Whether you are looking for an adventure or just want to relax, pedaling your way through some of America’s most iconic beach towns is sure to be an unforgettable experience. An added bonus is you’ll feel like a local and you can avoid the stress of driving while you’re enjoying your hard-earned vacation. From Santa Barbara, California to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and no points in between, here are some of the best beach towns in the United States for riding bikes.

 Woman on beach bike

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is a beautiful Mediterranean-style beach town located on California’s Central Coast. This city is known for its stunning beaches and seaside cliffs, and the bike paths that wind along them make it a perfect destination for cycling enthusiasts. From downtown Santa Barbara, you can ride along Cabrillo Boulevard and enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean as you cycle along this picturesque stretch of coastline. Along the way, be sure to stop at Stearns Wharf and take in the sights of this historic pier. Afterward, make your way through Mission Canyon to reach Mission Santa Barbara or pedal down State Street to visit some of Santa Barbara’s most popular attractions like Stearns Park and Chase Palm Park. For drinks afterwards, be sure to check out local watering holes like The Good Lion or The Lark.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach is a picturesque coastal town located on Oregon’s northern coast. This charming beach town is home to Haystack Rock, an iconic 235-foot tall monolith that rises from the ocean’s edge. To fully experience Cannon Beach by bike, head west from downtown and pedal down Hemlock Street until you reach Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Take in views of Haystack Rock before heading back east on Hemlock Street towards downtown Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park. Be sure to visit some of Cannon Beach’s other attractions such as The Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge or Tolovana Inn Pub & Brewery for drinks afterwards.

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island is a barrier island located off South Carolina’s southern coast near Charleston. Here you will find 10 miles of pristine white sand beaches perfect for cycling alongside dolphins and sea turtles that inhabit the island’s waters. From Kiawah Island Resort, take a leisurely ride along Kiawah Island Parkway until you reach Night Heron Park where you can take in views of Kiawah River Estuary before continuing your journey north towards West Beach Village or south towards Freshfields Village Shopping Center. Afterward, cool off with a refreshing drink at Wild Olive Restaurant & Bar or Cinzia Restaurant & Bar before making your way back home.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is one of New England’s most beloved beach destinations famous for its quaint fishing villages and dramatic seascapes dotted with lighthouses along its shoreline. To get around this area by bike without any hassle, follow one of Cape Cod Rail Trail’s 25 miles bike paths which runs between Falmouth and Wellfleet passing through many historic towns including Dennisport and Brewster along the way. When you reach Orleans or Chatham make sure to stop at Nauset Beach or Coast Guard Beach respectively where you can take in breathtaking views of Atlantic Ocean before heading back home. For drinks afterwards try The Chatham Squire Tavern for classic pub fare served up with a side of local charm or Spinnaker's Raw Bar & Grille for freshly caught seafood paired with local beer from Cape Cod Beer Brewing Company.

Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach Bike Path

Hermosa Beach is a hidden gem of a beach town surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The bike path, known only as “The Strand”, meanders 16 miles along the coast from Redondo Beach to Santa Monica Pier. Along the way you’ll pass some of the most iconic beaches in California, including, Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. The ride is mostly flat and is suitable for all levels of riders. The HandleStash cup holder was envisioned on this ride, while trying to carry coffee the morning after too many beers at the now gone but never forgotten poopdeck. Fuel up for your ride with a sandwich from Mickey’s Italian Delicatessen before heading out. Beer snobs will want to take a break at Father’s Office in Santa Monica, known for their curated beer selection and elevated pub food, before making the return trip to Hermosa Beach. When you’re done riding no visit to Hermosa Beach is complete without dinner at Fritto Misto.

These are just some of the best beach towns in America perfect for biking around with friends and family alike! Be sure to plan your visit accordingly as each beach town offers its own unique attractions and experiences waiting to be explored!


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