With warm weather and beautiful scenery, San Diego is perfect for exploring on two wheels, as well as two feet. Whether you are an ironman cyclist, an off-road champion, or simply a relaxed beach cruiser, the numerous bike trails in San Diego that crisscross the county are perfect for all ages and skill levels.
Down by the Bay
While the Mission Beach Boardwalk gets a lot more hype, it also gets a lot more bike traffic. For a less congested alternative, try biking along the wide sidewalks of Mission Bay’s Sail Bay. This U-shaped route has many beginning points, so you can park by the Mission Bay Aquatic Center or Ingraham Street and begin your route anywhere you like. You’ll enjoy cool ocean breezes, sweeping scenery, and plenty of spots to grab refreshments or a snack along Mission Boulevard.
All in all, this is a great way to enjoy a bayside bike ride without the crowds of the boardwalk (Easy, great for all ages). Also located in Mission Bay, Fiesta Island is a popular loop ride for triathletes but is great for beginners as well. This 5-mile, one-way road offers beachside biking at its finest and minimal traffic, making it one of the most popular beach rides in San Diego (Easy to Intermediate if it gets windy, great for kids).
The Heart of San Diego
For a scenic tour of San Diego Bay, check out the Silver Strand Bikeway on Coronado Island, a great road route for cyclists of all ages. After your cross the iconic bridge the hunt for parking begins, but once you snag a spot you can enjoy a 7 to 11 mile trek over flat ground with views of the ocean, wildlife areas, and fancy yacht clubs. Be prepared to bring your own snacks and refreshments, though restrooms are available at Glorietta Bay Park and Silver Strand State Beach. Another fun urban bike ride is along the wide bike lanes of Adams Avenue, starting in Kensington.
With plenty of free parking in the residential streets just off of Adams, this route is city biking at its best with wide roads and plenty of bike friendly stops at local cafes, coffee shops, and even a bike shop should you need supplies. Be sure to check out the Blind Lady Ale House, a fabulous bar and one of the most bicycle friendly establishments in the city (Easy to Intermediate and okay for kids if they have some experience biking in traffic).
Bike Rides in San Diego Off the Beaten Path
If you want to ditch the street bike or the beach cruiser and give mountain biking a try, the Sorrento Valley is the perfect bike ride to explore scenic San Diego. This intermediate to difficult off-road trail begins at the North of the Border Bike Shop and quickly winds through canyons and hills into some pristine natural areas. Explore waterfalls, creeks, and parks but watch out for poison oak and bring plenty of water. The trail is a combination of fire road, double track (i.e. 2-lane mountain biking), and smaller single tracks great for the experienced rider to explore.
Whether your vacation rental comes with bikes or you rent from one of the many bicycle shops around the city, San Diego is a great place to explore on the back of two wheels.
NOTE: If you are taking the entire family, check out kid-friendly bike rides. No matter your skill level, always remember to bring your lock, plenty of water, and a trail map, available online or at any of the bike shops you’ll see along the way in this bike-friendly city. Have fun and relax in between bike rides in San Diego in one of our spacious and comfortable vacation rentals.