Bicycling Your Way Through Monterey
The Monterey Bay area is such a pedestrian and bike-friendly region and really, there is no better way to experience all the area has to offer than by bike. With a variety of trails for all levels along the coast or in the woods, you can experience the best of Monterey. If traveling without your trusty bicycle, Adventures by the Sea has a variety of rental options. Choose from beach cruisers, hybrid bikes, Pedego Electric Bikes or even Surreys – all ideal for cruising along the Monterey Bay Coastline along the Coastal Recreation Trail or even 17 Mile Drive in Pacific Grove.
Adventures By The Sea Rental Shop at the Portola Hotel & Spa
For those looking for something a bit more rugged, Bay Bikes in Monterey has road bikes and mountain bikes available for rent, as well as jogger and youth bikes AND trailers for the little ones!
So now that you have your bike taken care of where should you go? Here are our Central Coast Living top choices:
Family Friendly Top Pick:
The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, accessed near Old Fisherman’s Wharf – hop on the trail and explore the majestic Monterey Bay coastline. Travel to Pacific Grove, stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visit Cannery Row and more along this family-friendly, paved trail. This trail is ideal for beach cruisers, tandem bikes, bikes with trailers and surrey bicycles.
San Carlos Beach along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
Mountain Bike Top Pick:
We love out at the Fort Ord National Monument, there are numerous trails with some great terrain and great views. With kiosks located throughout Fort Ord, trail maps are available. For more information and guidelines visit the Bureau of Land Management website at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Fort_Ord_NM/recreation.html.
Mountain Biking in For Ord (Photo courtesy of Jeff Vander Strucken Photography)
Road Bike Top Pick:
Take in the sights along Pebble Beach’s iconic 17 Mile Drive. Make sure to pack your camera as you pass the Lone Cypress, Point Joe, Fanshell Beach Overlook and breathtaking golf courses and mansions. With designated bike lanes along the drive, this paved road bike trail is not to miss! Make sure to check in at the gate, before you enter to learn more about bike safety and the sights you will be taking in along your adventure. Learn more at http://www.pebblebeach.com/activities/explore-the-monterey-peninsula/17-mile-drive
Scenic 17 Mile Drive
For more tips and ideas visit seemonterey.com.