Of all the places I’ve spent New Years, nothing tops Key West, Florida, the southernmost point in the continental USA and the western tip of the coral cay archipelago off the southeast coast of Florida, accessible by one of the most scenic highways in the world, the 127-mile overseas highway. Accommodations can be expensive and we stayed in an RV Park (expensive as well) on the “other side of the tracks” – Stock Island – but just across a short bridge from the main island of Key West and its fabulous waterfront bike trails.
It’s summer, the beaches are packed, and you can’t decide whether to hit the beach or go for a bike ride. Well, you can do both on beaches where the sand is compact enough to support a comfortable ride. Of course the off-seasons are best when the crowds are less, but these rides are doable any time of year. Here I present four of my favorite ocean beach rides, all at beautiful locales where there are no paved trails adjacent to the beach. On the west coast are Pismo Beach, California and Cannon Beach, Oregon. On the east coast are Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Daytona Beach, Florida. If you have your own favorite beach ride, which should be at least 4 miles each way, please let me know!
The easy scenic cycling adventures of Richard Fox, author of the 2014 (2nd Ed 2017, 3rd Ed 2021) guidebook "enCYCLEpedia Southern California – The Best Easy Scenic Bike Rides."