For travelers looking for eco-friendly activities in the Manhattan Beach area, the South Bay Bicycle Trail is the perfect opportunity to take in the scenery. The 22 mile paved path runs along the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance County Beach. The path is the perfect way to experience the California sunshine and take in all the various beach towns and piers without having to deal with hectic Southern California traffic.
You can start from Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne which offers bicycle rentals for guests at a rate of $24 for 24 hours. Or start on the South Bay Bicycle Trail itself, which has a variety of rental stands offering bicycles, roller-skates or blades, and even Segway’s.
There are so many stops along the path; some highlighted attractions include Manhattan Beach Pier, Venice Beach Boardwalk, and the Santa Monica Pier. The Manhattan Beach Pier is considerably beautiful, clean, and quiet with plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and a coffee shop at the very end of the pier. This is more of a relaxed residential pier for those looking for a calm and peaceful visit.
For a completely different experience in terms of character, ride to the Venice Beach Strand which is unlike any other attraction in the LA area. The Venice Beach Boardwalk is a retreat jam-packed with local businesses varying from carnival food, bookstores, vintage or Rastafarian fashion shops, tattoo parlors, skate shops and much more. On the West side of the beach and boardwalk you will find the world famous “Muscle Beach” (where bodybuilders come to show off their weight lifting skills), a skate park, and basketball courts. People watching is encouraged at this spot! Check out the laid back locals, artists, surfers, skaters, to numerous street performers. The Venice Beach Strand and Boardwalk is a sight not to miss along the South Bay Bicycle Trail.
For more entertainment the Santa Monica Pier is a great scenic setting full of rides, including a Ferris wheel with spectacular views of the ocean and amusement area. There are so many activities on the pier your mind will be blown! Ride down the South Bay Bicycle path and go pier fishing, play in the arcade, ride the roller coaster, and eat all you fathom all on one pier!
If you’re visiting southern California, you do not want to miss out on this scenic bike ride that will have you taking in all that the area has to offer. The breathtaking views along with various tourist attractions or low key spots will have you riding for hours getting lost in everything “SoCal.”